Charles Cutter, Author

“A mystery with a protagonist who’s truly in his element inside the courtroom.”

~ Kirkus Reviews

“Cutter mixes a lethal brew in his new mystery, The Pink Pony, complete with Mackinac Island lore and licentiousness. When a celebration at the end of the Port Huron-Mackinac sailboat race ends in murder at the Pink Pony, the favorite bar of locals, attorney Burr Lafayette must sink or swim to keep his head above water in a unique and totally enjoyable mystery.”

~ Bill Castanier, Literary writer at the Lansing City Pulse

“The Pink Pony captures all the magic and mystery of Mackinac Island in this delightful page-turner of a whodunnit. Reminiscent of Robert Traver’s Anatomy of a Murder, author Charles Cutter brings to life colorful northern Michigan and UP characters and customs, while weaving a well-crafted courtroom drama that will keep you guessing to the end. An excellent read.”

~ Dennis O. Cawthorne, author of Mackinac Island: Inside, Up Close, and Personal

“A smashing murder mystery featuring a quick-witted protagonist…Cutter’s razor-sharp dialogue in the courtroom (is) truly unforgettable.”

~ Kirkus Reviews

“An intriguing tale of illegal drug sales and environmental exploitation. The truth eventually emerges as the unique spirit of the Au Sable flows through this captivating mystery.”

~ Jerry Kustich, author Holy Water and A Wisp in the Wind

“Fly fishing and murder are mysterious games. Tighten your wading belt as this novel deftly carries you from Michigan’s famed Hex hatch on the Au Sable River to the Crawford County Courthouse. a robust and enjoyable read.”

~ Glen R. Blackwood, Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company, reviewer of sporting literature for Covers, Upland Almanac and Michigan Trout magazines

Bear Bones - A Burr Lafayette Mystery

If you think this sounds a lot like Perry Mason, (created by Erle Stanley Gardner), you’d be 100% right. Bear Bones is full of well-depicted courtroom scenes that really come to life and could easily be adapted for television.

~ Ray WalshLansing State Journal

A page turner of a mystery… Bear Bones and Burr Lafayette remind us of what we have and why we love where we are. Part mystery, part ode to the last best places, Cutter’s prose captures the best of what is always slipping away.

~ Glen YoungBear River Literary

Cutter takes brilliant but flawed attorney Burr Lafayette through twists and turns in this legal thriller set against the backdrop of the fabled Sleeping Bear Dunes. The courtroom showdowns—and Burr’s wry, unspoken insights—are as enthralling as the unexpected ending.

~ Ben BeversluisGrand Rapids Press, Retired

A Charles Cutter mystery is pure Michigan.

~ Peter Anthony HolderThe Stuph Files

The Crooked Angel - A Burr Lafayette Mystery

“Cutter’s narrative maintains a relentless edge while an unsettling ambiguity hangs over everything. Another superb installment in this legal thriller series.”

~ Kirkus Reviews

Bear Bones - A Burr Lafayette Mystery

Under the Ashes is like a good gin and tonic: clean, crisp, and with a bite.

~ Steven Pruett, Executive Chairman, Cox MediaGroup

A riveting page turner with surprising twists and turns.

~ Leland K. Bassett, President, Bassett Entertainment Group

Strong dialogue and an insider’s sense of place make Under The Ashes Cutter’s most convincing ‘whodunnit’ yet.

~ Bear River Literary

A spicy dish of intrigue, jealousy, and murder.

~ Ben Beversluis, Editor, Grand Rapids Press, retired