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HUDSON VALLEY MAGAZINE CALLS NORMAN J. VAN VALKENBURGH

"[Van Valkenburgh's] mysteries 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 the forests that blanket our mountains look and feel when walking through them at different seasons.' Somehow during his career as a land surveyor, including 32 years at the DEC, Van Valkenburgh has also found the time to write a dozen non-fiction books about the Catskills and Adirondacks."

Leon Freilich, Hudson Valley Magazine, May 2006, magazine photo by Dion Ogust.

Murder in the Catskills
A Murder and a Mystery and a Bit of History by Norman J. Van Valkenburgh
109 pages, 6 x 9, 1992, reprinted 1998, second printing
12.50 paperback (Bookstore returns, covers show shelfwear)--A Purple Mountain Press mystery original.
A Catskills land surveyor discovers a skelton on a high rock deep in the woods. So begins the first Ward Eastman mystery, layered in topography, genealogy, and history.
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Mayhem in the Catskills
A Ward Eastman mystery by Norman J. Van Valkenburgh
158 pages, 6 x 9, 1995, second printing
12.50 paperback
25.00 limited edition hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press mystery original.
Ward Eastman, the mystery-solving surveyor who was the hero of Murder in the Catskills returns to consider a locked-room mystery in a remote cabin in the central Catskills.
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Mischief in the Catskills
A Ward Eastman Mystery by Norman J. Van Valkenburgh
159 pages, 6 x 9, 1998, first edition
12.50 paperback- A Purple Mountain Press mystery original.
Surveyor-sleuth Ward Eastman returns to solve the mystery of a hunter lost in a blinding Catskill Mountain snow storm: Did he perish in the snow, was he murdered, or did he cleverly disappear to start a new life? This mystery novella comes with five masterful short stories.
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Murder in the Shawangunks: A Ward Eastman Mystery
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Class of '68: A Mountain Top Mystery
Norman J. Van Valkenburgh and Airilee Ellyn Blessing
166 pages, 6 x 9, 1999, first edition
12.50 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press mystery original.
Mystery novellas in one volume: Our fourth Ward Eastman mystery finds America's only surveyor-sleuth on the trail of a murder committed years before in the little mountain range between the Catskills and the mid-Hudson River. In Airilee Blessings' Class of '68, a bookshop owner discovers murder at her 25th high school reunion in the Catskills.
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Murder at the Streamside and Murder at the Reservoir: Ward Eastman Mysteries
Eastman unravels decades old mysteries in the Millbrook and Esopus Valleys.


If you like regional mysteries, you may also like our Mike Diamond mystery by Murray Heller.

Placid's View: A Mike Diamond Mystery
Murray Heller
196 pages, 6 x 9, 1997, first edition
22.50 cloth, 12.50 paperback, new 2002--A Purple Mountain Press mystery original.
Murder at the Olympic Skating Rink:: College teacher Mike diamond leads a quiet life until Christina, the girl friend of one of his students, is gruesomely murdered in the Olympic Arena. Mike's involvement leads to a daring and explosive denouement. "Placid's View offers escapism, entertainment and suspense." --Times Union, Albany

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