Murder On Staunton Road – sold out!

Reaction to Murder On Staunton Road has been overwhelming and the book has sold out!

Gratified Mitch and I are, but we want readers to know that, on this site, under “Get The Book”, you can pre-order the second printing that will be available in January 2021. We hope those who wish to purchase the book can leave their email and request in the form to be found under “Get The Book”. Once we receive the second printing, we will then contact you for billing purposes and immediately ship the book to you.

We know many folks want to give the book as a Christmas present. Some copies may still be available in Charleston at Taylor Books and Capitol Market, and at Tamarack in Beckley. Barring finding any at those locations, you may wish to give the book as a gift this December 25th by ordering a second printing copy now—and then place the order copy in a Christmas card under the tree. It will be a nice surprise for the recipient twice—once at Christmas, and again in January!

Reaction to Murder On Staunton Road arrives every day—I got a call a few days ago from Tom Toliver, one of the people who worked for Juliet Clark on Staunton Road. He is interviewed in the book—he knew Mrs. Clark well. Mr. Toliver is very much a local historian and mesmerized me with his memories of Charleston.

He tells me that many years ago (the 1930s, I believe) there was an “air mail drop” on Bedford Road where mailbags were hoisted high on a pole so that a plane could sweep low and snag with a hook the pouch that held letters and documents deemed important enough to be speedily delivered by air.

He also related that the Kanawha River at Court Street once had a docking area for seaplanes. Additionally, he believes the LaRoy Gorman murder at the Steak & Ale at the bottom of the South Side Bridge ramp should be chronicled in a book. He recounted yet other events that have occurred in the capital city—stories that rolled easily from Mr. Toliver’s impressive memory.

Mr. Toliver asked when Mitch and I might do a book signing in Charleston. My answer was that our intent, given constraints by the Covid situation, is to try to have a book signing (hopefully at Taylor Books, if they will have us) in the spring We also have been asked to participate virtually in several book club discussions and we will speak to the University of Charleston Builder’s Club in March 2021. There also are discussions about a Rotary Club speech this spring.

Several readers have commented on the smooth feel of the paper in our book. Rinck Heule, our printer, recommended the paper choice. Rinck selected a 60pound white paper of natural shade. The jacket cover also was designed by Rinck, as were the color choices. Folks have commented that they believe the cover is excellent—seemingly shouting from the shelf, “Look at this book!”

As many of you know, we received a great article by Rick Steelhammer in The Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail and a follow-up excellent feature piece from the Daily Athenaeum, the West Virginia University independent student newspaper. Our thanks to reporter Tristan Moore, who is a native of Hurricane, West Virginia, who wrote the story. The articles are available on this website.

Interestingly enough, our book has attracted interest on Hilton Head Island, SC, where my co-author Mitch and his wife Ann have a vacation home. Much of that is thanks to Pamela Martin Ovens, a native of Charleston. Pamela and her husband Peter have lived on Hilton Head for 30 years and pretty much know everyone there. Pamela owns Single Star Publishing and has published several of my books as well as co-authoring with me, Deceit, Disappearance and Death On Hilton Head Island, an investigative book that chronicles the more than decade-old disappearance of entrepreneurs John and Elizabeth Calvert.

Pamela is the daughter of Jane and Doug Martin. Charlestonians will remember Jane Martin as the “Weather Girl” on WCHS-TV in the 1970s, and prior to that, the “Weather Girl” in the Charleston studios of WSAZ-TV. I put “Weather Girl” in caps because it was a title of the day—today she would be referred to as the “Weather Reporter”. I was the news director at WCHS-TV and I hired Jane and asked Doug, who was (along with Jane) a staple of amateur theatre in Charleston, to volunteer as WCHS-TV’s theatre critic.

Through my friendship with Jane and Doug, I came to know the entire Martin family. I renewed my friendship with Pamela and met her husband Peter when my wife Becky and I moved to Hilton Head Island in 2009.

Pamela has been so very supportive of Mitch and me as she spreads the news of our book on the island. She does so because of a friendship, but also because of the hundreds of West Virginians who have migrated to Hilton Head. Our thanks to Pamela for spreading the word!

Mitch and I will regularly update our blogs and we would greatly appreciate your comments on the website, and your communication to friends that we are using the website to update everyone on the book and perspectives of our readers.

Stay safe and carry on!

Charlie

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