Are you getting stir crazy? Need something to do? How about reading books based in the Upper Peninsula?
A Little Learning is a dangerous thing “Life at Copper University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has been good for Professor of Victorian literature Maddie Temple, but the school year is about to get off to a deadly start. Maddie’s first day of school is marred by the death of a student who fell from the library’s upper floors. Lou Allin
The Burning of Rachel Hayes Troubled veterinarian David Westbrook has moved to a small town in northern Michigan to start a new life, but his past soon catches up with him. Despite his attempts to lie low, Westbrook rescues a young boy from a well and immediately finds himself in the spotlight, not to mention haunted by the bones he saw while saving the boy. Were the bones from a poacher who disappeared in the 1950s or from Rachel Hayes, a farm woman who vanished in 1871? Allyn deftly weaves greed, ambition, action, romance and tragedy in dueling mysteries set 133 years apart. Michigan mysteries, Michigan author, Mystery books set in Michigan. Doug Allyn
The Case of the Weird Sisters Alice Brennan is going to marry a millionaire. She has caught the eye of her boss, Innes Whitlock, but before they can tie the knot she must meet his sisters: three women who are so awful that no amount of money is worth enduring their company. One is blind, one is deaf, one is missing an arm, and they all want their brother dead. The accidents begin as soon as Alice and Innes arrive at the sisters’ creaky old Michigan country house, set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Charlotte Armstrong
Mayhem on the Michigamme The is the second adventure in the series of retired sheriff, Bill Bennett. Along with his friends, they try to bring justice to a community that is packed with deceit, crime, violence, and misadventures as the pseudo-detectives help law enforcement solve horrible crimes on the pristine Lake Michigamme. Bill Blewett
Black robe The fictionalized life and explorations of the Jesuit missionary, Jacques Marquette (1637-1675). Partially set at St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie in Northern Michigan. Corcoran, Charles
Courage of Captain Plum - Historical fiction A stirring tale of the Mormon colony on Beaver island, in Lake Michigan. At the center of the plot lies the perfidy of James Jesse Strang who as self-proclaimed king ruled the island during the administration of Franklin Pierce. Captain Plum, who visits the island in the interests of righting a grievance of piracy, is plunged into the thick of a revolt, and, at the peril of death, snatches two persecuted young women from the meshes of the Mormon net. James Oliver Curwood
The Tarnished Eye From the New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary People comes a gripping novel of suspense, exploring fragile family dynamics in the aftermath of tragedy… The Tarnished Eye takes readers to the community of Blessed, in northern Michigan, where Sheriff Hugh DeWitt still grieves for his infant son, who died of SIDS a few years earlier. Obsessed with the past, he’s endangering his future with his beloved wife and daughter. Judith Guest
Winter of the Wolf Moon “Ex-cop and sometime P.I. Alex McKnight endures the bitter Michigan winter in his log cabin. When a young Ojibwa woman asks for shelter from her abusive boyfriend, McKnight agrees. She disappears the next morning, and McKnight suspects her boyfriend of abducting her. But his search brings on more suspects and a thickening web of crime from the secret world of the Ojibwa reservation. Steve Hamilton
Mackinac Passage - A Summer Adventure When the Jenkins family arrives at their Straits of Mackinac summer cottage, 15-year-old Pete Jenkins, meets and befriends three other teens. But before long, in a summer already filled with fishing, learning to sail, and making new friends, the four teens stumble across evidence of a counterfeit money scheme, which they suspect is run by a recluse writer named Harold Geetings. (young adult) Robert Lytle
The Citadel of the Lakes – Mackinac Island Historical Fiction“The reader relives the turbulent and hazardous days when England and the United States contended for the prize of Mackinac Island and the control of the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. Myron David Orr has taken as his central point, the fur trader, John Jacob Astor, who, because of his insatiable lust for money, betrays his country and eliminates all those traders who defy him in his conquest of the Northwest Territory fur trade. The sinister influence of Astor dominates and encompasses the lives of all the people of this pioneer outpost, causing disastrous results to the armed forces of the United States, as well as personal tragedies to the families themselves. Myron Orr
The Riddle of Billy Gibbs When the mutilated body of a black man is found hanging from a tree in Mackinac County 275 miles away across the wild Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Porcupine County Sheriff Steve Martinez is dismayed. His bailiwick is ninety-nine per cent white, and the victim, an army veteran, had just been acquitted by an all-white jury in the rape of a white woman. Steve had feared racial repercussions after the verdict and suspects bigotry led to the violent death of Billy Gibbs. However, the story does not stop there. One of a Steve Martinez series.
The Long Winter Ends Tells the story of a year in the life of a young emigrant miner who leaves Cornwall in the southwest of England to work in the copper mines of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Through Jim’s story, The Long Winter Ends offers a glimpse into the lives of an often neglected emigrant group that played an important role in the development of the Great Lake and American mining industries since the 1840s. Thomas Newton
The Blazed Trail “It is a record of outdoor life, of life in the logging-camps along Lake Superior, a story of the fight of men with nature. … the author carries the hero from his first experience as a raw hand through all the phases of logging to the time when he is owner of a great logging-camp. When he has finished, the reader knows as much about the preparations of a log for the sawmill as he would know if he had read a government report on the subject.” Stewart White
The Marquette TrilogyIn small towns, people depend on each other. In Upper Michigan, through long, harsh winters and economic woes, people form bonds even without blood ties. On this day of civic pride, an entire city became one family, a city filled with people descended from a handful of brave pioneers who came to Iron Bay a century before to build a community which still prospered. Tyler Tichelaar
He followed that popular series with four more Marquette-based novels: "Narrow Lives", "The Only Thing That Lasts," "Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance," and "The Best Place." His popular Marquette novels led to requests to write a history of Marquette, Michigan which he did with "My Marquette: Explore the Queen City of the North, Its History, People, and Places." The popularity of that book in turn led to the short book "Creating a Local History Book"
Where Copper was King The author wrote in the Introduction that he, “…has been urged to take upon himself the office of chronicler, lest the memories of that rough and difficult and, in no slight degree, heroic life be irrevocably lost …” “The characters whom he has attempted to draw are real characters, who played parts of more or less prominence in the Lake Superior country forty years ago; and the incidents – distressing, tragical, and ridiculous – which he has described are taken from real life, with but little coloring or exaggeration.” James Wright
Worth the Wait Series Set in Copper Country, the 8 books highlight a group of friends who grew up near Houghton. The author develops her stories around festivals and locations. If you are looking for light summer reading, these books are great for the beach. Mara Jacobs