I spent today at the Muskego Public Library in Wisconsin, at the Sixth Annual Murder and Mayhem in Muskego conference. This all-day conference for mystery fans was headlined by Libby Fischer Hellmann and Tom Schreck. Libby – former videographer and now full-time author – writes the Ellie Forman and Georgia Davis mystery series. Tom used to be a drug counselor and is now a world championship boxing official. He writes the Duffy Dumbrowski mystery series. I’ve read Libby – she’s reliably interesting, solid stories and characters you want to get to know. Tom is new to me but I have it on good authority that his books are hilarious. Needless to say, they were a great tag team as our hosts for the day. Repartee was witty.
It was a wonderful day – the panels were packed full of interesting authors, the attendees were all good natured, most fans but many writers, children’s librarian Penny who organized the whole thing a genial magician making it all happen. The cozy panel went over bigger than the one on noir and Ridley Pearson, as the guest of honor, was ridiculously entertaining. The $25 entry fee included a canvas bag full of books, a full day of programming, and lunch. I’ve spent more for just lunch!
I’ll write more when in a future post or two. But for now, kudos to all and my hearty recommendation for Murder and Mayhem in Muskego VII – look for it this time next year.