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When History Meets Mystery

I love mysteries, adore history, and am downright fanatical about crime. Put them together, and I’m in literary heaven. Lucky for me, the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime will present all sorts of chaos, crime, and mystery in their presentation, “When History Meets Mystery”.

Check out their bios and join us at 3:00pm on Sunday, July 21, for refreshments and a bit of writerly shenanigans. We have copies of their books at the library. Pick one up before the event or wait until after you hear from the panel before deciding which author you want to read first.

TCSIC panel 2019

Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Carl Brookins was a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in St Paul. He has reviewed mystery fiction for the St Paul Pioneer Press and Mystery Scene Magazine. Carl is an avid recreational sailor and has sailed in many locations across the world. He writes the sailing adventure series featuring Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney, the Sean Sean private investigator detective series, and the Jack Marston academic series.  He lives with his wife Jean of many years, in Roseville, Minnesota. Website:


Growing up in a family of avid readers and story tellers, Barbara Deese developed a keen appreciation for fine writing and sharp wit. From devouring Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries, to her first career as one of only thirty-three female air marshals in the U.S, to writing murder mysteries, she’s always been interested in crime and justice. The protagonists in her No Ordinary Women mystery series, are five middle-aged book club ladies, all mystery lovers, who fall into solving real-life crimes. Website:

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Pat Dennis is the award-winning author of Hotdish to Die For, a collection of mystery short stories where hotdish is the weapon of choice. Her Betty Chance Mysteries include Murder by Chance, Killed by Chance, Dead by Chance and Vegas by Chance. Her memoir Fat Old Woman in Las Vegas: Gambling, Dieting and Wicked Fun ranked #1 on Amazon Travel Memoirs. Pat created the coloring book series for reluctant adults including Kill Me! My Husband’s Retired! Her fiction has appeared in numerous publications including: Once Upon a Crime Anthology, Anne Frasier’s Deadly Treats, Who Died in Here?, Hotdish Haiku, Silence of the Loons, Resort to Murder, Minnesota Monthly, Woman’s World, and The Pioneer Press. Pat is a veteran of 1,000 plus performances in comedy clubs, Fortune 500 special events, woman’s organizations, and church basements across the country. She has worked with such notables as Phyllis Diller, Lewis Black, and Tommy Chong.


After kicking around the corporate nonprofit world for over 20 years, Timya Owen escaped to the exciting life of sports production and cat herding. A rabid fan of mysteries since she picked up her first Mary Stewart novel (The Moonspinners), she reached her breaking point after reading one too many bad mysteries; she decided to give it her best shot and write one herself. Countless writing workshops paid off! Her short story “The Last Game” is her first published work under her pen name T.S. Owen. She is the current president of the Twin Cities Chapter of Sisters in Crime, one of the editors and a contributing author of the TCSinC anthology, Dark Side of the Loon. Timya lives in a quiet suburb of Saint Paul with her husband and a multitude of fat and sassy squirrels.


Barbara Schlichting has always been dreamer, so she writes books. She likes to wander through bookstores and fall in love with fictional characters. She also loves to travel and has had an English penpal for about fifty-five years. Barbara is the author of the First Ladies Dollhouse mystery series, historical fiction, as well as, picture books and poetry. She has several short stories published. Originally from Minneapolis, she and her family moved further north to Bemidji, MN.


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Meinders Community Library is a combined school and public library that serves the residents of Pipestone County in Southwestern Minnesota. It is part of the Plum Creek Library System.