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Ridley Pearson rocks at Murder & Mayhem

Ridley Pearson, author of the Lou Boldt series and the Walt Fleming series, brought down the house at  Murder & Mayhem in Muskego mystery fan conference this weekend.

Pearson told stories about his mentor, Stan Silverman, his first agent, Franklin Heller, and how it felt to come face-to-face with the real-life Lou Boldt, Seattle uber-cop Don Cameron.  Witty and engaging, Pearson also related how research for one of his books about child-selling resulted in the adoption of his daughter, and how his always-plotting brain helped one big-city police department solve a murder.

Plenty famous himself, Pearson was self-deprecating when sharing his experience as the bass player for the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band that plays classic rock-n-roll and now includes such literary luminaries as Amy Tan, Stephen King, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount Jr., Greg Isles, Matt Groening, Scott Turow, James McBride, and Kathy Karen Goldmark.  Founded in 1992 at the American Booksellers Association Convention, the group is philanthropic in nature and raises money for literacy causes.  It appears that each member claims to be more talent-less than the next.  You can judge for yourself!

Pearson’s books are reliable best-sellers.  His most recently published mystery is In Harm’s Way.   He also coauthored a “trilogy with five books” – evidently one that kept growing! – with Dave Barry.   The Neverland Series tells the story of how Peter Pan became Peter Pan.

An hour with Ridley Pearson was not enough.  I plan to friend him on Facebook.

Tom Schreck and Libby Hellman emcee Murder & Mayhem

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.