Mysteries: Hard-Boiled or Soft-Boiled?

Mysteries: Hard-Boiled or Soft-Boiled?

Since I’m a mystery writer, my friends frequently ask me to recommend “good” mysteries for them to read. When I respond with, “What kind of mysteries do you like?” I sometimes get a blank stare. I list some of the choices: “Cozies, police procedurals, paranormal,...
October 4-7: Bouchercon, Cleveland

October 4-7: Bouchercon, Cleveland

This year at Bouchercon I’ll be presenting on a panel called “For Honor, For Country,” showcasing crime fiction and the military. Find me, along with David Rich, Martin Limon, and moderator Erin Mitchell on Thursday, October 4, at 12:15 in Grand...
Cozy Mysteries: Murder Most Fair

Cozy Mysteries: Murder Most Fair

A mystery is a mystery is mystery, right? Not so fast. Cozy mysteries have their own special place. Recently, I overheard two women fall into a conversation about the book one of the women was reading at Panera. It was a mystery. (Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Face Time, to...
April 27-29: Malice Domestic, Washington, DC

April 27-29: Malice Domestic, Washington, DC

Malice Domestic is an annual “fun fan” convention in Washington, D.C. saluting the traditional mystery, and is now celebrating its 24th year. I’m currently slated to be on a Saturday panel titled Three Strikes, You’re Dead: Sports-Related...
May 15: Right-Brain/Left-Brain Write Brain

May 15: Right-Brain/Left-Brain Write Brain

Pikes Peak Writers holds Write Brain Sessions on the third Tuesday of most months, from 6:30-8:30pm. These are free mini-workshops on the craft of writing, business of writing, and the writer’s life. In May, I’ll be a speaker for a topic called...