I just had a great Left Coast Crime conference in Albuquerque. About 500 fans and writers of crime fiction congregated at a single hotel. It was the first in-person meeting since the Left Coast Crime conference in San Diego in 2020. The San Diego conference was canceled after one day due to the pandemic. I was very disappointed then because my book, Murderabilia, was a finalist for the Best Debut Mystery. The good news was that there was still a virtual vote and Murderabilia won. At the conference in Albuquerque there was a breakfast for debut authors in which 23 authors got to introduce their books to the room. Because that event was cancelled at the San Diego conference, I got to present Murderabilia. Kind of strange but I was still very grateful for the opportunity. I met lots of old friends at the conference and got to catch up on the books all of us had written during the pandemic.
The conference award winners were:
• Best Humorous Mystery Novel: Mango, Mambo, and Murder, by Raquel Reyes
• Best Historical Mystery Novel: Clark and Division, by Naomi Hirahara
• Best Debut Mystery Novel: All Her Little Secrets, by Wanda Morris
• Best Mystery Novel: Lightening Strike, by Kent Krueger
Congratulations to all the winners. And to the finalists. It was an honor for many friends like Ellen Byron, Wendall Thomas, Shawn Cosby, and Matt Coyle to be nominated.