Val McDermid




Bouchercon, 2011

I attended the 2011 Bouchercon in St. Louis since it was very convenient – I was living in the city at the time.  It was an incredible experience, and I hope to attend it often in the future.






Val McDermid



Author Val McDermid being interviewed by blogger Jen Forbus







  St. Louis resident and author Ridley Pearson served as the toastmaster for the Anthony Awards on the last night of the conference.




Harlan Coben












Steve Hamilton



Winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel, for his book “The Locksmith,” Steve Hamilton







Laura Lippman











Sara Paretsky



I get to pose with Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski books and founder of Sisters in Crime.







Twist Phelan, Jan Burke, and Harley Jane Kozak









Twist Phelan












The Rest of the Forensics Panel



Former PI David Corbet, Taylor Stevens (author of “The Informationist”) and Forensic Anthropologist Clea Koff were part of the Forensics panel with Marcia Clark and Jonathan Hayes






Charlaine Harris



At Bouchercon 2011, Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse books that are the basis for the “True Blood” HBO series, is interviewed by McKenna Jordan, owner of the Houston bookstore Murder by the Book.






Jan Burke












Marcia Clark










Marcia Clark and Jonathan Hayes




At the Forensics panel discussion, former Los Angeles ADA Marcia Clark and New York City Assistant Medical Examiner Jonathan Hayes








Grand Central Station was next door to the Grand Hyatt, where the Edgar Awards were held and where we stayed.









My wife, Dawn, at Grand Central Station











And me at the Station.  I saw The Avengers when we got back home.  The climatic battle scenes take place on Park Avenue at 42nd Street, in front of the Station (and the station gets destroyed in one scene.








At the pre-Edgars party for nominees and winners, with Tony Perona, Past President of the Midwest Chapter of the MWA, and Janet Spaeth, MWMWA board member.








At the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine table.  David Dean, nominated for the excellent story “Tomorrow’s Dead,” and his wife, Wanda.







With David Dean’s brother Danny and his wife Robin.  They came up from Georgia to support David.








On the left is Janet Hutchings, editor of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.  On the right (moving, unfortunately) is Eve Allyn, wife of Doug Allyn who presented me with my award.









The light panels in the ceiling of the room were fascinating all by them selves.








Me giving my acceptance speech for the Robert L. Fish Award.  After the banquet was over, MWA president Sandra Brown told me I’d gotten the evening off to a good start with my speech.







Back at the table with my award.











Doug and Eve Allyn.  One of the joys of our time in New York was getting to know them both.






After the banquet with my award.










The gathered Edgar Award winners.  I’m just behind Dandi Daley Mackall (Best YA Mystery) and Martha Grimes (Grandmaster)

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