Love is Murder in Chicago

My mystery convention year is off to a great start. The first weekend in February is Love is Murder time in Chicago. I know what you’re thinking — who would plan a conference in Chicago in February? Well, the good people who organize Love is Murder, apparently. Last year the conference began one day after a brutal snowstorm. This year, the weather was fine with no snow.

I fly Porter to Chicago. (Actually, I fly Porter whenever I can.) Porter flies into Midway but the conference is held at the Intercontinental Hotel near O’Hare, so I take the train into town with a stopover at my favourite American department store, Macy’s. Just in time for lunch with special cake for dessert followed by a little shopping. Ralph Lauren is on sale so I stock up on Christmas gifts for next year for some lucky friends.


The conference gets off to a good start on Friday with sessions with authors and experts. I get on the expert track and really enjoy learning about money laundering from former IRS agent Lee Williams, CSI techniques with Susan Vondrak and financial infidelity with Peggy Tracy.

There’s a lot of socializing in the evening and then we’re off again Saturday. I was on a panel to discuss the intricacies of designing a series with authors Donald Bain, Barbara D’Amato, Julie James and William Kent Krueger. Donald is the real author of Murder, She Wrote and it just a pleasure to meet him. The panel was chaired wonderfully by Luisa Buehler.

I rather liked this Beretta

Retired police officers gave a demonstration on guns.

Poor Milly had a rough day and some of us knew how she felt.

One reader asks authors to sign her Kindle.


With Donald Bain, author of Murder, She Wrote


Saturday night dinner ends on a cake note

And then Sunday morning it was back to Midway and home to Dolly.





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