Okay, there’s no big news on the Nostalgia City front. And there hasn’t been. Since mid-March, 2020.
Some13 months ago I was in San Diego preparing for my part in Left Coast Crime 2020. I was scheduled for three events including a panel. This conference gives mystery fans in the west a chance to mingle with mystery writers, listen to panel discussions, and buy the latest, signed, whodunits. I had just completed one of the first events of the convention’s first morning when LCC was shut as California shut down.
Mystery writer David Hagerty and I were going to host a table at the conference’s closing banquet. We were encouraged to decorate our table so I found a party store and bought plastic handcuffs, two rubber knives, a chrome plastic detective’s badge, a toy gun and masks. Not pandemic masks—what’s that? These were black, bank-robber, Lone Ranger-style masks. Now I’m stuck with these unused souvenirs taking up space in a closet shelf. Maybe I should host a murder mystery party for my vaccinated friends.
A year ago this past March I drove home and I have not made news since. No book signings, no library talks, no book festivals or mystery conventions. And, apparently, not many blog posts. I have, however, been busy writing the fourth addition to the Nostalgia City Mystery series. Although I couldn’t go anywhere, the pandemic quarantine did not significantly alter my writing routine. I posted the following on Facebook in answer to the common question about what I was doing about the isolation.
The new Nostalgia City book is Dark Ride Deception. Watch this space for details. In the meantime, here’s a look back at what was news before the pandemic.
After this walk down memory lane, you can expect to find here–on a more regular basis–book reviews and articles on mystery authors, novels and films past and present. Stay tuned.