Iowa: A Literary Landscape 


Adult Books A-F 
Introductory Note: Citations feature first edition of the work, with later editions asterisked chronologically. Self published works are noted within the citation. Notes are added for pseudonyms, major fiction awards, setting locations/timeframes, and alternative titles.

NOTE: Only stories set in Iowa are included in this bibliography.  Authors may have other works not included here.


Abel, Marianne. Farm Wives and Other Iowa Stories. Parkersburg, IA: {self published}, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: Various Iowa farm/town areas

Adday, Shea. Trying to Get to You. New York: Eloquent Books, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Teen girl relocates to Iowa with ailing mother and becomes close friends with local family

Agee, Jonis. Sweet Eyes. New York: Crown Publishers, 1991.
*New York: HarperPerennial, 1992, 1991.
*Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2003, 1991.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day Divinity, Iowa (fictional town near Des Moines)

Ahern, L. Dale. Down One Hundred Years. Des Moines: Wallace-Homestead, 1938.
NOTE: Work features short stories and fictional biographies
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Decatur City, Iowa

Aldrich, Bess Streeter. The Cutters. New York: D. Appleton, 1926.
* New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1926.
* New York: A. L. Burt, 1926
* Philadelphia, PA: Blakiston, 1945.
* New York: Triangle Books, 1974.
* Leyden, MA: Aeonian Press, 1975.
* Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.
* Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Rural Iowa town in the early 1900s

Aldrich, Bess Streeter. A Lantern in Her Hand. New York: D. Appleton, 1928.
* New York: Aeonian Press, 1928.
* New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1928.
* New York: Signet, 1928.
* New York: D. Appleton, 1929.
* New York: D. Appleton, 1930.
* New York: D. Appleton, 1932.
* New York: D. Appleton, 1935.
* New York: Appleton, 1936.
* New York: Appleton, 1938.
* New York: Appleton, 1941.
* New York: Appleton-Century, 1944.
* New York: Pocket Books, 1947.
* Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1955, 1982. (large print ed.)
* New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1956.
* New York: Scholastic Services, 1956.
* New York: Appleton-Century, 1956.
* New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1958.
* New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1964, 1956.
* New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1969.
* New York: Scholastic Books, 1970.
* Mattituck, NY: Aeonian Press, 1976.
* New York: New American Library, 1983, 1928.
* New York: Penguin Books, 1983.
* Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1994, 1928.
* New York: Puffin Books, 1997, 1928.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa bride from 1850's Blackhawk County moves to Nebraska

Aldrich, Bess Streeter. Miss Bishop. New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1933.
* New York: Appleton-Century, 1933.
* London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1941.
* New York: Appleton-Century, 1943.
* Leyden, MA: Aeonian Press, 1975.
* Mattituck, NY: Aeonian Press, 1975.
* Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1984.
* Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1986, 1960.
* Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1990, 1960.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Oak River, Iowa in the 1870s

Aldrich, Bess Streeter. Mother Mason. New York: D. Appleton, 1924.
*New York: A.L. Burt, 1924.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1924.
*New York: D. Appleton, 1925.
*New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1932.
*New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1939, 1924.
*New York: Triangle Books, 1944.
*Leyden, MA: Aeonian Press, 1975, 1924.
*Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1987, 1924.
*Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1993.
NOTE: Short-story collection and author's first published work
SETTING NOTE: Various midwestern areas, including Iowa and Nebraska

Aldrich, Bess Streeter. Song of Years. New York: Appleton-Century, 1939.
* New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1939.
* New York: Sun Dial Press, 1939.
* Garden City, NY: The Sun Dial Press, 1944.
* Leyden, MA: Aeonian Press, 1975.
* New York: New American Library, 1985.
* Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1991, 1939.
* Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1992, 1939.
SETTING NOTE: Cedar River/Eastern Iowa from 1854-1865

Allan, Barbara. Antiques Roadkill. New York: Kensington Books, 2007.
* Waterville, Me: Thorndike Press, 2007. [Large print ed.]
* New York: Kensington; Godalming: Melia [distributor], 2007.(E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Serenity, IA
NOTE: Book 1 of Trash “n” Treasures mystery series

Allan, Barbara. Antiques Maul: A Trash and Treasures Mystery. Bath [UK]: Chivers, 2008.
*Bath [UK]: Chivers, 2008. [large print ed.]
*New York: Kensington, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Store owners discover murder in fictional Serenity, Iowa

Allan, Barbara. Antiques Flee Market. New York: Kensington Books, ©2008.
* Bath: Camden, 2009. [Large print ed.]
* New York: Kensington Books, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Serenity, IA
NOTE: Homicide during Christmas season in Mississippi River town
NOTE: Book 3 of Trash “n” Treasures mystery series

Allan, Barbara. Antiques Bizarre. New York: Kensington Books, ©2010.
* Bath: Chivers, 2010. [Large print ed.]
* New York: Kensington Books, 2010. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Serenity, IA
NOTE: Russian widow donates priceless antique and is murdered.
NOTE: Book 4 of Trash “n” Treasures mystery series

Allan, Barbara. Antiques Knock-Off. New York: Kensington Books, 2011 and 2012.
* Bath: AudioGO, 2012. [Large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Serenity, IA
NOTE: Detective's mother is accused of local murder.
NOTE: Book 5 of Trash “n” Treasures mystery series

Allan, Barbara. Antiques Disposal. New York: Kensington Books, 2012 and 2013.
* New York: Kensington Books, 2012. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Serenity, Iowa.
NOTE: Detective and her mother win a storage unit's mystery contents.
NOTE: Book 6 of Trash “n” Treasures mystery series

Allan, Barbara. Antiques Chop. New York: Kensington Books, [2013].
*Detroit: Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013. [Large print ed.]
*New York: Kensington Books, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Serenity, IA
NOTE: Detective and her mother host reality show set in controversial old house.
NOTE: Book 7 of Trash “n” Treasures mystery series

Allan, Barbara. Antiques Con. New York: Kensington Books, 2014.
*Waterville, Maine: Thorndike Press, 2014. [Large print ed]
< *New York, NY: Kensington Books, 2015. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Serenity, Iowa amateur detectives visit New York City.
NOTE: Book 8 of Trash “n” Treasures mystery series

Allan, Barbara. Antiques Swap. New York, NY: Kensington Publishing, 2015.
*New York, NY: Kensington Books, 2015. (E-book)
*Waterville, Maine: Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016. [Large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Detective becomes main suspect in local murder.
NOTE: Book 9 of Trash “n” Treasures mystery series

Anderson, Launi K. Clarissa’s Heart. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co., 1998.
NOTE: Book is second volume of the Latter-day Daughters series
SETTING NOTE: Journey across plains to Utah in the 1800s

Andrews, Clarence A. This is Iowa: A Cavalcade of the Tall Corn State. Iowa City, IA: Midwest Heritage Publishing Co., 1982.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City short story collection (Johnson County)

Asken, Evan. Second Chance: Dreams Come True, in a Second Lifetime. [United States]: Reality-Based QA, Inc.,©2012.
SETTING NOTE: 1895 Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Iowa banker dreams of working on Wall Street.

Aukes, Rachel. 100 Days of Deadland. [S.l.]: Surprisingly Adequate Publishing, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines, Iowa in the midst of zombie apocalypse
NOTE: Book 1 of Deadland series

Aukes, Rachel. Deadland’s Harvest. [S.l.]: Surprisingly Adequate Publishing, 2014.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Freeley (Iowa), Fox National Park, and Camp Fox.
NOTE: Small band of survivors live in park following zombie apocalypse.
NOTE: Book 2 of Deadland series

Aukes, Rachel. Deadland Rising. [S.l.]: Surprisingly Adequate Publishing, 2015.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines, Iowa.
NOTE: Apocalypse survivors make their way to a Nebraska settlement.
NOTE: Book 3 of Deadland series

Baart, Nicole. Sleeping in Eden: A Novel. New York: Howard Books, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Blackhawk, Iowa.

Bacus, Kathleen. Calamity Jayne. New York: Love Spell, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Grandville, Iowa

Bacus, Kathleen. Calamity Jayne Goes to College. New York: Love Spell, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Seasoned reporter returns to campus in fictional Grandville, Iowa

Bacus, Kathleen. Calamity Jayne Rides Again. New York: Love Spell, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Modern day, Iowa State Fair (Polk County)

Bacus, Kathleen. Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun. New York: Love Spell, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Reporter seeks interview with reclusive author in fictional Grandville, Iowa

Bacus, Kathleen. Calamity Jayne Goes to College. New York: Love Spell, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Seasoned reporter returns to campus in fictional Grandville, Iowa

Bailey, Milissa R. Gracier. Webster City, IA: Boone River Publishing, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Town tries to protect a girl from the past following her grandfather's death. Fictional Gracier, Iowa.

Baker, Larry. Athens, America: A Novel. [Saint Augustine, FL]: First Coast Books, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Iowa Arts College [University of Iowa and Iowa City area] (Johnson County)

Bakopoulos, Dean. Summerlong. New York, NY: Ecco, [2015].
*Ecco Press, 2015.
*[New York]: Ecco, 2015. (E-book)
*[s.l.]: Blackfriars, 2016.
SETTING NOTE: Grinnell, IA: Married couple’s tensions explode over heated summer.

Bauer, Douglas. The Book of Famous Iowans: A Novel. New York: Henry Holt, 1997.
* New York: Henry Holt, 1998.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional New Holland, Iowa, 1940-1980s

Beachy, Stephen. The Whistling Song. New York: Norton, ©1991.
*New York: W.W. Norton, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines, Iowa
NOTE: Des Moines native placed in Pennsylvania boys' home.
NOTE: Novel expanded from author's M.F.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1990.

Beaman, Bill. The Iowa Farmer's Wife. Kearney, NE: Morris Publishing, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Taylor County. NOTE: First book in trilogy.

Beaman, Bill. Second Chances. Kearney, NE: Morris Publishing, 2011.
NOTE: Second book in trilogy started with The Iowa Farmer's Wife.

Beaman, Bill. Three Little Pigs. Kearney, NE: Morris Publishing, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Southwestern Iowa.

Beer, Thomas. Mrs. Egg and Other Americans: Collected Stories. New York: Knopf, 1947.
* New York: Knopf, 1983.
SETTING NOTE: Possibly Council Bluffs area, early 1920s (Pottawattamie County)

Beer, Thomas. Mrs. Egg and Other Barbarians. New York: Knopf, 1933.
* New York: Editions for the Armed Services, 1933.
* Leipzig, Germany: B. Tauchnitz, 1934.
* London: Cassell and Company, 1934.
* New York: Knopf, 1941, 1933.
*New York: Editions for the Armed Services, 1944.
SETTING NOTE: Possibly Council Bluffs in the early 1920s

Bender, Loretta. The Diary of Cord House. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHourse, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Widow relocates and writes book about her home's violent history (Fort Dodge, IA)

Bender, Loretta. One Thing of Beauty. Bloomington, IN: Author House, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Woman moves to Iowa frontier in mid-1800s

Bernstein, Andrew. Heart of a Pagan: The Story of Swoop, a Novel. Cresskill, NJ: Paper Tiger, 2002.
SETTING NOTE: Hoppo Valley State College, Iowa basketball team adventures

Berryhill, Clint. Take a Chance on Me. Fayette, IA: Iowa Authors Publishing Co., 1983. {Limited Edition}
*Fayette, IA: Iowa Authors Publishing Co., 1983. {Second edition}
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City and the University of Iowa in early 1970s (Vietnam era)

Berryhill, Clint. The Wild Life. Fayette, IA: Trends & Events, 1984.
SETTING NOTE: Northeast Iowa, near Fayette (Fayette County)

Birkenholtz, Rick. Rebecca’s Run. Pella, Iowa: The Write Place, [2014].
SETTING NOTE: 1939 Iowa City. Woman runs trucking company with father and must make shipment of equipment for Nazi spies.

Bissell, Richard. 7 and a Half Cents. Boston: Little, Brown, 1953.
NOTE: Title also found as
7 1/2 Cents
SETTING NOTE: Based on (Bissell) family pajama factory strike in Dubuque

Bissell, Richard. Goodbye, Ava. [London]: Secker & Warburg, 1961.
SETTING NOTE: Mississippi River (Dubuque) area on houseboats

Bivald, Katarina.The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. Naperville, Illinois: Landmark, 2016.©2013
* Waterville, Maine: Kennebec Large Print, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016. [Large print ed.]
* Naperville, Illinois: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2016. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Broken Wheel, Iowa, where woman hopes to meet recently deceased pen pal.

Blackmore, James H. The Wayfarer: A Novel. Raleigh, NC: Edwards and Broughton Co., 1977.

Blaise, Clark. LUSTS. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1983.
* Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1983 (1st edition E-book)
* Markham, Ont.; New York, N.Y.: Penguin, 1984.
SETTING NOTE: University of Iowa, Writers' Workshop (early 1960s)

Bly, Stephen. The Senator's Other Daughter. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2001.
*Waterville, ME: Walker Large Print, 2002. [large print ed.]
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2002. [large print ed.]
NOTE: Volume one of the Belles of Lordsburg series
SETTING NOTE: Iowa girl moves to New Mexico in 1884

Bodensteiner, Carol. Go Away Home. Des Moines, Iowa: Rising Sun Press, ©2014.
* Seattle, WA: Lake Union Publishing, 2015.
SETTING NOTE: 1913 Iowa -- Dubuque, Boone, and fictional Hurstville
NOTE: Iowa farm girl yearns for city life and trade of her own.

Boettcher, Kathleen S. Eesoo. San Diego, CA: Celeen Publishing, 1990.
SETTING NOTE: 21st century small Iowa town in science fiction tale

Borne, Deanna Bieber. The "U" and Me. Independence, MO: Two Trails Publishing, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: 1970s women students at the University of Iowa (Johnson County)

Bos, Marilyn Janice. The Stray Pitch. Minneapolis, MN: Skywater Publishing Co., 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Investigator joins women's baseball team to solve a murder in fictional Burton City during the 1950s.

Boston, Robert. A Thorn for the Flesh. New York: Harper and Row, 1973.
SETTING NOTE: Follows lives of three generations of farming Iowans

Boswell, Robert. Mystery Ride. New York: Knopf, 1993.
* Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1993. [large print ed.]
* New York: HarperPerennial, 1994, 1993.
*London: Quartet, 1996, 1993.
SETTING NOTE: Woman and daughter relocate to Iowa from modern-day southern California

Botts, Jack. Whitestone: The Second Nebraska Cavalry. New York: iUniverse, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa settlers battle Sioux Indians on the 1862 plains

Bourjaily, Vance. Now Playing at Canterbury. New York: Dial Press, 1976.
* New York: Ballantine Books, 1977, 1976.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City during late 1960s-early 1970s

Bowman, Stephen. Morning Ran Red. Omaha, NE: Simmons Boardman Books, 1986.
*New York: Critic's Choice Paperbacks, 1988, 1986.
*San Jose, CA: Authors Choice Press, 2000.
SETTING NOTE: Novel based on the 1912 Villisca axe murders (Montgomery County)

Boylen, Margaret Currier. The Marble Orchard. New York: Random House, 1956.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional New Hoosic, Iowa [modeled on Shenandoah] (Page County)

Braden, Louise Garland. Day of Escape. New York : Farrar & Rinehart, 1937.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional town of Chevalier, on Mississippi River

Bradley, Ramona Kaiser. Mahaska: A Drama of the Iowa Indians. [Cincinnati, OH: s.n.], 1967.

Brands, Carol. Little White Farm House in Iowa.[S.l.]: Trafford Publishing, 2011.
NOTE: Second book in fictionalized biography of Katherine Vastenhout

Brands, Carol. Little Yellow Farm House in Iowa.Pella, IA: Inheritance Publications, 2012.
NOTE: Rock Rapids, Iowa. Fictionalized biography of Katherine Vatenhout

Brant, Kylie. Chasing Evil. Seattle: Thomas & Mercer, [2015] ©2015.
* Seattle Thomas & Mercer, 2013.
* [s.l.]: Kylie Brant, 2013. (self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines (Polk County), and Alleman, IA
NOTE: Hunt for a serial killer begins as six women are murdered.
NOTE: Book 1 of Circle of Evil series

Brant, Kylie. Touching Evil. Seattle: Thomas & Mercer, [2015].
* [s.l.]: Kylie Brant, 2014. (self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Central Iowa region -- Raccoon River, Valley High, Bondurant, and Ames
NOTE: Detectives investigate heinous crimes.
NOTE: Book 2 of Circle of Evil series

Brant, Kylie. Facing Evil. Seattle: Thomas & Mercer, [2015].
* San Bernardino, CA: [publisher not identified], 2014.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines, Iowa.
NOTE: Detectives attempt to catch criminal gang.
NOTE: Book 3 of Circle of Evil series

Braverman, Melanie. East Justice. Sag Harbor, N.Y.: Permanent Press, 1996
*Newburyport: The Permanent Press, 2015. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional East Justice, Iowa
NOTE: After returning home, daughter narrates difficult childhood story.

Brengle, Marte. Dutchman's Puzzle. United States: Logan Books, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Lyric, Iowa (based on Fairfield).

Brenna, Duff. The Book of Mamie: A Novel. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1989.
*La Grande, OR: Wordcraft, 2006.

Brewer, Mildred. Yankee Settlement. [S.I.: s.n.] (Hearne's Books Crafts), 1975.
* [S.I.: s.n.] (Hearne's Book Crafts), 1993.

Brigham, Johnson. The Sinclairs of Old Fort Des Moines, a Historical Romance. Cedar Rapids, IA: Torch Press, 1927.
NOTE: Mr. Brigham was the first State Librarian of Iowa and served from 1898-1936.
SETTING NOTE: Novel based on founding of Village of Fort Des Moines (ca. 1846)

Brown, Bernice. The Shining Road; a Novel. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1923.

Brown, Harriet C. Grandmother Brown's Hundred Years: 1827-1927. Boston: Little, Brown, 1929.
* New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1929.
* Boston: Little, Brown, 1930.
* Boston: Little, Brown, 1931, 1929.
* New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1932.
* New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1933.
* New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1936.
* New York: Arno Press, 1980.
SETTING NOTE: Centenarian tells life-story of years in central Iowa and Ohio

Bruni, Sarah. The Night Gwen Stacy Died. Boston: Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Girl stages her own kidnapping to run away from life in Coralville, Iowa.

Bury, Stephen. SEE Stephenson, Neal.

Butterfield, Joanne. The Dust Settles. Enumclaw, WA: Redemption Press, [2014].
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm, Dust Bowl 1939, where family struggles with harvest.

Bush, Bertha Evangeline. A Prairie Rose. Boston: Little, Brown, 1910.
*Boston: Little, Brown, 1925, 1910.
*Boston: Little, Brown, 1929.
*Boston: Little, Brown, 1936, 1910.
*Boston: Little, Brown, 1941, 1910.

Butler, Ellis Parker. Dominie Dean. New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1917.
SETTING NOTE: Muscatine area (Muscatine County)

Butler, Ellis Parker. In Pawn. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1921.

Butler, Ellis Parker. Kilo: Being the Love Story of Eliph Hewlitt, Book Agent. New York: McClure, 1907.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1907.
*London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1907.
*Toronto: Musson, 1907.
*New York: Doubleday, 1909.
SETTING NOTE: Nineteen stories set in the fictional town of Kilo, Iowa
NOTE: Book also available online at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3427/

Buxbaum, Katherine. Iowa Outpost. Philadelphia: Dorrance & Company, 1948.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Moravian village of Lapham, Iowa (eastern Iowa)

Byrne, Wendy. The Millionaire’s Deception. Fort Collins, CO: Entangled Publishing, LLC, 2015. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: fictional Wilcox, Iowa: Man tries to convince café owner to sell business.

Cady, Jay and H. Richard Boehm. The Moving of the Waters. New York: The John McBride Company, 1909.

Calderwood, Carmelita and James Hearst. Bonesetter's Brawl. Ardmore, PA: Dorrance, 1979.
SETTING NOTE: 1941 annual Orthopedics department dance at UIHC in Iowa City

Calia, Charles Laird. Unspeakable: A Novel. New York: William Morrow, 1998.
SETTING NOTE: 1960s-1970s Iowa seminary during Vietnam Era

Caligiuri, Christine. Treasure of my Heart. Lake Tahoe, NV: [s.n.], 2002.
SETTING NOTE: Italian immigrants move to Iowa for better life

Carenen, John.Signs of Struggle. Miami, FL: Neverland Publishing Company, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Man discovers and then investigates plot to sell land in Rockbluff, Iowa.

Carman, Paul. Plez and the Vigilantes. Dunnellon, FL: P.H. Carman, 1991.

Casey, John. An American Romance. New York: Atheneum, 1977.
* New York: Pocket Books, 1978, 1977.
* New York: Atheneum, 1987.
* New York: Avon Books, 1990, 1977.
SETTING NOTE: 1970s Iowa City and West Liberty area (Johnson and Muscatine counties)

Cassill, Robert Verlin (R.V.) Dormitory Women. New York: Lion Books, 1954.
* New York: New American Library of World Literature, 1959, 1954.
*New York: Signet Books, 1959, 1954.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City ("Blackhawk University") in 1940s-1950s

Cathey, Bill Robert. "The Cowboy Angel Rides." Diss. University of Iowa, 1971.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City/University of Iowa English grad student

Chaplin, Micah K. You’ll Never Know. Baltimore: PublishAmerica, ©2004.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa friends experience relationship change.

Chehak, Susan Taylor. Carried Away. New York: Doubleday, 1998.

Chehak, Susan Taylor. Harmony. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1990.
* New York: Fawcett Crest, 1990.
* New York: Fawcett Crest, 1992, 1990.

Chehak, Susan Taylor. Rampage. New York: Doubleday, 1998.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day, fictional Rampage, Iowa

Chehak, Susan Taylor. Smithereens. New York: Doubleday, 1995.
* New York: Washington Square Press, 1996, 1995.
* London: Quartet, 1996, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: Small, Iowa town in the summer

Clark, Janet. Blind Faith. Fairfield, IA: 1stWorld Publishing, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa community endures Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal in late 1960s

Clark, Kathy. Count Your Blessings. New York: Harlequin, 1992.
NOTE: Part of the Harlequin American Romance series

Clarke, Charles F. The Story of an American, Dedicated to the Memory of Theodore Roosevelt. [Des Moines, IA]: Globe Publishing, 1920.

Clothier, Peter. Chiaroscuro. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1985.
* New York: New American Library, 1987, 1985.
SETTING NOTE: North Liberty girl moves to New York City after University of Iowa art school

Colby, Helen. Where the River Flows. Salt Lake City, UT: Agape Publishers, 1993.

Collins, Kaitlyn. Joined Trails. [United States]: Xlibris Corporation, ©2010.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa Territory during 1830s and 1840’s.
NOTE: Two young couples are joined by a third on a wagon train.

Collins, Max Allan. Bait Money. New York, N.Y.: Curtis Books, ©1973.
* London: New English Library, 1976.
* New York: Pinnacle, 1981.
SETTING NOTE: Quad Cities, Iowa man seeks to break ties with mob through one last crime.
NOTE: Book 1 of Frank Nolan series

Collins, Max Allan. Blood Money. London: New English Library, 1977.
* New York: Pinnacle Books, 1981.
SETTING NOTE: Quad Cities, Iowa man operates hotel for the mafia.
NOTE: Book 2 of Frank Nolan series

Collins, Max Allan. Fly Paper. New York: Pinnacle Books, 1981.
*Baltimore, MD.: Perfect Crime Books, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Quad Cities and Iowa City, Iowa
NOTE: Detective and his partner assist thief who stumbles into the partner’s antique shop.
NOTE: Book 3 of Frank Nolan series

Collins, Max Allan. Hush Money. New York: Pinnacle Books, 1981.
* [Baltimore, MD]: Perfect Crime Books, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City and fictional West Lake, IA
NOTE: Detective assists local, crooked businessmen
NOTE: Book 4 of Nolan series

Collins, Max Allan. Hard Cash. New York: Pinnacle, 1982.
*[Baltimore, MD]: Perfect Crime Books, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Port City and Iowa City
NOTE: Criminal retires, and former victim is blackmail target.
NOTE: Book 5 of Nolan series

Collins, Max Allan. Scratch Fever. New York: Pinnacle Books, 1982.
*[Baltimore, MD.]: Perfect Crime Books, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Burlington, Iowa City, West Liberty, and fictional Port City, IA
NOTE: Female criminal targets retired mobster.
NOTE: Book 6 of Nolan series

Collins, Max Allan.Spree.New York, N.Y.: T. Doherty Associates, ©1987.
* New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987.
*New York : T. Doherty Associates, 1988. (1st mass market print)
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines, Quad Cities, Davenport, and Iowa City, Iowa
NOTE: Former mobster forced back into crime when girlfriend is kidnapped.
NOTE: Book 7 of Nolan series

Collins, Max A. Baby Blue Rip-off. New York: Walker, 1983.
* London: Hale, 1984.
* New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 1987, 1983.
NOTE: Volume one of the Mallory series
SETTING NOTE: Port City, Iowa (possibly Muscatine)

Collins, Max A. No Cure for Death: A Mallory Novel. New York: Walker, 1983.
*South Yarmouth, MA: J. Curley, 1984, 1983 [large print ed.]
*Bath, England: Chivers Press, 1984 [large print ed.]
*New York: Hale, 1985, 1983.
*New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 1987, 1983.
NOTE: Volume two of the Mallory series
SETTING NOTE: Port City, IA (possibly Muscatine)

Collins, Max A. Kill Your Darlings. New York: Walker, 1984.
* London: Hale, 1986, 1984.
*New York: Tom , Doherty Associates, 1988, 1984.
NOTE: Volume three of the Mallory series
SETTING NOTE: Port City, Iowa (possibly Muscatine)

Collins, Max A. A Shroud for Aquarius: A Mallory Novel. New York: Walker, 1985.
*New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 1988, 1985.
NOTE: Volume four of the Mallory series
SETTING NOTE: Port City, IA (possibly Muscatine)

Collins, Max A. Nice Weekend for a Murder. New York: Walker, 1986.
*New York: Tor, 1994, 1986.
NOTE: Volume five in Mallory series
SETTING NOTE: Port City, Iowa (possibly Muscatine)

Collins, Max Allan. Quarry (The Broker). Woodstock, VT: Countryman Press, 1985, ©1976.
* Baltimore, MD: Perfect Crime Books, 2010.
* London: Hardcase Crime, 2015. (E-book)
* London: Titan Books, 2015.
SETTING NOTE: Port City, IA (Based on Muscatine)
NOTE: Book 1 of Quarry series

Collins, Max Allan. Quarry’s List (The Broker’s Wife). Woodstock, VT: Countryman Press, 1985, ©1976.
* Baltimore, MD: Perfect Crime Books, 2010.
* London: Hard Case Crime, published by Titan Books, 2015. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Quad Cities in the 1970’s, where a professional killer seeks the men who tried to kill him.
NOTE: Book 2 of Quarry series

Collins, Max Allan. Quarry’s Deal (The Dealer). Woodstock, VT: Countryman Press, 1986, ©1976.
*Baltimore, MD: Perfect Crime Books, 2010.
* New York: Hard Case Crime, 2016. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City, Des Moines, Burlington, and fictional West Lake, Iowa
NOTE: Professional killer is hired to stop a woman assassin from murdering his client.
NOTE: Book 3 of Quarry series

Collins, Max Allan. Quarry’s Cut (The Slasher).Woodstock, VT: Countryman Press, 1986, ©1977.
* London: Titan Books, 2015. (E-book)
* London: Titan Books, 2015.
SETTING NOTE: At an Iowa mountain resort, man stumbles upon plan for contract killing.
NOTE: Book 4 of Quarry series

Collins, Max Allan.Quarry’s Vote (Primary Target). Baltimore, MD: Perfect Crime Books, 2010.
* London: Titan Books, 2015.
* New York: Hard Case Crime, 2016. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Quad Cities retired hitman refuses to murder presidential candidate and becomes target.
NOTE: Book 5 in Quarry series

Collins, Max Allan. The First Quarry. New York: Dorchester, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Quad Cities, Walcott, and fictional Moscow, Iowa.
NOTE: Hitman's first contract is to kill college professor.
NOTE: Book 8 of Quarry series, considered a prequel for the series.

Collins, Max Allan. Quarry in the Middle. New York: Hard Case Crime, 2009.
* Detroit [Mich.]: Thorndike Press/Gale Cengage Learning, 2010. [large print ed.]
* New York: Titan Books, 2011. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Port City and River’s Bluff, IA
NOTE: Warring crime families hire same hit man.
NOTE: Book 9 of Quarry series

Collins, Max Allan. Quarry’s Choice. London: Titan Books, 2015.
* New York: Hard Case Crime, 2015. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Quad Cities, Rock Island Arsenal, with later scenes in Mississippi
NOTE: Book 12 of Quarry series.

Collison, Elizabeth. Some Other Town. New York: Harper Perennial, [2015]
* New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2015. (E-book)
* New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2015 (1st Harper Perennial edition)
SETTING NOTE: Midwestern town, with Iowa City references

Connor, Mike. Million to One. New York: Carlton, 1976.
SETTING NOTE: Follows life of Iowa man in the Midwest

Cook, Marshall. Twin Killing. Toronto: Worldwide, 2008, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Mother assists son who is wrongly accused of murder in fictional Summersend, IA
NOTE: Part of the Mona Quinn series, book three

Corey, Paul. Acres of Antaeus. New York: H. Holt and Company, 1946.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farmers struggling during the Great Depression

Corey, Paul. County Seat. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1941.
NOTE: Novel is volume three of Mantz trilogy
SETTING NOTE: Southwestern Iowa, 1924-1930

Corey, Paul. Five Acre Hill. New York: Wm. Morrow, 1946.
SETTING NOTE: Southwestern Iowa, farming community

Corey, Paul. The Red Tractor. New York: Wm. Morrow, 1944.
SETTING NOTE: Southwestern Iowa farming community

Corey, Paul. The Road Returns. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1940.
NOTE: Novel is volume two of Mantz trilogy
SETTING NOTE: Southwestern Iowa, 1917-1923

Corey, Paul. Three Miles Square. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1939.
NOTE: Novel is volume one of Mantz trilogy
SETTING NOTE: Southwestern Iowa, 1910-1916

Costello, Mary Charlotte Aubry. Mississippi River Dreams: Coming of Age in the 1850's. [Iowa]: J&A Printing, 2004.
SETTING NOTE: Historical fiction set in the Quad-Cities area

Couloumbis, Audrey. Just Before Daybreak. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987.

Crary, Margaret. The Calico Ball. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1961.
*Eau Claire, WI: E.M. Hale, 1966, 1961.
SETTING NOTE: Sioux City during Native American settlement era [Sioux Indians]

Creighton, Kathleen. A Wanted Man. New York: Silhouette Books, 1994.
*Chatswood, N.S.W.: Silhouette Books, 1994.
*Richmond, VA: Silhouette, 1996, 1994.
*Riverdale, NY: Baen Publishing, 2009.
NOTE: Silhouette Intimate Moments, Into the Heartland series

Cresswell, Jasmine. Dead Ringer. Ontario, Canada: MIRA, ©2003.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines and mentions of Cedar Falls, Iowa
NOTE: Woman discovers her missing husband is international terrorist.

Cronin, Justin. The Passage. New York: Ballantine Books, ©2010.
SETTING NOTE: General rural Iowa community
NOTE: Breach in secret facility unleashes military experiment.
NOTE: Book 1 in The Passage trilogy

Cronin, Justin. The Twelve. New York: Ballantine Books, ©2012.
* Waterville, Maine: Wheeler Publishing, 2012. [Large print ed.]
* Baltimore: Cemetery Dance Publications, 2014. (1st signed limited edition)
* Toronto: Anchor Canada, 2016.
* New York: Ballantine Books, 2016. (Trade paperback edition)
SETTING NOTE: Various Iowa locations
NOTE: Apocalypse survivors struggle while members of future world seek original colony on Earth.
NOTE: Book 2 in The Passage trilogy

Cronin, Justin. The City of Mirrors. New York: Ballantine Books, [2016]
* Waterville, Maine: Wheeler Publishing Large Print, 2016. [Large print ed.]
* [S.l.]: Random House Publishing Group, 2016. (E-book)
* Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2016. (E-book)
* Toronto: Seal Books, 2017.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa identified as homeland
NOTE: Book 3 of The Passage trilogy

Currans-Sheehan, Tricia. The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors. Moorhead, MN: New Rivers Press at MSUM, 2004.
SETTING NOTE: Contemporary, small Iowa town

Curtis, Alice Bertha and Richard A. Holberg. Children of the Prairie. New York: Crowell, 1938.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farming community

Dailey, Janet. The Homeplace. New York: Harlequin Books, 1976.
*London, Mills & Boon, 1976.
*New York: Harlequin Books, 1979, 1976.
*London: Mills & Boon, 1982, 1976.
*New York: Harlequin Books, 1987, 1976.
*Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 2000, 1976.
*Thorndike, ME: G.K. Hall, 2000.[large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: South of Early, Iowa at Dailey's grandfather's farm (Sac County)

Dallas, Sandra. Alice's Tulips. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.
*Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 2001, 2000.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm in the Civil War era

Dallas, Sandra. True Sisters. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2012.
* Thorndike, Me.: Center Point Pub., 2012. [Large print ed.]
* New York: St. Martin's Press, 2013. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: 1856 Iowa City, Iowa
NOTE: Mormon women from British Isles travel from Iowa City to Salt Lake City.

Damsgaard, Shirley. Witch Way to Murder. New York: Avon Books, ©2005.
* New York: Paperback, 2002.
* Pymble, NSW; New York: HarperCollins e-books, 2007. (E-book)
* HarperCollins e-Books, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Summerset, Iowa librarian/psychic investigates crimes with grandmother.
NOTE: Book 1 in Ophelia and Abby Mysteries series

Damsgaard, Shirley. Charmed to Death. New York: Avon Books, ©2006.
* New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.
* HarperCollins, 2009. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Summerset, Iowa librarian/psychic investigates friends’ deaths
NOTE: Book 2 in Ophelia and Abby Mysteries series

Damsgaard, Shirley. The Trouble with Witches. New York: Avon Books, ©2006.
* HarperCollins e-Books, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Summerset, Iowa librarian/psychic searches for missing teenager in Minnesota.
NOTE: Book 3 in Ophelia and Abby Mysteries series

Damsgaard, Shirley. Witch Hunt. New York: Morrow Avon, 2007.
* New York: HarperCollins, 2007.
* HarperCollins e-Books, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Summerset, Iowa librarian/psychic helps woman accused of murder.
NOTE: Book 4 in Ophelia and Abby Mysteries series

Damsgaard, Shirley. The Witch is Dead. New York, N.Y.: Avon, 2007.
* New York: HarperCollins, 2007.
* HarperCollins e-Books, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Summerset, Iowa where detective and her grandmother take on criminal gang.
NOTE: Book 5 in Ophelia and Abby Mysteries series

Damsgaard, Shirley. The Witch’s Grave. New York: William Morrow, 2009.
* Harpercollins, 2009.
* HarperCollins e-Books, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Summerset, Iowa where local witch's love interest is now missing.
NOTE: Book 6 in Ophelia and Abby Mysteries series

Damsgaard, Shirley. The Seventh Witch. New York: Avon Books, ©2010.
* New York: Avon, 2010.
* HarperCollins e-Books, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Summerset, Iowa and family reunion with murder plot.
NOTE: Book 7 in Ophelia and Abby Mysteries series

Daniels, Guy. Progress U.S.A. New York: Macmillan, 1968.
NOTE: Novel is volume one of trilogy
SETTING NOTE: Small town, based on Gilmore City, Iowa (Pocahontas County)

Davidson, Peter. Murder in Okoboji. Arnolds Park, IA: Sweet Memories Publishing, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Businessman is targeted by swindlers during lake resort vacation (Dickinson County)

Davidson, Peter. Okoboji. Arnolds Park, IA: Sweet Memories Publishing, 2005.
*Arnolds Park, IA: Sweet Memories Publishing, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Movie star flees to Lake Okoboji resort area for seclusion (Dickinson County)

Davy, Nelle The Legacy of Eden. Don Mills, Ontario: Mira, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Iowa farm named Aurelia, where a family experiences life as they struggle to elevate their social rank.

Dawn, Waneta. Behind the Hedge, a Novel. [s.l.]: Xulon Books, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Mennonite wife struggles with family and faith issues in rural Kalona, Iowa (Washington County)

DePhillips, Diane. By the Scruff of the Neck. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2004.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines restaurant owner's adventures (Polk County)

De Vries, Peter. I Hear America Swinging. Boston: Little, Brown, 1976.
*New York: Popular Library, 1977, 1976.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa minimalist artist expounds his theories

Dean, Janet. The Substitute Bride. New York: Steeple Hill, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Woman takes place of mail-order bride in fictional, New Harmony, Iowa

Denhart, Jeffrey. Just Bones: A Mystery. Aurora, CO: Write Way Publishing, 1996.
*Aurora, CO: Write Way Publishing, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: Small town Iowa medical examiner investigates 1930s murders

Dick, Philip K. Ubik. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1969.
*[London]: Rapp & Whiting, 1970.
*[London]: Panther Books, 1973.
*London: Grafton, 1973.
*London: Panther Books, 1978, 1969.
*New York: Bantam, 1977, 1969.
*Boston: Gregg Press, 1979.
*New York: Daw Books, 1983, 1969.
*Minneapolis: Corroboree Press, 1985. [screenplay]
*New York: Vintage, 1991, 1969.
*London: Voyager, 1998, 1970.
*London: Millenium, 2000, 1970.
*Waterville, ME: G.K. Hall, 2001, 1969. [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines, IA businessman disappears in sci-fi novel

Disch, Thomas M. On Wings of Song. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1979.
*London: V. Gollancz, 1979.
*New York: Bantam, 1980, 1979.
*Toronto: Bantam, 1980,1979.
*London: Magnum, 1981, 1979.
*New York: Vintage, 2002, 1979.
*New York: Carroll & Graf, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa man moves to New York City in sci-fi novel

Dobrian, Joseph. Ambitions. New York, N.Y.: Rex Imperator, 2014.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional State City, Iowa where missing teenage singer's neighbor is suspected of crime.

Dobson, Melanie B. Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa. Minneapolis, MN: Summerside Press, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Father and daughter are accepted into 1894 Amana Society in Homestead, Iowa (Iowa County)
NOTE: Book is part of the "Love Finds You" series

Dobson, Melanie B. Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa. Minneapolis, MN: Summerside Press, 2011.
* Minneapolis: Summerside Press, 2011 (Doubleday large print home library edition)
* Minneapolis: Summerside Press, 2011 (e-book)
* [s.l.]: Paw Prints, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: 1863 Amana, Iowa (Amana Colonies)

Donne, Mari. The Boys and the Bees. Tallahassee, FL: Dreamspinner Press, 2012.

Donovan, Josephine. The Black Soil. Boston: The Stratford Company, 1930.
SETTING NOTE: Northwestern Iowa farming town, possibly modeled on Granville, IA (Sioux County)

Dooley, Lena Nelson. A Daughter's Quest. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour Publishing, 2006.
*Uhrichsville, OH: Heartsong Presents, 2006.
*Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour Publishing, 2009.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2010 [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Daughter seeks cache of stolen, Yankee gold in fictional Browning City, Iowa

Dooley, Lena Nelson, and Lisa Harris.Wild Prairie Roses. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Following Civil War, settlers come to Iowa, led by rumors of gold (fictional Browning City, IA)
NOTE: Part of the "Romancing America" series

Doolittle, Sean. Safer. New York: Delacorte Press, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: New Iowa university professor becomes involved in mystery with child's disappearance

Dorothy, Robert Ellwood. Bidwell, Iowa: Barefoot Trails & Barefaced Tales. [Epworth, IA]: Robell Publications, 1998.

Dostal, W.A. The Hand of God: A Novel. New York: Benziger Brothers, 1934.
SETTING NOTE: Examines a troubled marriage in Spillville, Iowa (Winneshiek County)

Downing, J. Hyatt. Anthony Trant. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1941.
NOTE: Sequel to author's book
Sioux City: A Novel
SETTING NOTE: Sioux City during the 1880s real estate boom (Woodbury County)

SEE ALSO: Flood, Mark.

Downing, J. Hyatt. Sioux City: A Novel. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1940.
SETTING NOTE: Sioux City during the 1880s real estate boom

SEE ALSO: Flood, Mark.

Drury, Tom. The End of Vandalism. New York: Grove Press, 2006.
* New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1994. (E-book)
* Paris: Cambourakis, 2013. (French)
* Brecon: Old Street, 2015.
* London [UK]: Old Street Publishing Ltd, 2015. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Grafton, Iowa and fictional Morrisville and Grouse County
NOTE: County sheriff and part-time thief compete for affections of one woman.

Dunaway, Michele. The Doctor’s Little Miracle. Toronto: Harlequin, ©2010.
* Toronto: Harlequin, 2010. (E-book)
* Toronto: Harlequin, 2010.
* Chatswood, N.S.W.: Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2011. (1st Australian paperback edition.)
* New York: Paperback, 2011.
* Don Mills, Ont.: Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., 2013. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Chenille, Iowa woman becomes doctor while raising small child.

Duncan, Thomas W. Gus the Great: A Novel. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1922.
*Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1947.
*London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Co., 1948.
*New York: Dell, 1953.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa in early 1900s

Duncan, Thomas William. The Labyrinth. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967.
SETTING NOTE: Small Iowa town in 1800s (possibly modeled on Casey, IA) (Guthrie County)

Duncan, Thomas William. We Pluck This Flower. New York: Coward-McCann, 1937.

DuClos, Bernard. Article V: The Movie. New York: iUniverse, 2008.

Dundon, Daniel. Lassiter Hill. New York: Raider Publishing, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Murders, satanic cult, and rivalry between two brothers fuel local trial (fictional Lassiter Hill, Iowa)

Durgin, JoAnn. Meet Me Under the Mistletoe. Aztec, MN: White Rose Publishing, 2012. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Starlight, Iowa firefighter must share secret.

Dyer, Lois Faye. More Than a Memory. Bensalem, PA: Meteor Publishing, 1992.
NOTE: Volume three of McFadden Family romance series

Eakes, Laurie Alice. Better Than Gold. Uhrichsville, OH: Heartsong Presents, 2008.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2010. [large print ed.]
NOTE: Third title in Heartsong's Iowa history series
SETTING NOTE: Missing government gold draws settlers to Iowa, prairie town

Eipert, Erich. Butterfly Powder and the Mountains of Iowa: A Novel. Seattle, WA: Turnbuckle Press, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: Small, Iowa farming community in the 1960s

Elder, David. The Ghost at the Inn of the Six-Toed Cat. Washington, IA: David Elder, 1995.

Elder, David. The Ghost Dog of Benton's Mill: The Story as Told to a Young Visitor by Emil Kreutzer. Washington, IA: David Elder, 1996.

Eliason, Rachel. The Case of Nikki Pagan. Self-published, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City’s University of Iowa hospital
NOTE: Patient makes friends at hospital following drunk-driving accident.

Eness, Daniel. Dead Vault. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional North Tree, Iowa
NOTE: Man seeks answers while battling unemployment.

Engle, Paul. Always the Land. New York: Random House, 1941.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farming community, possibly in Cedar Rapids area

Erbach, Peter. Blame it on Dubuque. [S.l.: s.n.], 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Farm girl grows up in Dubuque, Iowa.

Erickson, Howard. Son of Earth. New York: Dial Press, 1933.  

Ernst, Kathleen. Heritage of Darkness: A Chloe Ellefson Mystery. Woodbury, MN: Midnight Ink, [2013].
* Woodbury, MN: Midnight Ink, 2013. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Decorah, Iowa
NOTE: Woman investigates local crime while on family trip.
NOTE: Book 4 in Chloe Ellefson Mystery series

Esstman, Barbara. The Other Anna. New York: HBJ, 1993.
*London: Secker & Warburg, 1993.
*New York: HarperPerennial, 1999, 1993.
SETTING NOTE: Small, Iowa town from 1890-1910

Evans, Elizabeth. As Good As Dead. New York: Bloomsbury, 2015.
*[New York]: Bloomsbury USA, 2015. (E-book)
*United Kingdom: Bloomsbury, 2015.
SETTING NOTE: 1988 Iowa City Writer’s Workshop
NOTE: Two aspiring writers became friends and lose touch for twenty years.

Evans, Freeman. Covered Wagons. New York: Ballantine Books, 1984.
SETTING NOTE: Novel traces pioneer family seeking Iowa territory in 1800s

Evans, Sara. Softly and Tenderly. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Woman returns to her childhood home in Iowa

Exley, Frederick. Pages From a Cold Island. New York: Random House, 1975.
*New York: Vintage Books, 1988, 1975.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City and Iowa house, a student residence

Farley, Lois G. Homespun Iowa: A Collection of Short Stories and Essays. [Philadelphia]: XLibris, 2007.

Feikema, Feike. This is the Year. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1947.
*Boston: Gregg Press, 1979.
SETTING NOTE: Far northwestern Iowa in Frisian immigrant community. Possibly Doon, Iowa (Lyon County)
*SEE ALSO: Manfred, Frederick Feikema.

Felsen, Henry Gregor. Fever Heat. Orion, MI: Group Promotions, 1990,1961.
NOTE: Part of Felsen car book series
SETTING NOTE:Probably set in Des Moines area

Ferguson, Bill. Death Comes to Main Street. Ogden, IA: Ogden Reporter, 1991.
*Odgen, IA: Gary Alban, 1991.

Fields, Jennie. Lily Beach. New York: Atheneum, 1993.
* New York: Warner Books, 1994.
SETTING NOTE: Chronicles woman in 1960s Iowa City and her involvement with three men.

Fields, Scott C. The Last Days of Summer. Casper, WY: Whiskey Creek Press, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Millersburg, Iowa during World War II.
NOTE: An inventor meets Hitler.

Fisher, James R., Jr. In the Shadow of the Courthouse: Memoir of the 1940s Written as a Novel. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2002.
*Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2003.
*[S.l.]: 1st Books Library, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Fictionalized account of author's 1940s childhood in Clinton, IA

Fitton, Robert P. 1939.The Fitton Chronicles: E-Books by Robert P. Fitton, 2000. Available for downloading at the FittonChronicles.com.
SETTING NOTE: Time traveler sent to 1939 Iowa farming town

Flavin, Martin. Journey in the Dark. New York: Harper & Bros., 1943.
*New York: Avon, 1943.
*New York: Harper, 1943.
*New York: Editions for the Armed Services, 1943.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1943.
*Chicago: Consolidated Book Publishers, 1944. (Peoples Book Club Edition)
*New York: Avon, 1961, 1943.
*Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1970.
*Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1978.
NOTE: 1944 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
SETTING NOTE: Iowa-born businessman and his life, 1870s-1940s

Fleming, A.M. Iowa Pioneers. Boston: Meador Publishing, 1933.
SETTING NOTE: Early years of Iowa statehood

Flood, Mark. SEE: Downing, J. Hyatt. 

Follett, Henry. Zanzar. Clermont, IA: Springhill Publisher, 1997.

Ford, Elisabeth. Amy Ferraby's Daughter : A Novel. New York: Coward-McCann, 1944.

Ford, Elisabeth. No Hour of History, A Novel. New York: I. Washburn, 1940.

Foreman, Marilyn Jane. "A Poor but Wise Child." Thesis. Northeast Missouri State University, 1991.

France, Jane. Funeral Food. CreateSpace Indpendent Publishing Platform, 2013.
NOTE: Tells the story of several generations of Iowa women in their small hometown.

Francis, Dorothy Brenner. Nurse of Spirit Lake. New York: Avalon, 1975.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2007. [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Contemporary romance set at Iowa lodging house

Franklin, Jim. Dancing Along the Upper Mississippi. McGregor, IA: Popcorn Press, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa cities along the Mississippi River

Frederick, John T. Druida. New York: Knopf, 1923.
SETTING NOTE: Rural Iowa farming community in early 1900s

Frederick, Michael. Ledges. [S.l.]: M. Frederick, 1998.
*Sioux Falls, SD: Western Commercial Printing, 1998.
*Phoenix, AZ: M. Frederick, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: Farm near Ledges State Park (Boone, Iowa area), ca. 1959
(Boone County)

Frederick, Michael. The Paper Man: A Novel. Tempe, AZ: M. Frederick, 1999.
SETTING NOTE: Possibly in Sioux City area (Woodbury County)

Freligh, David G. Bridges to New Beginnings. [S.l.: s.n.], 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Woman moves to Winterset, Iowa to start a new life following a trial.

French, Alice. A Book of True Lovers. Chicago: Way & Williams, 1897.
*New York: Doubleday and McClure, 1899.
*New York: Doubleday, 1899.
*Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1969.
SETTING NOTE: Short story collection set in Iowa (Davenport area) and in Arkansas

French, Alice. The Captured Dream and Other Stories. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899.
*New York: Harper, 1899.
SETTING NOTE: Short story collection mainly set in Davenport, Iowa (Scott County)

French, Alice. The Heart of Toil. New York: Scribner, 1898.
*New York: International Association of Newspapers and Authors, 1901.
*New York: Melville Publishing, 1903, 1898.
*Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1969.
SETTING NOTE: Short story collection with Davenport area

French, Alice. Knitters in the Sun. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1887.
*Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1898.
*Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1915.
*New York: Garrett Press, 1969.
SETTING NOTE: Features Davenport, Iowa and Arkansas Settings

French, Alice. The Man of the Hour. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1905.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1905.
*New York: Arno Press, 1977.
SETTING NOTE: Fairport, IA (Davenport) in early 1900s during labor struggles

French, Alice. The Missionary Sheriff: Being Incidents in the Life of a Plain Man who Tried to do His Duty. New York: Harper, 1897.
*New York: Harper and Brothers, 1898.
*New York: Harper, 1899.
*Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1969.

SETTING NOTE: Short stories about an Iowa sheriff's adventures (1850-1900) in Davenport area

French, Alice. Otto the Knight and Other Trans-Mississippi Stories. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1891.
*Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1893.
*Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1900, 1891.
SETTING NOTE: Short stories with Iowa and Arkansas Settings

French, Alice . A Slave to Duty and Other Women. Chicago: H.S. Stone, 1898.
*New York: Duffield and Co., 1906, 1898.
SETTING NOTE: Short stories set in Davenport, Iowa area and Arkansas

French, Alice. Stories of a Western Town. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1893.
*London: Sampson & Low, 1893.
*New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1897.
*New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1907.
*[New York]: Garrett Press, 1969.
*New York: MSS Information Corp., 1972.
SETTING NOTE: Davenport, Iowa area and Arkansas

Fuller, Iola. The Shining Trail. New York: Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, 1943.
*Garden City, NY: The Dial Press, 1946.
*New York: Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, 1951.
SETTING NOTE: Novel based on the Black Hawk War (1832)

Iowa Literary Landscape

Editor's Forward

Preface

Introduction

Recent Project Additions

Adult Books A-F

Adult Books G-H

Adult Books I-R

Adult Books S-Z

Short Stories & Novellas

Children's Books

Young Adult Books

All Authors

All Titles

Iowa Towns

Iowa Counties

Iowa Regions

References

Appendix: Landscape Literature

Appendix: Poetry Sources

Appendix: Feature Films

Appendix: Electronic Works

Appendix: Audio Works

Appendix: Non-English Editions

Appendix: Iowa Folklore

Endnote


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