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Fall for Mysteries in San Diego

Event date: 
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 2:00pm

Join us for some seasonal suspense when we welcome Ectoplasmic Ellen Byron, Ghostly Gigi Pandian, and Devilish Diane Vallere on their Spooky Book Tour. Diane’s Costume Shop Mystery series debuted in February, with A Disguise to Die for. In Masking for Trouble, Halloween brings more tricks than treats for costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn in the second in her cozy series that includes recipes and costume ideas. After twenty years in the fashion industry, Diane now writes full time, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder, authoring four series.


Gigi also authors multiple series – she last visited the Galaxy in January with The Masquerading Magician, an Accidental Alchemist mystery, and.  Suspense Magazine noted, “If Indiana Jones had a sister, it would definitely be historian Jaya Jones.” In Michelangelo’s Ghost, Jaya deals with a lost work of art linking India to the Italian Renaissance, a killer hiding behind a centuries-old ghost story, and a hidden treasure in Italy’s macabre sculpture garden known as the Park of Monsters.


Ellen writes in multiple media and formats, rather than multiple series, as a television writer and a journalist. Plantation Shudders, her debut Cajun Country Mystery, was well-received and a multiple-award nominee. In Body on the Bayou, family plantation manager & artist Magnolia “Maggie” Crozat’s hometown of Pelican, Louisiana, is preparing for a wedding. Despite the groom being Maggie's nemisis, she is selected as a bride's attendant by her B&B co-worker, whose nuptial plans are disrupted when she is charged with murder.

Michelangelo's Ghost (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635110692
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Published: Henery Press - October 4th, 2016

Filled with the unexpected twists, vivid historical details, and cross-cultural connections Pandian is known for, Michelangelo's Ghost is the most fast-paced and spellbinding Jaya Jones novel to date.

When Jaya's old professor dies under eerie circumstances shortly after discovering manuscripts that point to a treasure in Italy's Park of Monsters, Jaya and her brother pick up the trail. From San Francisco to the heart of Italy, Jaya is haunted by a ghost story inexorably linked to the masterpieces of a long-dead artist and the deeds of a modern-day murderer. Untrustworthy colleagues, disappearing boyfriends, and old enemies--who can Jaya trust when the ghost wails?

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ISBN: 9781940976860
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Published: Henery Press - August 7th, 2014

 This is what happened after three women with a knack for solving mysteries each grabbed the wrong bag. MIDNIGHT ICE by Diane Vallere A Mad for Mod Mystery Novella (prequel to Pillow Stalk) When interior decorator Madison Night crosses the country to distance herself from a recent breakup, she learns it's harder to escape her past than she thought, and diamonds are rarely a girl's best friend. SWITCH BACK by Kendel Lynn An Elliott Lisbon Mystery Novella (prequel to Board Stiff) Ballantyne Foundation director Elliott Lisbon travels to Texas after inheriting an entire town, but when she learns the donor was murdered, she has to unlock the small town's big secrets or she'll never get out alive. FOOL'S GOLD by Gigi Pandian A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery (prequel to Artifact) When a world-famous chess set is stolen from a locked room during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, historian Jaya Jones and her magician best friend must outwit actresses and alchemists to solve the baffling crime.

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ISBN: 9780425278291
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Published: Berkley - October 4th, 2016

Halloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year, the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown into a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family s store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chain-store tycoon, but after Haverford s body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the police s prime suspect. 
Anxious to clear her name, Margo begins hunting down anyone who might have wanted Haverford dead. Between all of his malicious maneuverings, the murdered mogul had buckets of people anxious to see him gone. Now, Margo will have to use every trick in the book to find a cloaked killer before someone else winds up wearing a death shroud...

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ISBN: 9781629537689
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - September 13th, 2016

The Crozats feared that past murders at Crozat Plantation B&B might spell the death of their beloved estate, but they ve managed to survive the scandal. Now there s a tres bigger story in Pelican, Louisiana: the upcoming nuptials between Maggie Crozat s nemesis, Police Chief Rufus Durand, and her co-worker, Vanessa Fleer. 
Maggie, inexplicably tasked with being Vanessa's Maid of Honor, quickly discovers why everyone else refused the assignment when the Bridezilla hands her a long list of duties the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa s cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke, a mysterious woman with dangerous secrets. But just days before the wedding, Ginger s lifeless body is found on the bayou behind Crozat Plantation and the Pelican PD, as well as the Crozats, have another murder mystery on their hands. 

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ISBN: 9780425270592
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Published: Berkley - August 2nd, 2016

Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe can get tangled up in textiles, but it's murder that really throws her for a loop in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of "Crushed Velvet." 
The time has come for San Ladron, California's annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly has agreed to use Material Girl's inventory of shimmery silks to create embellished gowns fit for a crown. But when millionaire Harvey Halliwell the man who revived the city's citrus trade with his imported tangorli tree is found dead days before the pageant contestants are announced, something sour takes over the town. 
To make matters worse, her friend, mechanic Charlie Brooks, is soon caught up in the crime, having been seen in the company of the case's prime suspect. Now Poly's on a mission to squeeze out the truth. But as she searches for a pattern, the killer seems intent on cutting up the evidence...