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It's been a long cold lonely winter
Greetings and salutations! We’ve sprung forward, spring is around the corner.
Last weekend was Left Coast Crime in Tucson, AZ. OK, not actually in Tucson, so really, I’ve only seen the airport and a lovely place I had lunch on my way back to the airport.
I ended up eating a lot of great Mexican food over the weekend. And to start a rivalry, it just might’ve been as good as the Mexican food here in L.A. Maybe.
On the last day of the conference, I was on a panel about humor in mystery and crime.
This was my first panel and I learned how to give a good panel. Answer the question, find an example from your book, and give the audience a taste of what they might expect from your work. It was a good panel and I felt like we could’ve gone on longer. I love getting into the nitty gritty of humor. I am happy to talk seriously about humor anytime.
Overall, the conference was great. Ran into old friends, met some new ones and can’t wait to read their books. You’ll see them here in the book recommendations!
And, as promised in the last newsletter, here’s the cover for Jimmy Cooper’s next grand adventure.
High off the success of his first big case, Jimmy is hired by billionaires Robert and Eva Beverly to find their kidnapped son Patrick without getting the police involved. Meanwhile, like a bad penny, Jimmy’s Dad has resurfaced and is excited about the possibilities of Jimmy’s newly regained fame.
It’ll be out soon!
This month it’s Carl Hiassen’s Razor Girl.
I think Hiaasen is very character forward. And what I mean by that is he creates indelible, memorable characters. It’s such a pleasure to sit back as these people get into terrible situations of their own making and make it worse because they are terrible people. And it’s all hilarious.
Razor Girl starts off with a woman who works with the mob, kidnapping those who crossed them. She rear-ends her targets and then asks them for a ride. Unfortunately, she rear-ends the wrong person. Her intended target delivered the wrong kind of sand to a mob hotel and they want some payback. However, she ended up hitting a talent manager for a reality star. The manager goes on the run and the reality star… well, he doesn’t handle the pressures of fame on his own very well.
It’s well worth your time.
And that’s it for this month! See you all in April…
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