Monthly Archives: September 2011

Now, that’s a happy boy

Me with Annie Bloom store employees Edie Jones, left, and Carol Hushman. This is the first time I've ever seen my paperback in a bookstore!

Father/Daughter Act

Portland best-selling author Phillip Margolin and his daughter, Ami Margolin Rome, have joined forces for a young readers’ mystery titled “Vanishing Acts.” The “middle grade” (ages 8 to 12) whodunit debuts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. If you plan to go – and you should – RSVP by Oct. 4 to or (503) 222-9830.

For Queen and Country

Reading Greg Rucka’s “A Gentleman’s Game.” Very good espionage procedural. As usual, Rucka concentrates as much on the politics as on the body count.

Panel: Hey, at least we were funny!

Our panel at the World Mystery Convention was titled “I Will Rise Up: Overcoming Extraordinary Circumstances.”

It didn’t escape any of us that the panel consisted of a bunch of middle class white guys. We’re novelists. We LOVE irony!

I was there mostly to be funny but the other authors actually had interesting things to add. They were  William Kent Krueger, Keir Graff, Patrick Lee, Stanley Trollip and C.J. West.

Well done, y’all.

Two oddly juxtaposed conventions

Saturday at the World Mystery Convention in St. Louis. We are sharing the downtown core with the Joyce Meyer Ministries. As you can imagine, a hoard of whodunit fans and a phalanx of the faithful makes for a very odd cross section of Americana. Upon arriving, one woman in the elevator asked Katy and me,” Are you with the mysteries or the ministries?”

She was wearing a warning-yellow scarf emblazoned with the words, Crime Scene – Do Not Enter, so we didn’t feel a need to ask who she was with.

Today is my panel on overcoming adversity. I never have, so I’m wracking my brain to invent something.

A note: I’m blogging on my Facebook fan page almost every day. We’re up to 174 fans and hoping to hit 500 before the sequel launches in November. If you get a moment to become a “fan” please do so!

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