VanValkenburgh to sign autographs at Purple Mountain
Fleischmanns — Ward Eastman is back. Norman Van Valkenburgh’s surveyor-sleuth, the only surveyor in American mystery fiction, once again follows clues to unravel decades-old murders, this time in the Esopus Valley during construction of the Ashokan Reservoir and in the Millbrook Valley before the coming of the Pepacton Reservoir.
Murder at the Streamside and Murder at the Reservoir are two mystery novellas in one volume and mark the fifth and sixth Ward Eastman stories published by Purple Mountain Press of Fleischmanns following Murder in the Catskills, Mayhem in the Catskills, and Mischief in the Catskills and Murder in the Shawangunks. Hudson Valley Magazine recently called the author a “Master of Mystery” and wrote that his books “leave the critics panting as if they’d just climbed Slide Mountain.
‘Knowing the terrain as only a good surveyor can, Van Valkenburgh has filled his novel with a wonderful assortment of true Catskill detail’ one wrote, ‘he knows how the forests that blanket our mountains look and feel when walking through them at different seasons.’”
The new mysteries will debut at the Fleischmanns Street Fair on Saturday, May 23. Van Valkenburgh will be autographing copies at the Purple Mountain Press office next to the supermarket from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition to his mysteries, his nonfiction books will be available, also, and include: Old Stone Walls: Catskill Land and Lore and Chains Links and Gavels: The Surveyor in Court and, for young readers, America’s First Wilderness: New York State’s Forest Preserves and Cub Scouts Climb the Tower.