Ashland, Or.  June 20, 2005

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Leaping and Posturing with Mystery Writer Meg Chittenden

Meg Chittenden


Meg Chittenden is on tour with her latest bestseller, Snap Shot, published by Berkley in 2004.  She'll present "Leaping and Posturing, Surviving and Thriving on the Highway" at the next meeting of the Ashland Mystery Readers Group on Thursday, June 9th, 2005, 7pm at the Ashland Public Library.  AshlandSnap Shot: riveting, exciting Mystery Readers Group events are open to the public and there is no charge to attend.


Chittenden's latest mystery is Snap Shot, published in 2004 by Berkley Crime.  The mystery features San Francisco private investigator Diana Gordon and is set in Port Findlay, a location easily recognized as Port Townsend, Washington.  Diana's peaceful life doesn't last long.  While co-chairing a photography show with chiropractor Connor Callahan, Diana discovers the dead body of Arts Alliance president and perfect woman, Rosemary Baxter. As Diana and Connor close in on the killer, they find themselves in danger of losing their own lives and finding each other.  Will their tenuous relationship be enough for Chiropractor Connor Callahan?  Will he continue to go to the Port Findlay cemetery to talk to his dead wife? He isn't into all that "I see dead people," stuff... he's just finding it hard to let go.


The author of more than 100 short stories and articles, 35 mysteries, romance novels and children's books, Meg Chittenden's credentials are impressive. Her novels have been widely reprinted abroad and have graced several best-seller lists.  She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Writers Achievement Award for "Enhancing the Stature of Northwest Literature," an Anthony for Noir Lite, one of her short stories, and an Otter Award for "More than You Know." 


Leaping and Posturing? With such a successful publishing background, Meg knows almost everyone in the mystery field by first name and is a frequent contributor to Dorothy-L.  She is a popular speaker at writers and readers gatherings and most recently speaks about the trials and tribulations of the book tour.  The book tour is in absolute contrast to the solitary, somewhat mad existence of a writer and may call for extreme and unusual behavior to draw public attention. 


Why does Meg have a chiropractor-hero in her latest mystery?  Will she write any more of the Charlie Plato series?  Will Meg Chittenden leap or posture at the next meeting of the Ashland Mystery Readers Group on Thursday June 9th?  Find out for yourself, and ask her to sign Snap Shot! If you miss her in Ashland on Thursday, catch her at Barnes and Noble on Biddle Road in Medford on Saturday June 11th from 1-3p.


 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 and Bloomsbury Books. 


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. For more information contact Maureen Flanagan at 541-552-0743 or visit the groupís website