Harper Collins sponsored a Charles Todd author tea at this year’s Bouchercon 2016 in New Orleans, which featured the writing duo Charles Todd and Caroline Todd, interviewed by author Deborah Crombie. Kerry Hammond was there in person and she wanted to tell us how much fun she had.
Bouchercon is the event for fans of the Mystery genre, and I attend the conference each year to meet new authors and make friends with other mystery fans. Each year Harper Collins brings some of their best authors for book signings and panels. This year they offered another special event that I was lucky enough to attend, the Charles Todd afternoon tea.
We were seated in a private room and each table was full of trays of sandwiches, scones and desserts. We enjoyed our tea and treats while we listened to Deborah Crombie interview Charles and Caroline Todd. The Todds were more than happy to discuss their characters Bess Crawford and Ian Rutledge, and to talk about the new book The Shattered Tree (my review of the book is here).
Deborah Crombie is the author of the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James mystery series and she talked about her series and her travels through England. Her book Garden of Lamentations is due out early next year.
The three authors weren’t strangers and in addition to delving into their books, they regaled us with a few funny stories from their travels, on the road at author signings. They told us that the best place to meet the locals are the British pubs and gave us a bit of information on how they research their books.
After the talk, the authors joined the guests at the tea tables and Deborah Crombie sat at our table and talked to us about anything and everything. Harper Collins couldn’t have put on a cozier event.