Charles Fergus

Charles Fergus writes mysteries set in Pennsylvania in the 1830s. He also writes books about nature and wildlife. His deep knowledge of the natural world informs his fiction, letting him invoke a strong sense of place. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks wrote the following about Charles’s first mystery: “Deeply imagined and intricately plotted, A Stranger Here Below marries richly textured historical fiction with the urgency of a mystery novel. Fergus knows certain things, deep in the bone: horses, hunting, the folkways of rural places, and he weaves this wisdom into a stirring tale.”

Charles is the author of nineteen books. In addition to A Stranger Here Below, he published an earlier novel, Shadow Catcher, which was a Book of the Month Club selection. His most recent nonfiction nature book is Make a Home for Wildlife. Charles has also written for publications as various as Audubon, New York Times, Highlights for Children, Country Journal, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Pennsylvania Game News.

 


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Set in Pennsylvania in the 1830s, A Stranger Here Below is the story of Sheriff Gideon Stoltz trying to understand what would lead the local judge to kill himself. The first in a new historical mystery series, the book draws on author Charles Fergus’s expertise as a nature writer and his personal experience with murder.

Deeply imagined and intricately plotted, A Stranger Here Below marries richly textured historical fiction with the urgency of a mystery novel. Fergus knows certain things, deep in the bone: horses, hunting, the folkways of rural places, and he weaves this wisdom into a stirring tale.” Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March