Tuesday, September 18, 2018

After Bouchercon 2018: Post Two, The Books, Authors Old and New

Although I did buy some books at Bouchercon this year, I actually kept it to a low number, which for me is ten and under.  That doesn't include the Dell Mapback collector books I bought.  I was quite lucky in the number of free books I gathered, and so many of them are ones I really want to read, soon.  Below are pictures of my two book boxes that the UPS service delivered, in the boxes and out.  I wanted to show the pictures of the books in the boxes because this particular group of UPS people did the best job I've ever seen of carefully packing my books.  It's like they actually respected them as the treasures we book lovers know them to be.  So, in talking about the books of Bouchercon 2018, here are the pictures of those I had sent home:

Bouchercon 2018 Box of Books #1, Unopened

Bouchercon 2018 Box of Books #1, Opened

Bouchercon 2018 Box of Books #2, Unopened

Bouchercon 2018 Box of Books #2, Opened

And, now a bit about the books I had shipped and the books I packed in my own suitcases, the books of Bouchercon 2018 for me.

There were the delights of those authors with whom I'm already familiar and love to read:

Elly Griffiths' The Stranger Diaries  (Thanks, Dom.  You know how I treasure this, your first standalone, which I already love.  I also took the latest Ruth Galloway book, The Dark Angel and a Stephens and Mephisto books, The Blood Card to be signed. )
Sara Blaedel's two recent U.S. publications of Louise Ricks series, The Stolen Angel and The Running Girl  (Completing the Louise Ricks currently available in U.S. now.  The Midnight Witness and The Drowned Girl are out later this year.)
Catriona McPherson's Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses (I'm trying to complete my collection of hardbacks in this series.  I mean, have you seen the awesome covers?)
Nancy Allen's collaboration with James Patterson, Juror #3 (Nancy's enthusiasm is always the best.)
Sarah Pinborough's Cross Her Heart (Thanks, Kristopher.)
Sara Paretsky's Shell Game  (Any book by Sara Paretsky is a great find.)
Lisa Unger's Under My Skin  (This October release has me intrigued.)
Lou Berney's November Road (So happy that there was a good supply of these for attendees. I've started this amazing book, and wow.)
Allen Eskins' The Shadows We Hide (Thrilled to snag one of these.)
Martin Edwards' Foreign Bodies (I purchased this in the book room and then forgot to get Martin to sign it.  Oh, those regrets we return home with.)
G.M Malliet's Weycombe (I haven't read this one by her yet, and I was lucky enough to run into her in the book room and get it signed.)
Hank Phillippi Ryan's Trust Me (I waited until Bouchercon to buy the hard copy, even though I'd already read it, loved it, and reviewed it.  I waited so I could get Hank to sign it.  Guess what didn't happen? Arghhh on me.)
Karen Dionne's The Marsh King's Daughter (Took my hardback there and remembered to get Karen to sign it.  Yay!)
Kristen Lepionka's The Last Place You Look (Took this hardback, too, to get signed.  Saw Kristen, didn't have the book with me.  Had the book with me, didn't see Kristen.  Sigh.)
Eleanor Cawood Jones' A Baker's Dozen (Bought there for Eleanor to sign.  Will try again.)
Anne Cleeland's Murder in Misdirection (The latest in the Doyle and Acton series, to which I'm addicted.)
Aimee Hix's What Doesn't Kill You (Had to get Aimee's amazing debut signed.)
Lucy Burdette's Death on the Menu (Managed to get my favorite Key West series latest book signed by Lucy/Roberta.)
Julia Spencer-Fleming's In the Bleak Midwinter (One of my treasure finds at Mystery Mike's in the book room was a first edition hardback of this book.)
Wendall Thomas' Lost Luggage (Wendall's debut book that I read as one of my before-Bouchercon-reads and had to have signed by Wendall.)

And, there are the delights of authors new to me whose books I brought home:

Jane Willan's The Shadow of Death (This Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn series has captured my attention.)
Lissa Marie Redmond's A Cold Day in Hell (I already have her The Murder Book due out in Feb. 2019 on pre-order.)
Abir  Mukherjee's A Rising Man (Sometimes performance on a panel can really impress.)
Ysra Sigurdardottir's Why Did You Lie and The Reckoning (I'm already familiar with Ysra, but I'm just getting to her books)
Ingrid Thoft's Identity (I've actually been trying to get to Ingrid's books, too, and when I saw this beautiful hardback of Identity, I had to have it.)
Liz Milliron's Root of all Evil (Thanks, Liz/Mary. This cover is one of my favorite of the year.) 
K.J. Howe's The Freedom Broker (Thanks, K.J.  One of the nicest people I met at Bouchercon 2018.)
Amy Stewart's Girl Waits with Gun (Amy and this series are not really new to me, but I haven't read the books yet, and I really want to. Why haven't I done this yet?)
Sherry Harris' I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sherry, I missed getting you to sign it.)
Clare O'Donohue's Beyond the Pale (Again, not a new author name, but new for me getting to her books.  This one looks so good.)
J.D. Allen's 19 Souls (I think I have this at home, but I didn't want to risk it when I had the opportunity to pick it up at Bouchercon.)

Then, there are the authors who will be new reads to me, but for whom I didn't receive the books there. 

A Gentleman's Murder by Christopher Huang (I briefly met Christopher and can only say that I wish I'd had a day to sit and talk with him. Ordered this book as soon as I got home.)
A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier (How did I miss Paula?  Will be ordering this book.)
In Stangers' Houses by Elizabeth Mundy  (On a panel I attended and kept time for, sounds very interesting)
The Detective's Daughter (the Detective Daughter's series) by Lesley Thomson (Domenica de Rosa's/Elly Griffiths' fellow British author traveling with Dom and who, along with Dom, brightened every day for me.  I had ordered Lesley's first book in this series and took it to Bouchercon for her to sign it.) 
Dodging and Burning by John Copenhaver (I suddenly realized I was talking to him at Aimee Hix's author table during the Librarians' Tea and at least got his beautiful author card.)
The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson (Meeting James was definitely one of the highlights of this Bouchercon, and I have to thank Kaye Wilkinson Barley for steering me in his direction with her love of his writing.)


  1. SO fabulous! I applauded when I saw TRUST ME in those piles of treasure..and of course, was already wildly applauding your rave review. Thank you! (And hope you are feeling better!)

    1. Hank, I waited to buy it at Bouchercon and then didn't get it signed, but at least I did get to see you.

  2. So great to have A Borrowing of Bones included in this stellar line-up. Thank you!

    1. Paula, I'm so looking forward to this book and this series!

  3. Thanks, Kathy! I hope you enjoy!