Ward Eastman, hero of Murder in the Catskills and Mayhem in the Catskills, returns to the field when a deer hunter goes missing in a snowstorm. The third in Norman Van Valkenburgh’s popular detective series starring the inimitable surveyor-sleuth.
Mischief in the Catskills
About the Book
A deer hunter is lost in a blinding blizzard. Ward Eastman and his surveying crew are joined by law enforcement officials and volunteers as the search intensifies. But was the hunter really lost? In this mystery novella, accompanied by five masterful short stories, former surveyor Norman Van Valkenburgh serves up his signature blend of detective fiction and intriguing local history that has made his series a favorite the length and breadth of the Catskills and beyond.
“Norman Van Valkenburgh . . . is a rich source for local history . . . as well as a keen storehouse for memories of this region . . .With the creation of the lead character, surveyor and reluctant detective Ward Eastman, he’s found a wonderful means to bring his amassed insights into the Catskills to life. . . Eastman [is] a wonderful character who savors life and, at the time, sees the world through what are fresh eyes for most readers.” — Kaatskill Life magazine
About the Author
Norman Van Valkenburgh was born in Westkill in Greene County and spent most of his life in or in sight of the Catskill Mountains. He was a licensed surveyor and 32-year veteran of the New York State Department of Conservation. He is author of the other Ward Eastman mysteries Murder in the Catskills, Mayhem in the Catskills and Murder in the Shawangunks as well as the essay collection Old Stone Walls.
6 x 9 inches