If you like...William Kent Krueger

Award winning author, William Kent Krueger describes himself as a "regional author" and from his beautiful descriptions of rural Minnesota you can see why. He writes both contemporary and historical mysteries . If you're looking for similar books, try one of the authors below.

Updated July 31, 2023
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Track of the cat
Barr, Nevada.
This is a mystery story set against the high-country trails of the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas, where the age-old battle of man against nature is fought with a frightening twist.
Open season
Box, C. J.
Few first mysteries have been welcomed as enthusiastically as Open Season, or with better cause. "When a high-powered bullet hits living flesh, it makes a distinctive -pow-WHOP-sound that is unmistakable even at tremendous distance." And so it begins for Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden who, with...
Dodging and burning : a mystery
Copenhaver, John
In a small Virginia town still reeling from World War II, a photograph of a beautiful murdered woman propels three young people into the middle of a far-reaching mystery. *Winner of the 2019 Macavity Award for Best First Novel* *Nominated for 2019 Barry, Lambda Literary,...
Blacktop wasteland : a novel
Cosby, S. A.
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner * New York Times Notable Book * NPR's Best Books of the Year * BookPage's #1 Mystery and Suspense of the Year * Sun Sentinel's #1 Best Mystery of the Year "I loved Blacktop Wasteland...[A] fast-paced,...
The Round House
Erdrich, Louise.
Winner of the National Book Award * Washington Post Best Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book From one of the most revered novelists of our time, an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that...
The life we bury : a novel
Eskens, Allen
A USA Today bestseller and book club favorite! College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a...
Dark reservations
Fortunato, John
"An insightful take on life in the Southwest." --Gene Hackman Bureau of Indian Affairs special agent Joe Evers still mourns the death of his wife and, after a bungled investigation, faces a forced early retirement. What he needs is a new career, not another case. But when Congressman Arlen...
In the woods
French, Tana.
The debut novel of an astonishing voice in psychological suspense As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police...
Gone to dust
Goldman, Matt
Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the New York Times bestselling debut private eye murder mystery from Emmy Award-winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman. "Sharp wit, complex characters, and masterful plotting makes Goldman a writer to watch. Irreverent and insightful,...
A painted house : a novel
Grisham, John.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers -- and two very dangerous men -- came through the Arkansas Delta to work the...
Triple play : a Jake Hines mystery
Gunn, Elizabeth
Introducing tomorrow's star mystery writers is a Walker tradition, and we're pleased to keep our string alive with a first book, a police procedural, by Minnesota native Elizabeth Gunn.Set in Rutherford, a couple of hours out of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Triple Play is the debut appearance of Jake Hines...
Dance hall of the dead
Hillerman, Tony.
Don't miss the TV series, Dark Winds, based on the Leaphorn, Chee, & Manuelito novels, now on AMC and AMC+!   The Edgar-Award winning second novel in New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman's bestselling and highly acclaimed Leaphorn and Chee series ...
Tin city
Housewright, David
Asked to discover what has been killing his friend's honeybees, Twin Cities private detective Mac McKenzie finds himself deep in a case involving a vicious thug who mysteriously vanishes, irate federal agents, rape, and murder.
The cold dish
Johnson, Craig
There’s a powerful, new voice coming from out of the American West and his name is Craig Johnson. In his debut novel Johnson brings to life the vast Wyoming landscape, its people, and a wonderful new character in Sheriff Walt Longmire.The citizens of the Cowboy State boast a long and bloody history...
99 nights in Logar
Kochai, Jamil Jan
"Funny, razor-sharp, and full of juicy tales that feel urgent and illicit . . . the author has created a singular, resonant voice, an American teenager raised by Old World Afghan storytellers." --New York Times Book Review "More than well crafted; it's phenomenal. . ....
To kill a mockingbird
Lee, Harper.
Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South--and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred One of the most cherished stories of all time, To...
Bluebird, bluebird : a novel
Locke, Attica
A "heartbreakingly resonant" thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy-winning Fox TV show Empire (USA Today). "In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke had both mastered the thriller and exceeded it...
Unspeakable things
Lourey, Jess
Inspired by a terrifying true story from the author's hometown, a heart-pounding novel of suspense about a small Minnesota community where nothing is as quiet--or as safe--as it seems. Cassie McDowell's life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves...
The Royal Wulff murders
McCafferty, Keith.
The first novel in the clever and fast-paced Sean Stranahan Mystery Series. When a fishing guide reels in the body of a young man on the Madison, the Holy Grail of Montana trout rivers, Sheriff Martha Ettinger suspects foul play. It's not just the stick jammed into the man's eye that draws...
Still life
Penny, Louise.
Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a...
The Lincoln highway
Towles, Amor
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER More than ONE MILLION copies sold A TODAY Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick A New York Times Notable Book, and Chosen by Oprah Daily, Time, NPR, The Washington Post, Bill Gates and Barack Obama as a Best Book...
Winter counts : a novel
Weiden, David Heska Wanbli
ANTHONY AWARD WINNER FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL THRILLER AWARD WINNER FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL "Winter Counts is a marvel. It's a thriller with a beating heart and jagged teeth."  --Tommy Orange, author of There There ...
Until they bring the streetcars back
West, Stanley Gordon
1949 St. Paul, MN - that hopeful post-war era where streetcars graced the city, drive-ins bloomed, the internet and shopping centers didn't exist and people hadn't yet fled to the suburbs. Upon this fertile urban landscape, Stanley West has set his rich, profoundly touching novel,...
The nickel boys : a novel
Whitehead, Colson
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER * NATIONAL BESTSELLER * This follow-up to The Underground Railroad brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. * "One of the most gifted novelists...
How much of these hills is gold
Zhang, C Pam

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