Monday, November 28, 2011


Making that list!

Is it too soon to be blogging about Christmas lists? There's just under a month to go and even though it's still November and there's no snow (what's that about!) on the ground, my street is ablaze at night with decorative maybe it's not too early to use the 'C' word.

My list is at the ready for whenever I can grab some shopping time. It's been revised several times already, as listees, of the son variety in particular, go through degrees of serious thinking about what they want. The shopping can be part of the fun of this season -- the decorated malls, the crowds, everyone in good spirits, even the canned carols.

However, if you want to avoid all that, here are two suggestions you can pick up on using your computer. How about giving a conference or a festival to that special mystery lover on your list!
I'm talking about Bloody Words 2012 of course. It's happening June 1-3, 2012 in Toronto at the Hilton Toronto Downtown with Guest of Honour: Linwood Barclay;
International Guest: Gayle Lynds; and Master of Ceremonies: Rick Blechta All for the competitive price of $180. This is truly the time for Canadian mystery writers to shine so if you're a writer, come out and meet your friends and colleagues; if you're a reader, come out and meet your friends and writers. For all the details visit

The second suggestion is the day-long mystery festival held at Wolfe Island, Kingston, ON called The Scene of the Crime. It's happening August llth and features a day of panels, interviews, readings...and eating! And this year, the honourees will be The Ladies' Killing Circle, who will be awarded the 2012 Grant Allen award for contributions to Canadian crime and mystery writing. It's no mystery why it's such a popular event! For information visit

Of course, you can and should, include mystery novels on those shopping lists! From paperbacks, to hardcovers to e-books...there's a format for all readers, Christmas trees & stockings.

Happy mysterious shopping!

Linda Wiken/Erika Chase
A Killer Read coming April 3, 2012
from Berkley Prime Crime

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