After a COVID hiatus, New England Crime Bake is BACK! Presented this year as a hybrid event, this (usually) annual conference gathers writers, readers, and fans to discuss the art and craft of crime fiction – with a special presentation by this year’s guest of honor Hank Phillippi Ryan.

I’ll be taking part in the in-person festivities tomorrow through Sunday at the Hilton in Dedham, MA . I’ll be on “Suspense/Social Issues: Kill Your Darlings” panel on Saturday, 2:15–3:30, (with Joanna Schaffhausen, Charlene D’Avanzo, and Glede Browne Kabongo) and also at the signing for the “Bloodroot” anthology – and just generally having fun at this small, friendly con. Usually Crime Bake is sold out by this time, but as I type this there are still places for in-person registrants – and certainly for those who want to join online. Don’t miss our triumphant return. Register here: