Thursday, November 11, 2010

Best Minnesota mysteries:
Mabel Seeley, Thomas Gifford.

The blog 150 Best Minnesota Books opens a conversation on Minnesota whodunits, mentioning Mabel Seeley's The Chuckling Fingers (1941) and Thomas Gifford's The Wind Chill Factor (1975), Seeley's The Listening House (1938) appears on the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone list of essential mystery works. Gifford (1937–2000) was an Edgar nominee for The Cavanaugh Quest (1976). Seeley (1903–91) served on MWA's first board of directors, and four of her works are back in print thanks to Afton Historical Society Press.

For more on recommended Minnesota literature, see this Star Tribune article, which quotes former mystery bookseller Steve Stilwell.

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