I'm back from Bouchercon for twenty-four hours, long enough to get groceries, cook, clean, do four loads of laundry, shuttle Junior around, and oh yeah, work on the book!
Did I have a marvelous time? Why, yes, of course I did. This was my fifth Bouchercon, if you can believe it. Four years ago, in Anchorage, I met Juliet Blackwell, and for the past few years she's been my conference roommate and travel buddy and all-around partner in crime. So grateful! And this year, my brother Mike - who's got a book coming out this spring - was in attendance as well. I could hardly ask for more.
By the time I arrived in St. Louis - a couple of hours from the central Missouri town where I grew up - I had a long list of people I hoped to visit with. I wish I could say there was time to spend with them all. But despite burning every candle in sight at both ends, I returned home having missed a few.
Signing at the Crimespree booth with Julie and Brad Parks
I bowled a spectacularly poor game with my team, the Minotaur Marauders - but we won the "Best Shirts" prize!
My brother Mike Cooper with Pam Callow
with Hillary Davidson - before her Anthony win!
with my agent Barbara Poelle. I am not actually twice her size though every photo of us together makes it seem so!
Room Party! - with darling Johnnie from MurderByTheBook in Houston
One of my two favorite roommates, Nicole Peeler, adorably snuggled in for the night
spending some time with Maddee, web designer extraordinaire and dear friend
seeing Sarah and the whole St. Martins crew
attending my first Noir At The Bar
meeting Chris and Katerina Holm for the first time
seeing old friend and mentor and all-around great guy Craig Macdonald
shaking hands, for the second year in a row, with idol Daniel Woodrell
having coffee and a chat with Oline Cogdill
Having a 10:00 AM (yes that's AM, folks) shot and beer with a mystery writer friend who I shall not name, whose talent is matched only by his stories