Twin Cities Events

Hey, Minnesotans out there…mark your calendars! Come get your signed copy of my new thriller THIEF RIVER FALLS at two Twin Cities events in February.

I’ll be at Once Upon A Crime next Saturday, February 1, from 11-1, and then at the new Barnes & Noble store in Woodbury on Saturday, February 15, also from 11-1.

(Can’t make it? Just call the store to order your copy, and let them know how you’d like it inscribed!)


For everyone reading THIEF RIVER FALLS right now in the Amazon First Reads program, here’s the perfect follow-up book.

My audiobook exclusive THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW is finally available in e-book! This Audible Original was a New York Times bestseller, a #1 Audible bestseller, and has amassed more than 12,000 listener reviews.

In many ways, the two books make a perfect matched set — both with intensely emotional plots and told through the eyes of strong heroines. Click here to find out more about THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW.

Second-Story Cat

From Marcia at

Now that the holidays are passed (and we hope yours were terrific)…our Minnesota winter has arrived…and Brian is once again settling in to a regular routine of writing—particularly important since he’s got three manuscript deadlines in 2020…! A number of years ago, he converted one of the second floor bedrooms in our home into his office…so his daily “commute” is a mere 20 feet down the hallway each day…! Each morning, he heads to his office, I start my daily activities…and the cats settle themselves in various locations around the house.

Recently, I had a question for Brian, so I wandered down the hall to his office…and as I passed by one of our windows…I noticed something VERY odd…! In addition to seeing one of our cats looking at me from the chair…there was ANOTHER CAT staring at me…from OUTSIDE the house…! Needless to say, I was shocked…because as you can see…the cat was staring in from a window on the second floor…!

I called out to Brian—telling him that there was something he HAD to come and see for himself. Of course, he was just as surprised as I was to see this cat on our roof…! We knew the cat—a little sweetheart named Loki, who lives at a house down the street from us and likes to patrol the neighborhood—but this was definitely the first time Loki had ever come climbing up to say hello…!

After our initial amusement wore off, we started to wonder how she got up there—and perhaps more importantly—how she was going to get down. Brian went outside and called to Loki—but quickly realized that she wasn’t too anxious to climb down on her own. She’d take a step into the snow on the roof, shake her paw, then come right back over to the window.

Of course, we have several cat carriers, so Brian finally got one of those, went into the bedroom, closed the door, opened the window, took off the screen, grabbed Loki, and put her into the carrier, then calmly carried her downstairs—past our three VERY curious cats—and across the street to an open area to release her. He opened the carrier and Loki happily hopped out…looked up at him as if to say thank you…then went off on her merry way home.

#1 Bestseller

Thanks to the explosive reach of the Amazon First Reads program, my latest thriller THIEF RIVER FALLS has spent the last several days at #1 in the U.S. Kindle Store. I’m particularly pleased to reach so many readers with this novel, as it may well be my personal favorite of everything I’ve written.

I’m also overwhelmed by the response I’ve gotten in e-mails, reviews, and social media posts. Here are just a few samples of what readers have been telling me:

“Wow I just wanted to say thank you. Thief River Falls is the best book I have read in years.”

“I can’t remember the last time I cried reading a book.”

“This was amazing! I would have given it more than 5 stars on Goodreads if I could.”

“I started Thief River Falls yesterday and finished it today. Wow!!! This was a non-stop thriller…the kind of book you stay up all night reading.”

This is a very special book to me. Many thanks to all the readers who have made it a part of their lives. I hope you’ll keep posting those online reviews and sharing your thoughts with me. And don’t forget to tell your friends!

Amazon First Reads

Kindle fans, here’s a great way to kick off 2020!

My new thriller, THIEF RIVER FALLS, has been selected for Amazon First Reads in January. That means Prime members can get the e-book for FREE, and others can get the e-book for just $1.99. Click here to learn more.

Put it on your Kindle now…but remember, don’t tell anyone how it ends! 🙂