by Marlyn Beebe
When I first heard that Left Coast Crime 2013 would be in Colorado (in March!) I decided I wasn't going to go.
Never mind that it would be at the lovely Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Having grown up in Canada, I've had enough winter to last me a lifetime. That's why I live in Southern California, and never visit my family at Christmas.
But the members of Crime Fiction Collective had the opportunity to do a panel together, which was a real draw. And, I reasoned with myself, I wouldn't have to leave the hotel if the weather was inclement.
In the month or so before the convention, I checked the weather forecasts obsessively. The week before, it was sunny and 60ish. When I left for the airport on Wednesday afternoon, the forecast was positive. But by Thursday morning, I was hearing muttering about predicted snow, and The Weather Channel confirmed the rumours. And yes, I had to go outdoors to get from my room to the conference area.
Here's the view from my window on Saturday morning:
But I had a marvelous time. Our panel went very well. As the moderator, I had the easiest job. (If you're interested, you can purchase a recording here.)
Some of the wonderful panels I attended were Gritty Details: The Forensics of Crime Writing, (with Robin Burcell, J.T. Ellison, and CFC's own L.J. Sellers, moderated by Jan Burke)
and The Woman With a Gun (guest of honor Laura Lippman interviewed by Twist Phelan).
Awards were presented at the banquet on Saturday night. The winners were:
The Lefty (best humorous mystery) : Brad Parks, The Girl Next Door
Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery: Catriona McPherson, Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder
The Rocky (best mystery Novel set in the LCC geographical region): Craig Johnson, As the Crow Flies
The Watson ( mystery novel with the best sidekick): Rochelle Staab, Bruja Brouhaha
I'm looking forward to Left Coast Crime 2014, in Monterey, California where it seldom snows.
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