Click the links above

for more information on each of Larry Karp's books. 

Larry Karp is currently being published by Poisoned Pen Press


Click here to return to the main page of Larry Karp's Books.

The Latest From Larry:
Brun Campbell: The Original Ragtime Kid
McFarland Publishers 2016

Brun Campbell lived a double life - a double ragtime life. Dubbed "The Ragtime Kid" by his piano teacher and hero, Scott Joplin, Brun spent several years on the ragtime performance circuit at the beginning of the 20th century. Then, 40 years later, he was a prime mover in the ragtime revival of the 1940s, and played a major role in resurrecting Joplin's reputation as one of the greatest American composers.

Reconstructed from manuscripts and recordings which had sat, unappreciated, in cartons for a near-half century, this lively historical biography, to date the only comprehensive account of Brun's pursuits, finally gives Brun his due as a pivotal figure in ragtime history.


(More about Brun - the man and the book - and where to buy it.)


Something Different From Larry:
Seymour's First Clarinet Concerto

After eight mystery novels and three nonfiction books, all for adult readers, Larry has come out with Seymour's First Clarinet Concerto, his first work for kids, charmingly illustrated by Vic Hugo.

Young Steve Bancroft gets help from an unlikely source – his Siamese cat, Seymour – to write a wonderful piece of music for the clarinet. But then, things get complicated. It seems that the only way for Steve to avoid being exposed as a cheater would be for him to break a very serious promise. How is he going to find a way out of this mess?

"Larry Karp displays his talent and versatility in this superb addition to children's literature. Vic Hugo's whimsical illustrations charmingly capture the essence of a story well told."

"A charming story with imaginative twists."

"This instantly became our four-year-old boy's favorite book."

Available in paperback



Larry's Most Recent Mystery
A Perilous Conception
Poisoned Pen Press 2011

It's 1976. Despite fierce controversy over the propriety of in vitro fertilization, Dr. Colin Sanford, a brilliant, ambitious obstetrician in Emerald, Washington works secretly to put his name into medical history. But Sanford's endeavors lead to murder. Detective Bernie Baumgartner's investigation is hampered by pressure from influential people, and a double cat-and-mouse game develops between doctor and detective.




Website Features:

  • Information on each of Larry Karp's books.
  • The first chapters of all of Larry Karp's mystery novels.
  • Information on the many ways to purchase Larry Karp's books.
  • Larry Karp's Blog
  • Schedule of Larry Karp's book signings and appearances.
  • Links to sites of interest for mystery readers.


Navigational Note:  To return to this page from anywhere else on the site, just click on "Larry Karp's Books" or "" at the top of every page OR click on the "Return to Home" button in the lower left hand corner of each page.


Support your independent booksellers.  Independent Mystery Booksellers Associationis an excellent resource to find your closest Independent Mystery Booksellers Association member.



All of Larry Karp's mysteries can be found at Seattle Mystery Bookshop!All of Larry Karp's mysteries (including autographed copies AND books that have gone out of print) can be found here:




Click here for an updated schedule of Larry's signings and other events.



Larry Karp's Blog

Given the amount of time and energy blogging took from Larry's writing schedule, posts at his blog will be irregular and infrequent. But his thoughts, ideas, opinions, and the occasional fact about mysteries, ragtime, music boxes, and other stuff still appear, if not frequently, at least regularly, on the Poisoned Pen Press blog. Check the posts out on the 13th day of odd-numbered months.



The Author:

Larry Karp grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, reading novels during math class, and spending much of his free time pounding away at an old Royal manual. Those early novels never quite worked out, but at the age of eight, Larry did get into print via a self-written, self-published, self-distributed four-page neighborhood newspaper which featured a serialized detective story, "Richard Richard, Private Dick."


Read more about Larry Karp and his books here.