Bouchercon Recap, Part 2: New Author Breakfast

– Post by MysteryPeople Contributor Meike Alana

Recently I had the opportunity to attend Bouchercon, the world’s largest convention of mystery readers and writers.  Between Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery and Director of Suspense Molly Odintz, I was the most seasoned (OK, I was the oldest) member of the BookPeople team in attendance, so I think I was the only one vertical at breakfast time.  Thus I was lucky enough to attend the New Author Breakfast and learned about some exciting new talents to watch for.  Here are just a few names and titles:

  • Matthew Betley – Over Watch:  Former Marine officer Betley introduces unyielding Marine Logan West in this action-packed, globe-trotting, edge-of-your-seat debut thriller.
  • Susan Alice Bickford – A Short Time to Die:  Two women from opposite sides of the country find their lives inextricably bound by a murderous quest for revenge. A Short Time to Die comes out this upcoming January!
  • Grant Bywaters – The Red Storm:  Winner of the Minotaur Books/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Private Eye Novel Competition introducing a black ex-boxer PI working in 1930’s New Orleans.
  • Ross Carley – Dead Drive:  Set in Indianapolis, this well-crafted mystery showcases protagonist Wolf Ruger, a single Iraqi vet, investigating foul play in the high- technology industry. 
  • Dana Chamblee Carpenter – Bohemian Gospel:  Set against the historical reign of the Golden and Iron King, this riveting debut follows an unusual girl’s quest to discover her past and define her destiny.
  • Bruce Robert Coffin – Among the Shadows:  With the last name “Coffin,” Bruce was destined to draw on his many years of law enforcement experience to write this first installment in the John Byron mystery series.

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