Under Lock & Skeleton Key: A Secret Staircase Mystery


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$9.99  $9.29
Minotaur Books
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5.3 X 8.2 X 1.1 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

GIGI PANDIAN is the USA Today bestselling and multiple award-winning author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and several locked room mystery short stories. Her works have won her the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty, and Derringer awards, and her debut novel was awarded the Malice Domestic Grant. A breast cancer survivor and accidental almost-vegan who adores cooking, Pandian lives with her husband in Northern California. Under Lock & Skeleton Key is the first in a new series that draws upon the author's own family history.


Praise for Under Lock & Skeleton Key

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"This thrilling murder mystery is full of twists, turns, magician stunt doubles, and secret staircases." --Brit & Co

"Mind-blowing architecture and failed magic tricks set the stage for Gigi Pandian's latest addictive read... This thrilling mystery novel is full of twists and turns. You never know what piece of the mystery will unfold behind each hidden wall." --SheKnows

"Devotees of the classic locked-room mystery will appreciate Gigi Pandian's Under Lock & Skeleton Key, which tweaks the template with architectural puzzles, family curses, and a family business called Secret Staircase Construction." --Goodreads

"Gigi Pandian is the reigning QUEEN of locked room mysteries . . . For those who've been waiting for the perfect fictional family to take the place of Lisa Lutz's The Spellmans, look no further." --CrimeReads

"[A] fantastic locked-room mystery featuring secrets, sleights of hand, and, of course, a murder." --Mystery Scene Magazine

"Pandian's writing bursts with heart and hope." --BookPage (starred review)

"Pandian is in top form in this thoroughly enjoyable series launch. . . Lovers of traditional mysteries with quirky characters will be well rewarded." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Excellent... This 'Secret Staircase' series starter is a fresh and magical locked-room mystery filled with fascinating and likable characters, incredible settings, and Tempest's grandfather's homecooked Indian meals." --Library Journal

"Nonstop enchantment." --Kirkus Reviews

"With dazzling sleight of hand, Gigi Pandian launches an enchanting new series . . . a must-read." --Deanna Raybourn

"Gigi Pandian is the modern master of the locked room mystery." --S.A. Cosby

"A stand out mystery. The fast-reading, suspenseful tale delights, with dashes of international spice and a powerful new heroine." --Sujata Massey

"An absolute sparkling gem of a book! With masterful misdirection and literary sleight of hand, Pandian has penned a delectable tale that kept me guessing." --Jenn McKinlay

"Pandian is this generation's queen of the locked-room mystery! A whimsical confection." --Naomi Hirahara

"An extremely likable new protagonist, a cunning plot, and a cast of quirky, fascinating characters. . . full of twists and witty insights you never see coming." --Aaron Elkins

"A perfect blend of adventure and mystery." --Paige Shelton

"A love letter to golden age mysteries . . . will keep readers guessing whodunit until the very end." --Ellie Alexander