Sunday, September 23, 2007

Auction Items for Crime Lab Project Foundation--A Muddy Brew Ha-Ha

(Updated as of September 27, 2007--More to Come!)
A crime in scene in miniature (dollhouse size) from Margaret Grace, aka Camille Minichino, with carrying case.

Law and Order script autographed by the cast with signed photograph of cast, and Law & Order baseball cap; donated by Rene Balcer.

Brick from Edgar Allan Poe's last known residence in Greenwich Village (with authentication papers); donated by Meg Chittenden

Crystal bracelet, shades of blue, with magnetic clasp; donated by Michelle Becker

"Laced," signed by Carol Higgins Clark and Main Street Books tote bag; donated by Main Street Books, St. Charles, MO.

Handcrafted bracelet by P. Tierney Designs with mystery-related charms including miniature book cover reproductions of classics such as The Maltese Falcon, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and others, plus poison bottle, evidence tag, etc.; donated by Joanna Campbell Slan

1858 Steel engraving, framed, by artist Henry Winkles from The Iconographic Encyclopedia, courtesy of MAH Antiques, and autographed hardback book, "Shadows at the Spring Show" by Lea Wait; donated by Lea Wait.

"Conch Shell Murder" and "Pier Pressure" by Dorothy Francis, autographed, trade paperbacks; donated by Dorothy Francis.

"Ms. Longshot" and "Pull of the Moon" by Sylvie Kurtz, autographed, mass market paperbacks; donated by Sylvie Kurtz.

"Fairway to Heaven," "Final Fore," and "Deadly Advice," by Roberta Isleib, mass market paperbacks, autographed; donated by Roberta Islieb.

"Writing and Selling your Mystery Novel" by Hallie Ephron, autographed, hardback; donated by Hallie Ephron.

"Murder with Reservations" by Elaine Viets, autographed, hardback; donated by Elaine Viets.

“Don’t Murder Your Mystery” by Chris Roerden, autographed; donated by Chris Roerden

Basket of books including “On the Ropes: A Duffy Dombrowski Mystery” by Tom Schreck; “The Last Secret: A Cotton Stone Mystery” by Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore, “Murder at the Universe: A Five-Star Mystery” by Daniel Edward Craig; “The Devil’s Pitchfork: A Derek Stillwater Novel” by Mark Terry; “Stealing the Dragon: A Cape Weathers Investigation” by Tim Maleeny; donated by Midnight Ink.

"Yesterday's Fatal" by Jan Brogan, autographed, hardback; donated by Jan Brogan.

Jack Reacher toothbrushes; donated by Lee Child.

Mystery Writer's Resource Basket includes books about forensics and mystery writing plus consultation with George Schiro, Consulting Forensic Scientist at Forensic Science Resources, as well as cost of shipping the basket; donated by Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime and George Schiro.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Your Classmates--Published Authors You Thrill to Read!

Who will be sitting beside you in the classroom?

Well, go to and look at the yellow bar at the top of the page. Click on "Attendees."

And say, "Wow."

You will be sitting NEXT to published authors, women who are well known in the mystery genre. Now imagine this, you'll be next to your favorite author. She'll lean over and say, "I didn't get that last point, did you?" You will supply your notes. She'll say, "Thanks," and you'll glow with pride.

How cool is that?

So often we newbies or want-to-be's sit at the back of the room and gaze at our idols in awe. But this conference is different. We'll be colleagues, working together to learn!

About those the link below to see the schedule

Of course, there's always the possibility of changes, but as you can see, your brain will be packed with information by the time you head for home.

We're getting excited! We can't wait to SEE YOU IN ST. LOUIS!!!!!!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Beer, Blues and Baseball

St. Louis Insider

Like beer? Who doesn't? Tour the biggest brewery in the world--Anheuser-Busch, and have a free sample. If you're not convinced "bigger is better," we have several microbreweries to tempt your tastebuds, too.

The Mississippi has always been the inspiration for blues music like W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues." The closer to the River, the better the blues. We have too many blues clubs to count, but the most authentic are in the Soulard area--near the home of Budweiser, the Clydesdales and Historic Soulard Farmers' Market--in continuous operation since 1843. New Busch Stadium, home to the 2006 World Series Champs in nearby downtown, is built to look like an old-time brick baseball park. It houses a museum filled with memorabilia from the Cardinals' 115 year history. Indoor sports fans can find another one-of-a-kind treat next to Busch--the International Bowling Hall of Fame.

We can boast of another kind of blues, too--Blues Ice Hockey at Savvis Center, reachable by Metrolink. Oct. 30, Blues v Coyotes; Nov 3. Blues v Blackhawks.

P.S. Don't worry about the climate. St. Louis summers typically last through September. After that we have a mild and delightful fall which often sees flowers bloom through Thanksgiving.
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