Carl Brookins


Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Brookins was a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has reviewed mystery fiction for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and for Mystery Scene Magazine. His reviews now appear on his own web site, on more than a dozen blogs and on several Internet review sites, Brookins is an avid recreational sailor and has sailed in many locations across the world. He is a member of Sisters in Crime, and Private Eye Writers of America. He can frequently be found touring bookstores and libraries with his companions-in-crime, The Minnesota Crime Wave. 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.

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Gossip, Goons, and Gals
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 62,980. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A retired trio of bright and persistent women solve a murder, liven up their retirement residence, and pass on a few candid comments on life.
Grand Lac
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,610. Language: American English. Published: January 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Alan Lockem and his partner, former exotic dancer, Marjorie Kane, take advantage of their ages and experience to help people who have unfairly run afoul of the law. In this case, a young day trader is accused of murdering a man who made a drunken run down a mountainside in northern Idaho. Lockem and Kane are soon enmeshed in life-threatening murder, kidnapping, and civic corruption.
The Case of the Deceiving Don
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,100. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Private Investigator Sean Sean arrives at his quiet suburban home late on a summer afternoon and finds a blown up wheelchair, a body and several squad cars scattered across the street. He knows something’s gotten seriously out of hand. He’d been planning to put his red Keds up on a footstool and have a cool beer after a long boring surveillance, but fate has other plans that might be deadly.
The Inside Passage
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,010. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Murder, love, loss, adventure on the high seas, and struggles for redemption mark Michael Tanner's journey.
Hard Cheese
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A short story about a short detective, Sean NMI Sean, and his adventure chasing a drug-smuggling murderer through the horse barn at the great Minnesota State Fair.
The Case of the Stolen Case
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,600. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Flipping! Foreclosures! Construction scams! Diminutive detective Sean NMI Sean takes on a roving band of thieves and murderers who come to town hoping to cash in on a variety of real estate scams. With tongue in cheek and gat in hand Sean is up to the task.
Red Sky
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,000. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Mary Whitney and Tanner embark on a romantic sailing vacation in the British Virgin Islands. During a quick swim off their chartered boat, Tanner finds three hundred dollar bills. Contact with the authorities leads to murder and a tense search for millions of missing dollars. Tanner is kidnapped, sending Mary on a frantic quest to save both Tanner and herself.
Daddy's Little Girl
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,830. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
College administrator Jack Marston (BLOODY HALLS) gets more than he bargained for when he responds to entreaties from a student's father. Upon entering the woman's apartment, he finds a distraught man and a dead body sprawled on the floor.
The Day I Lost my Innocence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,540. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
How a teenaged boy in 1949 encountered violence and real life on the Midway of the Minnesota State Fair.
Night Sail
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Winthrop was never meant to live ashore. When the barmaid he was seeing flirted with another guy there was a small dustup over her attentions. win knew if he didn't get to sea, at least for a while, he'd be in trouble. So he sailed off onto the Inside Passage alone, never dreaming this night would never end.
The Case of the Great Train Robbery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,430. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Diminutive P.I. Sean Sean is attacked in a suburban back yard when he unearths an old stash of cash and a weapon. Trying to discover the source of the money, Sean is led on a dangerous trail of conspiracy, corruption and long-delayed justice. Loosely based on a ninety-year-old Railway Express train heist in South Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Smashwords book reviews by Carl Brookins

  • Danger in Deer Ridge on Sep. 24, 2011

    I liked this novel a lot. Sure, there's a big fat coincidence early on, but these things happen in real life, so why not in our fiction as well. After enduring a really nasty abusive relationship with her husband for far too long, Elizabeth moves out with her son and goes deep underground. Readers will experience her terror at making a mistake and being found. And there's more at stake than "just" the lives of her son and herself. A nice job of building both a positive relationship and Elizabeth's growing apprehension as her husband draws closer.
  • PUN-ishing Tales: The Stuff That Groans Are Made On on Nov. 09, 2011

    I don't do puns. I don't even like them all that much, especially when they appear in book titles. I was provoked, or challenged to read this one by the author. So I did. Have you read Aesop's Fables? This volume is sort of like that, although maybe without quite as much depth or significance. It's a group of short or very short stories, many involved with crimes, including the crime of punning. I laughed as some, groaned at others. There are good puns and not so good puns or plays on words here. It's fun and worth every penny.