the Mystery in Ashland this Fall
Join cozy mystery author Ellie Alexander and her mystery writing friends for a weekend of full bookish fun with plenty of of twists and turns. From panels and workshops to an interactive mystery with clues located all around town, this festival is designed to put you in the hot seat. You'll have your chance to put your detective skills to the test and interact with the authors who brought these stories to life. You won't just be a spectator - you'll be right in the center of the action.
A veracious storyteller and a lover of all things bookish. I believe that stories have the ability to transport and transform us. With over twenty five published novels and counting, my goal is to tell stories that provide points of connection, escape and understanding.
Angela M. Sanders is the author of the Witch Way Librarian cozy mysteries and the Joanna Hayworth vintage clothing mysteries. As Clover Tate, she wrote the Kite Shop cozy mysteries. She also writes about food and perfume for magazines and is a former congressional investigator. When Angela isn’t at her laptop, she’s often rummaging in thrift shops or lounging with a vintage crime novel and her rescue cats Squeaky and Bitsy.
CJ Connor is a Pitch Wars alumnus who primarily writes queer romance and cozy mysteries. Their debut cozy mystery novel Board to Death is forthcoming from Kensington Books. They are represented by Jessica Faust at BookEnds Literary Agency.
When they are not writing, they can generally be found perusing art museums, listening to angsty folk music, or stress knitting. Their main goal as a writer is to make their dog proud. This one’s for you, Yoda!
Gigi Pandian is a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, accidental almost-vegan, and locked-room mystery enthusiast. She lives in northern California with her husband and a gargoyle who watches over the backyard garden. She writes the Accidental Alchemist Mysteries (humorous mysteries set in Portland, Oregon), the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries (lighthearted adventures set around the world), and the Secret Staircase Mysteries (locked-room mysteries called “wildly entertaining” by the New York Times Book Review).
Jennifer J. Chow writes cozies filled with hope and heritage. Her newest series is the L.A. Night Market Mysteries. The first book, Death By Bubble Tea, was nominated for both an Agatha Award (Best Contemporary Novel) and a Lefty Award (Best Humorous Mystery). It hit the SoCal Indie Bestseller List multiple times and was one Aunt Agatha’s Best of Cozies 2022, Kings River Life Staff Favorites of 2022, and a 2022 Bestseller at Bel Canto Books.
Kate Lansing is the author of the award-winning Colorado Wine Mystery series. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, and two mischievous kitties.
Like her Ground Rules Mystery series, Emmeline Duncan is based in Portland, Oregon. Her series includes 2021's Fresh Brewed Murder, Double Shot Death, and Flat White Fatality, plus more to come. Emmeline also writes for teens as Kelly Garrett. Her debut YA novel, The Last To Die, was an Oregon Book Awards finalist. She was also a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellow. When not writing, she spends her time seeking out new coffee shops and hiking trails to explore, frequently accompanied by her Great Pyrenees sidekick.
Kyra Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sophie Katz mystery series, the Just One Night series and the Pure Sin series. Born and raised in Northern California, Davis currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and what might be the best dog on the planet.
Tamara Berry is an Edgar-nominated author of two cozy mystery series. Also a freelance writer and editor, she has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a serious penchant for Nancy Drew novels. She lives in Bigfoot country (a.k.a. Eastern Washington) with her family and their menagerie.
Tara Lush is a RWA Rita finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow and the winner of the George C. Polk award for environmental journalism.
She also writes contemporary romance set in tropical locations under the name Tamara Lush. For many years, she was a journalist with The Associated Press.
Both ticketed and free events
Ashland becomes your own game of mystery this fall. Stay tuned for ongoing updates around events, specials and the mystery we need your help solving.