Monday, March 4, 2013

Mystery Writers at the Tucson Festival of Books

I'm planning my schedule for next weekend's Tucson Festival of Books and I can see it will be a massive organizational challenge attend every panel I'd like to see. We are certainly spoiled for choice! There are many of my favorite mystery authors that I have followed for years, but there are also many authors that are new to me, just waiting to be discovered. Here are a just a few mystery panels that look too good to miss.

The Doyennes of Southwest Mystery with Nevada BarrJ A Jance and Margaret Coel. I have always enjoyed Barr's Anna Pigeon series set in various National Parks. The settings are so well described that I feel like I have already been to the parks or would now like to visit. A few of the magnificent parks, used almost as another character, include Guadalupe Mountains, Mesa Verde, Yosemite and Big Bend and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. There are several chances to see all three of these authors, so you can see which time slot fits with your plans.

Killing Me With A Smile with Craig Johnson and Dana Stabenow. A friend just recently got me hooked on Craig Johnson's series featuring Wyoming Sherriff Walt Longmire. I enjoyed the self-deprecating hero for both his humor and his outlook on life. I'm looking forward to making my way through the series. Johnson also will take part in a solo presentation Longmire & Me and another panel Death in the Desert. Stabenow is also scheduled for Who Dunnit? Plotting the Mystery.

Other Cultures, Other Crimes also sounds intriguing. This is a panel of three authors that I'm not familiar with: Hilary Davidson, Simon Wood, Alan Jacobson. Every year, I discover at least one author that I stumble upon by chance.

Strong Female Sleuths with Becky Masterman, Hilary Davidson and Jenn McKinlay.

Keeping it Cozy with Lisamarie Jelderks, Rebecca Hale and Jenn McKinlay.

Check the website for up-to-date information or download the app to help you determine your course at the Tucson Festival of Books.


  1. I'm surprised you don't mention Tucson mystery author J. Carson Black - in particular, her Laura Cardinal series. She is slated for the book festival both Saturday & Sunday.

  2. Thanks for letting me know about J Carson Black. I am not familiar with the Laura Cardinal series, but I'll definitely check that out. I'm sure there were many other great authors I failed to mention! I hope you enjoyed the festival and discovered many great writers.


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