Edgar award-winner Steve Hamilton was at Quail Ridge Books on Tuesday evening reading from his latest Alex McKnight mystery, Misery Bay, set in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan (the U-P to natives). He also gave us a little info on the book that just earned him his second Edgar, The Lock Artist, a coming-of-age story about a mute boy with a special talent for lock picking. Margaret Maron, always eager to extend southern hospitality, arranged a dinner for a few of us before the reading. Also, Margaret brought ARCs of her latest Three Day Town, due for release in November. Can’t wait to read it in the final version. She dedicated this one to the “Weymouth 7”. No we’re not on trial for anything nefarious. Just a group of writer-friends who cook up ficitonal crimes and unravel plot points together (or sometimes ravel them!).
Left to right: That’s Steve Shaber, the husband of mystery writer Sarah Shaber, whose new series set in WWII Washington will launch in August with Louise’s War, Sarah’s next, then me, Margaret Maron, Steve Hamilton, J. D. “Dusty” Rhoades, who is also working on a brand new project (I’ll let him tell), Katy Munger, author of the Dead Detective series, and Katy’s daughter, the charming Zuzu. Photo by my personal photographer, husband Bob.