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October 9 2012

Overheard: Bouchercon Honorees Have Books to Die For...and So Can You!

Bouchercon is a guaranteed good time. Seriously. Even if you never leave the bar and spend all your time listening to conversations, you’re bound to meet up with some great people and hear some...
October 6 2012

Mug Shot Mania: The Criminal Element Bouchercon Social Hour

There are a great many amusing things that happen at conferences, but one of our favorites is seeing our author friends get silly. So we set up tables full of props and let them go at it. Here’s...
September 22 2012

Bloody Scotland 2012: A Stirling Conference

What is a gathering of Scottish crime writers known as “Bloody Scotland?” Well, you were in Stirling, an hour’s drive from Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, home of the larger-than-life...
July 14 2012

Great People, Awful Pictures from ThrillerFest!

Before tonight’s International Thriller Awards (which we’ll live-tweet @crimehq), we thought we’d rush to share some collected pix. This is only a small, very unscientific sampling...
June 17 2012

Reality Fiction? No Thanks!

The recent CrimeFest International Crime Fiction Festival in the UK was a great success. Plenty of big names, for one thing, including Jeffery Deaver, Frederick Forsyth, Lee Child, Simon Kernick and...
June 9 2012

Assorted Bloody Words about Canada’s 2012 Crime Conference

Bloody Words is Canada’s first and largest conference for mystery authors and fans. Bloody Words XII was held a week ago in Toronto, with Guest of Honor Linwood Barclay, International Guest of Honor...
April 30 2012

Congratulations to the 2011 Agatha Award Winners!

This past weekend was the Malice Domestic conference, whose motto is “If traditional mysteries are your cup of tea...” And, as they do annually, they gave out the Agatha Awards for the best published...
April 5 2012

Go West! Some Thoughts on the Left Coast Crime Conference

I’m not a mystery convention junkie like some. Much of my decision to attend these annual events depends on book publication dates, vicinity, and how much cash is in my wallet. Since I live in Southern...
April 3 2012

2012’s Left Coast Crime Award Winners

Left Coast Crime is always a fun time. Because it was held in Sacramento, this year’s theme was “Mining for Murder.” With another conference now in the books, here are all the award winners honored...
February 16 2012

2011’s Agatha Awards Mean a Long Wait for a Cuppa

The annual Agatha Awards are also known as The Hardest Possible Way to Get a Ceramic Teapot. If most of us wanted such an item, we’d go to a swanky kitchen shop or even seek out an artisanal potter. Rather...
February 3 2012

Conference Season is Here Again: Love is Murder!

If you couldn’t tell from all of our award nominee announcements over the past few weeks, conference season 2012 has arrrived in force. There’s the biggie, of course, Bouchercon, but that’s not...
October 18 2011

New York Comic Con: It’s Exhaustive, I’m Exhausted

I think I’ve missed one year of the last 5, and this year’s NYCC was the biggest ever.  I was not at the first, but I do recall when it was small enough to have to share Javits...
September 18 2011

2011 Anthony Awards Brunch at Bouchercon

What is that odd, blurry row of lucite gravestones, you ask?  They’re beautifull etched Anthony Awards, only my phone is not ideal for photos, and I forgot to bring a decent camera.  Therefore,...
July 25 2011

Award Lee Child a Theakston’s Old Peculier

While some of the recent news surrounding Lee Child’s works has been met with, um, mixed reviews, fans should experience unabashed pleasure that he’s just won the 2011 award, his first, from...
July 7 2011

2011’s ThrillerFest VI Begins!

Tonight is the opening reception for ThrillerFest VI here in New York City, a conference for thriller writers and fans hosted by ITW,  the International Thriller Writers.  The early sessions...
April 24 2011

Book Club: Florida Femmes Fete Fairstein

Proud New Yorker I may be, but I’m lucky enough to spend my winters in south Florida—no snow, lots of sunny days with weather warm enough to swim, bike, and walk outdoors. But what about...