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


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


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?


Upcoming Events

August 19 – 22, 2021

Killer Nashville - Franklin, TN

I will be attending and signing at Killer Nashville this year, a mystery conference for writers and readers. Stay tuned for specific signing times.

APRIL 6, 2021

Nashville Public Library (Bellevue Branch) - Nashville, TN

Zoom Presentation – 6:00 PM central
I will be speaking about Mastering Mystery for the Bellevue Writers Group. Contact for Zoom link.

Mastering Mystery: Red herrings. Plot twists. Clues and conundrums. How do you mix it all together into a coherent who-dunnit? Come learn some tricks of the trade that will keep your readers guessing to the last page!

Past Events

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.


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.


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!

Coming Soon!

In Progress!

Pedestal Sequel

#3 in the Backstage Mystery Series

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

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Indie Bookstore Day!

Indie Bookstore Day!

It’s Indie Bookstore Day! As an indie author and publisher, I so appreciate independent bookstores, especially the ones that carry my books! Like all small businesses, indie bookstores took a hit during covid, so show your love today by buying some spring reads! Duel...

Mastering Mystery

Mastering Mystery

I will be teaching a class on mystery writing this Tuesday for the Bellevue Writers Group. It's a virtual event, so join me if you're so inclined!

Whisky and Warfare

Whisky and Warfare

Review of Clanlands by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish with Charlotte ReatherClanlands is a hilarious and informative romp through Scottish history with two guides whose camaraderie is both good-naturedly competitive and endearing. As the only woman in America who has...

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