About Colin

Colin_T_Nelson_2017Hi. I’m Colin Nelson and I bring two  important parts of me to every mystery-thriller I write: 30+ years working as a trial lawyer and travels around the world—all with stories!!

My goal is to give my readers “page turners” about characters who struggle to solve mysteries while trapped in suspenseful and dangerous situations.

When I was ten years old and spent Christmas vacation with my grandmother, I became hooked on mysteries. She lived in a small apartment above a train-switching station. In the winter, I listened to the whistles and screeching wheels of the trains. To pass the time, she offered me the Sherlock Holmes’ story, The Hound of the Baskervilles. That captured me for life.

I worked as a Public Defender in Minneapolis and also a prosecutor, defending thousands of cases from speeding tickets to first degree murder.   And as often as I could, I traveled the world.colin nelson

Everything I learned and experienced goes into my novels. I do tons of research—not only to get the details right but also to share some really interesting stuff with my readers.

In addition to writing, I play saxophone and flute with a jazz group called, Blue Mood and a rock band that plays the music of Bob Dylan.  We actually get paid when we play!  I am married and have two adult children. As I get older, I’m anxious to travel the world as much as my wife and I are able to do.

Now that you know about me, tell me about you! I love to hear from readers—  What brought you to mysteries and thrillers? What’s your favorite type? I promise to answer you personally.

Best regards,


Pete Chandler series—mystery and suspense in exotic locations.
Up Like ThunderThe Inca Code

The Zehra Series – A prosecutor whose cases often threaten—her life!!

The Ted Rohrbacher Series – A defense lawyer who takes on the impossible cases.
The Amygdala Hijack Book


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