Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Getting Ready For Summer Vacation Reading: Bouchercon 2012 (Cleveland)

So, you may ask, What is Bouchercon? Well, according to their website:

Bouchercon is the world mystery convention and has been taking place annually since 1970. It is open to anyone and is a place for fans, authors and professionals to gather and celebrate their love of the mystery genre. It is named for a famed mystery critic Anthony Boucher. During the convention there are panels and discussions and interviews with authors and people from the mystery community covering all parts of the genre. There are signing events for people to meet their favorite authors face-to-face and get books signed.
Bouchercon also has the Anthony Awards which are also named after Anthony Boucher. These are voted on by the attendees and given out during the convention.

And, this year from October 4, 2012 to October 7, 2012, it's being held in Cleveland, Ohio, a mere 4.5 hours drive from home. Wow, this could be a road trip. So, I check my calendar, and what's the problem. It's Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. Oops, maybe next year.
Nevertheless, if you're like me, and you're always hunting for new reads, here are their postings for Best nominees:


The End of Everything—Megan Abbott [Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown]
Hurt Machine—Reed Farrel Coleman [Tyrus]
The Drop—Michael Connelly [Little, Brown]
A Trick of the Light—Louise Penny [Minotaur]
One Was a Soldier—Julia Spencer-Fleming [Thomas Dunne/Minotaur]

Learning to Swim—Sara J. Henry [Crown]
Nazareth Child—Darrell James [Midnight Ink]
All Cry Chaos—Leonard Rosen [The Permanent Press]
Who Do, Voodoo?—Rochelle Staab [Berkley Prime Crime]
The Informationist—Taylor Stevens [Crown]
Purgatory Chasm—Steve Ulfelder [Thomas Dunne/Minotaur]
Before I Go to Sleep—S.J. Watson [HarperCollins]

The Company Man—Robert Jackson Bennett [Orbit/Hachette]
Choke Hold—Christa Faust [Hard Case Crime/Titan]
Buffalo West Wing—Julie Hyzy [Berkley Prime Crime/Tekno]
Death of the Mantis—Michael Stanley [HarperCollins]
Fun & Games—Duane Swierczynski [Mulholland]
Vienna Twilight—Frank Tallis [Random House]

"Disarming"—Dana Cameron, EQMM June'11, p.24
"The Case of Death and Honey"—Neil Gaiman, A Study In Sherlock, p.167 [Bantam]
"Palace by the Lake"—Daryl Wood Gerber, Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology, p.184 [Wildside]
"Truth and Consequences"—Barb Goffman, Mystery Times Ten, ~p.128 [Buddhapuss Ink]
"The Itinerary"—Roberta Isleib, MWA Presents The Rich and The Dead, p.189 [Grand Central]
"Happine$$"—Twist Phelan, MWA Presents The Rich and The Dead, p.276 [Grand Central]

Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure—Leslie Budewitz [Quill Driver/Linden]
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks—John Curran [HarperCollins]
On Conan Doyle: or, The Whole Art of Storytelling—Michael Dirda [Princeton University Press]
Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film—Philippa Gates [SUNY Press]
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion—Charlaine Harris, ed. [Ace]

I've already downloaded Megan Abbott's new book onto my Kobo, and, I'm in the process of hunting out the others. I'm getting ready for summer.

So you ask, what else am I reading. Well, to be exact, here are the books that are already loaded and ready to go on my Kobo:

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
Angle of Investigation, Michael Connelly
Calico Joe, John Grisham (already finished it; not my favourite Grisham)
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
The Confessor, Daniel Silva
The End of Everything, Megan Abbott
Insurgent, Veronica Roth (listening in car with Beauty, she thinks it's great; too girlie for me)
Nemesis, Joe Nesbo (almost finished)
Shock Wave, John Snadford
The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, Andrea Kane
The Other Daughter, Lisa Gardner
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon (in progress)
Three in Death, J.D. Robb

Am I ready for summer or what!!!!


  1. I think you need to join Goodreads, El.

  2. I'll give it a try. In my experience with respect to goodreads reviews, I find them very "copy catish" of how the publisher described the book in the first place. But, I will try again.