Saturday, September 23, 2017


4th Annual Ladies of Intrigue Conference

DoubleTree by Hilton, Santa Ana Orange County Airport
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Aspiring crime novelists and mystery lovers welcome.

Sponsored by: Sisters in Crime and Mystery Ink Bookstore, 714 960-4000

To Register:

Marcia Clark’s book on the Simpson case, WITHOUT A DOUBT, became a #1 bestseller. Clark’s new best-selling crime fiction series with criminal defense attorney, Samantha Brinkman, debuted in May 2016 with the publication of BLOOD DEFENSE.

Wendy Corsi Staub (aka Wendy Markham) is THE NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY best-selling author of more than eighty novels and has a Hallmark movie based on her books. Renowned for her tales of suspense, she has twice been nominated for the Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award.

Barbara Demarco-Barrett’s first book, PEN ON FIRE: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within, made the Los Angeles Times best-seller list and received an American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Book Award.


Jill Amadio is an author, ghostwriter, and journalist. Her mystery series set in Orange County includes DIGGING TOO DEEP and DIGGING UP THE DEAD She has also written memoirs and true crime.

Greta Boris is the author of the 2017 releases, A MARGIN OF LUST and THE SCENT OF WRATH, the first two books in her 7 Deadly Sins domestic suspense series.

Carola Dunn is the author of over 60 books, most set in England where she was born. Her Daisy Dalrymple series is set the 1920s; the 23rd -THE CORPSE AT THE CYSTAL PALACE debuts in 2018.

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of two mystery series set in Los Angeles. Her Mas Arai series, which features a Hiroshima survivor and gardener, has been translated into Japanese, Korean and French. The first, SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, is being developed into an independent film.

Sybil Johnson is the author of the Aurora Anderson Mystery series set in the world of tole/decorative painting (FATAL BRUSHSTROKE, PAINT THE TOWN DEAD and A PALETTE FOR MURDER).

Elizabeth Little is the president of Mystery Writers of America SoCal and the author of DEAR DAUGHTER, a L.A.Times bestseller and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel.

Nadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, has traveled to wine regions around the world including Chile, South Africa, Spain, Germany, and every region in France. Her debut novel, DECANTING A MURDER, was nominated for the Anthony, Agatha, and the Lefty Awards.

Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning, author. Her latest novel, BEST DAY EVER is a major launch title for Harlequin’s new imprint Graydon House and just debuted September 19.

Alexandra Sokoloff is the bestselling, Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award nominated author of eleven supernatural, paranormal and crime thrillers.

Jeri Westerson is a L.A. native and award-winning author. She writes the critically acclaimed Crispin Guest Medieval Mysteries and the new urban fantasy series BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN.

Patricia Wynn loves stories about characters with secret identities, a scheme she’s used in several of her 16 published novels, including the award-winning Blue Satan mystery series with an 18th century highwayman as amateur detective.

Pamela Samuels Young is an attorney and mystery writer whose award-winning legal thrillers are known for their unexpected twists and strong female characters. Dubbed "John Grisham with a sister’s twist," Pamela has penned seven thrillers, including her latest, LAWFUL DECEPTION.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cartoon of the Day: Green Eggs & Hamlet



The Bouchercon National Board of Directors has selected George Easter as the recipient of its 2017 David Thompson Special Service Award for “extraordinary efforts to develop and promote the crime fiction field.”

The David Thompson Special Service Award is given by the Bouchercon Board to honor the memory and contributions to the crime fiction community of David Thompson, a much beloved Houston bookseller who passed away in 2010. Past recipients of the award include Ali Karim, Marv Lachman, Len & June Moffatt, Judy Bobalik, Otto Penzler, and Bill and Toby Gottfried.

Founded in 1970, and named after distinguished mystery critic, editor, and author, Anthony Boucher, Bouchercon is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that each year brings together fans, authors, publishers, editors, agents, and booksellers from around the world in a different location for a four-day celebration of their shared love of the crime genre. This year's Bouchercon, Passport to Murder, will take place in Toronto, October 12-15, 2017.

George Easter is the Founder, Editor, and Publisher of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine, one of the premiere review periodicals in the mystery community. Deadly Pleasures, a great resource for readers, was started in 1992. DP also includes news of forthcoming releases in the U.S. and abroad, and columns, reviews, and interviews from an international group of contributors. Sneak previews of upcoming books are divided into soft boiled, hardboiled, medium boiled and more. Deadly Pleasures was nominated four times for an Anthony Award for Best Mystery Magazine and won the Anthony for Best Critical/Biographic Work in 1999.

But Deadly Pleasures was not enough for George, being a fan’s fan, and in 1997 he conceived the Barry Awards (named after fan Barry Gardner) that are presented by Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine in various categories for excellence. George also presents the Don Sandstrom Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom (named after fan Don Sandstrom).

George has served on the Bouchercon National Board, has attended every Bouchercon, except two, since 1991 in Pasadena, CA, and volunteered to produce the Program Book for the 2000 Bouchercon in Denver, CO. He was also responsible for getting publishers to donate books to the Book Bazaar giveaway at last year’s Bouchercon in New Orleans.

The Bouchercon Board is pleased to honor George Easterwith the David Thompson award for all he has contributed to the mystery community and for his honoring both mystery authors and fans. George Easter is truly a Fan’s Fan.