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Posted on November 24, 2015 - by

The New England Crime Bake 2015 Edition

LUCY BURDETTE: I always mean to do a better job of documenting the New England Crime Bake mystery conference, but it goes by so fast…I get home and my pictures are skimpy and I’m exhausted! But still, I wanted to mark the occasion with a few moments and high points.

First, I always enjoy the extra time riding up and back to the conference (in Dedham, MA) with my writers group pals, Angelo Pompano and Chris Falcone. We’ve been reading each others’ stuff for at least 15 years. I can’t wait to see their wonderful books in print.

Hallie, Lucy, and Hank

Next, I love seeing any Jungle Reds who are there–in this case Hank and Hallie, who always contribute so much to the conversations.

Ray Saleme, Elizabeth George, Hallie Ephron

Elizabeth George was a fabulous guest of honor–gracious, talented and game for anything. I love hearing how other people write, what they know and don’t know when they plunge into a story.

Lucy, Julianne, Lisa

Speaking of community, the conference has become a huge community for New England writers and readers. On Friday night, 22 debut authors were honored. Isn’t that an amazing number? Here’s a picture of one of them, Julie Hennrikus aka Julianne Holmes, who also happened to be a co-chair this year. I’m reading her book now–JUST KILLING TIME–and it’s wonderful! On the Wicked Cozy “stick” is one of our back bloggers, Mark Baker.

This was also the date for the launch of the Level Best Books anthology, RED DAWN. (I mentioned a few weeks ago that my new Key West story “Last Mango in Paradise” made it into this edition.) It’s a blast to autograph the books in a big line with all the other writers. (Thanks to Susan Oleksiw for the photo.)

Two Miss Marples and one Poirot with the Queen

And Saturday night, the costume banquet is always a ball! This year with an English pub theme, we came dressed as our favorite English characters or writers. And then we ate dinner and danced and fell into bed exhausted! The DJ was heard saying this is the strangest group he’s ever worked for–we come in costume, eat, dance like madpeople for an hour and then totter out…work hard, party hard!

There’s too much more to mention like a critique I did whose authors went on to have 5 agents ask to see the book! And a wonderful discussion about the writers’ life with Peter Abrahams, Kate Flora, and Gerry Boyle.

(And ps, next year’s guest of honor will be the fabulous William Kent Krueger–not to be missed!)