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Author Paul Wagner has written books in a number of fields, and recorded lectures for both Audible and The Great Courses (now called Wondrium) 

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Dan Courtwright Mysteries

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When a financial tycoon insists that his family join him for their annual backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada, some of his children are not enthusiastic about the idea. And that’s before people start turning up dead.

Ranger Dan Courtwright is first on the scene. And with his friend, Sheriff Cal Healey, he sticks with it to the terrifying finish, which is a real cliffhanger.


This is the first book in the Dan Courtwright Mystery series set in the Sierra Nevada.

When a pair of hikers discover what they think are human remains, Ranger Dan Courtwright is skeptical. Then he sees the bones inside the hiking boot.


What follows leads Dan on a tangled path through the history of his section of the Stanislaus National Forest as he digs up the clues to a decades-old crime. And those lead him right into the terrifying face of evil.

This is the second in the Dan Courtwright Mystery series set in the Sierra Nevada. 

The hikers passing through the Emigrant Wilderness on the Pacific Crest Trail may or may not be who they say they are. With trail names, who can tell?

But when a body is discovered in an abandoned mine, Ranger Dan Courtwright finds himself in the middle of a much bigger story, and it is up to him and Sheriff Cal Healey to get to the bottom of it.

This is the third book in the Dan Courtwright Mystery series set in the Sierra Nevada. 

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There are five trails that lead into the Granite Gorge of the Mokelumne River, but none of them connect to each other. It seems as if there are five ways in, and no way out.


But when Ranger Dan Courtwright offers to help restore some of those old trails, he discovers more than he expected. And is lucky to get out alive.

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When a young woman hiker is reported missing, the Forest Service takes part in the search. But the more Ranger Dan Courtwright learns about the case, the less sense it makes to him. And the more dangerous things get for everyone involved, especially Dan. All of which leads to confusion, consternation,

and murder.]

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When a legendary alpine climber leads a professional workshop on high-exposure Search and Rescue techniques, the last thing you would expect is that someone would die. And yet… 

It’s up to Ranger Dan Courtwright and his friend Sheriff Cal Healey to uncover the truth. And the secrets that come to light threaten to expose more than one suspect.  

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Wine Sales and Distribution, with John Crotts and Byron Marlowe, by Rowman and Littlefield, won the Gourmand Award for 2019 for the Wine Wine Book for Professionals. 

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Artisan Public Relations: A practical guide for getting your hand-crafted products the attention they deserve.  Artisan Public Relations

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Wine Marketing and Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book of the year for professionals. Now in its third edition, the book also won the lifetime achievement award for its publisher in 2019.

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The Instant Sommelier: Choosing Your Best Wines--a series of ten lectures from The Great Courses program, now called Wondrium. Link

A History of Wine in 10 Glasses--a series of eleven lectures about wine, history, and culture from Audible Link

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