The Gift of Reading

Holiday Gift Ideas

One of the best gifts you can give anytime is the gift of reading. Especially when you give a book to a YOUNG READER. The main reason I wrote Little Mountain, Big Trouble was to inspire kids who might not be inclined to read to get excited about a story they can identify with. Of course, I’d love it if you gave any of my books as gifts. (click on images to buy)

Little Mountain, Big Trouble print coverDangerous Straits PB coverStraight River cover

But there are so many excellent Minnesota authors who’d appreciate your business this holiday season. Here are a few of my favorite crime writers in the area and a recommended book written by each author:

Julie Holmes; Murder in Plane Sight.
Book cover for Murder in Plane Sight, deHavilland Dash-8, woman in parka, winged pendant. airplane mystery aircraft

Frozen body in an airplane? Check. Stalker ex-boyfriend? Check. Can an aircraft mechanic prove her innocence and uncover a deadly aviation conspiracy before she becomes the next casualty?

Julie’s book is available at many local bookstores, including Valley BooksellerOnce Upon a CrimeBuffalo Books and Coffee, and Cherry Street Books.

Or, order from YOUR local independent bookstore.

Rob Jung; The Reaper. (click on image to buy)

“A tour de force story of one painting and a collection of characters whose greed, passion, and determination force them to come violently at odds over the span of decades.” Judge, 28th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Publishing Book Awards.

Brian Lutterman; Downfall. (click on image to buy) 

“No one writing thrillers captures the poisoned life of corporate America like Brian Lutterman in Downfall. I long for the return of Pen Wilkinson–hell, I wish I’d thought her up myself.”

––Frederick Huebner, Edgar-nominated author of Dominion

John Baird Rogers; Fatal Score. (click on image to buy) 

Joe Mayfield’s happy, ordinary life comes apart when his wife is denied cancer treatment. It’s a few years from now. All critical data is stored behind a national firewall called the Yak. Genetic research has created HealthScore, which determines medical treatment. When Joe’s wife’s HealthScore is slashed, it becomes a death sentence. Frantic to save her, Joe hacks into the Yak and becomes the target of Phoenix, one man’s plot to skim billions in medical payments at the cost of thousands of lives. Joe’s wife dies, and Phoenix sends a pair of toughs to erase Joe.

He goes off the grid, living on cash in out-of-the-way places. But his hack attempts pique the interest of a brilliant Yak tracker called Weezy. She runs him down, skeptical of his good intentions, but becomes an ally. Finally, in a single wide trailer in Panacea, Florida, Joe and Weezy work to destroy Phoenix before Phoenix destroys them.

Upcoming Events

  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Riverwalk Market Fair Winter Market, Northfield News Building, 115 5th St W., Northfield, MN. Part of Northfield’s WINTER WALK, an evening long celebration of the small town holiday season.
  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 7:00 am. Earlybird Rotary Club, Owatonna MN. (Members only)
  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Riverwalk Market Fair Winter Market, Northfield News Building, 115 5th St W., Northfield, MN. 
  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Riverwalk Market Fair Winter Market, Northfield News Building, 115 5th St W., Northfield, MN. 

My 2024 schedule is starting to fill up. Check my Events & Appearances page in the next week or two after my next update and start planning to meet me at an event in the New Year.


They still keep trickling in, but I need more for LMBT! Come on, folks. All it takes is a few minutes of your time to write a few sentences about the book. And if your child or grandchild read it but is too young to post an online review, please write the review on their behalf. Just make sure to say that you’re representing the young reader, not yourself. (Be honest.) HERE’S THE GOODREADS.COM LINK.


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