Ashland, Or.  March 25, 2006

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Thomas Mitcheltree, Mysteries Set in Jacksonville, Oregon

Thomas Mitcheltree -- Jacksonville, Oregon Mysteries


Thomas Mitcheltree, formerly of Jacksonville Oregon, is the featured author for the April 13th, 7p meeting of the Ashland Mystery Readers Group.  Ashland Mystery Readers Group events are free and open to all who enjoy crime and mystery fiction.


Many readers will know Mitcheltree, who taught English in Southern Oregon high schools for years and whose ancestor, Silas J Day, arrived in Jacksonville in 1851. His grandmother was a curator at the Jacksonville museum and Mitcheltree grew up in the town.


Is it any wonder then that when Mitcheltree turned to writing, his mysteries seem to be the mysteries and memories of Jacksonville, Oregon?


You’ll recognize the streets and stories of Jacksonville in Mitcheltree’s Katie Baker mysteries. His first book, Katie’s Will, tells the story of Professor Paul Fischer who has a grant to research a 1900’s Jacksonville physician named Hollingsworth. Fischer’s research reveals hidden family secrets about Hollingsworth’s patients -- three beautiful and wealthy sisters who died alone. Fischer picks up the tale later with Katie’s Gold, when an intruder ransacks his apartment, seeking secrets about the Jacksonville family.


Mitcheltree’s later works feature FBI field representative, Grant Reynolds who is stationed in Paris. Written from personal experience, Reynolds handles the day to day details of Americans abroad and becomes involved in a series of homicides. His old enemy, The Assassin is responsible. Mitcheltree was in the Army Security Agency while he was in the military and had top secret clearance lending truth and credibility to his narrative.


The Ashland Mystery Readers Group meets monthly, hosting mystery writers and readers who visit the Rogue Valley.  The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library and Keller Williams Realty of Southern Oregon.


The Ashland Mystery Readers Group also produces the cable access television show Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir, airing Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on Cable Channel 31 in Jackson County, Cable Channel 15 in Josephine County and Cable Channel 95 on AFN. Now showing is Stephanie Kane, on tour with Seeds of Doubt featuring dyslexic Denver attorney, Jackie Flowers. For more information contact Maureen Flanagan at 541-552-0743 or visit the group’s website

Tom Mitcheltree's Katie's Will, a reading by Scott Clay in the historic cemetery in Jacksonville, Oregon