John Sandford, Vince Flynn and David Housewright are the Twin Cities' best-selling mystery writers. But for a beautifully written, engrossing mystery, richly laced with history, anthropology, archeology and music, you can't do better than the books of Erin Hart. Her mysteries usually begin at a bog somewhere in rural Ireland where something intriguing is discovered, and from there they take you all over Ireland and sometimes to St. Paul. Follow her blog ( for news of every single bog body dug up in Ireland -- and there are plenty.

Runner-up: John Sandford