gillianflynn1Bouchercon 2016 - Blood on the Bayou

September 15-18, 2016

Bouchercon Main Page

Anthony Award Nominations

Mysterious News couldn't choose between Matt Coyle Night Tremors or Hank Phillippi Ryan What You See for best novel. But we're happy to congratulate Chris Holm on his win for The Killing Kind.

Congratulations to Art Taylor, editor of the Anthony Award winning Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015 for best anthology.

Weather: It's gonna be in the high eighties with thunderstorms.

Floor Plans for the Marriott meeting spaces at 555 Canal Street in case you get lost.

Complete Bouchercon Schedule

Mysterious News Field Guide:

How to spot fellow Mysterious Newsians in the wild!

mattcoyle350NOIR AT THE BAR


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Hosted by Eric Beetner, Meg Gardiner, Grant Jerkins, Matt Coyle, Lori Rader-Day, Terrence McCauley, Steve Cavanagh, Thomas Pluck, Neliza Drew, Rob Brunet, Jay Stringer, Kris Calvin, Rick Ollerman, Michael Pool, Steph Post, SW Lauden, Danny Gardner, Craig Faustus Buck

Matt Coyle's website

CindyBrown0052rtlargewebWALK A MILE IN MY SHOES - Diversity, Disorder and Detection


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J. D. Allen (M), Cindy Brown, Meg Gardiner, Catherine Lea, Michael Sears, Charles Todd

I'm Cindy Brown, mystery writer, theater geek, and purveyor of general silliness. I'm also the author of the Ivy Meadows mysteries, the Agatha Award-nominated screwball series set in the off, off, OFF Broadway world of theater. I try to live by the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Be silly. Be honest. Be kind."

Cindy Brown's website

canewsomeKnowing Me, Knowing You - Cozy

THURSDAY, 12:00PM-12:50PM

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Carolyn Tillery (M), Shawn Reilly Simmons, Kristi Abbott, Loretta Ross, Carol Ann Newsome, Debra Goldstein

C. A. (Carol Ann) Newsome writes the Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, a series of fun, romantic suspense/mystery novels inspired by and centered around her mornings at the Mount Airy Dog Park with two former street urchins named Shadda and Chewy (Chewbacca Wonderpup, Master of Confusion), along with a furry piranha named Gypsy Foo la Beenz (see picture at left).

About Carol Ann Newsome

ellenbyronTAKE ME HOME - setting


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Rebecca Swope(M), Ellen Byron, R. G. Belsky, Amy M. Reade, R. Franklin James, Lori Roy

Ellen's debut novel, Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery, made the USA Today Bestsellers list, and has been nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards. The second book in the series, Body on the Bayou, launches September 13th. Ellen is also a recipient of a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant from the Malice Domestic Convention.

About Ellen

ArtTaylorMe and My Friends

FRIDAY, 9:30AM-10:20AM

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Writing group: our experience forming and running a group-especially one with very diverse writers in it, in terms of our corners of the crime fiction world, our craft approach, our temperaments, etc.

Eleanor Cawood Jones (M), Donna Andrews, Ellen Crosby, John Gilstrap, Alan Orloff, Art Taylor

Art Taylor is the author of On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and a finalist for both the Anthony Award and the Macavity Award for Best First Novel. He edited the Anthony Award winning Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015. He has also won two Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and three consecutive Derringer Awards for his short fiction. He is an associate professor of English at George Mason University, and he contributes frequently to the Washington Post, the Washington Independent Review of Books, and Mystery Scene Magazine.

Art's website

taylorstevensTHE BOXER - Writing violence

FRIDAY, 3:30PM-4:20PM

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Zoe Sharp (M), Sheila Redling, Melinda Leigh, Thomas Pluck, E.A. Aymar, Taylor Stevens.

Taylor is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Vanessa Michael Munroe series. Published in over twenty languages and optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, the books are international boots-on-the-ground thrillers featuring a mercenary information hunter in a non-testosterone mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher. Stevens came to writing fiction late. Born into an apocalyptic cult and raised in communes across the globe, she was denied an education beyond 6th grade and spent her adolescence as child labor. Stevens now calls Dallas home. In addition to writing novels, she shares extensively about the mechanics of storytelling, writing, overcoming adversity, and her journey into publishing at – she welcomes you to join her.

After the panel, join her at the 55 Fahrenheit bar. 5:00-ish.

I expect you to post photos, Taylor!

Ask her about her rapidly growing kitten Alice.

Taylor's website

Taylor's podcast


SATURDAY, 10:30AM-11:20AM

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John Billheimer (M), Jeri Westerson, Susan Spann, Julie Mulhern, Kathleen Kent, Charles Finch

Julie is the author of the Country Club Murder Series set in 1970s Kansas City and the Bayou romantic suspense series set in turn-of-the-twentieth century...well, you guessed it: New Orleans.She spent her childhood creating pen names and dreaming of exotic, mysterious, romantic places. To that end, she went to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia (because, when you're from the Midwest, the South is both exotic and romantic). There she earned degrees in politics and French. She even spent a year living in Paris. But the Midwest beckoned and she returned home. Now she lives with her husband, two daughters and a dastardly dog. It might not be exotic or mysterious but it is romantic.

Julie's website

hankphillippiryanBY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX – Touring: Stories from the road

SATURDAY, 12:00PM-12:50PM

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Molly Weston (M), Rhys Bowen, Andrew Grant, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Steve Hamilton, Deborah Crombie

Hank says: I've been a TV reporter for forty years. I've wired myself with hidden cameras, chased down criminals, gone undercover and in disguise. In all those years, it's been "just the facts." And when I typed chapter one on my first book I wondered: would my imagination allow me to make stuff up? And here's what I learned. Whether it's an investigative story or page-turning crime fiction, it's all about telling a good story. You need characters you care about and a high-stakes problem that must be solved. You want good guys to win, and the bad guys to get what's coming to them. And in the end you want to change the world. Right? That's why they call my books investigative thrillers! (And yes, you can read them in any order!)

Hank's What You See is an Anthony nominee for best novel.

Hank's website

mattcoyle1DOIN' WHAT COMES NATUR'LLY – Writing believable characters


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Meg Gardiner (M), Diane Vallere, Erik Storey, Marty Wingate, Matt Coyle

I grew up in the tract home section of La Jolla, California, battling my Irish/Portuguese brother and sisters for respect and the best spot on the couch in front of the TV. I was a sports addict as a kid, but realized early on that I'd never be good enough to turn pro. Or even amateur.

That didn't matter because I knew I wanted to be a writer at the age of twelve when my father gave me The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler.

Somehow, I smuggled a degree in English out of the University of California, Santa Barbara and decided to write the great American novel. That lasted two months until I realized I needed to eat and I got a job at a restaurant back in La Jolla. After managing the restaurant for years, I sold golf clubs for a decade and then went to work in the sports collectible business.

Thirty years after beginning the great American novel I finished it as a thriller, instead. Yesterday's Echo is the first in the series of Rick Cahill crime novels. I'm currently working on book two in San Diego, where I live with my Yellow Lab, Angus.

Matt's Night Tremors is an Anthony nominee for best novel. His third novel Dark Fissures is out December 6.

Matt's website

alleneskenspressBad Company Living Among (and trying to escape) The Criminal Element


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Judy Clemens (M) Brian Panowich, Elizabeth Little, Glen Erik Hamilton, Allen Eskens, Mark Pryor

Allen Eskens is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another and The Heavens May Fall. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Rosebud Award, and the Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar¨ Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and the Minnesota Book Award. His debut novel, The Life We Bury, has been published in 16 languages and is being developed for a feature film.

About Allen Eskens

hankphillippi2LEARN TO BE LONELY


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Writing is solitary, being an author doesn’t need to be. Hank Phillippi Ryan (M), Wendy Tyson, Gigi Pandian, Terrie Farley Moran, Julie Hennrikus, Kim Fay, Kate White

Hank is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, winning 33 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The bestselling author of nine mysteries, Ryan's also an award-winner in her second professionÑwith five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her TRUTH BE TOLD won the 2015 Agatha for Best Novel, and her WRITES OF PASSAGE won for best non-fiction. Critics call her "a superb and gifted story-teller." Her WHAT YOU SEE is an Agatha and Anthony nominee and Library Journal Best of 2015. Hank is a founder of MWA University and 2013 president of Sisters in Crime. Watch for SAY NO MORE on Nov. 1.

"I took a chance with SAY NO MORE by tackling one of the most important topics facing us today and then asking: why are so many people terrified into silence? It all began when I witnessed a hit and run accident. Police asked me to identify the fleeing driver. I wondered: what if telling what happened puts my life in danger? The result is SAY NO MORE."

Hank's website

lisaalberSO LONG, FAREWELL – Nailing the ending


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Cara Black (M), Lisa Alber, Anthony Franze, James Hankins, Charles Rosenberg

Lisa Alber is the author of the County Clare Mysteries Kilmoon and Whispers in the Mist.

"Lisa Alber's mysteries are atmospheric-brooding, complex, and featuring enough twists and turns to keep you guessing." -Lori Rader-Day, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of The Black Hour and Little Pretty Things

If you see Lisa anywhere near a bar have the bartender make you a Misty Whisper, the signature drink concocated for her Whispers in the Mist release. Mysterious News drank one. It's yummy.

Lisa's website

ArtTaylor1STEP IN TIME – Pacing


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Art Taylor (M), Reece Hirsch, Cate Holahan, John Gaspard, Suzanne Chazin, Sara Blaedel

I paced myself through Art's bio. Here's more: Art is a fiction writer, book critic, and assistant professor of English at George Mason University.

A member of the N.C. Writers' Network since 1992, Art chaired the Network's Fall Conferences in 2000 and 2002 and has served as president of the Network's Board of Trustees. A member of Mystery Writers of America since 1996, he is currently co-chair of the programming committee for MWA's Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Other memberships include: International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the National Book Critics Circle.

He is married to the writer Tara Laskowski. They have one son.

Art Taylor is the author of On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and a finalist for both the Anthony Award and the Macavity Award for Best First Novel, and editor of the Anthony Award winning anthology:Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015.

Art's website

melissalenhardtAnother Town, Another Train - Setting

SUNDAY, 9:00AM-10:00AM

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Michele Drier (M), RJ Noonan, R. M. Cartmel, Caro Ramsay, William Shaw, Melissa Lenhardt

Melissa Lenhardt writes mystery, historical fiction, and women's fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Heater Mystery Magazine, The Western Online, and Christmas Nookies, a holiday romance anthology. Her debut novel, Stillwater, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers' MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest. She is a member of the DFW Writers; Workshop and vice president of the Sisters in Crime North Dallas Chapter. Melissa lives in Texas, with her husband and two sons.

Her second Jack McBride novel The Fisher King is out Nov. 1. She also writes the Laura Elliston westerns.

Melissa has a nice author photo, but I think this one from her twitter account is more fun.

Melissa's website

nancycolesilvermanMake 'em Laugh - Humor

SUNDAY, 10:30AM-11:30AM

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Shawn Reilly Simmons (M), Shaun Harris, Susan Rogers Cooper, Marla Cooper, Helen Smith, Nancy Cole Silverman

Nancy Cole Silverman enjoyed a long and very successful career in radio before turning to print journalism and later, to fiction.

Today Nancy is a full-time author. Her new series, The Carol Childs Mysteries, is published by Henery Press.

About Nancy Cole Silverman


Anthony Boucher, pseudonym of William Anthony Parker White, also published under the pseudonym H.H. Holmes (born Aug. 21, 1911, Oakland, Calif., U.S.-died April 29, 1968, Oakland) American author, editor, and critic in the mystery and science fiction genres who in 1949 cofounded The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, a major science fiction periodical. He was one of the premier critics of mystery; for his reviews he won three Edgar Allan Poe Awards (1946, 1950, and 1953) from the Mystery Writers of America.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Bouchercon is named for Anthony Boucher because he took genre fiction seriously.

I want to thank those Mysterious News readers who took my little whatchamacallit serial seriously enough to tell me what they read.

I wanted to view the issues of the current presidential cycle through the funhouse mirror of John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate, Luis Buñuel's That Obscure Object of Desire, and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.

I had a great time acting out the individual sections with my Wednesday Night Critique group from November 2015 to June 2016 (roughly primary season) and doing some heavy internal editing to get it in shape for its debut the week following the Democratic Convention.

What I didn't know until I got some reader feedback was whether the whole thing hung together.

Here's what I got.

"Take a solid mystery with an engaging detective protagonist, add timely complexity with a political plot, heat it up with a sexy suspect, put a cherry on top with a bit of Hitchcockian fun, and you've got The Catalonian Candidate."


"What is the 'appropriate action' to take when:

A client pulls the plug on a lucrative, long-term contract (a potentially career-ending blow) but then makes you another offer--work for a political candidate whose party allegience and ethics are questionable at best.

That's just one dilemma private investigator and security wizard Walter Forbes and his astute and taciturn no-nonsense assistant, Jane Greer, face as they hit the campaign trail with Washington State Senator Guy Morton. Their job: Make sure he doesn't do something stupid, or if he does, make sure it doesn't instantly go viral on the web.But when a seemingly innocent contestant for the "Miss Pink Lady" crown at a Washington State harvest festival offers the senator a token of her appreciation,Walter and Jane sense big trouble.

Technology should make keeping tabs on the senator easy. Walter and Jane can listen in to private conversations, virtually observe clandestine rendezvous, track the senator's every move. But can those who unquestioningly worship the false god of technology hope to decode the enigma of human desire?"

Thanks for playing along.

If you can't wait for this whole election to be over. Here's a gentle diversion that will help you not take it so seriously.

Ellen Byron - Blood on the Bayou | Bouchercon 2016 Mysterious News Field Guide: How to spot fellow Mysterious Newsians in the wild!

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