This past weekend, I attended Prime Crime at the Columbia Club (formerly Magna cum Murder), a mystery conference for writers and readers held Indianapolis, Indiana. This was the third time I have attended and the first Prime Crime since the pandemic kept it from being held for the last few years. After going through two postponements, they finally were able to have the conference again in October 2022. The attendance was smaller than previous years, but hopefully that was only due to the changes in dates so many times. As such, there weren't as many panels as in previous years, which wasn't really a bad thing. It made it easier not to have to chose between what panel to attend.
I attended with with friend and author, E.M. Munch, on the right in the photo. Her book, A Haunting at Marian Wood was released just a few days before the conference. As a side note, I highly recommend Elaine's book. It's such a good read. I also met so many wonderful authors at the conference. In the panel photo with Elaine, is Patricia McLinn, a USA Today bestselling writer from northern Kentucky, and Trace Conger, another fantastic writer from the Cincinnati area (photo in collage at the end of the post).
The highlight of my trip was getting to meet and talk with bestselling author, and Guest of Honor, C.J. Box. I just love his Cassie Dewell series that the ABC television show, Big Sky is based on. The photo on the left is of myself, C.J. Box, Elaine, and author Lynda Rees. Elaine, Lynda, and I well represented the Derby Rotten Scoundrels Sisters in Crime chapter out of Louisville, Kentucky. Also present at the conference, were several members of the Sisters in Crime Speed City Writers from Indianapolis that we were happy to visit with. And, as always, it was so good seeing friends, authors, and owners of Per Bastet Publications, Marian Allen, Sara Marian, and T. Lee Harris.
Prime Crime is a great conference. I hope the low attendance won't keep them from holding it again.
Below is a collage of photos from the conference. Some of them I took and some are from the Prime Crime Facebook page.