Your Reading List on Carmel's History,
People, Places and more.  Enjoy!

Top Books - on Carmel's History & Culture

  • Carmel at Work and Play - Author(s) Daisy Bostick & Dorothea Castelhun - Published 1925
  • Creating Carmel, The Enduring Vision - Author(s) Harold & Ann Gilliam - Published 1992
  • Stories of Old Carmel - Author(s) The Carmel Residents Association - Published 2016

And the list goes on  (non-fiction)

  • The Guilded Edge, Two Audacious Women... - Author Catherine Prendergast - Published 2021
  • Historic Buildings of Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea - Author Alissandra Dramov - Published 2019
  • Carmel Impressions, a cultural biography of Dene Denny & Hazel Watrous - Author David J. Gordon - Published 2016
  • Historic Homes and Inns of Carmel-by-the-Sea - Author(s) Alissandra Dramov & Lynn A Momboisse - Published 2016
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, California's Storybook Town Coloring Book for all Ages - By Jan Kokler - Published 2016
  • Legendary Locals of Carmel-by-the-Sea - Author Lisa Crawford Watson - Published 2015
  • Carmel-By-The-Sea, The Early Years (1903-1913) - Author Alissandra Dramov - Published 2013
  • Carmel's Fairy Tale Cottages - Author Mike Barton - Published 2011
  • Carmel, A History in Architecture (Images of America) - Author Kent Seavey - Published 2007
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea (Images of America) - Author Monica Hudson - Published 2006
  • Cottages by the Sea, The Handmade Homes of Carmel, America's First Artist Community - Author Linda L. Paul - Published 2000
  • The Fairy Tale Houses of Carmel - by Joanne Mathewson - Published 1977

...and these covering close by areas beyond our Village...

  • Boss:  The Story of S.F.B. Morse, the Founder of Pebble Beach - Author Charles Osborne - Published 2018
  • Preserving Nature: A Field Guide to the Art and Artists of the Monterey Bay - Author(s) Cynthia W. Weick & Joaquin Turner

More....now mostly fiction-ish

The following 7 books are outstanding mysteries set in Carmel with a combo of fiction and real local characters by a local author!

    •    Murder in the Pines - Author Kathryn Gualtieri - Published 2011
    •    Murder Takes the Stage - Author Kathryn Gualtieri - Published 2012
    •    The Laundryman's Daughter - Author Kathryn Gualtieri - Published 2013
    •    The Missing Bohemian - Author Kathryn Gualtieri - Published 2015
    •    A Brush with Death - Author Kathryn Gualtieri - Published 2016
    •    The Red Scare - Author Kathryn Gualtieri - Published 2017
    •    Murder By Candlelight - Author Kathryn Gualtieri - Published 2019
  • Bohemian Murders - Author Dianne Day - Published 1998
  • River in Ruin: The Story of the Carmel River - Author Ray A. March - Published 2012
  • Gnome Alone in Carmel - Author Karyl Hall - Published 2017
  • Lost in Carmel, a Novel - Author Terry Lee - Published 2019
  • Hollywood in Monterey, Chronicles of a Cop - Author Sgt Bill Cassara - Published 2020
  • The Artist Colony - Author Joanna Fitzpatrick - Published 2021

Please let us know if there is more to add to this roster - by emailing [email protected] 

PS:  I'm gathering missing items from this list and will retake the picture to include all of these.  Some are hard to get, sorry about that.  And our amazing Carmel Library and their History teams have much more and many if not all of these above to offer as well...check it out - https://ci.carmel.ca.us/local-history and https://ci.carmel.ca.us/library