Nov 9, 2008

Five Please!!

Murder and Mayhem in Muskego number four is a wrap and what a weekend.
Once again a huge crowd mainly from the Midwest came out in droves to see a great group of writers talk about the books we here at Crimespree love best.

This year, like all has entirely recharged our batteries. From the early arrival of Kat Richardson, Blake Crouch and Sean Chercover, to the just left Simon Woods, Alison Jansen (Bleak House Books), Marcus Sakey and Sean Chercover, the extra and quiet moments we spent with all the writers is just grand. The time we spent in the library was magic. Reaching out to readers and presenting them with such a spectacular sampling of the talent available within the mystery genre is brilliant.

We brought back a forensics session this year and it was wonderful. Michael Black and Dave Case started the day off for us with Crime Scene Cops and grabbed everyone's interest right away. And then we were off.

From Characters Welcome to Apt Pupil, this year had four great panels and three conversations, lunch was again provided by the library, there were books by everyone there for sale thanks to Richard Katz and Mystery One Bookstore. And the books that were there for free, just for coming, kept flowing.....

The raffle did well thanks to the support of all the library's patrons.

We thank the following for attending and participating

Tom Shreck,
Tim Maleeny
Mark Combes
Simon Wood
Michael Allen Dymmock
Mario Acevedo
Kat Richardson
B. Clay Moore
Tasha Alexander
S.J. Rozan
Reed Farrell Coleman
Sean Chercover
Lori Armstrong
J.D. Rhodes
Tim Broderick
Caroline Todd
Charles Todd
Judy Clemens
Marcus Sakey
Victor Gischler
John Galligan
Blake Crouch
Anthony Neil Smith
Dennis Lehane
Michael Koryta


and a very special thanks to Libby Fischer Hellman. Libby came for the Friday Night "Stump the Stars" hosted by J.A. Konrath and drove and extra 150 miles for us on Saturday to fill in on a panel. Special People, our Libby...

Duane, Harry and Cornelia, we're sorry you couldn't make it and thinking of you.

There was news.... off the set and on. A Couple of Talking Points from the day

Charles and Caroline Todd just this minute signed a contact for a second series. Two Books a year? Christmas came early!!!

S.J. Rozan's next book, Shanghai Moon marks the return of Bill and Lydia.

Judy Clemens next book features new protagonist Casey Maldanado. Described as a charcater escaping tragedy while roaming the country, it sounds like we might have a female Reacher.

Muskego's own Allan Armstrong will become a published author in 09

And at the end of the day, in a fabulous interview by Michael Koryta of Dennis Lehane, we heard the news that Patrick and Angie are getting off the island. They have indeed knocked on Dennis's door again. It looks like his next book may not be a sequel to THE GIVEN DAY after all. Are we ready for another Patrick and Angie Book? Yeah , I know.... stupid question..... stupid, stupid question.


this day of celebration was possible because of the work and efforts of the entire staff of the Muskego Library. Jane and Penny, feel the love. But it's the organization "FRIENDS OF THE
MUSKEGO LIBRARY. We were honored to present them with a Crimespree award yesterday. They prove to us time and again, in books..... everything is possible.

See you next year!
Ruth

10 comments:

MysterLynch said...

It was a fantastic event!

Penny (along with Jon and Ruth) and her crew did an amazing job.

This has become a MUST ATTEND event for Jill and I.

Ayo said...

I am too jealous! It's at times like this that I feel peeved that I live across the pond! Events that you guys have a hand in always stand out and having met and spent time with Penny and Denny in Baltimore I am rather upset that I could not be there.

John P said...

What Ayo said. I actually tried my best to get there, but the logistics worked against me.

Next year!

Tim Maleeny said...

What an event, and what a terrific bunch of people. Thank you Jordans, and thanks Penny for all your hard work. A perfect weekend of murder and mayhem.

Jon The Crime Spree Guy said...

I am totally eating left over desserts.

And the event would be nothing without the authors, so thanks to all of the wonderful writing folks who came.

Alison said...

Jon, I'm jealous of you and your leftover desserts!

Thank you, Jordans, for your incredible hospitality. And for putting up with my annual "OMG, I'm lost again!" phone call.

And Penny -- you continue to amaze with this event every year! I can't wait to hang again next November.

Lori G. Armstrong said...

It was a fabulous event. Thanks to Jon and Ruth, and the wonderful Penny...I was honored to be included among such a great group of authors.

Ayo said...

Jon P your much better at giving excuses than I am!!!!

Ali Karim said...

Amazing, Lehane back on the crime beat, and can't wait for him to pen the rumoured "Shutter Island Revisted"

Ali

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Sean Chercover said...

I've so missed your Tourettic Shutter Island fits, Ali. Thanks for that.

And congratulation to Penny and Jon and Ruth and and the library gang. You guys have made M&MinM a can't-miss event on the mystery calendar.

Thanks, guys.