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“Stone Men” Book Signing

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Santa Fe, NM

Friday, August 1st

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Featured Book: Stone Men: A Charles Bloom Murder Mystery

Hosted by Medicine Man Gallery

Location: Medicine Man Gallery, 602A Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501

800-422-9382

505-820-7451

www.medicinemangallery.com

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Stone Men: A Charles Bloom Murder Mystery

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 in Books | 0 comments

Stone Men Cover Embeddedby Mark Sublette

Cover painting by Josh Elliott

Hardcover

Copyright 2014, Due to be released August 2014

229 pages

$24.95

ISBN: 978-0-9855448-7-4

Includes 34 original photographs

To place an order: office@medicinemangallery.com or call toll free: 800.422.9382

  Reviews:

“Sublette’s well-honed characters of the turquoise trade drive a fast-paced journey through Navajoland with danger around every bend. Stone Men is another well-crafted novel in the Charles Bloom Murder Mystery series.” — Mark Winter, author of The Master Weavers and owner of the Historic Toadlena Trading Post

“Greed, friendship, and a snowy Santa Fe winter propel this mystery about devious turquoise dealers, as gallery owner Charles Bloom gets involved investigating fake Navajo jewelry on the rez for the FBI.” — Wolf Schneider, ABQ ARTS

“An intriguing tale of turquoise and silver and treachery for Mark Sublette’s characters Charles Bloom and Rachael Yellowhorse. As Sublette weaves this latest in his murder mystery series, he intersperses nuggets of real-life information about Native and Southwest jewelry, the rez, turquoise mining and trading, and Diné ways of life.” — Cindra Kline, author of Navajo Spoons: Indian Artistry and the Souvenir Trade 1880s – 1940s and Southwest Book Award recipient

Book Description:

In the fourth book in the Charles Bloom Murder Mystery series…

Gallup, New Mexico, near the Navajo Reservation, is home base for an exclusive group of turquoise dealers known as stone men. When the most successful among them, the President, stumbles onto the greatest turquoise find in decades, unfortunately for him its on Navajoland and hes not the only one who wants a piece of the claim. The President will do anything to protect his newfound turquoise mine, but there are international forces at play and they have no intention of letting a stone man from Gallup dictate the terms for valuable mineral rights. Simultaneously, Santa Fes Indian arts dealers are facing the bleak prospect of their sales being undercut by fake Navajo jewelry threatening to overrun the market. Gallery owner Charles Bloom is targeted by the FBI to become an undercover informant, his recent marriage to Rachael Yellowhorse making him the perfect patsy for the job. Little does Bloom know that his coerced involvement to help crack this case may wreck his marriage and inadvertently put his entire family in danger. A trained assassin now has Blooms family in his crosshairs. Its a race to see who can stake the strongest claim to the secrets hidden on the desert floor of the Navajo Reservation. The losers will pay with their lives and the winners stand to gain a fortune.

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Lecture – Murder and Mayhem: Archaeological Mysteries and Thrillers

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Thursday, April 3, 2014   5:30 – 7:00 PM

Mark Sublette will be giving a lecture on his Charles Bloom Murder Mystery series. The Arizona State Museum is celebrating Arizona Archaeology Awareness Month.

Archaeology means adventure and mystery in popular culture. Movies about archaeology have been box office gold since the 1930s; current TV shows about forensics are all the rage. But did you know that many prominent mystery writers had had archaeological training and some even participated in excavations? Join the museum for this fun-filled lecture series about archaeological adventures in fiction, cinema, and television. Registration and fees required. $10 per lecture or $25 for all 3.

Arizona State Museum / The University of Arizona

1013 E. University Blvd.

Tucson, AZ 85721

www.statemuseum.arizona.edu

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Hidden Canyon: A Charles Bloom Murder Mystery

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 in Books | 0 comments

Hidden Canyon Coverby Mark Sublette

Cover painting by Billy Schenck

Hardcover

Copyright 2013

240 pages

$24.95

ISBN: 978-0-9855448-4-3

To place an order: office@medicinemangallery.com or call toll free: 800.422.9382

  Reviews:

“From California in the sixties to cryptic petroglyphs in snowy Navajoland today, this art mystery finds Santa Fe gallery owner Bloom drawn into a deadly web involving a Bay Area police detective, Southern California jingle composer, conniving murderer, and Indian artists.” — Wolf Schneider, contributing editor, abqARTS

“Medical doctor, art dealer and now author, Mark Sublette, delivers his best Charles Bloom murder mystery yet. Rare petroglyphs, music and art all collide on the Navajo reservation creating a page turner you’re not likely to forget.” — Mark Winter, author of The Master Weavers and owner of the Historic Toadlena Trading Post

“Mark Sublette has managed to capture the spirit of not just the Southwest but also the fascinating art market that he knows so well. Only someone with his depth of experience is capable of blending these two worlds in such an accurate yet absorbing way!” — Joshua Rose, editor of Western Art Collector

Book Description:

In the third book in the Charles Bloom Murder Mystery series…

For a thousand years a hidden canyon on Rachael Yellowhorse’s ancestral lands and the adjacent property owned by the Manygoats family has protected a masterpiece of petroglyphs deep inside the Navajo nation. These ancient works of art hold a secret with a power so strong their Anasazi makers kept them out of the reach of mere mortal human beings.

At his Santa Fe Indian Market show, gallery owner Charles Bloom unwittingly promotes the sacred rock-art images and sets in motion a cascading series of events that leads to the worst kind of human being searching out these hidden petroglyphs. Little could Bloom know that his discerning eye for art would connect him to a chain of murders stretching back 40 years earlier and to an individual who is not a collector of Native art but a psychopathic killer, the likes of which the Diné have no word to describe. Bloom will need all his observational skills to spot the killer before it’s too late. It’s a race against ancient history and for Bloom, time may finally run out.

A conversation with Mark Sublette, author of Hidden Canyon: A Charles Bloom Murder Mystery:

Q: There are quite a bit of medical details in this book, I’m assuming you drew on your medical background?

A: When I was in the Navy I worked as a doctor in a busy emergency room and managed numerous injuries of varying severity. Nothing like standing in pools of blood to help future writings for a good murder mystery. You see many bizarre ailments, which confirm that almost anything can be a cause of trauma, even a pencil.

Q: You have a whole section that was set around the Navy, I take it this is also from past experience.

A: Yes, I worked at the Weapons depot at Seal Beach, which was a fascinating place. It was the inspiration for Fallon Scriber’s training. Occasionally I had to go to the brig at Long Beach to see a prisoner; this was a memorable place, one I would never want to end up in.

Q: Your forensic psychologist seems very real. Who was your inspiration or was it strictly fiction?

A: In college I took a class in forensic pathology, which I found fascinating and I considered going into this field as a profession. I liked the discipline as it required puzzle solving skills. I also have client, a forensic psychologist, who was very helpful explaining the fine details of a psychopathic personality. Maybe the character of Sam Hubbard represents an alter ego who took the path I was considering for my lifework, but he’s fictional.

Q: Your book’s story revolves around an early petroglyph site on the Navajo reservation, is this real, is there an image as you describe in the book like Fallon Man?

A: There is a remote site, which very few have visited that did give me the inspiration. I have included some photographs from this place, but like the books title, it will stay hidden. There was no Fallon Man petroglyph but there were some amazing and powerful images that made up the site and provided great fodder for writing.

Q: When can we expect the next Charles Bloom book and can you share what it might be about?

A: The fourth book is titled “Stone Men.” It’s about the turquoise trade and fake Indian jewelry. A real problem in the Native American art trade. It should be released in late 2014.

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“Hidden Canyon” Book Signing

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Tucson, AZ

Saturday, December 7, 2013

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Featured Book: Hidden Canyon: A Charles Bloom Murder Mystery

Hosted by Medicine Man Gallery

Location: Medicine Man Gallery, 6872 E. Sunrise Drive, Suite 150, Tucson, AZ 85750

800-422-9382

520-722-7798

www.medicinemangallery.com

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Feature in Santa Fean, August/September 2013 issue

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 in Recent News | 0 comments

Scan-cover-for-website-articlePublished online courtesy Santa Fean, August/September 2013 issue

Man of Mystery

Mark Sublette, owner of the Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery on Canyon Road, recently released the second novel in his Charles Bloom murder mystery series, Kayenta Crossing, which follows 2012’s Paint by Numbers. (A third book is due next summer). The story centers on Dr. Carson Riddly, who, not long after setting up his family practice on the Navajo Reservation north of Kayenta, Arizona (one of the conditions of having received an Indian Health Service scholarship in medical school), finds himself called in as coroner on a murder scene. Riddly eventually joins forces with Charles Bloom — an art dealer who owns a gallery in Santa Fe but lives on the reservation with his girlfriend, a talented Navajo weaver — and together the two work to get to the bottom of the crime and other mysterious events.

Kayenta Crossing is illustrated with numerous photos taken by the author. For ordering and other information, visit marksublette.com — Amy Hegarty

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Feature in Western Art Collector, May 2013

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Scan-copy-cover-for-website2Published online courtesy Western Art Collector, May 2013 issue.

State of the Art: New Mexico

Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery

602A Canyon Road Santa Fe, NM 87501 (866) 894-7451 www.medicinemangallery.com

On July 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. Sublette will be signing copies of Kayenta Crossing, the second installment of the Charles Bloom Murder Mystery series. The new book is set on the Navajo Reservation north of Kayenta, Arizona, where Dr. Carson Riddly begins his family practice stint.

When a murder occurs, everyone becomes a suspect, even the doctor. Riddlv reaches out to art dealer Charles Bloom to help solve the case. Together they must crack the mystery before they become next on the growing list of victims.

As a medical professional, Sublette could relate with Riddly. “There’s no doubt a bit of myself is incorporated into the Carson character,” he says. “I could relate to many of the situations he felt as a fresh young doctor out of residency thrown into the lion’s den of a rural clinic, where you were the only doctor for miles around.” While the books he writes are fiction, 20 years experience as an art dealer has allowed Sublette to see a spectrum of real-life scenarios with dealers and collectors. Photos in Kayenta Crossing were taken by Sublette himself, who adds, “I believe the additional visual references enhance the story line. For me, being surrounded by the geography and the local residences was immensely helpful in writing my books.” The third installment in the series, titled Hidden Canyon is available summer 2014.

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