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Publication Order of Allison Coil Mystery Books

Antler Dust (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buried by the Roan (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trapline (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lake of Fire (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Melancholy Howl (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of MarkStevens Standalone Novels

The Fireballer (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Mark Stevens is a mystery author who was born to two librarians and was brought up in Lincoln, Massachusetts. During the course of several years, he worked as a news producer on national television, as a reporter, and in public relations.
During his time as a journalist, he worked as a reporter for the “Christian Science Monitor” in Los Angels and Boston. He has also worked for the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News and produced documentaries in Latin America and the United States.
In the fiction writing world, he is better known as the author of “The Allison Coil Mystery” series. Several novels in the series were nominated for the Colorado Book Award, which was won by the 2014 published novel “Trapline.”
Stevens also has several of his short fiction published in Denver Noir, Mystery Tribune, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. In 2016, Mark was named the Writer of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.
He is also the host of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers podcast and regularly writes reviews for the likes of Four Corners Free Press, and the New York Journal of Books.
He currently makes his home in the town of Mancos in Colorado.

Stevens began enjoying the mystery genre during the mid-1980s, which is also when he began wondering how hard would it be to pen a fiction work.

He got very interested in knowing and this was heightened when he ran across a newspaper story that he believed would make a good seed idea for a novel.

He started learning and writing and discovered that there was so much to learn, even as he constantly got better. He ultimately published “Antler Dust” his debut novel and the first of the “Allison Coil Mystery” series in 2007 and has never looked back since.
He got the idea for this series while riding on the back of a mule named Eli. Stevens and his wife had gone on a day-long hike to the Flat Tops Wilderness where their guide happened to be a very compelling woman.

She was very enthusiastic about the area and knew just about everything there was to know about the Flat Tops including the plants and trees. At some point, she casually mentioned that during the fall she works as a hunting guide.
At that moment, Mark thought she would make for a great character and started spinning ideas in his head.

Now that Mark Stevens is a full-time author, he spends most of his days writing and would not give it up for anything. He has said that the most rewarding thing about a writing career is the possibilities of discovery that avail themselves almost every day.
He also finds joy in the reviews as he looks forward to the different ways readers react to the characters, the plot, and what he tries to convey in his stories. Mystery happens to be his favorite genre whether he is reading or writing.
For Stevens, there is nothing more satisfying than a well-written mystery suspense thriller full of distractions, puzzles, and jeopardy.

As for his writing, he gets his inspiration from several authors and there is no one that he can say is his biggest inspiration. He loves the humanity and language of John Updike who is exceptional at portraying the relationships between women and men.
He also loves the tight and clean prose of the likes of Paul Auster, Ian McEwan, and Philip Roth.

“Antler Dust” by Mark Stevens is a work that opens with two big bangs. Two men go missing on the first day of the Colorado Flat Tops hunting season.

The first to disappear is a hunting guide and the second is an animal rights activist who commits creative suicide. The latter is hoping to inspire members of the animal rights movement through his death.
Allison Coil who is a hunting guide had heard the report of a rifle and through the swirling snow, he thinks he saw just enough. He believes there is someone who has the information about the disappearance but they have refused to come forward.
Meanwhile, George Grumley the outfitter is trying to fend off an official investigation, even as he fights off the informal efforts of Allison.

Grumley does everything in his power to protect his guide business which has a reputation for dealing with only high-end clients. Just what is the man hiding?
Stevens writes some interesting dialogues which are a welcome change from the smart aleck talk in similar works.

Allison Coil the lead proves himself an astute investigator that follows her curiosity and makes some very clever observations.

Mark Stevens’ novel “Buried by the Roan” opens with a dead hunter discovered deep in the wilderness in the Flat Tops on the beaches of Oyster Lake.
The death of Josh Keating could be due to drinking too much which could have led to stumbling and falling to his death.

On the other hand, it could be a case of stranger things that could point to a homicide. Someone has been lurking in the neighborhood leaving behind maps and notes, and guides and hunters have been turning very ill after drinking water from the Flat Tops.
Word on the street is that four buffalo had been found slaughtered on Keating’s ranch which just complicates things further. What everyone knows is that Keating has been involved in a property tiff with his neighbor for years over adverse possession.
At stake is the future of the rugged Colorado mountain life.

Allison Coil manages to track down the killer’s trail only to be trapped in the wicked but simple device that resulted in the death of her client.
Taking advantage of local knowledge, Stevens takes you on a suspenseful journey that will leave you wanting more.

“Trapline” by Mark Stevens is a story of murder and intrigue in the Rocky Mountains. The police had found a badly chewed-up body in the Wilderness of the Flat Tops leaving Allison Coil the hunting guide wary and mystified.
According to the evidence on the scene, it is suspected that he had been torn apart by a mountain lion. However, Coil’s savvy leads her to believe that something else is afoot.

A few thousand feet lower and a few miles away in Glenwood Springs, there is a murder of a controversial politician that had been running for Senate.
He had been killed when he made a campaign stop with Duncan Bloom, a newspaper reporter dodging the long-range gunshots by a whisker.

The story follows Bloom and Coil as they investigate the shooting and the dead body to expose the hatred, greed, and dark shadowy depths of human indifference.
Complex and thrilling it is a well-crafted story with all manner of turns and twists that will take your breath away.

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