The 46th annual Bouchercon mystery conference ended Sunday morning, following a final panel session featuring all of the Guests of Honor.
From the left: Stan Ulrich and Lucinda Surber (Fan Guests of Honor from the great website "Stop, You're Killing Me"); Sarah Shaber (Local Guest of Honor and Raleigh author of historical mysteries); Margaret Maron (Lifetime Achievement Award and author of dozens of books and recipient of most major awards for mystery writing); Sean Doolittle (co-toastmaster and award-winning author); Tom Franklin (American Guest of Honor and author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, winner of both the LA Times Book Prize and the CWA Golden Dagger); Allan Guthrie (International Guest of Honor and author of "dark (and sometimes comic) crime fiction; Kathy Reichs (American Guest of Honor and author of many books featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan as well as the TV series Bones); Lori Armstrong (American Guest of Honor and author of several mystery series, not to mention " the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary western erotic romance," a genre I frankly didn't know existed); and Zöe Sharp (International Guest of Honor and author of a series featuring her ex-Special Forces heroine, Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox).
Quite an assortment of fine writers and witty, thought-provoking conversationalists.
Bouchercon attracted more than 1400 guests this year, including some 600 authors. Thanks, Raleigh! Now it's on to New Orleans in 2016.