Jun 28, 2007
I love the River Park Center. It's a great venue.
Judy Bobolik was with us as "Freelance photographer from Northern Indiana",
which meant she took photos for us, and she also drove the short bus carrying the Crimespree senior staffers. She is a real trooper and we would be lost without her. Here's Judy with William Link, crator of Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Mannix and Banachek among other great shows.
Great food in Owensboro, we had BBQ for breakfast on Friday.
Meeting Robert S Levinson was a real highlight for me. Not only a gifted writer,but also one of the coolest people to talk to I've ever encountered. It was really nice to be able to go all fan boy talking about television and music with someone who has as much enthusiasim about it as me.
(note to self, introduce Jeremy and Bob and then stand back)
Seeing the radio plays was really fun, and metting Harry Anderson was a true Bonus. He is a very nice man and my respect for him went up even more.
Also met Gary Shandy from WKRP in Cinn. Didn't get to spend much time with him as he was always on the move. He was in the play by Ed McBain.
The Columbo play by William Link was great.
Among the authors present were superstars Stuart Kaminsky, Sue Grafton and James W Hall. Sue and James above
Hats off to Zev Buffman and everyone involved with this festival. It was truly wonderful.
And thank you Owensboro!!
Jun 21, 2007
Here are some of the new titles out now:
Gary Disher has a new book called CHAIN OF EVIDENCE
and also a trade version of SNAPSHOT both from SOHO Crime.
Both feature Inspector Hal Challis and are set in Australia.
CHAIN OF EVIDENCE has two cases working, on involving
Challis's return home to see his dying father and the finding
of his missing brother in law's body.
Meanwhile Sergeant Destry is workin on a pedophile case.
SNAPSHOT involves murder and wife swapping and Challis
is being hindered by his boss who is related to one of the victims.
Disher is a wonderful author and both these books should please
UP IN HONEY'S ROOM (William Morrow)from Elmore Leonard is just the ticket
for relaxed warm weather reading. Continuing the adventures
of Carl Webster from the book THE HOT KID, this is another
non stop action book set in Oklahoma, this time involving Nazi
POW's. This is Leonard's 41st novel. Perfect summer reading!
The adventures of Jason Bourne contine in Robert Ludlam's
series now being written by Eric Van Lustbander. The latest
is called THE BOURNE BETRAYAL (Warner Books)Ludlam's
original trilogy featuring Bourne were great fun and true thrillers.
Van Lustbander is the right choice for continuing the series and
he really gets the character. Great Thriller!
Antoher ass kicking thriller in Martin Cruz Smith's latest in the
Arkady Renko series STALIN'S GHOST (Simon and Schuster).
This is one of the best series to be set in Russia ( along with
the books by Stuart Kaminsky) and Smith has an uncanny knack
for making the reader feel like they are there. First introduced
in GORKY PARK, Renko is a true stereo typical Russian,
melacholy, hard working and dis-enchanted. In this outing
Stalin's ghost is being seen and maybe making a comeback.
Steeped in history this is a wonderful book. Do not miss this.
HOOKED by Matt Richtel (Twleve, an imprint of Grand Central
Publishing)is a debut novel that is highly suspenseful and a
thriller of the first magnitude. Revolving around the hight tech
world we live in the book opens with the visit of a dead girl
friend saving Nat Idle from an explosion. From there it picks
up the pace. Touching on our addiction to all things tech, this
book will freak you out.
A new series from the wonderful Rhys Bowen, HER ROYAL
SPYNESS (Berkley) features Lady Victoria Georgina Charlotte
Eugenie. A wonderful traditional mystery set in the 1930's London
this book is a pure joy to read. Bowen has created yet another
Already reviewed in Crimespree I wanted to mention again Con
Lehane's new book DEATH AT THE OLD HOTEL (St. Martin's
Minator). I love Con Lehane's writing and this is such a great series.
I feel it is over looked, and I urge you not to miss it. Our favorite
bartender Brian McNulty is once again caught up in a murder
investigation while trying to help his buddies.
This series is alot of fun to read and COn Lehane is one of my
Stella Rimington's second work of fiction is SECRET ASSEST
(Knopf). A real life spook herself this book scream reality.
Fast paced and not stop pacing make this another great
summer read. A mole with in MI-5 is interferring with
investigations into a terroist threat. The clock is ticking as the
mole needs to be found before the real threat can be stopped.
Idaho, assasins, and ticking clock make KILLER WEEKEND(Putnam)
from Ridley Pearson one not to be missed.Possibly his best thriller to
date this book moves as fast as a professional water skier on perfect
water. Politics and agencies not being able to cooperate add to the
perfect mix fo an exciting read.
And last but defintily not least another Tucker Sinclair adventure from
Patricia Smiley, SHORT CHANGE ( NAL) is the latest in her on
going series. Humourous, smart and wonderfully witty this is a
great read. Tucker has quit working for the corporate world
and that may prove to be a mistake. She's helping a PI and
the case they end up working on could be her first and last.
Jun 17, 2007
A kind of Magical Mystery tour if you will. For last night Jon and I arrived home after a week I'd only have been able to imagine a decade ago. 10 years past there was no Jon in my life, no Crimespree, I didn't know how to pronounce Anthony Boucher's last name, I hadn't met anyone in the mystery community except via the internet. My love for mystery was a result of only the works of mystery I read in pages or saw on the screen.How life has evolved.
So vacation started last Tuesday at noon.
First stop: MysteryOne where we went to support Barry Eisler as he wound down the tour for REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN. A standing room only signing where the fanbase encompassed every demographic (5 to 70+). It was great to see Barry and even better to hear, first hand, from a reader's base, how well the book was being received.
And this was but the beginning. After our book event Jon and I began our trek to Owensboro, KY. First stop Munster where we picked up the extraordinary Judy B. And then
on to the show, the first ever International Mystery Writers' Festival.
"THE PLAY'S THE THING"
And so it is. At least when you have Zev Buffman in charge of a ensemble of the best in the theatre business. For the magic began as we entered RiverPark Center and hasn't ended yet.
Far from what we all conjure up when the words "mystery convention" are uttered, Owensboro was a mystery CELEBRATION. With plays to be watched and presentations to be viewed Owensboro offered up a unique and fantastic mystery experience. Audiences sat in darkened theaters watching professional productions of not one , not two, but a total of six plays never seen before and all executed with aplomb.
We sat in silence as screenplays were performed by a group of thespians in radio format that was joyfully executed.
And you emerged from each unfolding event entirely energized. Buzzing with commentary. Congregating throughout the day in the RiverCenter Lobby everyone was recommending everything as "must see' to everyone else. "Must see" it was.Experiencing mystery in this new format was as energizing as a new battery. There was no decronstruction of the genre, no who's going to what house ,or what x is doing wrong. There was simply the joy of having seen what you just saw. And sharing that experience with a larger and larger group of people every four hours. And having seen more yourself in the last four hours to share with others.
The people of Owensboro offered up the hospitality for which the south is famous and on Friday night they all came to mingle with the convention goers in a genesis of Theater and Music. Jon and I met heroes and icons. We saw and talked to best selling, midlist and first time authors. My husband hugged the creator of Mannix and I talked ghosts with the director of TWO (Theater Workshop of Owensboro). We had b-b-q for breakfast one morning because the nights were too full. We had a wonderful time with Bob and Sandra Levinson, time we could have never carved out at Bouchercon. I taste tested bourbons for an upcoming visit with Greg Hurwitz. We spent moments with many and held the door open for Jim Hall as he carried a nesco full of baked beans. It was a magical mystery tour.
Informal, well planned, wonderfully executed. An event that can only grow but will forever have the sweet flavor of southern tea.
The Mastercard Ad.
Two tickets for a play $ 30.00 (packages available)
Five nights in a hotel $240.00 (breakfast included)
A round at the bar (embarrassingly low)
experiencing Zev Buffman's vision priceless!!
Jun 9, 2007
Do yourself a favor, put it on your Summer Reading list. The truest coarse in published fiction is the individual interaction with a writer's prose. THE GRAVE TATTOO is an adventure every reader can enjoy, written by someone who enjoys words and their craft as much as you do. Add Wordsworth, Fletcher Christen, an inner city youth and cut throat academia and you won't go wrong despite the actions of the author's publisher.
Jun 8, 2007
That Thing You Do, originally released in 1996 is a fun movie directed by Tom Hanks. While it is obviously based loosely on the early days of The Beatles and their rise to fame there are differences, the most obvious being the US setting. Featuring Liv Tyler doing what she did best in her earlier acting days (looking cute), Steve Zahn ( who is great), along with Tom Everatt Scott and Johnathan Schaech and Ethan Embry and Tom Hanks himself as the magic manager who will shoot them to fame.
Small local band hooks up with business savoy manager and shoots to stardom. It’s a fairy tale, a rock and roll fairy tale. This is a lot of fun to see again, and the new version adds a lot to the movie. 30 minutes of deleted scenes, featurettes and a music video.
That Thing You do is just as fun as it was when it was first released.