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An avalanche of mystery and murder unfolds at a ski resort on Colorado's Western Slope.

   "Addictively readable"
-The Prairies book Review

"Will dazzle the reader."

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Finalist for 2 American Fiction Awards

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Lively discussion at Cohoes Library and Senior Center. They know their books. Thanks!


Great turnout in
Pittsfield, Massachusetts at
Barnes & Noble,

despite the rain and heavy snow (depending where you came from). Grateful

My thanks to Ron Carson and WSBS Radio in the beautiful Bershires of Massachusetts for a fun interview! Hit the arrow to listen in.

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Thanks to Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont. We had a book signing, did some skiing and met some great folks during our time there.

And thanks to Keller and the crew at WEQX Radio in Manchester for the great interview!


It was a pleasure to chat with the Wyoming cowboy who I believe is the best murder mystery novelist in America. We found Craig Johnson in Fort Myers, Florida. He's a heck of a nice guy. Pick up one of Craig's 'Walt Longmire novels' and you'll be hooked!

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I signed books in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Great town! My thanks to Izzy and Vergie for taking care of me at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

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"It's not just about skiing. More than you think. Excellent read."

     - RCXcellent Adventures

Great fun with Caitlin Irla on Newschannel 13 TV's Weekend Today newscast, Saturday morning. Thanks, Caitlin

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Many thanks to
Capital Region Living magazine for including us in their "5 Hot Reads" for the winter.

"Fun to read and guaranteed to keep you racing to the end."
- Jack Rightmyer,
Times Union


Murder on Skis Mysteries



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Thanks to Briars & Brambles Bookstore in Windham, NY. Loved talking with the great customers who braved a snowstorm to come say Hi.

A nice group at our book signing in Saratoga at Northshire Bookstore.


Many thanks to Clifton Park Neighbors Magazine for including a nice article about 'The Man Who Had 9 Lives' in their holiday edition.

Great time at our book signing in Lake Placid at Bookstore Plus. 


I enjoyed my time with readers at our book signing, at the Book House in Albany.

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Great crowd at Vischer Ferry General Store. The rain moved us inside. No dampened spirits, however.


Wonderful meeting readers at Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady, an Institution.

Had a great time meeting readers in Amsterdam, NY at Alpin Haus. Great start to the 9L Tour. Thanks!


 Berkshire East Ski Resort & the Crazy Horse Bar keep my books handy on their shelf (upper left corner). Mutual love.

Murder on Skis Mysteries. 
"Best Series in Fiction"
by Chanticleer!

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Witch Window (2022).A pair of bicycle riders discover a corpse on a hot summer day. The dead man is dressed to go snow skiing. His lift ticket says he belongs in Vermont!

Witch Window has been named a Distinguished Favorite by the 2024 Independent Press Awards!

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Witch Window, named one of  the"Top 35 Books for a Book Club" by Independent Book Review!

Witch Window. FINALIST for
"Best Cover" 
by Next Generation's Indie Book Awards!
Congrats and Thank You to Carolyn! 

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"Promises to thrill and delight. Factual snippets elevate this mystery novel to something more intellectual and valuable."
-Indies Today

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independent book store.


My friend and former co-anchor, Subrina Dhammi, visited at West Mountain's 2023 Fall Fest. Lots of great memories.

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Back Dirt (2021) plunges down the Adirondacks of New York and the Foothills of Northern Colorado.

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    Back Dirt.
Finalist for the
     American Fiction Awards

Chock full of exhilarating twists and turns."
-Saratoga Living Magazine

"Phil Bayly spins a captivating yarn."
-Reader's Favorite

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       for Back Dirt.



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     If it's not on the shelf, they'll be                 happy to order it for you!

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   Back Dirt was recognized by the International Skiing History Association 
in Sun Valley!
Amazing people and a great organization. Read their magazine! Check out ISHA at 

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Amy Conway has a pretty sharp
eye. She nailed the location of the fictional Battle Ax Ski Resort                in BACK DIRT!

  "He introduces us to a       very patient dead body         and gives us just a          shimmer of hope that           our suspicions are                      wrong."
Simply Saratoga Magazine

Loving Lucy (2020) unfolds in Colorado. A state senator from New York is a murder suspect and tracked to his hiding place in the Rocky Mountains.

    Wrapping up a business   meeting with the brains of this     operation, my wife Carolyn, in          Fort Collins, Colorado
   at the New Belgium Brewery.

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    Loving Lucy named to shortlist:              2021 Murder & Mayhem Award 
     by Chanticleer Book Reviews!

           "A must-read, hang on to your chair lift!"  - The Grateful Traveler
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"Bayly draws on his experience covering real crimes.. a chilling mystery." - Vail Daily
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    Thrilled to be in Halley         O'Brien's Snow Report Show!
      Our favorite ski show. 
  Watch our favorite episode!
        Thank you, Halley!
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  Murder on Skis (2019). A snow princess is found dead at a ski resort in Montana. There may be a serial killer at the winter hot spot.
(Now available on Kindle)

"Murder on Skis is a must-read
       for all fans of a good 
      murder mystery book."

- Trudi LoPreto,
Readers' Favorite

"This is a fabulous novel.. A fantastic writer and story teller.  It's      amazing when a story stays with you for days.  It's a gift.  " 
       Deirdre Stoelzle, Author of "Branded, The Making of a Wyoming Cowgirl"                        

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"A great page turner. I'm going to suggest it to my book club!"

      -Peggy Shinn, author of "World Class,

The Making of the U.S. Women's Cross-Country

Ski Team"

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