What is Bouchercon? Only the biggest crime fiction convention on the planet! Think 1,500 fans – including about 600 authors (who are also fans) – all milling about, eating, drinking, talking, signing books, talking some more, and sitting on panels! The annual autumn party moves around, and this year it was in St. Pete, FL, in a gorgeous restored 1925 hotel, the Vinoy. That meant lots of time on the veranda bar! And while I didn’t get to the pool, I did get to walk along the waterfront and visit the incredible Dali museum. But basically I got to meet fans and to be a fan – reading a personalized edition of Sara Paretsky’s latest now! Oh yeah, every author there is more than happy to sign her/his books (and there’s never a charge for a signing! Come on!). I’ve already signed up for next year’s Bouchercon, in Dallas. Will I see you there?