Emmeline Duncan

Emmeline Duncan is a mystery writer based out of Portland, Oregon. Her novels include the Ground Rules series, starting with 2021’s Fresh Brewed Murder.

Emmeline also writes YA novels as Kelly Garrett. Her debut YA, The Last To Die, was an Oregon Book Awards finalist and was re-issued by Sourcebooks Fire in November 2019. Kelly is also a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellow.

Emmeline/Kelly is a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and co-organizes Friends of Mystery’s Bloody Thursday lecture series. She’s also a member of Sisters-In-Crime, Willamette Writers, and SCBWI.

Find Emmeline on her website, or follow her on Twitter @DuncanEmmeline.

Bibliography

  • Ground Rules Mysteries
    Fresh Brewed Murder (#1)
    Emmeline Duncan
  • Ground Rules Mysteries
    Double Shot Death (#2)
    Emmeline Duncan
     

Reviews

Ground Rules Mysteries

Fresh Brewed Murder (#1)
"Lively characters help propel the intricate plot. Cozy fans will hope to see a lot more of Sage and friends."

Publisher's Weekly

"Coffee-lovers, this book is for you...a great debut!"

Criminal Element

"Portland's beloved food carts provide a tantalizing backdrop for a new cozy mystery...Using a food cart pod as the setting for the story is a creative way to address both the quirkiness and the more dismaying aspects of life in contemporary Portland."

The Sunday Oregonian

"While the story is mostly light and fun, Emmeline brings important subjects such as homelessness, food insecurity, and gentrification into the story."

Kings River Life

"[A] brilliant kick-off to a new series with Duncan delivering a sweet treat infused with humor, suspense, surprises, and family drama."

Manhattan Book Review

Double Shot Death (#2)
“Solid prose, a well-crafted plot, and plenty of coffee lore draw the reader in. A socially liberal vibe—Bax happily mixes with his ex-wife, their young son, and her husband—sets this cozy apart.”

Publisher's Weekly

"A clever sleuth, music trivia, and plenty of West Coast vibes add up to an enjoyable read."

Kirkus

"The possible killers and motives are well juggled and Duncan’s (AKA young adult author Kelly Garrett) writing is fresh and realistic."

First Clue

"I’m looking forward to reading the second installment of this cozy mystery series set in a food cart pod in Portland. This time, master barista Sage has brought her coffee cart to an eco-friendly music festival, where she finds the body of one of the band’s managers. I expect this story will bring the same great cast of characters and very real Portland vibe that made Fresh Brewed Murder so much fun to read."

Jennifer H of Powells.com, staff pick