Stories of canoes, robbers and even ghosts in Adirondack Mysteries and Other Tales


Adirondack Mysteries and Other Mountain Tales is a collection of fictional stories that use the Adirondack Mountain range as the backdrop. Dennis Webster, who compiled and edited the stories, hand-picked tales that include different time periods, locations and genres.

"I did this to give the book a full flavor for the reader," says Webster. "Instead of making them all hard-boiled detective or noir, I went for different styles of mysteries and, as a result, the quality and range of the stories are diverse and interesting."

The compilation includes favorite Adirondack authors like John Briant, author of the Adirondack Detective; and S.W. Hubbard, author of Blood Knot as well as other regional favorites; David Pitkin, author of Ghosts of the Northeast; and Dennis Webster, author of Daisy Daring and the Quest for the Loomis Gang Gold.

More information on these and other authors who’s work is included in Adirondack Mysteries and Other Mountain Tales includes:

• S.W. Hubbard has spent many happy hours hiking and canoeing in the High Peaks area of the Adirondack Mountains, the setting for her mystery series starring police chief Frank Bennett. Take the Bait, which earned an Agatha Award nomination for best first mystery, was published by Pocket Books in April 2003, and its sequels, Swallow the Hookand Blood Knot, followed in 2004 and 2005. AFrank Bennett short story, "Chainsaw Nativity," appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and her work will soon be featured in the Mystery Writers of America 2010 anthology.

• John H. Briant is the author of the Adirondack Detectiveseries and One Cop’s Story: ALife Remembered. He’s contributed to twelve anthologies at the Old Forge Library. He is a member of the Adirondack Writers Group at Paul Smith’s College and the Police/Public Writer’s Association based in Bellingham, Wash.

• David J. Pitkin, former social studies teacher in Oriskany and Holland Patent, is best known for his researched ghost stories from the northeastern United States. He is a story-teller and frequent talk show guest, and is currently gathering ghost stories from around the world.

• Tico Brown was born and raised in Upstate New York and enjoys vacationing in the Adirondacks. "The Sword and the Stone" is his first published short story.

• W.K. Pomeroy has been writing for publication since he was twelve years old, producing television reviews for Ecumedia News. Over the years, he has published more than fifty short stories, articles, and poems. His works have appeared in Plot Magazine, Scavengers Newsletter, Dark Regions, Random Realities, Ladies of Winter, The College Crier, an instructional anthology for the Long Ridge Writers Group, and many more. Pomeroy has been a six-time president of the Utica Writers Club, and he is currently making a living as an instructional designer while continuing to pursue his writing career.

• Paul Nandzik graduated from SUNYFredonia with his B.A. in English. Soon after, he published his first book, Twombly McGreen vs. The Mean Steam Machine. Paul continues to write for various personal and professional projects.

• Born and bred in the South, Gigi Vernon prefers the seasons of Upstate New York, including its beautiful winters. Her mystery short stories, set in various historical time periods and seasons, have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazineand elsewhere. She is currently working on more stories and a mystery novel set in snowy medieval Russia.

• Cheryl Ann Costa is a native of Upstate New York. She has served overseas in both the United States Air Force and the United States Navy. Vocationally, she is both a mystery writer and an internationally-produced playwright. Professionally, she is a security engineer and investigator for a top Fortune 500 company.

• Angela Zeman, author of The Witch and the Borscht Pearl and noted short story writer, contributes regularly to magazines and anthologies. Her recent stories include "Rue Morgue Noir," in Stuart M. Kaminsky’s anthology, On a Raven’s Wing; "Bang," in Linda Fairstein’s anthology The Prosecution Rests; and "Lah Tee Dah," which is pre-bundled in the Sony Reader.

• Dennis Webster is the author of Daisy Daring and the Quest for the Loomis Gang Gold. He’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America, The Mystery Writers of America-New York, and the Utica Writers Club. His family roots are planted in the heart of the Mohawk Valley in Central New York. You can contact him via his website,

Adirondack Mysteries and Other Mountain Tales is published by North Country Books, 220 Lafayette St., Utica.