Celebrating Amateur Sleuths at Bouchercon

Hey friends! I’m attending Bouchercon: The World Mystery Convention in a few weeks, and if you’ll be in Florida in early September, I hope you’ll stop by to say hello!

The guests of honor for 2018 include Karin Slaughter and Ian Rankin, and the panel discussions look great. I’m especially stoked about Bring a Shovel – How to Move a Body, because in my daily life it’s difficult to find a venue to discuss the nuances of hiding a corpse. 😉

Celebrating Amateur Sleuths at Bouchercon

At Thursday at 5pm I’ll join five other authors to discuss one of my favorite genres: amateur sleuth novels! Our panel is called The Butler Solved It, and it’s going to be tremendous fun.

Why do I love amateur sleuths? These fictional characters remind us that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, and that justice is something we can all strive for. Sure, our sleuths get into scrapes, and they may hilariously bend the rules, but at its core, an amateur sleuth novel is about a person trying to do the right thing. These stories affirm that you don’t need a badge or a title to stick your neck out for someone.

Besides, isn’t it fun to imagine you might solve a crime?

Get Your Sleuth On!

And if you’re an amateur sleuth fan, I invite you to check out the books written by my fellow panelists. I’m downloading a few to take with me on vacation next week.

Ingrid Thoft’s novel Loyalty is about an investigator in a family of lawyers who is forced to ask the question: When your family’s on the wrong side of the law…what side are you on?

William Boyle’s novel The Lonely Witness tells the story of a witness to a crime who decides to hunt down the killer herself!

Susan Cox’s novel The Man on the Washing Machine won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition. Her protagonist is a photographer named Theo Bogart.

Mariah Fredericks has a sleuth named Jane Prescott. She’s a ladies maid in 1910 New York, and well-positioned to use her intellect to catch a killer in A Death of No Importance.

And Jill Orr’s novel The Good Byline features a quirky library assistant named Riley Ellison who finds herself in more trouble than she bargained for when she writes an obituary for a woman who recently committed suicide.

And if you like workplace sleuths with a touch of humor, check out my Kat Voyzey series. It’s about an HR director who becomes a sleuth when a beloved coworker is murdered. Kat is determined to get justice for the woman’s family. (PS: Book one is currently free!)

Thanks for reading about my first-ever author panel! I can’t wait to spend a couple days talking books, murder mysteries, and amateur sleuths with people who love those things as much as I do.

Bouchercon 2018, here I come!