by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed
Love is Murder is over for 2013. But we still have some fine mystery conventions coming up this year. When I was a newbie, I went to as many as I could. And I met so many fine folks, made lasting friendships with other fans and even with some of the talented authors. The mystery community is the friendliest bunch you'll find anywhere. So if you go, walk right up to Sue Grafton and say hi. She will make time for you. So will Lee Child or Michael Connelly or Anne Perry. And the sleuth in you might even track down a Cozy Chick or two. Here's a short list of opportunities and the guest of honors.
Left Coast Crime - March 21 - 24 - Colorado Springs, CO, Craig Johnson and Laura Lippman
Midwest Mystery Showcase - April 26-27 - Waukesha, WI - Raymond Benson
Malice Domestic - May 3-5 - Bethesda, MD - Laurie R. King and Peter Robinson
Crimefest - May 30 - June 2 - Bistol, UK - Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Sue Grafton, P.D. James
Thrillerfest - July 10 - 11 - New York City - Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker
Deadly Ink - Aug 2 - 4 - New Brunswick, NJ - Hank Phillippi Ryan, Toastmaster - Rosemary Harris
Killer Nashville - Aug 22 - 25 - Nashville, TN - Anne Perry
Bouchercon - Sept 19 - 22 - Albany, NY - Sue Grafton, P.C. Doherty
Magna cum Murder - Oct 25 - 27 - Indianapolis, IN - Steve Hamilton, Banquet Speaker, Hank Phillippi Ryan
Did I miss any? Are you going to any? Which one is your favorite?