The characters in the Countess of Harleigh series are more likely to make headlines in the society pages than the front page of the papers. But it would be a mistake to underestimate them or write them off as rich, spoiled, social butterflies. Many of these women volunteered their time and talent in various areas. They ran charities, raised huge amounts for hospitals, and organized groups to demand change from their politicians. One in particular made her mark in politics by serving as the first female member in the House of Commons. Nancy Langhorne Shaw was an heiress from Virginia and a divorcee when she, her son, and her sister, Phyllis moved to London in
Gigi Pandian: November
Wish I could be there to see you, Dru! When this dratted shoulder heals And again, super congrats on the Anthony nomination! I wish I could go -- one of these days!
Bouchercon is a killer convention for crime fiction fans, authors
Tuesday, November 18, Bouchercon I'm home after four days at Bouchercon, the world mystery convention, which was held in Long Beach this year. On my way home on Sunday I was on a flight with several other Bay Area authors, and our conversation as we waited to board sums up the whole convention experience: even though we attended the fan convention as authors, we were most excited when talking about the new mystery books and authors we discovered over the long weekend.
Bouchercon, like many conferences that bring together creators and fans, has panel discussions, signings and an awards dinner. But the year-old crime fiction convention also offers activities unlikely to be found elsewhere, such as cadaver dog demonstrations and a walk-through crime scene constructed by FBI agents. The massive conference in Long Beach has about panels and events planned. Bouchercon attracts the bestselling authors in the genre, including J.