Colleen Barnett, a retired Wisconsin attorney, moved to Minnesota after the death of her husband John to be closer to other family members. Over the years when she and John were raising their seven children, Colleen worked as a volunteer coordinator, then a social work supervisor, and finally, returned to law school to earn her degree. Subsequently she practiced law, served as a mediator in custody suits, and as a lecturer in American government at the University of Wisconsin-Richland. Mysteries have always been her refuge and joy. She belongs to Sisters in Crime and to a St. Paul mystery book club.