Books from Local Authors and Books about the Local Area Online

As we stay home to practice social distancing, online options have become so important to learn, be entertained, and to keep connected with one another even though it’s not in person.

With the help of local libraries, we’ve come up with a list of books about our region and local QC authors that have books you can download to your e-reading device. Please check-in with your local library about these books and authors online or by phone. Libraries now have such a wealth of digital content for you to enjoy without going anywhere. Or you can check online sources to purchase them.


Max Allan CollinsMax Allan Collins is a New York Times bestselling author of original mysteries, a Shamus award winner and an experienced author of movie adaptions and tie-in novels. His graphic novel ROAD TO PERDITION was made into a major motion picture by Tom Hanks’s production company, Playtone.

Leslie LangtryLeslie Langtry is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of three Cozy Comedy series, including the Merry Wrath Mysteries, the Greatest Hits Series, the Aloha Lagoon Ukulele Mysteries and Sex, Lies & Family vacations.

Sally JohnSally John is the best-selling author of eighteen novels, including the Safe Harbor series (co-authored with Gary Smalley), The Other Way Home series, The Beach House series, and In a Heartbeat series. A three-time finalist for the Christy Award and ACFW Carol Award winner for Heart Echoes, Sally writes contemporary stories that offer hope to readers in their own relational and faith journeys.

Randy Wayne WrightRandy Wayne White is the author of sixteen previous Doc Ford novels and four collections of nonfiction.

Jill Esbaum – Jill Esbaum grew up in small-town Iowa. Her summers were spent creating comic strips, getting kittens to follow her home, and playing Barbie beauty pageant with the neighbor girls (which her Barbie never won). One of her favorite possessions was the mini flashlight that illuminated post-bedtime, undercover reading marathons with Nancy Drew.

Barbara AllanBarbara Allan is the joint pseudonym of acclaimed short story writer Barbara Collins (Too Many Tomcats) and New York Times bestselling mystery novelist Max Allan Collins (ROAD TO PERDITION). Their previous collaborations have included one son, a short story collection, and five novels, including the 2008 winner of the Romantic Times Toby Bromberg Award for Most Humorous Mystery, ANTIQUES FLEE MARKET. They live in Iowa in a house filled with trash and treasures.

Susan CarrollAuthor Susan Carroll began her career in 1986, writing historical romance and regencies, two of which were honored by Romance Writers of America with the RITA award. She has written 26 novels to date.


Ghosts of the Quad Cities – Mark McLaughlin and Michael McCarty

John Deere, That’s Who! – Tracy Nelson Maurer (kids book)

Life of Black Hawk – dictated by Black Hawk

Rock Island Arsenal – George Eaton

This Old Bill – Loren D. Estleman

Cowboy Courage – William Hampes

Life on the Mississippi – Mark Twain

More Books related to this area that are online for purchase (or in print collections when libraries reopen)

The Autobiography of Black Hawk as Told to Antoine LeClaire

When the Mississippi Ran Backwards  by Jay Feldman

A Brief History of Bucktown by Jonathan Turner

Rebels at Rock Island : The Story of a Civil War Prison by Benton McAdams

Murder and Mayhem in Scott County by John Brassard

Hellgate on the Mississippi by Larry Riney

Bix: Man and Legends  by Phillip Evans

A Culinary History of Iowa  by Darcy Dougherty Maulsby

A Keelboat Journey During the Civil War by Sallie Tower Durand

The John Deere Story by Neil and Jeremy Dahlstrom

Grant Wood: A Life by R. Tripp Evans

The Town Crier by George Wickstrom

Under the Gun: A Woman’s Remembrance of the Civil War by Annie Wittenmyer

The Underground Railroad of Western Illinois by Owen Muelder

Mark Twain: A Life by Ron Powers

A Delicate Aggression by David Dowling

Devils Glen by Matthew Speak

More Local Authors to Looks for Online

Lucy and Liz Lareau

Teresa Labella

Sean Leary

Wendi Lee

Jason Platt

Curt Roseman

Lilly Setterdahl

Dick Stahl

Alex Stone

Jodie Toohey

Misty Urban

Connie Corcoran Wilson

Bill Wundrum

Shellie Moore Guy

Crystal Joy

The Midwest Writing Center is another great resource for local writers. You can order books and publications online from their website.

What local authors do you enjoy reading books from? Who do we need to add to our online digital book list? Please let us know in the comment section below.


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