Canyon Sacrifice

Canyon Sacrifice, book one in the National Park Mystery Series, released in 2014, is set in Grand Canyon National Park. When his new stepdaughter is kidnapped during a visit to the Grand Canyon, archaeologist Chuck Bender faces up to his secret past and his unfamiliar family-man role as he confronts every parent’s worst nightmare—that of a missing child.

Graham has created a beautifully balanced book, incorporating intense action scenes, depth of characterization, realistic landscapes, and historical perspective.

— Reviewing the Evidence

This riveting series debut showcases Graham's love of nature and archaeology, simultaneously interjecting some serious excitement. Graham is to be commended for weaving together several cultures into one story. Recommend to readers who enjoy Tony Hillerman, Nevada Barr, and C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett series.

— Library Journal

A gripping tale of kidnapping and murder...in a style similar to mysteries by Tony Hillerman.

— Albuquerque Journal


Mountain Rampage

Mountain Rampage, book two in the National Park Mystery Series, released in 2015, is set in Rocky Mountain National Park. Chuck Bender is running an archaeology field school for college students in the park when the summer takes a deadly turn, and Chuck finds himself, his family, and his students in the crosshairs of an unknown murderer.

A fast–paced mystery set in the majestic country around Estes Park, with dozens of quirks and turns… Graham brings his knowledge of mountains and climbing into play as his hero, Bender, scales mountains and rappels down mine shafts.

— The Denver Post

Graham's clever tale is tailor–made for those who prefer their mysteries under blue skies…

— Kirkus

Description and dialogue balance to bring both the rounded characters and the Rocky Mountain setting alive in this tale of danger, death, and intrigue…Scott Graham has created a satisfying and suspenseful adventure.

— Foreward Reviews


Yellowstone Standoff

Yellowstone Standoff, book three in the National Park Mystery series, released in 2016, is set deep in the forbidding backcountry of Yellowstone National Park, where archaeologist Chuck Bender has brought his wife Janelle Ortega and two young stepdaughters on a two-week archaeological survey. When Yellowstone’s iconic grizzly bears and gray wolves inexplicably go rogue, Chuck teams with Janelle and his old friend, ranger Lex Hancock, to protect the suspect members of a group scientific expedition.

Graham's intriguing third National Park Mystery takes archaeologist Chuck Bender to the Thorofare region of Yellowstone…The threatening behavior of the park's predators is worrisome enough, and the discovery of a murdered researcher lifts threats to a whole new level.

— Publishers Weekly

Bears and wolves in Yellowstone's backcountry don't hold a candle to the danger posed by the people sent there to study them. [Yellowstone Standoff balances] potential danger and shady characters."

— Kirkus Reviews

Graham does a terrific job of maintaining suspense and keeping the reader wondering what could possibly be happening. The remote forests of Yellowstone are well described, and Graham's writing transports the reader…

— Reviewing the Evidence


Yosemite Fall

Yosemite Fall, book four in the National Park Mystery series, released in June 2018, is set in Yosemite National Park. When archaeologist Chuck Bender arrives in Yosemite Valley with his new family to study the 150-year-old murders of two gold prospectors, he and his wife Janelle Ortega are suspected in the shocking death of one of Chuck's former rock-climbing partners. Together, Chuck and Janelle race against time to solve the dual mysteries and prove their innocence while facing down a ruthless killer on the loose in the valley.

Only the best novelists have the gift of propelling readers into the middle of artfully crafted adventures, and with Yosemite Fall, the fourth in his National Park Mystery Series, Scott Graham once again proves he belongs in the very first rank.

— Jeff Guinn, 2018 Edgar Award nominee and New York Times bestselling author of The Road to Jonestown

Death by landscape in Yosemite Fall—Scott Graham keeps the reader on edge throughout this entire National Park Mystery.

— Margaret Mizushima, author of Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

As always, the highlight of Graham’s National Park Mystery Series is his extensive knowledge of the parks system, its lands, and its people.

— Kirkus Reviews