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Roger Stelljes is an American New York Times, USA Today bestselling, and award-winning author of mystery and suspense novels.

He is best known for writing the acclaimed McRyan Mysteries and the Agent Tori Hunter Mystery Series.

A decorated author whose work is similar to John Sanford and Lee Child, Roger's books have received more than 2 million downloads.

The McRyan Mystery Series has done particularly well, receiving a Minnesota Book Award, and attracting a Merit Award triumph for Commercial Fiction for MIPA Book Awards.

A resident of St. Paul, Minneapolis, Roger can always be found polishing his gold skills, watching sports like hockey, and working on his next novel.

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Genre: Mystery

United States

Website: https://www.rogerstelljes.com/

Agent Tori Hunter

  1. Silenced Girls (2019)
  2. The Winter Girls (2021)
  3. The Hidden Girl (2021)
  4. Missing Angel (2022)

McRyan Mystery

  1. First Case: McRyan Mystery Prequel Novella (2012)
  2. The St. Paul Conspiracy (2006)
  3. Deadly Stillwater (2009)
  4. Electing To Murder (2013)
  5. Fatally Bound (2013)
  6. Blood Silence (2015)
  7. Stakeout: A McRyan Mystery Novella (2017)
  8. Next Girl On The List (2016)
  9. Fireball (2017)
  10. The Tangled Web We Weave (2020)

Detailed book overview

Agent Tori Hunter

Silenced Girls

Agent Tori Hunter takes in the body of the beautiful young woman curled up in the trunk of the car. Knowing what she will find, Tori gently lifts the bottom of the victim’s blouse. Decorating her back are two small dots an inch apart. Just like the others.

Guilt has kept FBI Agent Tori Hunter away from her home in Manchester Bay, Minnesota for twenty years, ever since her twin sister disappeared on the Fourth of July, when the girls should have been together. 

But when she receives an anonymous newspaper clipping about another missing girl, Genevieve, Tori is dragged back to the past. Just like Tori’s sister, Genevieve vanished without a trace, her empty car abandoned on a lonely lakeside road as Independence Day fireworks lit up the sky overhead.

Returning to Minnesota lake country, Tori finds Genevieve’s distraught parents desperate for answers. How could their beautiful, popular daughter be snatched so near her own home? Under pressure to make an arrest, the police have no time for Tori’s theories. Besides, they already have a suspect for Genevieve’s abductor: a local man seen flirting with her the night she disappeared.

When the suspect is found dead in his isolated cabin, his apparent suicide confirms his guilt to police. But Tori’s instincts tell her otherwise. Digging into cold cases, she discovers four women over the past twenty years who were found murdered in their cars late at night. 

Each had two puncture marks on her back. And when another missing young woman is found bound and strangled in the trunk of her own car, the tell-tale dots prove Tori’s suspicions tragically right. A dangerous killer is still out there…

Can Tori stop him before Genevieve meets the same fate? And if her twin’s kidnapper is pulling the strings, will Tori be the next to disappear?

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1800190504
Publisher: Bookouture
The Winter Girls

Gazing out the cabin window at the raging blizzard, fear suddenly floods through her as she feels a stranger’s hand clamp across her mouth. No one can hear her stifled screams as she is dragged from the couch by the fire out into the snow.

When seventeen-year-old Savannah Devenish vanishes from her family’s remote vacation cabin in Minnesota, FBI Agent Tori Hunter races along treacherous icy roads to be first on the scene. Savannah’s parents are frantic with worry for their beautiful, carefree girl. Haunted by memories of her own missing sister, Tori vows to do whatever it takes to reunite this family.

When the police uncover that Savannah’s father Jacob was having an affair, they suspect his involvement, but Tori is convinced his despair is genuine. Her close relationship with the chief detective means the team won’t listen, so Tori strikes off alone, persuading Savannah’s distraught best friends to share their secrets. It seems this ‘good girl’ was sneaking out to parties to meet up with a mysterious man…

Then another teenager is snatched from the street, snowy footprints and a discarded hot chocolate cup the last trace of her. The girls are the same age, strikingly pale and blonde. Is a twisted collector stealing them away? And what chance is there that they are being kept alive?

With a deadly snowstorm closing in, Tori battles the elements—and her own team—as she follows the trail to an abandoned cabin by a frozen lake. In the basement are bedrooms filled with clothes for teenage girls. Tori was too late to save her own missing sister twenty years ago, but can she find these girls before they disappear forever?

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1800192508
Publisher: Bookouture
The Hidden Girl

Dawn light filters through the window, glinting on the woman’s dark hair falling over her unseeing eyes. Rope encircles her delicate wrists, and her mouth is frozen open in a silent scream…

Racing to the murder scene of married couple Dan and Heidi Newman in an isolated cabin, Agent Tori Hunter finds their seventeen-year-old daughter Cara hiding in the woods, shaking with fear. Tori’s blood turns to ice as she realizes that her father worked a crime scene just like this before he died. Is there a copycat killer at large? And are they sending a message to Tori?

With no forensics at the scene, Tori interviews the killer her father put behind bars years ago. Cold, remorseless, and in the prison hospital with just days to live, the only clue he gives Tori is a whisper: “Your father. He cheated.”

To get justice for the Newmans—and protect their daughter—Tori must confront painful secrets in her father’s past. Could her brave, honest Dad have planted evidence? As all happy memories of her father shatter, the unthinkable happens: another couple is found murdered, tied up together, and Cara Newman goes missing.

Knowing someone close to both cases is watching her every move, Tori can’t even trust her team… with time running out, does she have any hope of stopping this vicious killer before more innocent lives are lost? And can she find Cara alive?

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1800199569
Publisher: Bookouture
Missing Angel

Isabella pedals her bright red bike on the familiar route home, admiring her charm bracelet catching the light. But half an hour later, she is nowhere to be seen. All her frantic parents find is an angel-shaped charm discarded on the sidewalk…

When twelve-year-old Isabella Farner disappears, Agent Tori Hunter races to the scene. Witnesses—including her partner’s son who was biking home with Isabella—saw a man throw her into the back of his blue van and speed away. Terrified that a child she loves like her own might be next, Tori knows every second counts in the hunt for the missing girl.

Isabella’s distraught parents insist no-one would want to harm their perfect family. But soon a photo of Isabella looking terrified is discovered, holding a copy of today’s newspaper. Why would the Farners conceal information about their own missing daughter? And what else do they have to hide?

Then, while searching a stretch of road where the van was last seen, Tori finds a tiny clue: another angel-shaped charm. Isabella was here. But what chance is there that she is being kept alive?

Unable to trust Isabella’s parents, as Tori closes in on the truth she realizes someone already known to police must be involved: and she herself is in terrible danger. But even if Tori makes the ultimate sacrifice, will it be enough to find this innocent girl before she disappears forever?

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1803145006
Publisher: Bookouture

McRyan Mystery

First Case: McRyan Mystery Prequel Novella

A prestigious job at a top law firm, a beautiful home, and a gorgeous wife all made for an ideal life. But then life gets in the way and changes the course you have selected. 

For Mac McRyan, a family tragedy meant forgoing a lucrative legal career for one in the "family business" - the St. Paul Police Department. After four years as a cop, the ruggedly handsome Mac crosses the crime scene tape for the first time as a homicide detective. The back alley murder of a young trial lawyer from a high profile law firm doesn't add up. 

In an emotionally charged investigation full of unexpected twists and turns, Mac will need to follow a convoluted trail of evidence, secrets, and hidden agendas to help solve a murder mystery that is his FIRST CASE.

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1698118079
Publisher: Independently published
The St. Paul Conspiracy

Murder. Greed. Treason.

Thirty-two-year-old, fourth-generation St. Paul Homicide Detective "Mac" McRyan thought his day was going to be less stressful. The day would involve paperwork and maybe even an early trip to the pub. Then his cell phone rang... A body has been found in a high-end condominium between Summit and Grand Avenues, and it's not just anyone. 

With the brutal Daniels' murder on top of the latest serial killer attack, the media pressure on the police department only builds and places Mac in the middle of a dangerous and high-stakes murder investigation that will ultimately have national political and security implications.

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-1679181542
Publisher: Independently published
Deadly Stillwater

Two girls gone. One detective under pressure. And no time left.

Shannon hustled to her car and dug into her black purse, searching for her car keys. He quickly put his hand over her mouth as she screamed and thrashed, slid the van door open, and dragged her inside... She tried to scream through the duct tape pasted over her mouth...it was only the beginning.

Mac McRyan, a fourth-generation cop, is faced with a brazen daytime kidnapping and a media storm surrounding the case. An abduction is just the beginning in a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the heart and soul of the St. Paul Police Department. 

From the searing streets of St. Paul to the murky waters of the St. Croix River, get the riveting and gritty mystery you won't be able to put down until its last gripping minute.

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1654251192
Publisher: Independently published
Electing To Murder

Ruthless killers...mysterious deaths...escalating stakes...

Deep in Kentucky lake country, "Wire" hid behind an old empty cabin in the pitch-black night. She quickly realized she wasn't the only person carefully observing the secret late-night meeting with night vision goggles, when gunshots rang out...

A clandestine late-night meeting in Kentucky, a murder in a seedy St. Paul motel, a mysterious investigator operating in the shadows and dueling political masterminds all collide to provide Mac McRyan with the ultimate test in ELECTING TO MURDER.

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B00BNVVP2W
Fatally Bound

Fatally bound... by one decision with deadly consequences.

Hannah opened the backdoor of her house and walked inside, closing the door behind her and locking it. Out of the dark his massive left arm wrapped around her chest like a vice followed by his right hand pressing a soaked rag to her face. Gasping for air she breathed in the fumes from the rag. She convulsed and thrashed but the man was immense and she couldn't break free.

Fatally bound... by one killer with deadly intentions.

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 979-8653711961
Publisher: Independently published
Blood Silence

How far will they go to buy your silence?

After hanging up the phone, Meredith lay in bed in the dark, staring at the ceiling of her lake house. She pushed herself out of bed and slowly walked to the wall to flip the light switch, and... nothing. She rapidly flipped it up and down, over and over... there was no light.

She walked out of her bedroom and along the carpeted catwalk overlooking the foyer and the winding staircase to her right. She could see the streetlight on the parkway still brightly illuminating the street corner to the north.

Then there was a faint but unmistakable creak of a door opening ever so slowly in the back of the house...

Can McRyan unveil the dangerous truth before someone else pays the ultimate price? This complex and twisted mystery will challenge Mac McRyan to confront his tumultuous past... a past he thought he had put to rest. Blood Silence is a web of unsettling twists, startling turns, and unforeseen redemption with each chapter adding a layer of intrigue that will pull you in further.

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B0116B9IKO
Publisher: Roger Stelljes
Stakeout: A McRyan Mystery Novella

In a daring and high-stakes heist worth millions, one man narrowly escapes capture. 

Now his past could jeopardize his future as detectives piece together a web of clues. A rare coin collection worth millions was stolen and the thief is gone without a trace. 

Detective Mac McRyan and Detective Lich join forces to stakeout suspects and solve a few of Mac’s problems along the way. Dick is in rare form with his classic crude and obnoxious humor to work the case with Mac in... A CASE FROM THE DICK FILES.

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2017
Ebook: B06XYCZDQ8
Publisher: Roger Stelljes
Next Girl On The List

The perfect boyfriend...The perfect lies...The perfect killer.

Dating can be deadly when your name is next on the list...

It had been so long since she had someone in her life. She thought he was amazing. The perfect guy – the perfect date. His calculated game of seduction and deception worked flawlessly. He lured her into his death trap, then he quietly slid out the door and disappeared yet again without a trace.

What clues are hidden in a picture-perfect murder?

Complex obscure clues woven into intricate crime scenes challenge Mac McRyan, all while a warped mind taunts him and stalks another innocent soul. As time relentlessly ticks down, Mac is forced to fight not only his own instincts but a deceptively treacherous killer in his most mind-bending and dangerous case yet.

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1653426614
Publisher: Independently published
Fireball

Intense. Dangerous. Addictive.

He slowly eased back on the throttle and brought the boat to a stop on the desolate river. They zipped the large canvas bag shut and then hoisted the body over the side of the boat and watched as it slipped beneath the dark surface. Looking to the west, they could see fiery storm clouds were brewing… an eery sign of the firestorm of brutal killings and ruthless revenge to come.

Detective Mac McRyan returns home to Minnesota to find the dead body of a retired police detective in the scraggly trees along the rough shores of an island in the Mississippi River. His nearly unrecognizable body was beaten and tortured. Mac and Detectives Lich, Riles and Rock are assigned to investigate the murder but the case is about far more than a dead ex-cop.

As the detectives dig deeper and pull back the layers on the murder they get far more than they’ve bargained for. Their investigation unleashes a mysterious and ruthless opponent who will stop at nothing and will kill anyone.

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2017
Ebook: B084QKYGTY
Publisher: Independently published
The Tangled Web We Weave

What will you do for money? Because once you’re in, you're in... and there’s no way out.

She was young and beautiful but now she was dead. How far will someone go to protect the secrets now that so many are tangled up in the lies? Or will the search for the truth get you killed? Oh, what a tangled web we weave…

Author: Roger Stelljes
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B082GKZ464