Ashland, OR.  October 20, 2005

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San Francisco Historical Mysteries: Shirley Tallman Visits the Valley


Shirley Tallman is on tour with The Russian Hill Murders, a historical mystery set in San Francisco about gutsy young attorney Sarah Woolson, published in 2005 by St. Martin's Minotaur. Tallman will present "Writing Mysteries and Writing Screenplays: Similarities and Differences" at the next meeting of the Ashland Mystery Readers Group on Thursday, November 10, 2005, 7 pm at the Ashland Public Library.  Ashland Mystery Readers Group events are open to the public and there is no charge to attend.


Though her own San Francisco law firm barely tolerates her, outspoken young lawyer Sarah Woolson flouts proper feminine behavior in this historical mystery series, the19th century answer to "Legally Blonde." In The Russian Hill Murders, Sarah suspects foul play when the wife of a wealthy San Francisco entrepreneur drops dead of an apparent heart attack at a charity dinner for the city's new Women and Children's Hospital. But no one believes that the woman's death was not natural.  The tenacious and gutsy lawyer was introduced in Tallman's first mystery, Murder on Nob Hill, filled with great plotting and period setting -- the hansom cabs, gas lights and the violence of the Barbary Coast place the reader right on the hills of old San Francisco.


Publisher's Weekly says, "Credible characters, cleverly subtle clues and a highly satisfying conclusion mark this intriguing tale as a superior example of its genre. Fans of nineteenth-century sleuths like those of Anne Perry and Miriam Grace Monfredo will be well satisfied."

Shirley Tallman


Tallman's success in mystery follows a tradition of success in television and film screenwriting. Together with her screenwriting partner, Nancy Hersage, Tallman has written and sold television scripts to NBC, CBS, and ABC. Their movie, “The Babysitter's Seduction", originally aired on NBC and continues to play regularly on the Lifetime Channel. Their current project, “The War Magician”, was recently bought for Tom Cruise by Paramount Studios and their story, “Lili”, is being produced for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation.


The Ashland Mystery Readers Group meets monthly on second Thursdays, usually at the Ashland Public Library, hosting mystery writers and readers.  The 2005 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, showcasing visiting mystery writers. Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir airs Wednesdays at 7:30 pm PST on cable 15 in Southern Oregon and webcast from


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

Here's a video of Shirley Tallman reading from The Russian Hill Murders published by St. Martins



Video of Shirley Tallman Reads from The Russian Hill Murders on Ashland Mystery rvtv noir