Welcome to my last post about Left Coast Crime 2016! Part of why I've done this is to give myself a place to 'remember' what transpired. And a place to refer back in case a certain author's name is 'on the tip of my tongue', but no name appears. I appreciate everyone who has stopped by to read about LCC! So, here's a couple of shots of what I saw of Phoenix for this trip. We vacation here fairly often, so I'll catch up with the outdoors on our next trip. These are from the 18th floor of the Hyatt, which is where our room was located. Phoenix is great in the winter and early spring. Maybe a little rougher in the summer. Heatwise, I mean. The weather during this trip was perfect golfing weather. And that big guy I'm married to, well, he had a great time.
I promised to give a summary of the awards that were presented at the Saturday night banquet and here they are (starred entry is winner):
Best Humorous Mystery
Best Historical Mystery
(Bruce Alexander Memorial, covering events before 1960)
Best LCC Regional Mystery
(Mountain Time Zone and west to Hawaii)
Best World Mystery
(set anywhere outside the LCC region)
Finally, I want to give a bit of a shout-out to a few authors that were especially kind, made me laugh, or their book sounded so very interesting or maybe all three. Ha!
Becky Clark was one of the first authors I even saw at the conference. She was sitting near me when I ate breakfast early Thursday morning. Then I saw her at the Speed Dating. And on the 18th floor. And in the atrium. She has a very cheerful personality and so I've decided if her books reflect her humor, they will be a lot of fun. Her first book was Banana Bamboozle and it's followed by Marshmallow Mayhem. Check them out!
I had a good time chatting with Erika Chase on more than one occasion. She writes the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries, the latest of which is Law and Author. Erika also has another series, written under the name Linda Wiken. The first book in the Dinner Club cozies will be published in July. It's called Toasting Up Trouble and features the Culinary Capers Dinner Club. Recipes included.
Another author that caught my eye or my interest with her book was Kris Calvin. Her debut book is One Murder More and the protagonist is a lobbyist in California, Maren Kane. Kris herself is a former elected official and so politics is her specialty. I'm not very fond of politics myself, but she made her book sound like one I'd be glad to sample. So I shall! Plus her 'swag' was in the form of a door hanger that says 'Don't Bother Me - I'm Reading'. Perfect!!
One last list of authors and their latest books. Had chats with all these ladies:
As you can probably tell, I had a wonderful time at Left Coast Crime 2016! Thanks for reading about my adventure. Left Coast Crime 2017 will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii and the dates are March 16-19, 2017. Honolulu Havoc will give a Lifetime Acheivement Award to both Jonathan Kellerman and Faye Kellerman. Guests of Honor will be Dana Stabenow and Colin Cotterill. Toastmaster will be Laurie R. King and the Ghost of Honor will be Earl Derr Biggs, creator of Charlie Chan. Am I going? Well, you never know! You should think about it if you love mysteries.