Ashland, Or.  July 20, 2005

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Hollywood Mysteries with Rogue Valley Themes, Author Kit Sloane Comes to Ashland

Kit Sloane


On tour with her latest book, Extreme Cuisine published by Durban House in 2005, Sloane will present "Elements of Suspense--From Humor to Fear" at the next meeting of the Ashland Mystery Readers Group on Thursday, August 11th, 2005, 7pm at the Ashland Public Library.  AshlandExtreme Cuisine Mystery Readers Group events are open to the public and there is no charge to attend.


If you miss Sloane on Thursday in Ashland, you can catch her at Barnes and Noble on Biddle Road in Medford on Saturday August 13, 2005 where she will sign from 3-5p.


Extreme Cuisine is Kit Sloane's latest mystery featuring film editor Margot O'Banion and director Max Skull -- its a recipe for disaster behind the kitchen doors of a trendy Hollywood restaurant.  Readers of discriminating taste are cordially invited to witness the preparation and presentation of fine fare as deadly drama. As Max points out, dinner at these places "...provides an evening of theater and you get to eat it!" Betrayal, revenge, and perhaps something even more unsavory are on the menu tonight.


Extreme Cuisine is a humorous look at the Hollywood scene, which includes agendas, the seamier side of movie-making, and Margot O'Banion's metamorphosis from retiring film editor to amateur sleuth.  Sloane gives a good bird's eye view of the movie business along with the aberrant personalities you might find in the business.  "The result is a delightful and, at times, laughter-inducing and lighthearted look at murder, cuisine, and the temptations of the flesh.  Sloane has a definite eye for the absurd, and she also knows how to entertain," reports the Midwest Book Review. 


Sloane's earlier mysteries, Grape Noir and Final Cut, also feature film editor Margot O'Banion and Max Skull.  In Grape Noir, Margot's dream of a wine country vacation with Max turns into a nightmare when a tourist is murdered. Now Margot and Max are trapped in paradise as material witnesses to a capital crime. In the midst of great wine, there is bad blood, with battling brothers, greedy businessmen, aspiring movie producers, a killer creeping ever closer, and a daffy young woman intent on making the best wine in the valley, even if it kills her. 


Kit Sloane has published short stories and many articles on the art of writing and the writing business. She served as first fiction editor for Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine.  An active member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and Mystery Women of the UK, she lives on a small ranch in Northern California's wine country with her husband, four horses, two goats, five cats and a boxer dog named Sally.


The Ashland Mystery Readers Group meets monthly on second Thursdays, usually at the Ashland Public Library, hosting mystery writers and readers.  The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Bloomsbury Books and Keller William Realty of Southern Oregon.


The Ashland Mystery Readers Group also produces the cable access television show Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir, hosted by Maryann Mason who interviews the visiting mystery writers. Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir airs Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on Cable Channel 31 in Jackson County, Cable Channel 15 in Josephine County and Cable Channel 95 on AFN.


Airing in July 2005 on Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir is Ron Lovell interviewed by Paul Steinle.


For more information on mystery in the Rogue Valley, contact Maureen Flanagan at 541-552-0743 or visit the groupís website