Mysterious business

As I go through the mystery-list, I see more entries I’d have liked to have responded to in real time, such as this recommendation from my friend MaryG:

I don’t have anything deep or profound to note about the program Law & Order: UK, but each time I watch it, I see Harriet Walter as Harriet Vane of the Lord Peter Wimsey adaptations (and more recently as Honoria Bulstrode in Christie’s Poirot story of Cat Among the Pigeons) , and now Peter Davison as Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small.  I missed Davison’s stint as Dr. Who, so I don’t have that memory.

These connections just point up for me the narrowness of the number of actors at the top.



Update:  And now, watching Person of Interest, I see Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Capt. Roy Montgomery) late of Castle.  It makes my head spin.

For decades in Germany, while reading Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, I would read about Bouchercon, a mystery convention first held in 1970.  Being able to attend such a convention was one reason I’d have preferred living in the U.S., but on Army pay with varying numbers of kids, I doubt that would have been in the cards at the time.

Finally, I’m here, and it is wonderful.  In the panel discussions, I know some of the in-jokes about older mysteries (for me, an in-joke consists of an established author saying the name of an older author/detective, the audience giving a small gasp of recognition, and then everyone giggling), and I know many, but not all, of the newer authors/detectives.  I’ll have to read more.

The hotel here in St. Louis is marvelous — I feel like Eloise in the Plaza when we order our room service breakfast — and the lobby is gorgeous.

The crowd is friendly, if a little distant because I don’t know anyone.  I have seen a few DorothyL listmembers with their pins, but usually only in passing because they’re on the up-escalator while I’m riding down.  I did stop to talk with a couple from Iowa, whose names I didn’t get because I was wearing the wrong bifocals and their name tags were just out of focus for either my upper lens or lower lens.  Still, we chatted like old friends.  I hope we pass each other again.

I know some members of the Border Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime are here, but we don’t have pins, or shirts, or hats, so finding them will be a trick.

The crowd in the hallway — please forgive the less-than-wonderful pasted-panorama which I’m still figuring out the ‘background’ for.

Bookseller area — much more impressive, and busier-looking, than this paste-together image.

I’m so enjoying my first mystery convention, and I have my fingers crossed it isn’t my only one.  Thanks to the mystery community for putting on such a get-together.

I was glad to find another local chapter of Sisters in Crime, the Border Crimes chapter with Kansas City-area members from both Kansas and Missouri. I’d attended the Partners in Crime chapter meetings years ago (before Life interrupted), but when I last checked, the group’s blog’s last entry was about a year and a half ago. Now that I’m getting out from under the Life interruption, I’d like to get back on track.

One of the exciting aspects of the group meetings is that they’re held in the I Love A Mystery bookstore in Mission, Kansas. As a mystery reader from the days of Freddy the Detective, Nancy Drew and Beverly Gray (even perhaps Rupert, as each of his stories has a puzzling plot for the little bear to untangle), it’s a thrill to find a bookstore dedicated to my favorite genre.

Me, in 1964, reading a Judge Dee mystery: The Emperor’s Pearl.

The Left Coast Crime convention at the La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, wraps up tomorrow, and magazines and bloggers tell us all about it.

  • Convention attracts lovers of mystery writing to La Fonda, Santa Fe New Mexican
    Down below, patrons moved through he book room, where Canadian dealer Donald Longmuir explained the popularity of the genre. “Murder mysteries have changed a bit over the years,” he said. “Now it’s like a window into a person’s life. The actual murder mystery can be secondary to following the lead character’s life.”
  • Dorothy B. Hughes: Ghost of Honor, Sisters in Crime
    This year, one of Left Coast Crime’s Ghosts of Honor is Dorothy B. Hughes, one of my favorite authors. … Of course, she is best known for In A Lonely Place, a masterpiece that is overlooked too often. It covers the anxiety and darkness of the men who have been taught to kill in World War II and who must return home to fit into a society that no longer appreciates that skill.
  • Left Coast Crime – Friday, Lesa’s Book Critiques
    This blog post has pictures.
  • Clues Sisters has continuing commentary.
  • The Big Chile Facebook page for LCC

If you have a blog post or website article about this year’s LCC, please leave a link in the comments section.

The blogger at The Inside Look listed ten questions that Dennis Lehane, in his keynote address at Sleuthfest, suggests writers should ask about their mystery story.

If you are unable to attend the Edgar Symposium in New York in April, you can order audio or video recordings of the sessions from the Mystery Writers of America.

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