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