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"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 roaring winter fire."

-William Kent Krueger, author of the New York Times bestseller, This Tender Land


Linda Norlander is the author of the
Cabin by the Lake Mystery series.

Death of a Starling book cover.

The second book in the series, Death of a Starling is now available! Ask for it at your local bookstore or purchase it online through bookshop and support your local independent bookseller. You can also purchase a print copy or Kindle version through Amazon.

Jamie Forest is a freelance editor eking out a living in northern Minnesota. Her plans for a tranquil fall in her cabin by the lake are shattered when she us drawn into writing an article about a school shooting in a nearby town where all the victims were Native American. Is this a hate crime? As she pursues the story, she finds a town wrapped in silence. When the one person who will talk with her is found dead, Jamie is launched into an investigation to uncover the secrets of this dying town.

Youth and age, energy and experience mix when writer Jamie Forest and attorney Clarence Engstrom work together. Out of her element, her loyal dog Bronte at her side, Jamie investigates a school shooting. DEATH OF A STARLING is filled with small town intrigues that will remind readers of Twin Peaks and the familiar terrain of northern Minnesota seen in William Kent Kreuger’s Cork O’Connor Series. A subtle and sly mystery that creeps up on you, with its unfortunate resonance around violence in schools and injustices committed against Native Americans. -Gabriel Valjan author of Symphony Road, A Shane Cleary Mystery

Death of a Starling, the second book in Linda Norlander’s Cabin by the Lake Mysteries, does not disappoint. Norlander treats us to nuanced characters, each with their own eccentricities and secrets, while she tackles many timely issues with finesse. This gritty cozy will satisfy your need for a quiet, beautiful read while surprising you with heart thumping suspense as the case is cracked. Norlander’s idyllic setting in the Minnesota Northwoods is an invitation you cannot pass up. Settle in with Jamie Forest in her cabin on the lake and enjoy a peaceful autumn day. Feel the cool breeze on your face and the crackle of leaves under your feet, but don’t get too comfortable, because nothing is as it appears. -Tina deBellegarde, Agatha nominated author of Winter Witness


Death of an Editor book cover.

The first book in her series, Death of an Editor, is available at your local bookstore or purchase it online through bookshop and support your local independent bookseller. You can also purchase a print copy or Kindle version through Amazon.

Finally an author who has a normal rhythm of dialog. Always love a protagonist with humor. Great sense of place, so well described I was running for cover from the storms and raising welts from the mosquitoes. -Amazon Review