Bouchercon 2013 ~ A Short Report

I am very happy, but totally exhausted.  We decided to miss the final morning of Bouchercon as I was so tired I couldn’t move and we have been driving back and forth.

It’s a wonderful event and I am so glad that we went.  Already we are putting future Bouchercons on our calendar –

Good stuff ~

Wonderful panels, with authors discussing topics from noir mysteries to romantic ones. In each 55 minute time slot there were six panels to choose from so you had wonderful exposure to all sorts of discussions.  The ones that made my favorite list:

She’s Got a Way: Methods of murder with Meredith Anthony, Matthew Clemens, Chris Ewan, Helen Smith and Sarah Weinman. Chris Ewan is one of my favorite mystery writers with his fun series The Good Thief’s Guide to ______name your city.”

Code of Silence: In Fiction you can spill the secrets with George Easter, Matt Coyle, Dana Haynes, Patrick Lee, Mark Sullivan and Keith Thomson.  I will admit that I had not read any books by these authors, but I will!  I immediately went to the book room and bought one of Dana Haynes books.  He made me fall in love with his female character and I haven’t even read the book yet.  Patrick Lee is one of the funniest men I have seen in ages, so I have to get one of his.  Mark Sullivan has been writing books with James Patterson and I have read one of those, but I am now on the look-out for some that he has done alone.

Somewhere Along the Line: Guess the true first line was so much fun.  Run like a game show the panelists had made up new first lines to mysteries and they tried to stump the audience.  Funny, funny ladies that included Deborah Crombie, Hallie Ephron, and Julia Spencer-Fleming.

And So It Goes: Beyond Doyle and Holmes had Lyndsay Faye, author of Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson, as a member of the panel.  Ms Faye is very knowledgeable about the Canon and clearly has great affection for Dr. Watson.  It was an interesting 55 minutes.

There were other panels I attended – from noir, hard-boiled, to female characters, but it’s all too much to mention them all.

Meeting and talking with your favorite authors!

I had a chance to meet and talk with Julia Spencer-Fleming, Frankie J. Bailey, Cara Black, Dana Haynes, Stanley Trollop (the Stanley in Michael Stanley author of the Detective Kubu series, Chris Ewan and others. 

Book Give-aways and Book Buying ~  As you checked in the registration desk you were given a BIG bag stuffed with books, and there were some wonderful book sellers present, so all in all I lugged home over 40 books!

Awards:  Being present at the Private Eye Writers dinner and awards night on Friday – got to meet Robert Randisi, who writes those fun Rat Pack mysteries amongst lots of other stuff.  They announced the Macavity, Berry and Shamus awards, and then on Saturday the Anthony Awards were announced.  A Life Time Achievement Award went to Sue Grafton,  It was joked that it might be pre-mature since she hasn’t finished the alphabet yet, but promised she would.  She also assured all her fans that nothing bad (or fatal) would happen to the characters that everyone has come to know and love.

Steve Hamilton – writer of Alex McKnight – one of the men I would want at my front door if I were in real trouble – was a wonderful Toastmaster throughout the event.

It was a great three days.  If mystery is your thing check out the Bouchercon website for a list of future events http://www.bouchercon.info/

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