Bouchercon 2012 held its opening reception last night in Cleveland's beautiful Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There are times when music and murder can coexist quite peacefully. Killer rock indeed.
At the opening ceremonies, a number of awards were announced, including this year's Barry and Macavity winners. The Rap Sheet has a full list, thanks to the formidable Ali Karim.
It was a fine evening. Lots of good conversation and a chance to tour the amazing museum - I don't think I got more than about halfway through it in my two hours of touring.
The conference continues through Sunday - with the Anthony awards coming up Saturday night.