I was lucky enough to attend Bouchercon (the world mystery convention) last week. I’ve added a lot of authors to my list to check out, and was reminded of many others that I’ve read and liked, and need to return to.
I didn’t buy any new books, but this was really due more to my being overwhelmed than an intention to behave myself.
However, between the books in my goody bag, the books that my wonderful roommate didn’t want to haul back home with her (she flew, but my husband came to pick me up and bring me and my stuff home), the books on the chairs at the opening ceremonies, and the books just randomly appearing here are there, I came home with a LOT of books.
Honestly, I’m not sure they are all to my taste. I decided I’d wait until I got home to decide for sure.
My top picks
Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King
I’m cheating a little by including this on the list, because I’ve already read it. Lots of times. And own it. 3 copies.
But it was in my bag. And in spite of owning it already, it brought a smile to my face to see it, both because I love it, and because I knew this meant other attendees were being introduced to it. Locked Rooms is a great mystery, but it also is a great San Francisco book.
Live to Tell by Wendy Corsi Staub
I wasn’t familiar with the author, but was intrigued by the description on the back. I picked this one up to read during those spare minutes here and there– I’m an introvert, I need some non-people time!
I then had a chance to have it signed by the author. I didn’t take many of these opportunities, which were numerous, but I did in this case.
I’ve finished reading it, I enjoyed it, and my review should be coming soon.
The Doomsday Key by James Rollins
I appear to have been living under a rock, because I wasn’t familiar with James Rollins.
I didn’t make it to his panel, or get his autograph. Maybe next time.
All of these books have some appeal, based on their cover descriptions. There are some authors I’m familiar with, and others that are completely new to me. Let me know if there are any of these I should bump to the top of the list!
Body Heat by Brenda Novak
61 Hours by Lee Child
Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom
The Solomon Effect by C.S. Graham
Margarita Nights by Phyllis Smallman
Fatal Lies by Frank Tallis
Level 26: Dark Origins by Anthony E. Zuiker with Duane Swierczynski
Ghost Country by Patrick Lee
Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron
The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor
Thank you to the publishers for providing the books, and to all of the people that make Bouchercon happen. A big thank you to Vicki Van Valkenburgh, for encouraging me to attend!
Now, where am I going to put all of these?
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