(ok the title alone made me laugh...Minnesotans are the NICEST people ---I can't believe they even have crime in Minnesota)

Nonetheless herewith:


Following the success of its first publishing venture, "Silence of the Loons," The Minnesota Crime Wave has announced a sequel to the criminous anthology. The new volume, to be titled "Resort to Murder," is planned for release in late summer, 2007. The anthology will be published by Nodin Press of Minneapolis, known for its fine carefully designed books in many

Eligible authors must have been professionally published in any genre and must be living in Minnesota. Stories must be set at a real Minnesota resort, although the actual name of the resort may not be used. Authors must tell the Crime Wave which Minnesota resort they intend to use as their setting to avoid duplications. All stories must contain at least one murder and will range from 1,000 to 7,500 words in length. Contracts and payment of $100
will be issued upon acceptance of each story.

Spokesbabe Ellen Hart said, "This is a great opportunity for authors in other genres who want to try crime fiction." "We'll be looking for strong motivation, suspense and interesting characters," commented William Kent Krueger. "And don't forget pace and good description," added Carl Brookins. The crime wave trio, mystery authors all, has pledged their usual strong
efforts to promote the anthology once it is released. The Minnesota Crime Wave has become known for its compelling costumed presentations to audiences at bookstores, libraries and other venues across the country.

For more information, contact The Minnesota Crime Wave at:

MinnesotaCrimeWave at yahoo.com


Kitty said...

I get their newsletter.

Here's Minnesota Crime Wave online.

Maria said...

Minnesota? Death by Mosquitoes!!!

Ken Boy said...

Ever see the movie Fargo?

How about death by wood chipper?

Ya, you betcha.

Stephen said...

I can't believe they even have crime in Minnesota

As Marge Gunderson might have said, I'm not sure I agree with you a hundred percent on your police work, there, Miss Snark. I can't think of the North Star State without thinking Fargo. Yah?

Anonymous said...

It's all that snow. If not watched with great caution they turn into Jack Nicklson it The Shining. I grew up in Michigan- I've seen it happen.

Anonymous said...

Does ANYONE know that Fargo is actually in North Dakota, not in Minnesota?

Mindy Tarquini said...


Minnesotans Behaving Badly

Yah, sign me up for a copy, there, Miss Snark. Sign up another for everybody who doesn't know that Fargo is in North Dakota.

Ray said...

Yah, dat's a funny one all right, you betcha. Der is crime in MINNe-sOHta, dontchano, an' anyone who tinks different is a packsacker or a gotdam youno. I'd say it right up, but Pastor Ingman, he's right over der.

Blame it all on Garrison Keillor (google it). He spread the rumor that Minnesotans are the nicest people on Earth. Yeah, well these nice people can axe murder their mothers with the worst of them. Dysfunctional families are the norm, just like everywhere else. (If 90 percent of families are dysfunctional, what's wrong with the other 10 percent?)

BTW, when I was back in my little hometown of Lake Wobegon (actually Virginia) in 1998, nobody up there liked Fargo. Nevertheless, there's a distinctive brogue that's very similar and easy to fall back into, like going home to Georgia from 212.

Anyway, if I still lived up there, my choice of setting would be Wa-kem-up Bay Resort (does exist on the Cook side of Lake Vermilion). My characters would all have Finnish surnames, except for the murderer who would be from Chicago. They don't like Illinois licence plates up there.

I'd include the only two black people who lived in Virginia during my time: Whitie, who helped me work on my '55 Chrysler, and Mrs. Barton, for whom I did odd jobs as a kid. It would be a 1960s period piece where Mary Jane shows up to pick wild blueberry fields, and a kid from a fundamentalist religion almost has sex with his second cousin. It would be murder by rubbing the victim with bug repellent that actually attracts northern pike. The repellent has a chub minnow scent. It's a horrible, bloody scene that makes people say, "That's different, hey?." The plot thickens like cranberry ketchup (tastes like old boot leather) from there.

Anonymous said...

RE: Fargo

If I remember correctly, the guy who takes the hit out on his wife is from the Twin Cities.

Ken Boy said...

In simply calling Minnesotans "nice", Miss Snark perhaps fails to grasp the subtle nuances of the region. For a fuller appreciation, she could listen to The Rodeo Song:

Well it's forty below but I don't give a f**k
Got a heater in my truck
and I'm off to the rodeo

Stephen said...

Does ANYONE know that Fargo is actually in North Dakota, not in Minnesota?

I know perfectly well that Fargo is in North Dakota, but Fargo is set entirely in Minnesota. Much of the action takes place in Brainerd.

jaywalke said...

If there is no crime in Minnesota, John Sandford has a lot of money to return for false advertising. I like his comment in a recent interview about how he's not really sure how many books he's sold. Once you pass a few million, I guess you just stop counting.

Anonymous said...

Some of my people are from Longville (anyone know the Mule Lake Store?), near Walker, near Brainerd. There is a lake there called Wabedo (which portages to Little Boy Lake, Woman Lake, Stony Creek, and is in the same chain which includes the regionally famous Leech Lake) which used to be remote and sylvan, but which is now developed and crowded. Perfect setting for a murder story. Possible motives could include real estate greed, or ubi sunt nostalgia.

I have to agree, crime has increased since the seventies. There is a tendency toward alcohol abuse in all latitude>48:00:00 regions. Less than 8 hours of light in the winter, offset by 17 hour days in the summer--this is the definition of seasonal affective disorder. Plus, there is something about this region's original inhabitants' collective memory that still resents losing the Viking empire. A land whose resources, climate, flora and fauna are almost exactly like the Scandinavian peninsula, lost to civilising forces, those centuries ago; MN, away from the cities, remains a kind of Nordic imperial exile.

Anonymous said...

Minnesota had one of the biggest increases in violent crime and murder in the country last year. So much for nice. And as a Minnesotan myself, I feel the need to point out the obvious: almost nobody around here talks like they did in Fargo.