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Paint by Numbers: A Charles Bloom Murder Mystery series – 2nd Edition

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 in Books | 0 comments

 

B91075-0416-001coverPaint by Numbers

by Mark Sublette

Hardcover

1st in the Charles Bloom Murder Mystery series

Copyright 2016, 2nd Edition

$24.95

ISBN: 978-0-9861902-6-1

To Order: office@medicinemangallery.com or call toll free: 800.422.9382

 

Summary: Blooms on Canyon Road, specializing in contemporary Native American art, once was a powerhouse gallery in Santa Fe. Then it lost its best-known artist, Willard Yellowhorse. Worse yet was Yellowhorses premature death soon after arriving in New York City under very suspicious circumstances. With Yellowhorses final painting STRUGGLE, about to be sold at auction, gallery owner Charles Blooms inner voice keeps asking two unrelenting questions: how did Willard Yellowhorse really die, and who if anyone killed him?

The answers for Charles lay somewhere deep inside the Navajo nation, Yellowhorses ancestral home. Charles will need the help of Yellowhorses sister, Rachael, and her grandfather, the nearly 100-year-old medicine man Hastiin Sherman, to unlock the key to Yellowhorses death. What Charles Bloom doesnt realize is the evil coyote spirit that tracked down Yellowhorse is still watching and Charles could be next, if he isnt careful….

A Charles Bloom murder mystery set inSanta Fe and Indian Country. Perfect for fans of Tony Hillerman.

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The Butterfly Twins – 5th Book in the Charles Bloom series

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 in Books | 0 comments

The Butterfly Twins

The Butterfly Twins

 

The Butterfly Twins

by Mark Sublette

Hardcover

Fifth in the Charles Bloom Murder Mystery series

Copyright 2016

$24.95

ISBN: 978-0-9861902-3-0

To Order: office@medicinemangallery.com or call toll free: 800.422.9382

Summary: In the fifth book in the Charles Bloom Murder Mystery series…

Prehistoric pots worth millions hidden on a high cliff in Wupatki National Monument hold vital clues to prehistoric agriculture and migrations — and to Santa Fe art dealer Charles Bloom’s own future. To ensure his family’s safety, Bloom must uncover the meaning of a pothunter’s plunder, expose an unethical international gallery owner, and solve a thousand-year-old mystery that centers on his Canyon Road art gallery.

Unbeknownst to Bloom, Juan de Oñate’s Santa Fe governorship four hundred years earlier has seemingly unstoppable life-and-death implications for his wife, the Navajo weaver Rachael Yellowhorse. For all to survive, Bloom and Lt. Billy Poh of the Santa Fe Police Department must come to grips with a historical quagmire and stop the cascade of atrocities from landing directly on Bloom’s front porch.

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Between the White Lines

Posted on May 21, 2015 in Books | 0 comments

B91075-0715-001by Mark Sublette

Cover painting by Dennis Ziemienski

Hardcover

Copyright 2015

264pages

$24.95

ISBN: 978-0-9861902-0-9

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

Summary: The gifted musician Eva De Plain becomes an unwitting pawn in a struggle for a priceless Thomas Moran painting, a treasure which holds the powers of salvation. Eva’s creativity propels her on a journey of love and devastation from Mexico City to Augusta, Georgia, all the while being hunted by an ambitious psychopath bent on her destruction. This thriller involves pro golf athletes, art business insiders, and a savvy real estate tycoon, as lives from varying backgrounds intersect to influence each other. As the years go by, alliances are formed, but who can be trusted in the long run? The final battle between good and evil is a twist-and-turn hairpin ride occurring on and off the golf course during the famed Masters Tournament, and destruction is only a knife blade away. This stand-alone thriller is from Mark Sublette, best known for his ongoing Charles Bloom Murder Mystery art series set in the Southwest.

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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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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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Kayenta Crossing: A Charles Bloom Murder Mystery

Posted on May 7, 2013 in Books | 0 comments

Kayenta Crossing

by Mark Sublette

Cover painting by Ed Mell

Hardcover

Copyright 2013

248 pages

$24.95

ISBN: 978-0-9855448-2-9

Includes 27 original photographs

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

  Reviews:

“Anyone with an ounce of curiosity about Santa Fe’s art scene and the rarified world of the vintage Navajo weaving will find much to like in Kayenta Crossing. With a deft hand, Mark Sublette tells an intriguing story of murder, vengeance, complex cultural connections and a young doctor who trades golf and fast cars for life on the reservation.” — Anne Hillerman, author of Tony Hillerman’s Landscape and the new Chee/Leaphorn novel Spider Woman’s Daughter

“Art dealers, collectors, and the American Southwest all adding up to an enjoyable fast-paced crescendo of exotic landscapes and peoples.” — Bruce Bernstein, PhD former director Santa Fe Indian Market

“A Southwest art mystery filled with hot sweat-lodge rocks, curing ceremonies, master Navajo weavers, greedy collectors, and a newly graduated doctor sent to work at a remote clinic in Navajoland.” — Wolf Schneider, contributing editor, abqARTS

“The Charles Bloom Mystery series delivers once again… a murder on the Navajo Nation, classic blankets, and a famous Daisy Taugelchee tapestry, requiring skills only a seasoned art dealer can provide to help solve. Mark Sublette’s Kayenta Crossing is a page-turner that doesn’t disappoint.” — Mark Winter, author of The Master Weavers and owner of the Historic Toadlena Trading Post

Book Description:

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

On the Navajo Reservation, in a little aluminum trailer situated on a remote washboard road north of Kayenta, Arizona, Dr. Carson Riddly begins his family practice stint. He’s been exiled to the most remote medical clinic in the Indian Health Service. His duty station lies in the heart of Navajoland, with 300-foot crimson cliffs for a backdrop and no neighbors in sight. When a murder occurs on Doc Riddly’s watch, the talk turns to skinwalkers, gamblers, weavers, and drugs. Everyone is a suspect, including the doctor. Riddly reaches out to the only other bilagaana he knows on the rez, art dealer Charles Bloom. Unbeknownst to Bloom, whose Santa Fe gallery represents several Navajo artists, a string of savage murders is closer than he can imagine. By helping the doctor, Bloom exposes himself and his girlfriend, weaver Rachael Yellowhorse, to a cold-blooded killer’s wrath. If Riddly and Bloom can’t put the pieces together quickly enough, the man in the orange hat with blinding white teeth will add two more to his growing list of victims.

A conversation with Mark Sublette, author of Kayenta Crossing: A Charles Bloom Murder Mystery:

Q: Since you were in the Medical profession, like Carson Riddly, how are you two alike?

A: There’s no doubt a bit of myself is incorporated into the Carson character. I could relate to many of the situations he felt as a fresh young doctor out of residency thrown into the lions den of a rural clinic, where you were the only doctor for miles around.

Q: Have you ever met dealers/collectors like Darryl Ridgemont before?

A: My books are fiction, but twenty years of dealing in the art world you do see some pretty amazing things that dealers and collectors pull, hopefully none as horrific as the characters I write about.

Q: Did you take all of the photos in this book?

A: I did, 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.

Q: When is the next Charles Bloom book coming out?

A: The next book is “Hidden Canyon” it will come out in the summer of 2014, this will be the third installment of the Charles Bloom Murder Mystery series.

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