Mystery Books that Take Place in Montana

Here are some fun Montana facts:
The capital is Helena.
The largest city is Billings.
State motto is “Gold and Silver”
State nickname is the Big Sky Country.
State flower is the Bitterroot.
State bird is the Western Meadowlark.
State animal is the Grizzly Bear.
Montana has the greatest number of different mammal species in the USA.

Mystery authors who are found on the Cozy Mystery Site who feature Montana locations in their books:

Sharon Dunn: Bargain Hunters Mystery Series AND Ruby Taylor Mystery Series

Sandra West ProwellPhoebe Siegel Mystery Series

Please feel free to comment if you see an author from the Cozy Mystery Site who belongs on this list, or if you have any corrections.

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  1. Sheila says

    I was just browsing in Barnes & Noble and found this book – first in the series – “Death Al Dente” by
    Leslie Ann Budewitz which happens to take in in Jewel Bay, Montana. The series name is Food Lovers Villages. Its release date is August 6, 2013.

  2. says

    Great list! Always so fun to read mysteries set in the region I’m traveling through! I’ll be taking the kids to South Dakota this summer…any mysteries set at Mount Rushmore 😉

  3. BB says

    Just found out something. I always thought Montana’s nickname was “Big Sky Country” instead of “Big Country Sky” so I went to Montana’s official state website and at the bottom of the page it states that the nickname is “Treasure State.” That’s a new one on me! Learn something everyday.

    BTW, Danna, I think you mean “Mystery authors… Montana…” 😉 Both are beautiful states, though.

  4. BB says

    Margaret Scherf wrote the Reverend Martin Buell series set in Farmington, Montana. These are older books published primarily during the 40s and 50s. The titles are:
    * Always Murder a Friend
    * Gilbert’s Last Toothache (aka For the Love of Murder)
    * The Curious Custard Pie (aka Devine and Deadly)
    * The Elk and the Evidence
    * The Cautious Overshoes
    * Never Turn Your Back
    * The Corpse in the Flannel Nightgown

  5. Ronald T. says

    New novel, her first mystery and exceptionally written. Lonna Enox has written an easy readng mystery that keeps you engaged until the final page. The name of the book is “The Last Dance.” Her leading lady is Sorrel Janes, a professional photographer with an exciting past and an even more exceting future as the story unfolds. The characters are identifiable in each person’s life, yet have lives of their own.

  6. Beverly S says

    Ann Charles writes a great series that take place in Deadwood Montana. Violet “Spooky” Parker a single mom with two twins finds herself in more trouble than she expects when she takes a new job as a real estate agent in the small town of Deadwood, Montana. A sexy new love interest mixed with fun friends and two kids who keep her on her toes is almost more than Violet can keep up with at times. Very fun and entertaining.

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