Books & Bites with Emmeline Duncan (Chaos at the Lazy Bones Bookshop)

Join us at Bierly Brewing (624 NE 3rd St) for a book talk with Portland author Emmeline Duncan.

The first in a new Pacific Northwest-set mystery series inspired by the real "Halloweentown!"

Bailey Briggs adores her year-round Halloween-themed town of Elyan Hollow, Oregon. But when she takes over her grandfather's beloved bookshop, Lazy Bones Books, she accidentally discovers the town's secret dark side . . .

Normally, spooky season is Bailey Briggs' favorite time of year, and her Halloween-themed small town's time to shine. But between managing Lazy Bones Books, working on her graphic novel-in-progress, and running the Spooky Season Literary Festival, Bailey hardly has a moment to enjoy Elyan Hollow's spot-on seasonal vibes. Not to mention, at every turn she seems to be tripping over the contentious crew of Gone Ghouls, a ghost-hunting reality TV show currently filming around town. Bailey tries to stay focused on the Lit Festival, which is supposed to kick off Elyan Hollow's annual Halloween Fair; instead, this year's festival begins with a murder . . .

It's bad enough Bailey discovered the victim, but now, as a lead suspect with some (admittedly) damning evidence pointing her way, she's got to clear her name! With the help of her librarian friend, Colby, and Jack Skeleton, her world-class bookshop dog (and the absolute bestest boy ever), Bailey sets out to solve a murder . . .

As her investigation weaves through family secrets, professional rivalries, and town feuds, the list of suspects is growing fast . . . and unfortunately, so is the list of victims. If Bailey doesn't find the killer soon, Elyan Hollow's haunted reputation will get a little too real . . .

About the Author

Emmeline Duncan is the Portland, Oregon-based author of the Ground Rules Mystery Series, as well as YA novels written under the name Kelly Garrett. She is a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellow, a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and co-organizer of the Friends of Mystery's Bloody Thursday lecture series. She's also a member of Sisters-In-Crime, Willamette Writers, and SCBWI. Visit her online at, on Instagram and Facebook as @writeremmelineduncan, and on twitter as @duncanemmeline.


About Books & Bites

Every last Friday of the month, join Third Street Books and Bierly Brewing for Books & Bites, a free monthly author spotlight.

This event is free to attend, though you can't go wrong with ordering some Bierly food and drinks to enjoy while listening to a local author read, discuss their work, and answer readers’ questions. Author’s books will be for sale onsite.

Event date: 
Friday, July 26, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Bierly Brewing
624 NE 3rd St
McMinnville, OR 97128
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ISBN: 9781496746146
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Published: Kensington Cozies - July 23rd, 2024