Ashland, Or.  October 1, 2006

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Carola Dunn, Author of the Daisy Dalrymple Series

Carola Dunn, bestselling mystery and romance writer, will speak and sign Thursday October 12, 2006 7pm at the Ashland Public Library and on Friday October 13, 2006 at 6pm at Barnes and Noble in Medford.

Dunn's latest book is Gunpowder Plot, in which a pregnant Daisy enjoys the 1924 Guy Fawkes Day celebration at the estate of an old chum. The festivities are interrupted by a series of dead bodies. Harriet Klausner says, "The Gunpowder Plot is a wonderful historical English mystery that fans of the intrepid Daisy will fully enjoy as she investigates while refusing to allow her delicate condition to get in her way. Interwoven little tidbits bring to life the era like Daisy informing Gwen she plans to learn to drive, a rarity for females in 1924 (but then again this is not the "Victorian Dark Ages"). The whodunit is fun but as always with this series it is the cast especially the heroine who makes the novels a Dunn deal to read as soon as possible for delighted loyal fans."
Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple mysteries reflect a simpler and grander time, the 1920s, when the loss of half a generation of men in the first Great War provided opportunities for women to challenge convention. Daisy’s courage and native intelligence shine in these wonderful period mysteries set against a background of complex class relationships, a time of rapid social change and remarkable global prosperity.  Her works are known as cozies – blood doesn’t fly in your face and dead bodies don’t litter the literary landscape.  Dunn says, “They are comfortable bedtime reading that won’t give you nightmares.”  Readers agree and find the mysteries reassuring and positive with just the right amount of edge to keep suspense in the fore throughout the book.

Dunn writes from personal experience as she is English. Born in London, she grew up in the little Buckinghamshire village of Jordans. At boarding school she failed history -- which, she says, “Has proved no detriment to a career in writing historical fiction” --and went on to study languages at Manchester University.  She traveled widely and experimented with a variety of professions, from building construction to writing definitions for a dictionary of science and technology, before writing her first book, a Regency romance, in 1979.

Twenty five years later, Carola Dunn’s  Regency romances number more than 30, have been translated into a dozen languages and are now being reissued as e-books and in large print. Not content with success in one genre, she wrote the first Daisy mystery in 1993. Fourteen Daisy Dalrymple mysteries are now in print, with a new book eagerly awaited by her fans every year.  You can visit her website at

The mystery author event series is produced by the Ashland Mystery Readers Group and sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library and Keller Williams Realty of Southern Oregon. For more information call 541-552-0743 or visit the group’s website