Books by John R. Riggs

SNOW ON THE ROSES by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"This time, though, the cast, as if in mourning for Doc Riggs and Eugene Yuill, is uncommonly subdued, too: Except for Garth himself, all the most memorable characters are dead."
All of Riggs's anatomies of Oakalla, Wisconsin (Killing Frost, 1995, etc.), have been elegies to small-town life, but his 11th is especially grief-soaked because of Oakalla Reporter editor Garth Ryland's intimacy with the victims. Read full book review >
KILLING FROST by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Garth's tenth case (Cold Hearts and Gentle People, 1994, etc.) is as coldly compassionate as the others."
Harold Adams, the nominal sheriff of Adams County, is in such a deep funk about his ineptitude that his special deputy, Oakalla Reporter owner Garth Ryland, has even more to do than usual in clearing up the mystery of the headless, limbless torso that crude Amos Hogue finds on his farm. Read full book review >
COLD HEARTS AND GENTLE PEOPLE by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

"The result is a story that crackles with authentic small-town tension."
Newspaper editor Garth Ryland, unofficial special deputy of Oakalla, Wis. Read full book review >
DEAD LETTER by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"Overall, though, the plot is less interesting than the people who frequent it."
Oakalla, Wisconsin, newspaper editor Garth Ryland (One Man's Poison, etc.), who lobbied against the election of the new sheriff, Whitey Huffer, is now at odds with him over the accidental death— or murder?—of deaf trashman Amel Pilkin, who seemed awfully excited about some good news just before he died. Read full book review >
ONE MAN'S POISON by John R. Riggs
Released: Jan. 28, 1990

Sixth in the offbeat, underappreciated series featuring Oakalla, Wisconsin, newspaper editor Garth Ryland, who's now involved in a Tony Hillerman sort of case—murder, myth, and ecological mayhem combined. Read full book review >