By Ashley Sargeant Hagan


A Backstage Mystery

Ready, Aim, Murder!

An English country estate with a secret history becomes the set for a Regency-period movie. What could possibly go wrong? When a dueling scene ends in death, actress Anna McKay is determined to find out if it was an accident or murder. Can she trust her handsome co-star? Or the equally handsome assistant to the director?  And why does she keep dreaming about the past?


Ashley Sargeant Hagan

She writes mysteries with a literary twist. And sometimes something completely different!  Read my story to find out more.


Guys—this boooooook! If you like Downton Abbey, you’ll love it. If you’re curious what life behind the scenes of a tv production is like, you’ll love it. If you love a good multi-layered mystery ala Agatha Christie, you’ll love it. If you love Jane Austen…you guessed it–you’ll love it. TRUST ME. YOU WILL LOVE IT! 

– Marisa Baker @theunwrittenword

Other Books


Who is Edwin Sterling’s Mystery Woman? Enquiring minds want to know.  And so does Edwin Sterling.

An actor who plays a detective on television is thrust into the middle of a mystery when he meets a beautiful woman on a plane.  An oil magnate with a death threat, a crazy fan, and a disappearing girlfriend force Edwin to prove whether he will live up to the heroic image of his television persona, or die trying.

Buy now for $12.99

Silver Bells

Hilarious adventures in Christmas shopping!

Winning a gift certificate on Silver Bell Sunday would mean a Merry Christmas for Isobel, but her quest for the elusive prize is in jeopardy when she discovers she’s not the only customer hunting for a Christmas miracle.

Buy now for $.99!

Have a Book Club?  

I would be honored to speak to your group!

Upcoming Events

August 20-23, 2020

Killer Nashville - Franklin, TN

If all goes according to plan, I will be attending and signing at Killer Nashville this year, a mystery conference for writers and readers.

October 9-11, 2020

Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN

If all goes according to plan, I will be attending, signing, and manning the Sisters in Crime booth at the Southern Festival of Books. The Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day Festival hosted each October where readers and writers are offered an opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading and lifelong learning.

Past Events

February 29, 2020  1:00 PM

Brentwood Library - 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood, TN 37027 1:00 PM

Sisters in Crime presents award-winning author Jess Lourey for a writing workshop from 2-4. Before Jess speaks, I will be part of a discussion panel on the state of publishing with other Sisters in Crime members.

February 27, 2020  12:00 – 1:00 PM

PLA Conference - Music City Center, Nashville, TN

I will be at the Public Library Association’s annual conference signing books at the Sisters in Crime booth (#1745).  If you’re at the conference, come by and see me!

October 12th, 2019 2:00 PM

Scout & Tag Atelier, 1214 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803

Book Release and Signing!

November 2nd, 2019 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Button Willow General Store, 109 W. Main Street, Smithville, TN

Book Signing/Meet the Author

November 9th, 2019

Bound Booksellers, 158 Front Street, Unit 106, Franklin, TN (Westhaven Community)

Book Signing and Tea!

Coming Soon!

In Progress!

Pedestal Sequel

#3 in the Backstage Mystery Series

The much-anticipated sequel to Pedestal will hopefully be out by Spring 2021!

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Looking for a Summer Read?

Ready, Aim, Murder! When a dueling scene ends in death, a young actress has to find out whether it was an accident or murder before she becomes the next victim.

100 Years of Agatha

This year is the 100th Anniversary of Agatha Christie's first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. It is also the first novel starring her famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. When I was in England in 2014, I was able to see Styles (streetview only because...

Mysteries in the Air!

What role does a Cessna 172 play in my next Backstage Mystery?  It's a secret for now!  Have you ever flown in a single-engine plane?  I haven't!

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