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Under Lock & Skeleton Key

(2022)
(The first book in the Secret Staircase Mystery series)
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"Wildly entertaining." —The New York Times Book Review

Known for her wonderfully addictive characters, multiple award-winning author Gigi Pandian introduces her newest heroine in this heartfelt series debut.
Under Lock & Skeleton Key layers stunning architecture with mouthwatering food in an ode to classic locked-room mysteries that will leave readers enchanted.

An impossible crime. A family legacy. The intrigue of hidden rooms and secret staircases.

After a disastrous accident derails Tempest Raj’s career, and life, she heads back to her childhood home in California to comfort herself with her grandfather’s Indian home-cooked meals. Though she resists, every day brings her closer to the inevitable: working for her father’s company. Secret Staircase Construction specializes in bringing the magic of childhood to all by transforming clients’ homes with sliding bookcases, intricate locks, backyard treehouses, and hidden reading nooks.

When Tempest visits her dad’s latest renovation project, her former stage double is discovered dead inside a wall that’s supposedly been sealed for more than a century. Fearing she was the intended victim, it’s up to Tempest to solve this seemingly impossible crime. But as she delves further into the mystery, Tempest can’t help but wonder if the Raj family curse that’s plagued her family for generations—something she used to swear didn’t exist—has finally come for her.




Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

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

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

"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

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

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

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

"With dazzling sleight of hand, Pandian launches an enchaunting new series...A must-read." - Deanna Raybourn

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


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Used availability for Gigi Pandian's Under Lock & Skeleton Key

Hardback Editions

March 2022 : USA Hardback
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Title: Under Lock & Skeleton Key: A Secret Staircase Mystery (Secret Staircase Mysteries)
Author(s): Gigi Pandian
ISBN: 1-250-80498-1 / 978-1-250-80498-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

February 2023 : USA Paperback
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Title: Under Lock & Skeleton Key: A Secret Staircase Mystery
Author(s): Gigi Pandian
ISBN: 1-250-80500-7 / 978-1-250-80500-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

March 2022 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Under Lock & Skeleton Key: A Secret Staircase Mystery
Author(s): Gigi Pandian
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


March 2022 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Under Lock & Skeleton Key: A Secret Staircase Mystery
Author(s): Gigi Pandian
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2022 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Under Lock & Skeleton Key: A Secret Staircase Mystery
Author(s): Gigi Pandian
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA