Prior Desert Sleuths Outings

Left Coast Crime 2023: Trouble in Tuscon, March 16-19

Spy in in a hat in front of a setting sun and cactusEl Conquistador Hotel in Tucson: Left Coast Crime (LCC) is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, readers, and authors. At LCC readers, authors, critics, librarians, publishers, and other fans gather in convivial surroundings to pursue their mutual interests.

Desert Sleuths held a well-attended member networking social on Thursday evening. Of the 18+ Desert Sleuths at the conference, 14 were panelists and/or moderators. Karen Odden was nominated for a Lefty Award for Best Historical Novel (sorry you didn’t win Karen), and Kathy McIntosh was a debut author and spoke at the New Authors Breakfast hosted by National SinC.

Pictures from Left Coast Crime!

New Author Breakfast at Left Coast Crime sponsored by Sisters in Crime

Three image collage. Top left two people, man and woman sitting behind a table (Mindy Carlson from Chesapeake Chapter) Top right - two people a man and a woman sitting behind a presentation table with microphones (Sharon Lynn from Desert Sleuths) Bottom picture conference room with 10 top white table clothed tables, around which attendees are sitting.
New Authors read from their book to full house. Featured from left: Mindy Carlson from Chesapeake Chapter, and Sharon Lynn from Desert Sleuths. Congratulations to all new authors participating in this event.
Three women from left to right - Karen Odden (Publicity Committee and a Desert Sleuths member), Julie Hennrikus (Executive Director), and Jennifer Chow (President) - smiling for the camera.
Meet several SinC Board members. From left: Karen Odden (Publicity Committee and a Desert Sleuths member), Julie Hennrikus (Executive Director), and Jennifer Chow (President).

Lefty Award Nominees for Best History Mystery Novel

Presenter's table with 7 women and microphones seated facing the audience. The women are nominees for the Lefty Award for Best History Mystery Novel
Karen Odden (3rd from right) is one of 6 nominees for the Lefty Award for Best History Mystery Novel.
Karen Odden (3rd from right) is one of 6 nominees for the Lefty Award for Best History Mystery Novel.

Both Sides of the Law panel

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Margaret Morse and Karen Odden on the Both Sides of the Law panel at Left Coast Crime

Celebrating the Short Story panel

Desert Sleuths Erynn Crowley (moderator) and Claire A Murray (back row), with Kim Keeline and Rena Leith.

Writing in the New Southwest Panel

Top: Writing in the New Southwest Panel at Left Coast Crime Panelists: J.A. Jance (Lifetime Achievement), Anne Hillerman, Christina Estes, Ramona Emerson, Iona Whishaw (Moderator) Lower: Desert Sleuths’ Karen Odden and Erynn Crowley congratulate Christina Estes post-panel discussion.

Why We Love Research Panel

Photo: panelists at Left Coast Crime 2023
Desert Sleuths members Clare Broyles (2nd from left) and Donis Casey (3rd from left) on Why We Love Research panel at Left Coast Crime 2023

Desert Sleuths Out and About

Photo: 2 people at Left Coast Crime 2023
Susan Cummins Miller and Gary L. Kreigh at Left Coast Crime 2023
Photo: 2 people at Left Coast Crime 2023
Kathy McIntosh and A.J. Devlin at Left Coast Crime 2023
Photo of person against the backdrop of Tucson mountains at Left Coast Crime 2023
DS President Claire A Murray at Left Coast Crime 2023 against the backdrop of Tucson mountains.

Tucson Festival of Books 2023, March 4-5

University of Arizona Campus, Tucson
logo: bookmark of TFoB
TFoB Logo

Desert Sleuths participated in The Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB) in partnership with Tucson Sisters in Crime. TFOB is the third-largest book festival in the US, attracting over 130,000 visitors to the University of Arizona campus. The festival features over 200 exhibitors, including author presentations, panel discussions and book signings. Authors signed and sold books throughout the weekend, including Desert Sleuths anthologies and our cookbook.

For more about this annual event, go to www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.

Photo: 3 people at Tucson Festival of Books 2023
Jenn Dornbush, Marcy Rockwell, and Jeff Mariotte at Tucson Festival of Books 2023
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Jennifer Dornbush and Trish Arrowsmith at Tucson Festival of Books 2023
photo: person selling books at Tucson Festival of Books 2023
Jennifer Dornbush at Tucson Festival of Books 2023
Photo: crowd and entrance to booths at Tucson Festival of Books 2023
Crowd and entrance to booths at Tucson Festival of Books 2023
photo: 2 people selling books at Tucson Festival of Books
Claire A Murray and Karen Odden selling books at Tucson Festival of Books 2023