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Books set in Michigan, Upper Peninsula novels, Michigan mystery books. Hundreds of free online fiction books based in Michigan. Includes books set in Detroit.

Numerous Michigan authors. Books are vintage & modern.

Michigan Fiction Book Collection – Books Set in Michigan

Here are about 290 modern works of Michigan fiction, including mystery books set in Michigan, that you can read online or download for free. There are many well-known authors represented, including Michigan authors. Included are horror stories from the Michigan Chillers series, including “Mackinac City Mummies”. Genres include mysteries, crime, romance, adventure, history fiction, juvenile, humor, teen and more. You’ll find short stories too.
Some authors are: Joyce Carol Oates, Christopher Paul Curtis, Cassie Edwards, Michelle Dalton, Michelle Celmer, Steve Hamilton, Patricia Polacco, Gayle Gaymer Martin, Mitch Alborn, Mary Davis, Pearl Cleage, Bridgett M. Davis, Maxine Trottier, Robert Charles Wilson, Joseph Finder, Lacey Alexander, Don Pendleton, Bette Ford, Patrick Jones, Jim Harrison, Colleen Coble, Susan Holtzer, Lucia Raatma, Jody Hedlund, Doulas Allyn, Joseph Heywood. Books set in Michigan.

Books set in Michigan Upper Peninsula – Collection – Books Set in Northern Michigan

About 30 books that take place in the Michigan Upper Peninsula, free online. Read online or download. Some Upper Peninsula authors. Free books that take place in the Upper Peninsula, Books set in Michigan.

Detroit Fiction Collection – Books Set in Detroit

Here are about 120 books set in Detroit Michigan. They aren’t self-published; they’re scanned modern books by major authors, including many Michigan writers, free online. They include murder mysteries, detectives, novels about relationships, historical fiction, books about the auto industry, African American novels, and other genres.
Some authors are: Jeffrey Eugenides, Donald Goines, Mike Lupica, Elmore Leonard, Don Pendleton, Bette Ford, Loren Estleman, William J. Couglin, Douglas Allyn, Peter Leonard, Wahida Clark, Gary Hardwick, William X. Kienzle, Cheryl Robinson, Tim Farrington, Olivia Rupprecht, Kelley Armstrong, Rainelle Burton, Alan Lawrence Sitomer, Porter Shreve. Books set in Detroit, includes some black Detroit authors. Books set in Michigan.

The Groper – Books Set in Michigan

Aikman, Henry G.
NY: Boni and Liveright 1919

“Lee Hillquit is a dreamer and an idealist who maintains that ‘success comes to the man who works for it’ as the inevitable reward of merit. He goes to Detroit in 1907, at a time when the automobile industry was just emerging from infancy. At first he honestly tries to put his doctrine of trustfulness and hard work into practice, only to find himself the dupe of a real estate concern of decidedly dubious methods. Then, just as he is about to give up and go back to his home in Chatham, luck takes him by the hand. For a while he congratulates himself on his good fortune, only to discover that he must pay a price for it, the price of his self-respect. It is exacted from him insidiously. It is his very idealism that for some time cloaks his relations with Mrs Curran, even from himself. However, though he wanders for a while in a slough of dissipation, he emerges from it and presently sees himself, as always, a veritable groper ‘stumbling, floundering, following false lights, at intervals catching a real glimpse of truth.”
“Many of the minor characters are cleverly drawn, and the book as a whole gives an excellent picture of Detroit during the years from 1907 to 1916, even though it entirely ignores the war.” – The Book Review Digest. Book set in Detroit, Books set in Michigan.

Author notes: Henry G. Aikman was a pseudonym for Harold Hunter Armstrong, a Michigan author who was born in Morenci, MI in 1884, graduated from U of M, and took a law degree at Detroit College of Law. ‘The Groper’ is one of four novels that he wrote; all of them related to the business scene. Michigan fiction free online, Books set in Michigan.

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A Little Learning is a Murderous Thing – Books Set in Michigan Upper Peninsula

Allin, Lou
Five Star 2005

“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. Soon after, the Chairman of the school is found blind and paralyzed in his bed and dies soon after. Flo Andrews, the ambitious English Coordinator is the likely suspect. Maddie turns amateur detective to figure out who is behind the strange happenings at Copper University, and uncover a killer — before she learns just how murderous a little learning can be.” -Publisher. “Copper University” (Michigan Technological University) is in “Stoddard” (Houghton MI), in Michigan Upper Peninsula. Novel set in Michigan Upper Peninsula.

Author notes: Lou Allin (1945-2014) grew up in Chicago and received a PhD in English Renaissance literature in 1977. She then was a professor of English at Cambrian College in Ontario, Canada. She published poetry and novels, including the Belle Palmer mystery series and the Holly Martin series. Books set in Michigan.

The Burning of Rachel Hayes – Books That Take Place in Michigan

Allyn, Doug
Five Star 2004

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.

Author notes: Doug Allyn, b. 1942, is a Michigan mystery author and a professional musician who travels around the Midwest with his rock band. He has published at least 10 novels and a number of short stories. He lives in Montrose MI.

Wolves Against the Moon – Novels Set in Michigan

Altrocchi, Julia Cooley
NY: Macmillan 1945

“The dramatic story of a French Canadian who, from 1794 to 1834, operated a fur-trading business on a large scale, and whose orbit extended from Quebec through the Great Lakes country and south to New Orleans. It is replete with melodrama, filled with details of relations of white men and Indians, touching the history of Mackinac MI, Detroit, and Chicago, and the massacre at Fort Dearborn, the original site of Chicago. All through Joseph Bailly’s prosperous career as trader and friend of Indians, runs the thread of his unwilling infatuation for the French woman who was the wife of his most determined enemy.” -Bkl. Old Northwest. Historical fiction that takes place in Michigan, Books set in Michigan.

Author notes: Julia Cooley Altrocchi (1893-1972) was an author and poet who wrote many works for children and adults. She was raised in Chicago, and graduated from Vassar College in 1914. In 1928 she moved with her husband to Berkeley, California, where he spent his career as a college professor. The couple maintained a summer home near Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan.

The Lake, the River & the Other Lake – Michigan Mystery Authors

Amick, Steve
Pantheon 2005

The resort town of Weneshkeen, nestled along Michigan’s Gold Coast, has become a complex melting pot: townies and old timers mix with ritzy summer folk, migrant cherry pickers, wily river guides, and a few Ojibwe Indians. As the summer blooms, these lives mingle in surprising ways–a lifelong resident and Vietnam Vet pursues the take-no-guff deputy sheriff, while plotting revenge against the jet-skiers polluting his beloved lake; a summer kid from downstate stumbles into a romance with the sexiest rich girl in town; the town’s retired reverend discovers the Internet and a new friend in his computer tutor. A resonant social comedy with richly-drawn characters and quirky charm. Novel set in Michigan, Books set in Michigan.

Author Notes: Steve Amick’s short fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Southern Review, The New England Review, Playboy, Story, the anthology The Sound of Writing, and on National Public Radio. He has an MFA from George Mason University and has been a college instructor, playwright, copywriter, songwriter, and musician. He’s a current Michigan author, dividing his time between his hometown, Ann Arbor, MI, and a family cottage on a famously clear lake along the northern edge of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Cookie Cutter – Mystery Books Set in Michigan

Anthony, Sterling
Ballantine 1999

A police lieutenant has her hands full trying to solve a series of murders that have targeted conservative African Americans and ultimately are connected with an upcoming mayoral election. The novel is set in Detroit.
“A work of stunning psychological suspense featuring one of the most complex villains in recent literature, Cookie Cutter is more than a compelling thriller. It is also a gritty, passionate tale of family and lovers, crime and politics, and the black experience in America–on both sides of the law.” -Publisher. Mystery books set in Michigan, Michigan novels free online.

Captives of Cupid: A Story of Old Detroit – Michigan Historical Fiction

Antona, Annetta Halliday
Detroit: Eby 1896

A complex tale of romance, murders and the death of Tecumseh at the Battle of the Thames. Novel that takes place in Detroit.

Author notes: Annetta J. Halliday-Antona was a Detroit author and was married to Italian Count and former diplomat Guiseppe Antona. In addition to two or three novels, she, with her husband, also translated other works from Italian. Fiction books set in Michigan.

The Case of the Weird Sisters – Books set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Armstrong, Charlotte
Gifford 1943

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.

Author notes: Edgar Award–winning Charlotte Armstrong (1905–1969) was one of the finest American authors of classic mystery and suspense. The daughter of an inventor, Armstrong was born in Vulcan Michigan, and attended Barnard College, in New York City. For a decade she wrote plays and poetry, with work produced on Broadway and published in the New Yorker. In the early 1940s, she began writing suspense. Over the next two decades, she wrote more than two dozen novels, winning critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. Books set in Michigan Upper Peninsula. Charlotte Armstrong Case of the Weird Sisters.

The Dollmaker – Books Set in Detroit MI

Arnow, Harriette
Avon 1972

“Gertie Nevels, a courageous and unselfish Kentucky countrywoman who has a talent amounting to a passion for whittling small objects out of wood, is forced by the war to leave the happy, although poverty-stricken, community where she has spent her life and go to Detroit, where her husband has found work in a factory. The meanness, squalor, and lack of privacy of her new surroundings, and the debasing effect of the city on her husband and on some of their children, oppress her, but she maintains her integrity and her faith in her fellow human beings.” New Yorker
“It is hard to believe that anyone who opens its pages will soon forget (Gertie) and her sufferings as traced in Harriette Arnow’s long, heavily packed masterwork.” NY Times Book Rev. Books set in Detroit, Michigan fiction, Books set in Michigan.

Author notes: Harriette Louisa Simpson Arnow (1908-1986) was raised and educated in Kentucky, teaching school in a remote area of Appalachia for two years before moving to Cincinnati. She published her first novel in 1936. She later married and, in 1944, the couple settled in a public housing complex in Detroit. ‘The Dollmaker’ was published in 1954, after they had resettled in Ann Arbor. It met with considerable critical acclaim, and was also a best seller. This Michigan author died on her Washtenaw County Michigan farm in 1986. -Wikipedia.

The Weedkiller’s Daughter – Books Based in Detroit Michigan

Arnow, Harriette Simpson
Knopf 1970

As compelling as it is turbulent, The Weedkiller’s Daughter captures a family at the center of the rapidly changing society of midcentury Detroit. Fifteen-year-old Susie greets this new era with a sense of curiosity, while her father rages against it, approaching anything and everything foreign, unconventional, or unfortunate as he does the weeds he perpetually removes from his garden. As Susie seeks escape from her parents’ increasingly restrictive world of order and monotony, she ventures deeper and deeper into a dangerously new territory. The Weedkiller’s Daughter is a gripping psychological exploration of a generation on the brink of indelible—and irreversible—transformation. Novel set in Detroit, Books set in Michigan.

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A Woman’s Place – Michigan Historical Fiction

Austin, Lynn N.
Bethany House 2006

They watched their sons, their brothers, and their husbands enlist to fight a growing menace across the seas. And when their nation asked, they answered the call as well. Virginia longs to find a purpose beyond others’ expectations. Helen is driven by a loneliness money can’t fulfill. Rosa is desperate to flee her in-laws’ rules. Jean hopes to prove herself in a man’s world. Under the storm clouds of destruction that threaten America during the early 1940s, this unlikely gathering of women will experience life in sometimes startling new ways as their beliefs are challenged and they struggle toward a new understanding of what love and sacrifice truly mean. Books set in Michigan.

Private Heat: An Art Hardin Mystery – Mystery Novel Set in Grand Rapids MI

Bailey, Robert E.
M. Evans 2007

“Private detective and retired counterintelligence officer Art Hardin stays away from the flashy kind of PI work, preferring to pay his bills by checking up on false disability claims, routine surveillance, and the like. So when the senior partner of one of the premier legal firms in Grand Rapids approaches Hardin about a job protecting his niece from her soon-to-be ex-husband for a couple of days, Hardin isn’t exactly eager to take on the job. However, Hardin finds that the fee offered to too great to pass up. After a hatchet attack, a house burnt down, and a few violent encounters with some crooked cops, Hardin can hardly wait for the case to be over. But when the husband is found murdered, the niece attempts suicide, and Hardin is brought in on a trumped-up warrant for the crime, it is no longer a case that he is willing to walk away from — even if he could.” -Publisher. This mystery is set in Grand Rapids Michigan. Mystery books set in Michigan.

Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon – Books that Take Place in Michigan

Bakopoulos, Dean
Harcourt 2005

“During the summer of 1991, when times were tough, the men of blue-collar Maple Rock outside Detroit disappeared one by one, with one of them leaving a note saying he was going to the moon. The women rage and weep, then start new lives—finding jobs, remarrying, moving to nicer suburbs. But the fatherless sons, among them 16-year-old Mikey Smolij, flounder for years. After an initial period of freedom and licentiousness, during which they take over the local tavern and serve as studs for older women, these teenage boys live with doubt about whether whatever caused their fathers’ disappearances might get them too.” Booklist
“By deftly welding magic realism with social satire, Bakopoulos captures the dark side of the working-class dream.” N Y Times Book Rev. Books that take place in Michigan, fiction books set in Michigan.

A Lesson Plan for Murder: a Louis Searing and Margaret McMillan Mystery – Mystery Novels Set in Michigan

Baldwin, Richard L.
Buttonwood 1998

No one sheds any tears when overbearing English teacher Marcia Deaver is found dead in her classroom. Some staff members speculate it was a heart attack, or perhaps a suicide, but Liz Hopewell knows that no self-respecting member of the Valerian Hills English Department would kill herself without leaving behind a perfectly penned suicide note, complete with detailed footnotes and obscure literary references.
After the police begin investigating the death as a murder, Liz finds Marcia’s mysteriously coded lesson plans. Convinced that they hold the key to identifying the murderer, normally risk-averse Liz finds herself obsessed with solving the crime. Set in Newberry, Grand Haven, Charlevoix, and other Michigan locales. Michigan mysteries, Michigan crime fiction, Books set in Michigan.

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She’ll Learn – Michigan Novels

Barkley-Staples, Sybil
Sadorian 2002

She’ll Learn untangles the web of life’s trials and tribulations. It’s lesson is being taught each day you live it. Maxine, Sydney, and Indira learn that nothing else matters, but true friendship. They figure that although they lead separate lives their lives all affect each other. Together they always make it through. African American women fiction, novels set in Michigan, Books set in Michigan.

A Superior Death – Books set in Michigan Upper Peninsula

Barr, Nevada
Berkley 1994

Nevada Barr sends Ranger Pigeon to a new post amid the cold, deserted, and isolated beauty of Isle Royale National Park, a remote island off the coast of Michigan known for fantastic deep-water dives of wrecked sailing vessels. When a routine application for a diving permit reveals a grisly underwater murder, Anna finds herself 260 feet below the forbidding surface of the lake, searching for the connection between a drowned man and an age-old cargo ship. Mystery set in Northern Michigan, fiction books set in Michigan.

“Author Notes: Nevada Barr was born on March 1, 1952. She is the author of a series of mysteries involving national parks. She draws on her own experience as a National Park Service ranger to thrill readers with the majesty of nature. Anna Pigeon, the heroine of such novels as A Superior Death and Endangered Species, is a rough-and-tough ranger who left the wilds of New York for the great outdoors, and is modeled after Barr. Barr began writing in 1978, garnering national attention with the publication in 1993 of ‘Track of the Cat’, which won both the Agatha and Anthony awards for Best First Mystery Novel. Her novels are known for breathtaking descriptions of nature, diverse settings, and a no-nonsense heroine. She also provides frequently unflattering portrayals of the National Park Service.” -Bowker author biographies.

The Feast of Love – Famous Michigan Authors

Baxter, Charles
Pantheon 2000

From “one of our most gifted writers” (Chicago Tribune), here is a superb new novel that delicately unearths the myriad manifestations of extraordinary love between ordinary people.
The Feast of Love is just that — a sumptuous work of fiction about the thing that most distracts and delights us. In a re-imagined Midsummer Night’s Dream, men and women speak of and desire their ideal mates; parents seek out their lost children; adult children try to come to terms with their own parents and, in some cases, find new ones. Michigan authors. Fiction that takes place in Michigan, fiction books set in Michigan.

Author notes: Charles Baxter is a current Michigan writer who lives in Ann Arbor Michigan and has taught writing at the University of Michigan there. He is the author of several novels and is the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature. -Publisher.

Who Fought and Bled – Historical Fiction Book Based in Michigan

Beebe, Ralph
NY: Coward-McCann 1941

“Historical novel of the War of 1812 as it was fought out in the west. Young Roderick Hale of Boston learns from his lawyer that he has fallen her to a vast estate on the Miami river near Dayton, Ohio. Resolving to go west to claim his inheritance, he falls in with Capt. Abijah Stark, western scout and ranger, and the two form an odd partnership. Their joint adventures are described with considerable humor and there is some promise in the early chapters of a plot. This evaporates, and the book should be read as straight narrative giving a clear idea of the times.” -Wisconsin Bulletin. War of 1812, historical fiction. Books set in Michigan.

The Road to Wellville – Michigan Historical Fiction Book

Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Viking 1993

This social satire provides a portrait of 1907 Battle Creek Michigan “from three perspectives. The first and most central is that of Dr. Kellogg himself, high priest of a sanitarium where the rich and powerful go to be cured of physical and spiritual ‘autointoxication’ brought about by meat eating and sexual activity. Possessed of a Napoleon complex and an abiding hatred of Post, he is saluted around the clinic as ‘the Chief.’ The second is that of Will Lightbody, a patient at the clinic who has trouble getting the Kellogg religion. The third viewpoint is that of Charlie Ossining, a shady businessman who tries to get a piece of the breakfast-cereal action a little too late.” Booklist
The author “evokes the world of the senses with remarkable skill. As always, his prose is a marvel, enjoyable from beginning to end, alive with astute observations, sharp intelligence and subtle musicality. Possibly as an effect of his highly developed style, Mr. Boyle’s vision has been one of the most distinctive and original of his generation.” -N Y Times Book Rev. Books that take place in Michigan, fiction books set in Michigan. Battle Creek (Mich.)

Author notes: T. C. Boyle was born Thomas John Boyle in Peekskill, New York in 1948. He received a B.A. in English and history from SUNY Potsdam in 1968, a MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1974, and a Ph.D. degree in nineteenth century British literature from the University of Iowa in 1977. He has been a member of the English department at the University of Southern California since 1978. He has written over 20 books and received numerous awards.

Redcloud of the Lakes

Burton, Frederick R.
NY: Dillingham 1909

An epic story dealing with the history of a group of Ojibway Indians through three generations; from the time that the grandfather of the tribe goes forth as a young man to fast, and in the wilderness sees a vision, until the vision is fulfilled in the life time of the grandson. The vision – that of a young buffalo despoiled of horns and mane and heart by a great beast whose body trailed away to in visible distance – foretells the coming of the white man, the end of the wild tribal life, and the civilization of the Indian. – Book Review Digest. Novel of Michigan Native Americans, fiction books set in Michigan.

Author notes: Frederick Russell Burton (1861-1909) was an author and composer. This Michigan writer was born in Jonesville Michigan, graduated from Harvard, and later lived in Yonkers, NY. He also studied Native American music and published ‘American Primitive Music: With Especial Attention to the Songs of the Ojibway’.

Touched – Books that Take Place in Michigan

Campbell, Scott
Bantam 1997

Robbie Young is an ordinary twelve-year-old boy about to drop a bombshell that will devastate his small town family. One day he rides his bike home after school, finds his mother in the kitchen making dinner, and speaks aloud the secret he’s been keeping for a year, “Jerry Houseman’s been touching me.” Robbie has been molested and the Young family will never be the same. From that moment on, the novel unfolds with inexorable power. The story is narrated in four parts: first by Robbie’s mother, then by Jerry Houseman himself, then by Houseman’s wife Linda, and concluded by Robbie himself fifteen years later, when he has returned to town for a high school reunion. Each voice is remarkably persuasive and utterly convincing. Child sexual abuse fiction, Books set in Michigan.

Author notes: This Michigan writer was raised in Jackson, Michigan and received his B.A. at Miami Univ. in Ohio. He has also done graduate studies, and taught writing at MIT and Emerson College. Author of two novels and short fiction.

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Mackinac and Lake Stories – Short Stories Set in Michigan

Catherwood, Mary Hartwell
NY: Harper 1899

Story titles are:
– Marianson
– The Black Feather
– The Cobbler in the Devil’s Kitchen
– The Skeleton on Round Island
– The Penitent of Cross Village
– The King of Beaver
– Beaver Lights
– A British Islander
– The Cursed Patois
– The Mothers of Honore
– The Blue Man
– The Indian on the Trail. Mackinac Island (Mich. : Island) — Fiction, Beaver Island (Mich.) Short stories set in Michigan.

The White Islander – Historical Fiction Set in Michigan

Catherwood, Mary Hartwell
NY: Century 1893

A romance of the old Indian wars. Characters : a chief and an Indian girl, a white fugitive, and a French girl, captive among the redskins. Jealousy, revenge, scenes of violence and superstitious orgies are wrought into a harmonious whole by the pictorial treatment of the wonderful scenery of forest and river, sunshine and storm. – Guide to Historical Fiction. Mackinac Island (Mich.)

Mary Hartwell Catherwood (1847 -1902) was born in Luray, Ohio and as an adult lived in several cities in the Midwest. She developed a signature style of incorporating Midwestern culture, dialect, and local color into her texts. Although most of her novels and stories are set in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, some are also based along the American border with French Canada and on colonial Mackinac Island. She spent the last 10 summers of her life on Mackinac Island. Books set in Michigan.

See more of Catherwood’s works at: Great Lakes Novels and Historical Fiction and Illinois Novels and Historical Fiction

I Wish I Had a Red Dress – African American Fiction Set in Detroit

Cleage, Pearl
Morrow 2001

“Joyce Mitchell is the social-worker founder of the Sewing Circus and Community Truth Center, dedicated to guiding young women from teenage pregnancies and violent relationships with the ‘babydaddies’ to free and independent adulthood. Joyce herself, five years a widow, longs for enough safety and assurance to wear a red dress, an ultimate symbol of freedom and abandon. When she meets former Detroit cop Nate Anderson, the new counselor at the high school, long-repressed feelings are awakened.” Booklist
“With humor and sparkling dialog, Cleage balances the dark, abusive relationships of Joyce’s clients with the delightfully healthy love between Joyce and Nate and the strength of women’s friendships.” Libr J. Novel set in Detroit; Pearl Cleage is an African American Detroit author. African American women Fiction.

Author notes: Pearl Cleage (1948-) is an African American author of fiction and non-fiction. Her novel ‘What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day’ was a 1998 Oprah Book Club selection. She is known for her feminist views, particularly regarding her identity as an African American. Cleage was born in Springfield, MA, daughter of a teacher and minister. The family moved to Detroit when she was a child, where her father became a Civil Rights activist. She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta in 1971 and was then on Spelman’s faulty as a writer and creative director. Many of her novels are set in Atlanta neighborhoods. Books set in Michigan.

The Resurrectionists – Books set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Collins, Michael
Scribner 2002

The Booker and IMPAC Prize-nominated author of The Keepers of Truth delivers a haunting novel of psychological suspense about a wayward family’s search for salvation in an America that has left them behind. The solitude of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan is Michael Collins’s heart of darkness in this compelling story of the unquiet dead. Almost thirty years ago, when Frank Cassidy was five, his parents burned to death in a remote Michigan town. Now Frank’s uncle is dead too, shot by a mysterious stranger who lies in a coma in the local hospital. Frank, working menial jobs to support his unfaithful wife and two children, takes his family north in a series of stolen cars to dispute his cousin’s claim on the family farm. Once there, however, Frank also wants answers to questions about his own past: Who really set the fire that burned the family home and killed his parents? Will the stranger, who hangs between life and death, be able to shed light on long-buried secrets? Brilliant and unsettling, The Resurrectionists is an ironic yet chilling indictment of American culture in the seventies and a compassionate novel about a man struggling to overcome the crimes and burdens of his past. Fiction / Literary, Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense.

Author notes: Michael Collins is an Irish novelist and international ultra-distance runner. His novel The Keepers of Truth was shortlisted for the 2000 Booker Prize. He has also won the Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Lucien Barriere Literary Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival. -Wikipedia. Novels set in Michigan.

The Oak-openings; Or, The Bee-hunter – Michigan Historical Fiction

Cooper, James Fenimore
NY:Appleton 1873

The book opens with the meeting of four men, Elksfoot, Pigeonswing, Benjamin Boden, and Gershom Waring. Boden is a bee-hunter, who searches for natural bee hives and harvests the honey. Waring is a down-on-his-luck alcohol trader. And the lives of the two Indians are a source of intrigue. As the four settle into Boden’s house for dinner and conversation, they begin talking about the politics of the day, including the impending war between the Americans and the British. The men part ways in the morning, but murder and danger soon follow them all. Elksfoot turns up dead, and Boden and Waring must escape a deadly band of Pottawattamie Indians. Along the way, they pick up new travelers, all trying to find a way out of Pottawattamie territory and certain death.
Cooper set this story in Schoolcraft Michigan, in Kalamazoo county, after a visit. The bee-hunter is reportedly Bazel Harrison, Schoolcraft’s first settler, so the setting is in early Michigan history. Michigan historical fiction, fiction books set in Michigan.

James Fenimore Cooper was an American writer of the first half of the 19th century. His historical romances depicting frontier and Native American life from the 17th to the 19th centuries created a unique form of American literature. -Wikipedia

See also: Lounsbury, Thomas Raynesford, James Fenimore Cooper in Century Past Biographies: C

Blackrobe – Historical Fiction Set in Northern Michigan

Corcoran, Charles
Milwaukee: Bruce. 1937

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.* Indians — Fiction — 17th century — Mississippi River. Michigan historical fiction, fiction books set in Michigan.

Author Charles Corcoran, was, like Father Marquette, a Catholic Jesuit priest.

See also: Thwaites, Reuben Gold, Father Marquette in Century Past Biographies: M, N & O

A Daughter of New France; with some Account of the Gallant Sieur Cadillac and his Colony on the Detroit – Book Set in Historic Detroit

Crowley, Mary Catherine
Boston: Little, Brown. 1901

“A brilliant picture of Canada, or New France, under Louis XIV, the Regency of Orleans, and the early years of Louis XV. Nearly all the prominent statesmen, explorers, missionaries, soldiers, and Indian chiefs of the period 1687-1735 are introduced, and not only the chief historical events but the buildings, the manners and customs, and trading and military usages are delineated.” -Baker’s Best. Note that Cadillac founded the City of Detroit, in what was then New France, or French Canada. Michigan historical fiction, romance book set in Michigan.

Author note: Mary Catherine Crowley (pen name, Janet Grant, 1856 – 1920) was an American author of poems and novels. She was also an accomplished musician and linguist. Crowley began her literary work in 1877 as a contributor of poems and short stories to Wide Awake, St. Nicholas Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, and The Pilot. In 1892, she went to Europe and on her return, lived for ten years in Detroit, where she was a collaborator on the Memorial History of the city. Crowley was a recognized authority on the early history of that city, and a leader in its bicentennial celebration in 1901, the pageant being founded on descriptions in her book ‘A Daughter of New France’. Her later years were spent in New York City, where, from 1907, she edited the Catholic Missions Magazine and the Annals of the Propagation of the Faith. Crowley lectured extensively on art and literature, and was the author of several novels. Fiction books set in Michigan.

Heroine of the Strait. A Romance of Detroit in the Time of Pontiac – Books Set in Michigan

Crowley, Mary Catherine
Boston: Little, Brown. 1902

The story of Chief Pontiac’s attempt to capture Detroit in 1763 and the efforts of a French family to warn the British garrison of the Ottawa chief’s plan.* Also see the description at Crowley’s “Daughter of New France”, above. the Novel is set in historic Detroit. Pontiac’s Conspiracy, 1763-1765. Books set in Michigan.

Love Thrives in War. A Romance of the Frontier in 1812 – Books Set in Historic Michigan

Crowley, Mary Catherine
Boston: Little, Brown. 1903

The story of General William Hull’s (1753-1825) surrender of Detroit to the British in the War of 1812, as well as of a young woman who faces many perils to save the man she loves.* Also see the description at Crowley’s “Daughter of New France”, above. Historical fiction set in Detroit, romance set in Michigan, fiction books set in Michigan.

See the resources on this site for: The War of 1812

For U.S. history of the War of 1812, see also on this site: Babcock, Kendric Charles, The Rise of American Nationality 1811-1819 in America in the Early 19th Century – 1809-1861

The Courage of Captain Plum – Books Set in Michigan

Curwood, James Oliver
NY: Grosset & Dunlap 1912

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. – Book Review Digest. Books set in Michigan.

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