Under Lock & Skeleton Key

By Gigi Pandian,

Book cover of Under Lock & Skeleton Key: A Secret Staircase Mystery

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"Wildly entertaining." —The New York Times Book Review

Known for her wonderfully addictive characters, multiple award-winning author Gigi Pandian introduces her newest heroine in this heartfelt series debut. Under Lock & Skeleton Key layers stunning architecture with mouthwatering food in an ode to classic locked-room mysteries that will leave readers…

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Why read it?

3 authors picked Under Lock & Skeleton Key as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

If you’re interested in locked-room mysteries, cozy crime, or magic, then you need to read this book.

Gigi Pandian is one of the best in the business, and with Under Lock & Skeleton Key she launches a brand new and exciting series. Gigi is excellent at creating charming characters that the reader cannot help but care about – this makes the mysteries themselves all the more compelling – and this book captures everything that’s great about her writing. 

From Tom's list on mystery with a hint of magic.

After a Las Vegas stage accident nearly kills the magician named Tempest Raj, the public turns on her, her manager drops her, her friends abandon her, but Tempest moves back to her California childhood home to find the truth. And what a home!

In addition to the central mystery, you'll want to devour all of Grandpa Ash's delicious food (don't worry, recipes at the end) and explore the secret staircases built by her parents, a carpenter (dad) and a stage magician (mom, who has disappeared under the Raj family curse).

From Melissa's list on smart women who kick ass.

Gigi Pandian is an open fan of John Dickson Carr, misdirection, and locked room puzzles, and her quirky characters have already earned her a devoted following. In this new series, Tempest Raj, a disgraced Las Vegas magician, returns to her family’s business of building secret staircases, only to discover her body double murdered in a sealed room. What follows is a classic locked-room puzzle, with a lot of tempting vegan recipes along the way.

From Erica's list on golden age mysteries for the 2020s.

Flashes of Insight

By Lynda Allen,

Book cover of Flashes of Insight

Lynda Allen

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What is my book about?

Mood swings and insomnia are one thing, hot flash-induced psychic visions are quite another. When Olivia Wilde realizes the visions she’s experiencing in the midst of hot flashes are actually premonitions, she must learn to understand and trust what she sees in order to help a friend, preserve a piece of history, and save a life.

When Liv’s friend’s antique store in Fredericksburg, Virginia is robbed, she finds herself in the midst of a quest to find a secret cache of priceless letters written by President James Monroe and his wife Elizabeth. With the encouragement of her "Monthly" dinner party girlfriends, Liv begins to learn how to harness her newfound abilities, along with her smarts, to help catch the thief.

Flashes of Insight

By Lynda Allen,

What is this book about?

Mood swings and insomnia are one thing, hot flash-induced psychic visions are quite another. When Olivia Wilde realizes the visions she's been experiencing in the midst of hot flashes are actually premonitions, she has to learn to understand and trust what she sees in order to help a friend, preserve a piece of history, and save a life.

Deftly weaving together elements of history, mystery, menopause, humor, some Jersey girl attitude, a bit of salty language, and a healthy dose of female friendship, Flashes of Insight marks the start of a new "Jersey Cozy"* series sure to deliver laughter, intelligence,…


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