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The Birdwatcher's Mystery series
When I sold three books in this series to Berkley Prime Crime in 1998, I had a lot to learn about birding! As a backyard birdwatcher, I could identify over 60 bird species that visited my feeders. Yet, with as many as 914 North American birds to see, I knew it was time to get outdoors.
In my travels researching this Birdwatcher's Mystery series, I've canoed the Rio Grand and the Okefenokee Swamp, sailed the islands of Maine, walked through the jungles of Hawaii, seen the shorebirds of Alaska, discovered secret bird sanctuaries in Mexico and hiked the Colorado Rockies. I now boast 264 plus birds on my life list—making me at best average, but an avid birder nonetheless.
The Birdwatcher's Mysteries are a series of traditional mysteries with a cast of birdwatching characters. They offer a fun read with a great cast of characters, some murder and mayhem, and just a little information. The one thing I've learned is that what happens to the birds is often a sign of what's happening in our culture, both in regards to taking care of the environment and taking care of each other. Each book looks at an environmental theme: A RANT OF RAVENS deals with the illegal trading of peregrine falcons to the Middle East; DEATH OF SONGBIRD focuses on the coffee industry and the effects on migratory songbirds; A NEST IN THE ASHES features fire and the effects on habitat; DEATH TAKES A GANDER address the issues of poisons in the environment; and A SACRIFICE OF BUNTINGS is all about turf wars.
When Astor + Blue Editions expressed interest in keeping the stories of the EPOCH (Elk Park Ornithological Chapter) members and the agents of the US Fish & Wildlife alive, I jumped at the opportunity. I can think of no better partner to help me navigate the new waters of digital publishing and print publishing. You can order your copy of the #6 Birdwatcher's Mystery, A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS, today.