About the Author...
I grew up in a family that valued both reading and writing. My father was a newspaper editor in rural Minnesota. To this day I can smell the ink and hear the rhythm of the press as it printed out the Wheaton Gazette. While my father ran the paper, my mother wrote a weekly column called “Over a Cup of Coffee.”
My first major attempt to write a novel began at age ten. I’d just finished a book that was the autobiography of a doll. I decided to write the autobiography of a puppy. To this day I remember the opening line: “I take pen in paw (with a little difficulty) to write my memoirs.” The rest is lost to history.
I went into nursing hoping to be of service to mankind. I found my passion working in hospice. For nearly thirty years I worked to promote improvements in end-of-life care. I used my ability to put a sentence together to write several books on end-of-life care including the award winning To Comfort Always: A Nurse’s Guide to End of Life Care.
Even with two children and fulltime work, I claimed time to write fiction, humor, short stories and yes, a novel or two. When we lived on ten acres of woods in central Minnesota, I wrote a series of short humor piece published in the Minneapolis StarTribune Sunday Magazine. The one entitled “Funeral Jell-O” won an award for humor writing. I have a certificate (somewhere) to prove it. I remember my daughter at age twelve coming home from school and glaring at me as I sat at my first computer (an Epson QX-10). “Mom are you writing again? Can’t you do something else?”
Well, the children are grown and have children of their own. We have moved from wind chill of Minnesota winters to the rain of Tacoma, Washington winters. The Epson is gone along with several other computers. I have retired from writing about end-of-life care and moved on to writing about murder (there’s got to be a connection somewhere.)
Death of an Editor is the first in A Cabin by the Lake series. Each book will give you a sense of the beauty and mystique of Northern Minnesota along with the realities of life in an isolated rural place.
About the Books...
The Cabin on the Lake Mysteries
Death of an Editor (2019)
Death of a Starling (2021)
Death of a Snow Ghost (2022)
Death of a Fox (2023)
News and Reviews...
For Death of a Starling
“Death of A Starling, the second novel in Linda Norlander’s delightful A Cabin by the Lake mystery series, offers something compelling for every reader. If you’re partial to sense of place, Starling delivers a wonderful evocation of Minnesota’s great Northwoods. Interesting characters, some quirky, some very dark, jump from the pages of every chapter. There’s a bit of romance, a lot of suspense, some fine inclusion of elements of the Ojibwe culture, and a wonderfully serpentine plot that’s sure to keep you guessing to the end. I can’t think of a better read at a summer cabin or in front of a roaring winter fire.”
— William Kent Krueger, New York Times Best Selling Author
For Death of a Snow Ghost
“Trouble finds Jamie and this time it’s as deep as the snow outside her door. The easiest of her worries is a deadline for a manuscript, and uncertain love adds a wrinkle. The real challenge begins when she literally drives into a unique criminal enterprise. It’s cold in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but Linda Norlander’s deft storytelling reveals just how deep desire and greed run, and how compassion and understanding are the ultimate warmth.”
— Gabriel Valjan, author of the Company Files and Shane Cleary Mysteries series
“In Death of a Snow Ghost, author Linda Norlander delivers another riveting tale. The writing is as sharp as a Minnesota winter and as sympathetic as its amateur-sleuth heroine, Jamie Forest. Norlander reaches for, and achieves, a book that far surpasses the confines of its genre. The villains, as well as the heroes, are fully fleshed characters, and the narrative is tightly woven around the central theme of justice. Past and present collide as Jamie embarks upon her pursuit of a killer who targets the most vulnerable of young women. Romance and humor, thrills and chills, and a most satisfying conclusion make Death of a Snow Ghost a must-read book.” - Lori Robbins, author of the On Pointe and Master Class mystery series
For Death of a Fox
A haunted former sanitorium, a missing boy, mysterious family secrets, a greedy ex-husband—this complex mystery set in northern Minnesota has more than enough intrigue to make the book a page-turner.
—Charlotte Stuart, award-winning author of the Discount Detective Series
Death of a Fox is a haunting tale of deeply buried ancient family secrets mingled with a few mysteries of a more modern vintage. Linda Norlander has created a smart heroine, a lush setting, and an abundance of strange goings-on to make this a page-turner I couldn’t put down. I absolutely loved it!
-Annette Dashofy, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series
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