PSU Professor to Release Latest Mystery Novel at the Scene of the Crime

October 2nd, 2007 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.— The second book in PSU Professor Mark Okrant’s Kary Turnell Mystery series, “I Knew You When,” will be released at the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H., on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Kary is a university professor who is drawn into investigations at historic resort hotels. In I Knew You When (Oak Manor Publishing, 2008), a friend’s body is found in the shrubbery at the Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

Kary arrives to aid his grieving sister-in-law, but is as welcome as an ant at a picnic. His sister-in-law despises him, the police are sure the death is an accident and people seem to be vanishing.

The first book in the series, “A Last Resort,” involves Kary solving a mystery at The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch, N.H.

“My niche in the world of mystery writing is to place my lead character, Kary Turnell, in a position to work crime scenes at historic resort hotels,” Okrant said. “As an author, having the opportunity to learn the inner workings of two grand old ladies, The Balsams and the Mount Washington, has been a wonderful experience for me—and a terrific way to kick-off this new series. My publisher and I are already looking for the next resort where Kary will do his sleuthing.”

Okrant will make a presentation, then sign copies of I Knew You When at the Mount Washington Resort, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Okrant is the author of two additional books: “Judson’s Island,” a murder mystery that is set in a fictional community along Maine’s coast, and “Sleeping Alongside the Road,” a retrospective on the American motel industry.

Okrant is professor of geography and tourism development and director of the Institute for New Hampshire Studies at Plymouth State University. He has coordinated tourism research for the State of New Hampshire since 1990. Okrant is past president of the Travel and Tourism Research Association and past president of the New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society. He was the 1998 recipient of the Association of American Geographers’ John Rooney Award, for excellence in applied tourism research.

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