Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens is the Denver-based author of the Allison Coil Mystery Series: Antler DustTrapline, Buried by the RoanLake of Fire, and The Melancholy Howl.

The series, set in the Flat Tops Wilderness of Western Colorado, has drawn upbeat reviews from The Denver Post, Kirkus Reviews, Mystery Scene Magazine, The Grand Junction Sentinel, The Aspen Times, High Country News, The Durango Herald, The Loveland Herald, and more. Kirkus Reviews called The Melancholy Howl “smart and indelible.” Trapline won the 2015 Colorado Book Award for best mystery and the 2015 Colorado Authors League award in genre fiction.

Mr. Stevens is president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. He is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Western Writers of America (he was named 2016 Writer of the Year), and the Colorado Authors League. Stevens spent 20 years in journalism before starting a career in public relations.  

Book Reviews by Mark Stevens

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“an excellent read for any artist struggling to make their way and find their voice.”

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Heaven, My Home is a well-wrought novel in the hands of a master storyteller.”

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“Church of the Graveyard Saints crackles with fully realized characters in a vivid setting.”

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Agnette Friis knows atmosphere.

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“Hall’s writing is a master class in strong, first-person voice.”

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“Malerman’s world-building is rich, and Inspection’s quick chapters and brisk style make for a relentless, twisty read.”

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“Amusing at times, nostalgic and wistful at others, The Last of the Stanfields is a long and winding road.”

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As David Byrne asserted in the classic Talking Heads song “Cities,” in which he crooned a series of quirky observations about various towns in hopes of finding a place to live, “there’s good points

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"Faye’s prose seduces readers . . ."

Writer Michael Sims, on a recent New York Times Book Review podcast, called Sherlock Holmes the “first modern super hero.”

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Everything You Want Me to Be starts in March 2008 with young runaway Hattie studying the departures board at the Minneapolis airport.

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My Bad is Manuel Ramos’ fun follow-up to Desperado from 2013, which won the Colorado Book Award for best mystery.

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"What’s hard to believe is that The Homeplace is the work of a previously unpublished writer . . . "

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Packed with rim-shot snappy dialogue and sharply barbed observations, David Freed’s Hot Start is a tasty romp featuring irascible and the uber-jaded Cordell Logan.

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“these 13 stories will ‘take you for a ride.’”

Akashic Books deserves kudos for their fine service to noir.

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“Go-Between is a perfect title.”

Michelle Mason is between lives, between names, between worlds, between versions of herself.

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Missing, Presumed is a wonderful, memorable read . . .”

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Brighton starts and ends in the Charles River.

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“rich, well-told, and memorable.”

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Mortal Fall unfolds against the powerful backdrop of Montana’s Glacier National Park, the same setting Christine Carbo used for her debut The Wild Inside.

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Robin Yocum’s A Brilliant Death and William Kent Krueger’s Ordinary Grace tread on similar turf—the 1960s, middle America, the meaning of family and coming of age.

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“a nifty bit of fine suspense.”

Briskly told and packed with plot, The Ex rocks.

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It’s worth noting that Cambodia Noir is not one of the “noir” short story anthologies from Akashic Books (Prison Noir, New Orleans Noir, Twin Cities Noir, etc).