Category: mystery

I’m not dead yet!

Hey folks,

I’m sure some of you have wondered what has happened to me. Others probably don’t even remember me, it’s been so long. In fact I bet some of you are looking at this in your email program, thinking, “Who is this from? Why am I getting this?”

[To answer that: at some point, you signed up to follow this, my blog. You probably enjoyed reading one of my Lake Superior Mysteries, and in a moment of weakness, decided to follow my blog. I would surely love it if you would continue to follow it. Do any of these books ring a bell?]


The bad news is, something indeed has “happened” to me. I’ve had a number of health struggles over the past few years. The good news, I don’t appear to be dying any faster than everyone else – I just have a bit more pain in my body than the average Joe.

Anyway, this is to let you know that I’m going to be a bit more active in blogging, and in social media in general. To that effect, I have revamped my website (even though I don’t remember “vamping” it in the first place….) and I would like to move my blogging apparatus so that it’s integrated to the new website. I don’t believe there is anything you need to do. Just be aware that your “membership” here is going to be shifted over there (“there” being Your information isn’t being sold, or traded, or whatever. You’re just getting put in boxes, and moved to my new house, and haphazardly unpacked. Have no fear: you will still get the same high-quality mindless blather that you’ve come to expect from me.

See you soon!





Getaway Front Cover 1

Hooray! Today is the day! Superior Getaway is on sale in the Kindle store. Please feel free to share the link, share on facebook, twitter etc.

Happy reading to you all!



I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted here – but that’s because I’ve been busy writing! The First Draft of the Fourth Book has come forth! Editing will commence immediately. In the meantime, I can use help from loyal fans and disinterested bystanders who like my posts only so I’ll like them back: I would like you to help me choose a title.

Here is my rough draft of the book’s description:

>>>>>It is generally considered bad form to visit a brothel during your honeymoon, and it’s even worse when you’re a pastor. Even so, at the time, it seems to Jonah Borden like the right thing to do. Besides, it only happened twice.

It all starts innocently enough, with a big tip to an undeserving waitress. Her efforts to thank Jonah and his new bride, Leyla, backfire ridiculously, and soon they have lost their passports in a scam, and are stranded in Greece.

As they try to extricate themselves they find they are only in deeper, and soon the newlyweds are battling hardened criminals just to survive. When they find out that they are not the only ones, the stakes get even higher. <<<<<

Here are some thoughts:

Superior Getaway

Superior Honeymoon

Superior Vacation

Superior Absence

Superior Stakes

Superior Scam

Superior Smuggler

Superior Morality

I’d love your comments, votes, or suggestions for something else. Use the comment section below. If that doesn’t work, or if you don’t want to use the comment section, you can email me here: tomATtomhilpertDOTCOM. The reason I spelled it out like that is avoid scammy-robots. Put in the symbols – don’t use the spelling like I did.

Thanks for your help. Hope to give you something in time to occupy your holidays this year!


More is here, more is coming…

It breaks my heart to hear from readers, asking if I have any other books, when they have only read one or two!

As of 2014, there are three Superior Mysteries: Justice, Storm and Secrets (written in that order).

Many of you, of course, have read all three, and for that I thank you! The normal message I get from you folks is: “When will #4 be available?”

2014 has been an ADHD year for writing for me. I finished a theological work, started writing a memoir of growing up in Papua New Guinea, started producing an audiobook version of Justice and (drumroll please), outlined TWO MORE Superior Mysteries.

Of course, outlining isn’t writing, but rest assured, there is plenty more to come from Jonah, Leyla and the crew.

In the meantime, please keep telling people about these books, and if you haven’t already, write some reviews on Amazon and on Goodreads. This series is entirely “reader supported.”

Also, if you haven’t already done so, please read the others!

“Superior Justice” free today!

Howdy folks! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve blogged. I’ve been writing, just not blogging. I haven’t had a promotional giveaway for three months, but today is the day! The Superior Mystery series depends upon fans like you to keep going and growing, so please pass this along to friends, family, parole officers, etc.

Here’s the link:

All the best!


Too many books, too little time (to write them all, I mean)

Quite a few people have asked me if I’m writing the next Superior novel. I’m gratified for the questions, because generally, it means people are excited to see more. But my answer is, “Not yet.”

There are a few reasons why, and I’d love your feedback about those reasons.

I remember reading a quote by JRR Tolkien, addressing why it took him so long to finish the Lord of The Rings. He said “I had many other responsibilities as well, during those years and I did not neglect them.”

Like Tolkien, I too, have many other responsibilities, and I’m trying not to neglect them. This means that my time for writing is somewhat limited. It also means that the Lake Superior Mysteries is not the only place where I am spending creative energy. Therefore, I really only have enough “in me” so to speak, for one novel a year, plus all the other writing and work I do as a pastor. When I finally finish a novel, I find I need a couple months of down time to recharge.

There’s another reason I haven’t started the next Superior novel. I’m torn. I actually have a number of fiction and non-fiction books that “want to come out.” The truth is, when I started, I thought I would write only one mystery. I’m glad it didn’t work out that way, but the other books are still waiting.

Here’s what else I have that wants to come out as a book:

· A mythical history (fantasy) of the world before the Great Flood of Noah. One of my favorite twists is that Noah is afraid of water. I have at least three volumes worth here. I’ve had the ideas for this for more than 10 years.

· A creative memoir of my life growing up in Papua New Guinea. I’ve been thinking about this for about 15 years.

· A book on a particular area of theology and biblical interpretation that concerns me. Also a ten-year plus concern.

· A practical book on marriage.

I’m not done with the Lake Superior Mysteries. I’ve grown fond of Jonah and the others, and fond of the book sales, too. But maybe Jonah needs to wait a little longer before his next adventure. I’m not settled on that, just musing about it.

What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.



Hey folks,

Superior Secrets is generally available as paperback and kindle now. You can get the paperback on Amazon here:

…and the kindle, here:

If you have friends or family who are readers, it’s a great Christmas idea. If you’d like  a signed paperback, go over to, click the “contact” page, and send me a message, and we’ll set it up.

Meanwhile, Superior Justice is once more FREE, today only, on Amazon Kindle!

Happy Friday!


Superior Secrets

As promised, you can now purchase the Print edition of Superior Secrets! If you want a signed copy, contact me directly, or comment on this post.

Right now it is available here. (or click on the picture to the left). Within the week, it should show up in Amazon “proper,” as well as many other book outlets!



(sound of trumpets, or drums, whatever you prefer):

Superior Secrets Cover Kindle

At long last, here it is folks! Superior Secrets, the third Lake Superior Mystery featuring Jonah Borden, is available on Kindle, starting today! Unfortunately, the print version is not yet ready to go, but we anticipate that happening, as planned, by the first week of December.

In case you didn’t know, you do not have to own a kindle device to get it. You can read a kindle book on any android tablet, ipad or computer. All you need is the free kindle app.

PLEASE… repost!



PLEASE…spread the word!

Click on the picture, or here, to buy it!

In case you are new, here’s the skinny:

It’s wintertime on the North Shore and the snow is thick on the ground. Jonah Borden, the coffee-guzzling, wisecracking, mystery-solving man of the cloth, is about to tie the knot with his sweetheart, Leyla Bennett. But just a few weeks before they do, Leyla decides to go undercover in a new cult to get an exclusive exposé which would make her name as a journalist. However, as time goes on, Borden is worried that her commitment to the troubling new religion and her devotion to its evil, charismatic leader are more than just professional.

When Borden confronts the cult leader, he is turned away and threatened. Meanwhile, mysterious hunting accidents begin happening around the town of Grand Lake. Assisted by his friends, Jonah tries to find a way to get Leyla out. What he uncovers is bigger than any of them had guessed. Now, he’s in a race to save his own life, and those of his friends, before a powerful enemy finds them and destroys them.

Superior Secrets is set amidst the wild beauty of Lake Superior. Featuring a cast of unique, memorable characters, this is part of the Lake Superior Mystery series. None of the books have to be read in order.

Tom Hilpert writes character-driven mysteries with humor and flair. He loves cats, as well as dogs, and is kind to little children. Go to for more information, or “like” his Facebook Author page.