Award-winning local mystery writer to talk about her craft on June 25

Event to kick off EC mystery book club, short FECL business meeting on agenda

Learn how Gigi Pandian, an Agatha Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author,  combines magic, mystery and history in her books in a special event at the library starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25.

A resident of El Cerrito, Pandian is the author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries and locked-room “impossible crime” short stories. Her locked-room novella, “The Library Ghost of  Tanglewood Inn,” won the 2017 Agatha Award for best short story.

Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After spending her childhood being dragged around the world, she now lives in El Cerrito with her husband and garden gargoyle. Learn more about her at

At the June 25 event, Librarian Alison Peters will officially convene the El Cerrito Mystery Book Club, where the inaugural book will be chosen. The gathering will start wtih a short business meeting of the Friends of the El Cerrito Library. Refreshments will be served.