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Minnesota Crime Wave (a.k.a. mystery writers) to descend on Park Rapids

"Criminals," from left, William Kent Krueger, Carl Brookins and Ellen Hart will be motoring into Park Rapids Saturday, March 27 for an 11 a.m. "hold up" at the library.

There's almost no truth to the rumor that members of the Minnesota Crime Wave met because they have the same parole officer. 

Established in the fall of 2000, the Crime Wave consists of mystery writers William Kent Krueger, Carl Brookins, and Ellen Hart.  Between them they have published more than 30 novels and have received nearly two dozen local, regional and national awards for their writing. 

They have toured the county several times, presenting over 100 events and workshops at libraries, bookstores, conferences and book festivals.

Saturday, March 27 they will pay a call at the Park Rapids Area Library, motoring in at 11 a.m.

William Kent Krueger writes the Cork O'Connor mystery series, which is set in the great north woods of Minnesota and features a protagonist who is part Irish and part Ojibwe.  His stores often deal with the clash of cultures.  He is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award.  Kent's latest novel, Heaven's Keep, was published in September.

 Carl Brookins, a former academic and an avid sailor, is the author of three mystery series.  The Tanner-Whitney series features a married pair of sailing sleuths.  The Sean Sean series features a very short, very funny and sometimes very dark private detective with an identical first and last name.  His most recent offering, Bloody Halls, introduces a series with an academic setting.

 Ellen Hart, a trained chef, is author of the Jane Lawless mystery series, which features a culinary detective.  Hart has also written novels featuring food critic Sophie Greenway.  Both series are set in Minnesota's Twin Cities.  Hart teaches mystery writing at the University of Minnesota and the Loft Literary Center.

 Call 732-4966 or visit the library if you are interested in attending this event.

 The Minnesota Crime Wave Author visits are part of the Kitchigami Reads/ Kitchigami Writes project, made possible with funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts Fund.