A LIST OF MYSTERIES SET IN NATIVE AMERICA. Native American writers are creating some of the best writing today: Just look at the acclaim for Louise Erdrich’s newest novel, The Round House, which won the National Book Award for fiction last year.Erdrich’s book is not a mystery, yet mystery and suspense run through it. As part of my series on mysteries set in different parts of the world, I thought I’d look for some set in Indian country. Turns out none of the following mystery authors are themselves Native American. And none is probably as highly regarded as Louise Erdrich. But all can tell a good story, and you can learn a lot, too.