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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


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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


Copyright 2013

240 pages


ISBN: 978-0-9855448-4-3

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


“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




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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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Squash Blossom Necklaces: A Resurgence of Style

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 in Recent News | 0 comments

by Dr. Mark Sublette


Published online courtesy Western Art Collector, July 2013 issue

All images courtesy Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM and Tucson, AZ


Navajo Bisbee Turquoise and Silver Squash Blossom Necklace, circa 1950, 29” long, naja is 3.5” x 3.5”

Navajo Bisbee Turquoise and Silver Squash Blossom Necklace, circa 1950, 29” long, naja is 3.5” x 3.5”

The old adage is wait a while and your parent’s fashion style will come back. This has never been more true than for Native American Squash Blossom necklaces which will be featured at Medicine Man Gallery Santa Fe, in June.

The distinctive feature of the necklace is the crescent-shaped pendant, the naja (NAH-zha) that has its origins from Europe and the Mediterranean.

Navajo Silver and Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, circa 1920, 1.875” x 2.1875”

Navajo Silver and Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, circa 1920, 1.875” x 2.1875”

Both the Spanish and the Plains Indians used the naja to decorate the forehead of horses in the 19th century. The Navajo started making silver-mounted bridles in the 1880s and the naja was soon transformed into decoration for necklaces made from coin silver. The term squash comes from the squash flower often associated with native cultures, though the unique naja design most likely came from pomegranate tree flowers, which originated in Europe.

Simple silver squash necklaces were first made by the Navajo, but not long after the Zuni started making pieces and to a lesser extent the Hopi. The Zuni silversmiths focused on small clusters of turquoise and coral, often daintier in appearance. The Navajo also used turquoise but usually in nuggets or cabochons. There are a large variety of Navajo squash blossom necklaces, and many of these pieces were made in the late 1960s.

While Squash blossoms may have been worn in the southwest since the 1890s, their hey day was the 1ate 1960s and early 1970s. It was a time of free love, the Doors and of course great Squash blossom necklaces flowing over paisley shirts accented with platform shoes.

Many Indian art dealers cut their teeth during this time building careers around the craze. Gilbert Ortega was the king of the Squash Blossom Necklace; he would fly his plane around to his different shops in numerous states trying to keep up with orders.  Prices sky rocked but like any bubble it popped in the early ‘70s as tastes changed and heels got shorter.

Zuni Squash Blossom Necklace with Silver, Turquoise and Spiny Oyster attributed to Dan Simplicio, c. 1940, 24” long, Naja is 3.5” x 3.5”.

Zuni Squash Blossom Necklace with Silver, Turquoise and Spiny Oyster attributed to Dan Simplicio, c. 1940, 24” long, Naja is 3.5” x 3.5”.

The good news for today’s collectors it the prices for many of the 1960s pieces are much less in today’s dollars than 50 years ago. The pre-1960s pieces are very collectable. In general price structure for a 1930s squash would be in the $2000 to $3000 range and can easily top $8000 for an turn of the century ingot piece. Many coin squash necklaces seen in today’s Indian shops were made in the 1960s, so if you see one with barber head quarters dating from the early 1900s these are usually revival pieces from the 1960s.

The squash blossom necklace collection on exhibit at Medicine Man Gallery will feature examples from 1900s to 1960s with the majority of pieces 1940 and before. The show runs June 1 to July 3 at 602A Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. For questions or to learn more visit our website www.medicinemangallery.com or call the gallery at 1-866-894-7451.

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Book Signing Events July 2013

Posted on May 7, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Santa Fe, Friday, July 19th

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Featured Book: Kayenta Crossing: A Charles Bloom Murder Mystery

Hosted by Medicine Man Gallery

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



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