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William C. Markham

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Connection to Illinois: Markham lived in Chicago for six years.

Biography: William C Markham is an elementary school teacher. He started his own theatre company - Impressions Theatre, that travels to libraries in the summer performing for the summer reading program. He also performs in a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at a local resort in Virginia, where he now resides.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children


Selected Titles


William C Markham 2020

Mason Gray is arrested for a murder he didn’t commit. All the evidence points to him, and prison is no place for a former cop. But clearing his name becomes the least of his worries when the real killer decides prison isn’t punishment enough. He targets those closest to Gray, his former partner’s wife and children. To save them, Gray must become the criminal everyone thinks he is, evade the cops, discover who wants him ruined, and bring the fight to them. Failure means he’ll lose everything he holds dear. But success might mean the same thing.

ISBN: 1733544402 OCLC:

William C Markham 2018

As the number one suspect, Gray races to find the killer before the cops can pin it on him. But the cops aren't the only ones out to get him. Those responsible for the murder want him dead and will use any means necessary to put him in the ground...including vampire hit-men. To survive, Gray must choose to go through the looking glass, wrestle with demons both figurative and literal, and put the bad guys in the ground first. But the price could be higher than he thought...the life of his best friend and mentor.

ISBN: 1795781149 OCLC:

William C Markham 2019

Private Investigator, Mason Gray, has a reputation for solving impossible cases. But when an ancient artifact inexplicably vanishes from the Field Museum, that reputation will be put to the test. To solve this case, he must delve deeper into Chicago's supernatural world and call on his newly discovered abilities—unless they kill him in the process—to track down a thief who’s never been caught. But things are never as they appear in The White City, and every answer he uncovers leads to new questions. And new enemies. If Gray fails to recover the artifact, it will start a war that will destroy the city he loves. To save it, he is forced to make an impossible choice: make a deal with the Devil or become one himself.

The Great Bacon Escape
ISBN: 1985127385 OCLC:

Create Space 2018

In a world of talking food, only one guy has what it takes to escape the dark confines of the refrigerator that has become his prison—Jeff the Bacon. Residents of the fridge are disappearing, and Jeff decides he won’t be another victim. But the path to freedom is a perilous journey. A monstrous slice of pizza wants Jeff as his newest topping. A syrupy sweet pair of sisters would add him to their “trophy” collection, and the sub-zero temperatures of the freezer stand between him and the only exit. Will Jeff prevail? Find out in this fast-paced adventure. This book was written specifically for 5th graders, but audiences of all ages will find it thoroughly entertaining.