Murder And Mayhem In Chicago 2017 Mar13

Murder And Mayhem In Chicago 2017

Photos by John Thomas Bychowski This past Saturday was the inaugural Murder and Mayhem in Chicago. It was cold but that did not stop mystery readers and fans from coming downtown for this great event. MMC was held at Roosevelt College and it was a great location. Lots of room, wonderful area for registration and book sales and lovely view East. As a non-Chicago attendee I found getting there very easy. Lori Rader-Day and Dana Kaye did a very nice job of putting together great panels and wrapped up the day with an interview with Sara Paretsky conducted by William Kent Krueger. This culminated with the awarding of the first Sara Paretsky...

Once Upon A Crime 30th Anniversary Bash Mar07

Once Upon A Crime 30th Anniversary Bash

Once Upon a Crime is having an Anniversary Author Bash Celebrating 30 years! It is also our family’s one year anniversary of ownership. To celebrate we are going to have an author bash, where we invite you to come meet your favorite local authors, find new ones, say “hi” to us and Pat and, of course, buy some books! On Saturday, April 1st, we will have a assemblage of local authors rotating appearances beginning at noon. Each author will introduce themselves and their books and you’ll have a chance to chat while get a book signed by any or all of them! After the rounds of authors, we will have an open house with wine...

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Tour dates for SAY NO MORE Oct27

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Tour dates for SAY NO MORE

On November 1st, Hank Phillippi Ryan releases SAY NO MORE, the fifth book in the award-winning Jane Ryland series. When Boston reporter Jane Ryland reports a hit and run, she soon learns she saw more than a car crash—she witnessed the collapse of an alibi, and now she’s under pressure to tell all to the police. She’s also digging up the inside scoop for an expose of sexual assaults on Boston’s college campuses for the station’s new documentary unit, and is working with a victim to reveal her heartbreaking experience on camera. But, a disturbing anonymous message—SAY NO MORE—has Jane really and truly scared. Who is...

New Orleans Film Festival – Opening Night and LBJ Oct13

New Orleans Film Festival – Opening Night an...

Opening Night and LBJ Last night, Crimespree took its place on the red carpet and welcomed the stars, patrons, and hosts of the 27th annual New Orleans Film Festival.  Gary Grubbs, James Marsden, Richard Schiff, and Rob Reiner all took the walk down the red carpet to open the festival and attend the US premiere of LBJ.  All those walking expressed their love for filming in Louisiana, particularly Reiner who shot much of LBJ here and plans to film much of his next feature here as well. The movie focused on LBJ’s career from senate majority leader to taking the presidency and fulfilling JFK’s vision for an Equal Rights Act.  Woody...

Bouchercon 2016 – Jon’s Take Sep23

Bouchercon 2016 – Jon’s Take

This year’s Bouchercon was a whirlwind for Ruth and me. And now, just a week later, a lot of it is already blurring together. First and foremost a huge thank you to Heather Graham and Connie Perry. This duo did not merely host a Bouchercon but put on a show. Having talked to Connie a number of times in the last year I know how much work they did and it showed in every aspect of Bouchercon. The book room was well organized, the Opening ceremonies and Anthony Awards were spectacular. Aside from panels there were any number of other things going on from teas to special meet and greets. From start to finish they have raised the bar for what...

BOUCHERCON 2016: THE FEELS Sep20

BOUCHERCON 2016: THE FEELS

  Bouchercon, you hit like a truck. Since Bouchercon 2016 was held in New Orleans (or NOLA, as the locals say,) perhaps the thing that hit me was a zombie, or even a pissed off Swamp Thing. Whatever. The point is, Bouchercon has come and gone. And left me with THE FEELS. And a ton of laundry. If you’re reading this, then chances are you know that Bouchercon is the name of the worldwide mystery conference. Held annually in any number of host cities, Bouchercon is a fan-friendly event that gives readers the chance to meet, greet, and drink with their favorite authors. Readers and writers are a notoriously solitary group. But once a year,...