Mt. McKinley’s Death Rate Climbs to 108 in 2010 Proving the Dangers Presented in the Summit Murder Mystery Novels

Irion Books Releases Newest Mystery Book “Murder on Mt. McKinley”

Phoenix, AZ, January 27, 2011 --( Irion Books LLC announces the release of Murder on Mt. McKinley, the fourth book in the Summit Murder Mystery Series.

During 2010 two climbers fell to their deaths on Mt. McKinley, which brought the total mountain death toll to 108 climbers. As more climbers attempt to summit Mt. McKinley this Spring, this number will most likely continue to grow.

These deaths serve to underscore the dangers of mountaineering and those presented in the Summit Murder Mystery Series co-authored by Charles G. Irion and Ronald J. Watkins.

In the recent release, Murder on Mt. McKinley, Alaska’s Denali National Park and Mount McKinley take center stage.

“Violent storms and lethal avalanches make Mt. McKinley one of the world's deadliest mountains. The relative ease of the ascent serves as a lure for many unprepared climbers, placing them within a broiling cauldron of sudden death,” said Irion.

Murder on Mt. McKinley will stay true to the style of the Summit Murder Mystery Series. Readers can expect fast paced action and a thrilling murder plot throughout the novel.

In Murder on Mt. McKinley the suspicion and excitement mounts as the executives of two rival oil companies decide to summit Mt. McKinley. Unfortunately, ulterior motives come into play and hero Scott Devlon finds himself fighting for his life.

“Set against the backdrop of one of the world's most magnificent mountains, Murder on Mt. McKinley recounts another exciting murder mystery on the peak of one of the Seven Summits. Militant extremists and arrogant oil executives battle for survival atop the highest mountain in North America,” said Watkins.

The Summit Murder Mystery Series explores murders set on the Seven Summits, the highest and deadliest mountains on the world’s seven continents. Irion’s participation in a 1987 Mount Everest expedition inspired the authors to begin the Summit Murder Mystery Series.

The next release from Irion Books will be Murder on Puncak Jaya this Summer. Future releases include Murder on Aconcagua, Murder on Vinson Massif, and the concluding novel to the Summit Murder Mystery Series, Murder on Kilimanjaro.

Murder on Mt. McKinley can be found at and online at Barnes & Noble. In addition to paperback, Murder on Mt. McKinley is available for Kindle, NOOK, iPad and other eBook formats. For more information on the Summit Murder Mystery Series and the authors, visit

About Irion Books: Irion Books LLC launched in 2007 with the release of its Hell Series of books, beginning with Remodeling Hell followed by Autograph Hell, Car Dealer Hell, and Divorce Hell. Also available from Irion Books is Roadkill Cooking for Campers – The Best Dang Wild Game Cookbook in the World. Currently, in the Summit Murder Mystery Series, Irion Books has released Murder on Everest, Abandoned on Everest (prequel), Murder on Elbrus and now Murder on Mt. McKinley. For more information on Irion Books, please visit

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