Author

Ashley Sargeant Hagan

I kill people. Fictionally, of course! I write traditional mysteries with a literary twist, and sometimes something completely different!  Read my story to find out more.

By Ashley Sargeant Hagan

DUEL

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?

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

Pedestal

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.

Silver Bells

Hilarious Adventures in Christmas Shopping!

Three customers will stop at nothing to win the elusive Silver Bell Sunday gift certificate.  A down-on-her-luck teacher, a savvy businessman, and a cut-throat professional shopper all vie for the prize.  Who will win in the end, and what will they learn about giving in the process?

 

Have a book club?

I would be honored to speak to your group, both in person and virtually!

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Upcoming Events

TBA

Past 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.

CANCELLED

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.

CANCELLED

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!

November 9th, 2019

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

Book Signing and Tea!

November 2nd, 2019 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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

Book Signing/Meet the Author

October 12th, 2019 2:00 PM

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

Book Release and Signing!

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!

My Writing Blog

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Christmas short story! Get Silver Bells for $.99

Christmas short story! Get Silver Bells for $.99

In 2018, I wrote a Christmas short story and gave it away to those of you who were anxiously awaiting Duel's arrival (which happened in October of 2019! Finally!). There's no murder in this one, but it's a fun little story about keeping your priorities straight, even...

Looking for a Summer Read?

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.

Cemetery Sounds

Cemetery Sounds

When I was an older teen, my friend and I thought it would be fun to drive through an old cemetery in our town in the middle of the night. We both loved history, and we told ourselves that was our reason for turning down the one-lane road and driving through the rusty...

Christmas Goals: Romance author vs Mystery Author

Christmas Goals: Romance author vs Mystery Author

My new friend, Jenny Hale, just released her latest Christmas romance! Meanwhile, I've been working on a little something for Christmas as well... Not sure what the title will be yet, but I'm working on a short story for Christmas with a little murder and a little...

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Ashley Sargeant Hagan is available for book events, inspirational speaking engagements, writing and independent publishing workshops, and as a book club speaker. Please contact:

 

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