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Minnesota mysteries at the library

We all love cheering for the home team. Most of us follow the Twins and/or the Vikings. But what about rooting for another Minnesota group...Minnesota mystery writers!

There is some innate pleasure that comes from the mention of familiar places in a book. William Kent Krueger's character, Cork, lives in Aurora, Minn., and he mentions the Mesabi Iron Range and the Boundary Waters among many Minnesota places.

Of course, our Minnesota authors mention the cultural things in which we're all too familiar. Joanne Fluke's character, Hannah Swensen, owns her own coffee and cookie shop, "The Cookie Jar," and the books in the series contain recipes. It's no surprise she has incorporated several Jell-O recipes! Minnesota is famous for the green Jell-O with carrots! Come to the library and root for the Minnesota mystery writers by picking up and reading one of their books today!

Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger. Back in the saddle as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O'Connor is lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine call -- only to become the target of sniper fire. Soon after, he's called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman negotiating an unpopular contract between his management firm and the local Indian casino.

Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke. Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unraveling the mystery of her cat Moishe's recent strange behavior, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she'll always make time for her business partner, Lisa, who's in the midst of preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted when Lisa's long-lost uncle makes a surprise appearance. No one has heard from Gus in twenty-five years. Uncle Gus is immediately the hit of the reunion. He's almost as popular as Hannah's scrumptious carrot cake, which is also Gus' favorite dessert. But the next morning, as the whole family gathers for the group photo, one person is missing. Hannah offers to track down Uncle Gus, but her search leads to a shocking find. Over by the bar at the pavilion, she spots two slices of her infamous carrot cake, frosting-side down on the floor -- and Gus's corpse with an ice pick jutting out of his chest! Now Hannah's got to sift through a long list of suspects to find a killer -- even if it could mean a recipe for her own demise.

Knitting Bones by Monica Ferris. The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild raised over twenty thousand dollars for charity--but the representative who accepted the check at the annual convention disappeared with it. It turns out that he's the husband of the local chapter president, Allie Germaine, who insists on his innocence. But if Bob Germaine didn't pocket the check, who did? And where is Bob now? Since needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire has broken her leg horseback riding, solving the latest crime will have to be a group project.

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