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New website is UP!

Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 11.17.01 PMHappy to say, after working closely with illustrator Sam Zuppardi and website designer Adrian Kinloch,  we now have a wonderful new space to explore my books. Make sure you check out the special Misadventures page with some wonderful animation and hidden surprises!

Roderick’s Favorite Places

Roderick’s favorite places from the books.

The Characters

The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe is a story of many characters, some good, some bad! Our heroes are helped and hindered by all manner of people, each with their own story.  Here are a selection of important folks from the trilogy. Drawings are by Sam Zuppardi.


The Author

gordon-for-animGordon McAlpine is the author of adult novels ranging from magical realism to hard-boiled literary mystery. “The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe” trilogy is his first work for younger readers. He likes to read, play basketball, and explore new places. Most of the time he can be found in southern California, where he lives with his wife Julie and their three dogs, Carmello, Diego, and Finnegan.

Sam Zuppardi

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Mystery Box

When eighteen-year old Franklin W. Dixon’s brother Joe disappears during World War I, Frank heads for Europe to find him. A few years later, Carolyn Keene flees her own disturbed home. Both young people end up in 1920’s Paris, where glittering expatriates color the cafes and romance seems to float off the Seine.

Franklin W. Dixon, Carolyn Keene — why do these names sound familiar? They are listed as the authors of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries, but who could they have been? What lives might have inspired them to create two brothers prepared for adventure and a reliable girl with a blue roadster?

In Gordon McAlpine’s marvelously inventive book, a stolen suitcase and an eccentric woman lure Frank into the parlor of Gertrude Stein, while Carolyn approaches F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway for advice on love and sentence structure. With the guidance of their friends, Carolyn and Frank piece together clues to their mysterious pasts. But in order to find themselves, they must first find each other — and the truths revealed in their soon-to-be written fictions.

It’s no wonder that Kirkus Reviews calls this imaginative book “gently moving… Philosophies of art and popular culture infuse the little tragedies of everyday life.”

The Big Man's Daughter by Gordon McAlpine

The Big Man’s Daughter (as Owen Fitzstephen)

Holmes Entangled by Gordon Mc Alpine

Holmes Entangled


Woman with a Blue Pencil


Hammett Unwritten (as Owen Fitzstephen)


Joy in Mudville


The Tell Stale Start


Once Upon a Midnight Eerie


The Pet and the Pendulum


Mystery Box


The Persistence of Memory


Orange County Noir


The Way of Baseball