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Subject: Who's Around Your Ideal Mystery Writers Round Table?
Date Posted: 9/15/2009 9:44 PM ET
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I was channel surfing the other day and totally lucked into a "round table" discussion between two of my favorite mystery authors - William Kent Krueger and P.J. Tracy.   (Well, I guess that would be three people since P.J. Tracy is two people - P.J. and Traci Lambrecht.)

It was so much fun listening to the three of them discuss their books, their influences, their writing style, how they get ideas, their fans, etc.   There was an added bonus for me in that they discussed Minnesota a little since they are all Minnesota authors.  The only thing that would have made it better for me is perhaps the addition of Brian Freeman, another favorite mystery author who also happens to be a Minnesotan.  To have Sue Grafton in the mix would have been cool also but then they might not have discussed Minnesota as much.

So ..... if you had to pick mystery authors to be on your ideal round table, who would they be?   Try to limit your choices to no more than four if you can :-)

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 10:13 PM ET
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Hmm..... A difficult choice.

Greg Iles, Kathy Reichs, Harlan Coben, John Sandford

If I could have a second round table :\   Margaret Maron, Sue Grafton, Carolyn Haines, Charlaine Harris  

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 10:29 PM ET
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I think  I would  have James Patterson, Matthew Reilly,Patricia Cornwell, T Jefferson Parker

I have so many favorite mystery/thriller authors  that it's hard to choose from

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 10:38 PM ET
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I know :-)   It was tough for me to choose just four also.  But I thought I had to limit it because if you get too many authors around the table then nobody would get a word in edgewise.

Twill  - Way to find a loophole in the four author limit.   A second table!

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 10:49 PM ET
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;(  LOL    That's me alright!  Always looking for the old loophole.  My reasoning is to have one table for the more Suspence/Thriller type authors and another one for the lighter group.  I don't even read C Harris' newer series (Sookie, Harper)  I would just like to hear where she comes up with some of her ideas. (And she does now live in my home town.) 

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 11:33 PM ET
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Hmm . . . Elizabeth George, John Le Carre, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Martin Cruz Smith

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 12:01 AM ET
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Oooh, fun!!

I would pick C.J. Box, Lori G. Armstrong, P. D. James and Craig Johnson for round one.  Round two would go to Ruth Rendell, Val McDermid, Ken Bruen and Deborah Crombie.  I would also have to meet Donna Leon, Kate Atkinson, Stephen Booth and Dennis Lehane.

Heh. :D

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 12:02 AM ET
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Oh, man!  Could I have Elizabeth George serve the tea and just sort of insinuate herself into the conversation?  I have to talk to her about Lynley and Havers....

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 7:08 AM ET
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Hmmmm...expanding on Twill's idea, maybe we can set up a little "mystery cafe" with half a dozen or more tables?? :D  Okay, okay...I'll limit it to two tables of four... :)

Table One: Margaret Maron, Deborah Crombie, Susanna Gregory, and Rhys Bowen

Table Two: Charlie Huston, Chris Grabenstein, Craig Johnson, and Karen E. Olson

I think the mix of authors would be difficult to get "just right" for a really interesting discussion. Probably some of those really famous successful authors have a sort of "diva" attitude and would try to monopolize any discussion....I always try to remember that even though some of these folks write great books, they may not be what you'd call 'nice people' especially when it comes to sharing the limelight.  :P

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/17/2009 4:01 AM ET
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I would need at least 2 different tables.

One would house my historical mystery authors: Deanna Raybourn, Victoria Thompson, Rhys Bowen

The other would include contemporary mystery authors: Elaine Viets, Judi McCoy, Diana Killian, Jennie Bentley, Sheila Connolly

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 8:58 PM ET
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Oh, man!  Could I have Elizabeth George serve the tea and just sort of insinuate herself into the conversation?  I have to talk to her about Lynley and Havers....

LeeAnne, I know what you want to ask her . . . the scene in the pub at the end of Careless in Red!!!!

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 9:05 PM ET
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What a fun idea!

My table would be Susan Wittig Albert, Kate Collins, Donna Andrews, and Monica Ferris.

2nd table:  Denise Swanson, Emily Brightwell, Katherine Hall Page, and Cynthia Baxter.

Lynne, you are going to send all the invitations out for us, yes?  ;)

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 9:15 PM ET
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Sheila, YES!!!  What was up with that??:/

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 8:23 AM ET
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Sheila, YES!!!  What was up with that??

No clue, but she better make it plausible! I don't see L & H together at all - better friends than lovers IMHO . . .