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Gigi Pandian, Diane Vallere and Ellen Byron sign in Redondo Beach

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Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 1:00pm

Gather at the Redondo Beach Library 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.

Masking for Trouble (A Costume Shop Mystery #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425278291
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Published: Berkley - October 4th, 2016

Halloween brings more tricks than treats for costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn in the second in a new cozy series from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness Mysteries.

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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Published: Crooked Lane Books - September 13th, 2016

he 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.
When everyone else refuses the job of being Vanessa's Maid of Honor, Maggie reluctantly takes up the title and finds herself tasked with a long list of duties--the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa s cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke. But just days before the wedding, Ginger s lifeless body is found on the bayou and the Pelican PD, as well as the Crozats, have another murder mystery on their hands.
There s a gumbo-potful of suspects, including an ex-Marine with PTSD, an annoying local newspaper reporter, and Vanessa s own sparkplug of a mother. But when it looks like the investigation is zeroing in on Vanessa as the prime suspect, Maggie reluctantly adds keeping the bride-to-be out of jail to her list of Maid of Honor responsibilities in "Body on the Bayou."


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

Can treasure-hunting historian Jaya Jones unmask a killer ghost?

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…

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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Published: Midnight Ink - January 8th, 2016

Deciphering an ancient alchemy book is more difficult than Zoe Faust bargained for. She’d much rather be gardening and exploring her new hometown of Portland, Oregon—but time is running out for living gargoyle Dorian Robert-Houdin. If Zoe isn’t able to unlock an unusual alchemy book’s secrets soon, the French gargoyle will remain awake but trapped in stone forever.

When Zoe gives herself a rare night out to attend a classic magic show, she realizes the stage magicians are much more than they seem. A murder at the theater leads back to a string of unsolved robberies and murders in Portland’s past, and a mystery far more personal than Zoe and Dorian ever imagined.


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Published: Berkley - August 2nd, 2016

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...