Travelog: BoucherCon and Long Beach

So, day two of the prime mystery con of the US. Day one was a little low key, figuring out the lay of the land.

I did catch two panels: one on locked room mysteries and another panel with Harley Walsh (known in mystery circles as Jeri Westerson) on dysfunctional heros…had the audience laughing so hard we were in tears. After that I decompressed in the bar with good conversation with new aquantinces and waited for traffic to die down.

This morning started off bright and early at 8:30 am with an interactive lecture by the FBI on crime scene processing.

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Followed by a panel of forensic experts who are also writers about “It’s not CSI”…moderated by an author freind Rachel Howell Hall.

At that point I mosied across the street to an Irish pub, which was way busy. There were two of us waiting -stag- so I asked if the other gentleman wanted to share a table. Spent a wonderful lunch listening to David Stout relate the most wonderful stories of his 45 years in journalism…including covering Watergate and the Lewinsky scandle. He now writes true crime and fictional mysteries based on things he’s encountered on the job.

I made it back in time to catch most of Marshall Thornton’s panel on the role of Bars/Booze in noir mysteries.  Again, lively and fun with laughter sprinkled in the info.

I took a break to Facebook and Tweet the release of Impulsion.

The last panel of the day was just mind candy with the cat and writers of Major Crimes.

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After, Marshal, Haley/Jeri, EM Lynly and I headed into Boy’s Town for a wonderful dinner at the Paradise Bar & Grill. The waiter was almost as delectable as the food. But it was a nice end to the day to have good conversation with good food.

I dive back into the fray tomorrow.  

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