BLOODSTREAM

The second Marty Hopkins mystery
Indiana Deputy Sheriff Marty Hopkins has missing persons on her mind: her husband has left to chase his dream of fame; her ten-year-old daughter wants to follow her father; and fourteen-year-old Johnny Donato is missing. Johnny’s case takes a grave turn when his mutilated body is found floating in the White River. Marty investigates the locals and also a group of newcomers, a teenage church group working on an archaelogical dig of a utopian village. But the river, swollen with the summer rains, seems to hide a more sinister truth. Marty is a cop but she’s also a mother, and soon a second tragedy triggers every parent’s nightmare. Someone is out there, someone haunted by dreadful torments, roaming the countryside, stalking new prey.



“Carlson’s characters are sharp and strong, and the story’s unexpected twists and turns will leave you reeling. This author proves that life in the country can be just as shady as anything found in Sara Paretsky’s Chicago.” New Woman Magazine

“Shocking. . . .In Marty Hopkins, Carlson has created a heroine who exemplifies today’s independent working woman struggling to balance the diverse and challenging demands of work and home. . . .” Park Slope Courier

“With exquisite skill P.M. Carlson builds a tale of obsession and pride in BLOODSTREAM. The story is vivid and the plot unfolds in a masterful way.”
Romantic Times

“As the river and the suspense rise to a crescendo, Mary endures watery danger of her own before solving this affecting puzzle.” Publishers Weekly


MYSTERIES & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

AUDITION FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1967)-- "Very literate, sprinkled with surprises and starring that rarity of rarities -- fully fleshed out characters." -- Los Angeles Daily News
MURDER IS ACADEMIC (Maggie Ryan 1968)-- “treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape—true violations of person, mind, and body—and presents a cogent case for the inviolability both of persons and truth.” — The Armchair Detective
MURDER IS PATHOLOGICAL (Maggie Ryan 1969) “The vandal is elusive. When at last the mystery is solved, the conclusion is stunning.” –– The Armchair Detective
MURDER UNRENOVATED (Maggie Ryan 1972) "Terrific characters, funny incidents, genuine suspense, and an absolutely right sense of period and place." -- The Purloined Letter
REHEARSAL FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1973)-- “A tightly woven thriller, warm and beautifully paced with a bittersweet finale. This show must go on!” -- Dorothy Salisbury Davis, MWA Grand Master
MURDER IN THE DOG DAYS (Maggie Ryan 1975)-- "An ingeniously plotted, fair-play, locked-room mystery, one of the best we've encountered." -- The Denver Post
MURDER MISREAD (Maggie Ryan 1977)-- "A tasty blend of irreverence and sincerity... [Maggie] conducts her crime-busting with quiet panache.” –– Entertainment Weekly
MARTY HOPKINS NOVELS
GRAVESTONE --- "Chock full of everything a mystery reader loves: fully drawn characters, a strong sense of place, keen pacing." Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
BLOODSTREAM --- "Carlson's characters are sharp and strong, and the story's unexpected twists and turns will leave you reeling." New Woman
DEATHWIND --- "A genuinely shocking climax. Believable characters and an unusual setting close the deal: this one's a winner." Booklist
CROSSFIRE --- "Deputy Marty Hopkins lands in the middle of an arson case that forces her to confront her own terrifying memories.... A virtuoso climax." Kirkus
SHORT HISTORICAL MYSTERIES
RENOWNED BE THY GRAVE --- "The final word on Bridget is that she's full of verve, meets fascinating people, and we hope to encounter her often again." The Drood Review
TRANSLATIONS
P.M. Carlsons Krimis in deutscher Übersetzung
Roman Patricije M. Carlson na hrvatskom jeziku