Go figure, Kate Malmon said it best. “Whenever there’s a Bouchercon, or any mystery convention, it always feels like everyone is going to Mystery Camp.” Authors and book lovers are a notoriously introverted group of humans, but there is something special about getting to hang out with like-minded folks. Never mind the fact that the thing you all share in common is reading about bad people doing bad things, and often times getting away with it. So, yes, the latest Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee has come and gone. November 7, 2015, saw the latest reinvention of the famous one-day event. Long held in the Milwaukee suburb of Muskego, last year saw the one-day fan-centric mystery event successfully move into the city itself. After an unforeseen real-life plot twist forced the event to once again change venues, it looks like the mystery conference may just have found their forever home at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center. Like a good book on a stormy night, it just feels right to have the event in a century old gothic church with a massive pipe organ as a backdrop. And a library. And not one, but two Irish pubs inside. With a one-day programing focus and more intimate environment, Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee (or MMM for short) can’t help but have the feel of old friends and new getting together to talk about books for a day. While larger events like the worldwide mystery convention Bouchercon have multiple panels going on at the same time, MMM has its panels one at a time. Previous year’s panel titles were ACDC songs. This year? Violent Femmes songs. That’s right, MMM does things a bit differently. It’s up to the panel moderators to decide the panel focus and questions. So, Mystery Camp. What is it about the mystery community that makes it such a close-knit, welcoming community? No, really. I’m asking. A field filled with people competing for publishing contracts, shelf space, and Amazon reviews should be filled with horrible people pushing each other down the stairs. But this is Mystery Camp! Where authors and fans hug each other non-stop (shudder) and ask about how you’ve been. This is Mystery Camp. Where those same authors and fans crash on each other’s couch because travel is expensive. Have you ever seen an award-winning author doing the dishes after brunch? I have. No one asked her to. She just did it. Because, brunch dishes. This year’s fund raising auction had at least half of its proceeds earmarked to help offset the rising medical expense of our friend Erin Mitchell. Erin is a force in our community. Her Twitter bio says it best: “My job is the best: connecting books and readers. I have an affinity for crime fiction. I’m not a hater, and I never walk away from a fight.” But sometimes you need your friends to help in the fight, and that’s when MMM organizers Penny Halle, Jon and Ruth Jordan, and Erica Neubauer made this year’s auction truly epic. Filled with collectable novels, and an insane amount of character names in upcoming books, fans were lined up to place their bids. Successful? Well, the character name in Ian Rankin’s upcoming book went somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,500. After a short introduction/explanation to the crowd about were the proceeds from the auction were going, the audience was instructed to open their programs and pull out the paper hearts that were placed inside each one. About the size of your palm, the hearts were blank on one side so everyone could pass on their thinking-of-you-wishes. The crowd all held the hearts up high.   Tears were falling freely. The Mystery Camp was taking care of one of their own. After dinner and drinks that went far into the night, or morning actually, everyone got on the bus and headed home. Mystery Camp is the...

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Dates for WHAT YOU SEE tour Oct21

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Dates for WHAT YOU SEE tour

Yesterday saw the release of WHAT YOU SEE, the fourth book in Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Jane Ryland series. Her promotional tour will hit six states with over twenty appearances. I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of Hank’s events and find her just delightful. Why would a father abduct his own child? A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland’s family, but there’s a calamity instead. Nine-year-old Gracie—supposed to be the flower girl—has been taken by her stepdad. Where are they? Is the girl in danger? Reporter Jane Ryland learns there’s a limit to the bonds of family—and learns to her peril what happens when loved ones are pushed too far. Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan’s got a doozy of a case. At Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, a man is stabbed to death in front of a crowd of tourists snapping photos of the murder on their cell phones. Solving the case should be easy, but the pictures and surveillance video lead to a dark conspiracy of extortion and stolen lives. Take a look at the dates below to see if she will be visiting a store near you. October 22, 7:00 pm Brookline, MA WHAT YOU SEE Launch Party Brookline Booksmith October 26, 6:30 pm Carmel, IN Carmel Clay Public Library Author speaking & signing October 27, 7:00 pm Madison, WI Mystery to Me 1863 Monroe Street Author speaking & signing October 28, 6:30 pm Oakmont, PA Mystery Lovers Bookshop 514 Allegheny River Boulevard Author speaking & signing October 29, 5:30 pm Salem, MA JCCNS Presents: JBC Mystery Night “Girls Night Out” Panel Kernwood Country Club 1 Kernwood Street With Tess Gerritsen, B.A. Shapiro and Hank Phillippi Ryan Tickets and registration information available here October 30, 5:30 pm Newburyport, MA A Night of Mystery at The Jabberwocky Jabberwocky Bookshop Hank joins NYT Bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal for an evening of conversation, book signings, wine and cheese. November 1, 3:00 pm Orange, CA Book Carnival Author speaking & signing November 2, TBD Scottsdale, AZ Poisoned Pen Writers Workshop Library TBD November 3, 7:00 pm Scottsdale, AZ Poisoned Pen Bookstore Author speaking & signing November 6-8 Dedham, MA New England Crime Bake Hilton Dedham November 10, 10:00-11:30 am Winchester, MA Education Event at Winchester Seniors Association Jenks Senior Center Speaker November 12, 5:30-9:00 pm Worcester, MA Worcester Public Library Foundation’s 10th annual “Celebration of Authors” The White Room at Crompton Collective 138 Green Street Guest speaker November 16, 6:30 pm Bridgewater, MA Bridgewater Public Library Adult Program Event Bridgewater Public Library Speaker November 17, 7:00 pm Tewksbury, MA Tewksbury Public Library Speaking & signing November 18, 7:00 pm Abington, MA Abington Public Library Joint speaking & signing with Hallie Ephron November 19, 7:00 pm Marlborough, MA 2015-2016 Author/Celebrity Series—Friends of the Marlborough Public Library Marlborough Public Library Host/emcee; Hank interviews Steve Ulfelder November 22, 1:00-3:00 pm Newton, MA New England Mobile Book Fair In-Store Signing for Holiday Shoppers November 30, 6:00-8:00 pm Winchester, MA Book Ends Winchester Book signing at Midnight Madness December 1, 6:30 pm Boston, MA Cozy at the Café Trident Booksellers and Café Join Hank and and fellow crime fiction authors as she reads excerpts from WHAT YOU SEE. December 3, 6:00-9:00 pm Newton, MA Mystery Gala Night New England Mobile Book Fair The annual event will feature Hank as part of the second author seating (7:00 pm)! Food and beverages will be provided December 8, 6:30-8:30 pm Milton Village, MA GALATEA Fine Jewelry 60 Adams Street Literary Evening with Hank Phillippi Ryan & Hallie Ephron December 11 Osterville, MA Holiday Stroll Books by the Sea 874 Main Street...

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Programming Oct04

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Programming

This year’s Murder and Mayhem 2015  Panels were named after songs by Milwaukee’s own VIOLENT FEMMES. 1~ GOOD FEELING 9:30 – 10:30 Matthew Clemens – M Laura Benedict MP Cooley Lori Rader-Day Andrew Grant Michael Harvey 2~ LIFE IS A SCREAM 10:45 – 11:45 Kate Malmon – M Bryon Quertermous Johnny Shaw Tasha Alexander Alex Grecian Cara Brookins 3~ OUT THE WINDOW 12 -1 Ruth Jordan Michael Koryta LUNCH 1 – 2 LUNCH There will be lunches available on site,  our favorite chef, Sean Henniger, will be selling lunches and soup at very reasonable rates. 4~ NIGHTMARES 2-3 Jeremy Lynch – M Rob Brunet Ben Lieberman J D Rhoades Dennis Tafoya Tom Schreck 5~ TO THE KILL 3:15 – 4:15 Jen Forbus – M Sarah Weinman Rob Hart Wendy Corsi Staub Michael Koryta Reed Farrel Coleman 6~ KISS OFF 4:30 – 5:30 Johnny Shaw – M Sean Chercover Michael Sears Stanley Trollip Dana Cameron Matthew Clemens   For more details go to   If you have a question ask Jon :...



    Wednesday September 30th saw the locally produced podcast Redshift put on a free, live performance of their craft at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis. Airing on the Fancy Pants Gangsters network, the crew of Redshift perform science-fiction themed radio plays in the spirit of the classic radio shows of the 1950’s. The live performance was a two-act show. The first half was a reading of THE COLLECTOR by David Bruns, which aired during their just-concluded 6 episode inaugural season. Filled with a slow-burning plot, THE COLLECTOR focused on a down-on-his-luck conman who has been recruited by a shadowy organization to “collect” a diverse group of individuals for an as-yet unknown reason. Things took a startling turn when the curtain figuratively dropped for intermission. The second show was a piece that I was surprised to hear was in the public domain. THE SERVENT PROBLEM by Robert J. Young was a very clever piece of science-fiction storytelling. A true mystery involving a real estate salesman called to a nearly abandoned village. The salesman is tasked by his client to sell every single building in the village while the woman who hired him leaves for her new housing development. While out walking his client’s odd dog, Xenophilus, the real estate man makes a strange discovery. And the final reveal had this dog lover grinning ear-to-ear. The crew of REDSHIFT are hard at work on their next season of shows. Titled CITIZEN-SCIENTIST CORPS, funds are currently being raised by a Kickstarter campaign.   Dan Malmon...

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Update Sep12

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Update

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee update September 12, 2015 Due to a scheduling problem with the casino we have had to change the location for this year’s event. We like Potawatomi quite a bit but our new location is incredible. Irish Cultural and Heritage Center 2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1910     The building was a church built in 1887 and bought by the ICHC in the 1970s. It is beautiful and very atmospheric. There are restaurants nearby and we are working on having someone make lunches available for as a low a price as we can and still be awesome. There is also an Irish Pub on site. We took one look and fell in love with the place. We knew we were in the right place when we saw books by Ken Bruen in the library! If you know anyone planning on coming to Murder and Mayhem please spread the word! FOR MORE ON THE EVENT CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE

Richard Kadrey: Tour dates for KILLING PRETTY Jul21

Richard Kadrey: Tour dates for KILLING PRETTY

On July 28th, Sandman Slim returns for a seventh time in KILLING PRETTY, the new novel by Richard Kadrey. Richard will hit seven states as he presses the flesh to pimp this killer book. Slim is a hard drinking, smoking badass that seems to constantly be protecting the world, even though most of it’s inhabitants annoy him. Sandman Slim investigates Death’s death in this hip, propulsive urban fantasy through a phantasmagoric LA rife with murder, mayhem, and magic. James Stark has met his share of demons and angels, on earth and beyond. Now, he’s come face to face with the one entity few care to meet: Death. Someone has tried to kill Death—ripping the heart right out of him—or rather the body he’s inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim’s help: he believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder. Stark follows a sordid trail deep into LA’s subterranean world, from vampire-infested nightclubs to talent agencies specializing in mad ghosts, from Weimar Republic mystical societies to sleazy supernatural underground fight and sex clubs. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl—distinguished by a pair of graveyard eyes—as badass as Slim: she happens to be the only person who ever outwitted Death. But escaping her demise has had dire consequences for the rest of the world . . . and a few others. For years, Slim has been fighting cosmic forces bent on destroying Heaven, Hell, and Earth. This time, the battle is right here on the gritty streets of the City of Angels, where a very clever, very ballsy killer lies in wait. Slim is one of my favorite characters, if you enjoyed hard-boiled fiction, I can’t recommend him enough. July 28, 2015, 7:30 pm Kepler’s Books Book Launch Event 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025 August 1, 2015, 3:00 pm Borderlands Books 866 Valencia St. San Francisco CA 94110 August 17, 2015, 5:00 pm Mystery One Bookshop Book Event and Signing 2109 N. Prospect Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53202 August 17, 2015, 7:00 pm Boswell Book Company Book Event and Signing 2559 N Downer Ave Milwaukee, WI 53211 August 18, 2015, 7:00 pm Joseph Beth Booksellers Event w/ Chuck Wendig and David Wellington 161 Lexington Green Circle Lexington, KY 40503 August 19, 2015, 2:00 – 2:30 pm Sasquan World SF Convention, Spokane, WA Reading Rm 303B August 22, 2015, 11:00 – 11:45 am Fantasy and Supernatural Noir Bays 111C August 25, 12:00 pm Seattle Mystery Bookshop Book Event and Signing 117 Cherry ST Seattle, WA 98102 August 25, 2015, 7:00 pm University Book Store Book Event & Signing 990 102nd Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004 September 3-5, 2015 Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA Panels and signings to come September 6, 2015, 5:00 pm Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA In Conversation with Chuck Wendig September 24-25, 2015 Salt Lake Comic Con Panels and signings to come September 26, 2015, 4:30 pm Murder By The Book Signing & Event w/ Beth Cato & Chuck Wendig 2342 Bissonnet ST Houston, TX 77005 September 28, 2015, 7:00 pm Schuler Books Book Event & Signing 2820 Towne Centre Blvd Lansing, MI...