Thursday, November 14, 2013

Murder and Mayhem in Muskego

by Julie

I was fortunate to have been invited to be part of Murder and Mayhem in Muskego this past weekend. I'd been there twice before, and it is - truly - one of the finest mystery events out there. Held at the Muskego (Wisconsin) Public Library, it's a one-day conference with a pre-event party the night before - also at the library.

The Muskego Library is a wonderful place. Airy, spacious, and its people are warm and friendly. I participated in two panels. The first, "Liar, Liar," asked volunteers from the audience to guess what our "truth" was. Panel members were Dana Cameron, Sean Doolittle, Chris F. Holm, and Marcia Clark (prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial).


Weeks before, we'd provided little-known tidbits about ourselves to our awesome moderator, Jen Forbus (who hosts the fabulous blog Jen's Book Thoughts <-- check it out!). Jen then skewed some of our truths so that only one was absolutely correct. Gotta say, we had a lot of fun explaining ourselves. Jen's blog is one of the best review blogs out there. Don't miss it.

On our "Sink the Pink" panel (all Saturday panel titles were based on AC/DC songs) our moderator, Katrina Niidas Holm (reviewer extraordinaire at The Maine Suspect) decided that anything goes. This time, my fellow panelists included Greg Hurwitz, Daniel B. O'Shea, Joelle Charbonneau, and Tom Schreck.

Kat was amazing. I can't remember ever being on a panel where the moderator designed so many specific questions targeted to each of the panelists, individually. Instead of going down the line for each question, with each of us adding our two cents to a single topic, Kat posed questions about our books, our lives, our processes. Individually. Wow. Totally fun.

Notice, I'm wearing pink in that one. And Kat's questions were printed on pink paper.

If you're in the Wisconsin area, or Minnesota, or Northern Illinois, you may want to keep this conference in mind. It's usually held the first weekend in November, and it's always a wonderful experience.

Keep on top of plans by liking their Facebook page: Murder and Mayhem in Muskego.
You'll be glad you did!