Thursday, October 11, 2012

Back from Bouchercon

Carol Higgins Clark, Deborah Lacy and Mary Higgins Clark

I'm back from the Bouchercon Mystery Convention that was held in Cleveland last week. More than 1500 crime fiction fans and authors took over the Renaissance downtown for five days of mayhem and murder.

Highlights included a fabulous party at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, sponsored by Thomas & Mercer (including access to the exhibits), the Criminal Element Social Hour (more on that here), sightings of all my favorite authors (Elizabeth George, Lee Child, Michael Connolly, Mary Higgins Clark, Robin Cook, Laurie R. King, the list goes on and on) fabulous panels including one on character with Charlaine Harris, Elizabeth George, Brad Parks and Daniel Palmer, among others and catching up with great friends (Kim, Kerry, Trina, Rebecca, Clare, Laura, Terrie, and Catriona just to name a few).

One of the best reasons to go to Bouchercon is there are 1499 people in the same hotel who love mysteries as much as you do.

Lee Child and Heather Graham

Elizabeth George, Les Roberts and Carol Higgins Clark
Catriona McPherson wins the Sue Feder Memorial Macavity Award

Criminal Element is hosting a contest where you can win a book from each of the Bouchercon Guests of Honor: Elizabeth George, Mary Higgins Clark, Robin Cook, John Connolly and Les Roberts. All you have to do is list something you overheard at Bouchercon or anywhere else in the comments section. You can enter the contest here.

Here's a roundup of Bouchercon coverage, just click on the links:

From Ellery Queen Magazine, they not only cover the show but delve in the history of the conference.

From Jordan Foster at Publisher's Weekly gives a great run down on the awards given.

TV coverage from The local Cleveland ABC affiliate including interviews from several authors who attended including Reed Farrell Coleman.

From Joe Myers a great take on panels and the bar scene.

There are also photos from the event on the Bouchercon 2012 Facebook page. If you went, don't forget to go through them and tag yourself and send in any you would like posted.

The opening ceremonies were at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Next year Bouchercon is in Albany, New York, the theme is in a New York State of Crime. Guests of honor include: Sue Grafton, P.C. Doherty, Tess Gerritsen, and Steve Hamilton. You can find 
out more at 

I have always wanted to meet P.C. Doherty...

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