What Makes a Good Mystery?

Lesa Holstine holding her chocolate lab Hershey
Lesa Holstine and Hershey

Thank you, Lesa, for an engaging presentation. If you missed it, you can see the recording here: Lesa Holstine Presentation. Passcode: C8&1X@4T

Join us via Zoom on February 17th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST as we learn from Raven Award recipient and Library Journal mystery reviewer Lesa Holstine. She’ll discuss what appeals to her as an avid reader, but keep in mind her comments are based on years of reading, reviewing, and discussion with other bloggers and reviewers.

Her popular blog Lesa’s Book Critiques just celebrated the 19th anniversary of Book Chats in January. On her interactive site, you find books she’s reviewed, ones she is anticipating, as well as an occasional give-away.

Lesa was a library manager/administrator for over 30 years in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and Indiana. She was Library Journal Mystery Reviewer of the Year in 2018, and, as mentioned above, the 2022 Raven Award recipient from Mystery Writers of America. She’s also been the recipient of the 2018 David Thompson Memorial Special Service Award from the Bouchercon Board, and was the winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award.

Lesa is a mystery columnist for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, and ReadertoReader.com, as well as the author of the “Mystery Fiction” chapter in Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (7th ed.).

For the Zoom link, please email BuckeyeCrimeWriters@gmail.com.

From Audio to Page: an Alternative Road to Publication.

Jonathan Fredrick

Great presentation by Jonathan this morning. It was interesting to hear his path to publishing, his success with Audible, and how he found his agent. You can find the recording to his presentation here: https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/rec/share/QqUE86-ztopbpDDlKXR6sCe0k8nK4dg-P6en5oalHEqE8JlKKaEYL3urgJpKODtd.umknDG3xTZGUOq8z
The passcode is: 8eq0e3.$

Join us on Zoom, from 11:00 EST to Noon EST on January 20th, as Crime novelist Jonathan Fredrick discusses his unorthodox path to publication, which in his case went from writing novels exclusively for Audible, and then afterward having them published as paperbacks.

Jonathan is the author of the Cain City Series from Mysterious Press (Cash CityHum Little Birdie, and the latest installment, Bad Men Will Come), a series inspired in part by his hometown of Huntington, West Virginia.

After spending 15+ years living in Los Angeles and working as a writer, filmmaker, and actor, Jonathan now resides in Ohio with his wife and three sons.

RSVP to buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com for the link to this informative session.

2023 BCW Holiday Event 12/2/23

Santa climbing out of chimney

It’s that time!  What time?  Time for the BCW Holiday Event!  An oldie that never gets moldy, except for the fact that it’s pretty much been the same the last few years (if it ain’t broke, well, you know the rest).  This year will be like last year, at the Rusty Bucket at 180 Market Street, New Albany, OH.  Time will be from noon to 2:00 p.m., and all members and accompanying spouses, friends, relatives, interested parties, college roommates from decades past, and complete strangers are invited.  Note:  everybody is paying for their own meals and the voting/story contest will be limited to BCW members only, but otherwise all are welcome.  As far as the itinerary, check it out:

Vote for 2024 Board Members:  what we do every year per our bylaws (limited to BCW members only).  We’ll, unfortunately, be saying ‘sayonara’ early next year to Andrew Welsh-Huggins, who graciously stepped in to fill the treasurer spot vacated by fellow friend and member Jim Sabin (who sadly passed from a courageous fight with cancer at the end of January).  As a result, we’ll be going from 5 board members to 4, unless there’s anyone who wants to step up, hint hint. Please contact us if you are interested.

Events for 2023:  we had 8 events in 2023 (not including Ohioana in April), which included 5 in-person.  Other presentations were online via Zoom; we also purchased electronic equipment (thanks to a grant from National SIC) that will allow more hybrid in-person/online events to be broadcast to other chapters around the country.  Look for a mix of these in 2024.

Story Contest:  it’s on again, with prizes of dubious value for the wieners.  And in BCW, everybody’s a wiener.  Note: we’ll need to limit this to actual BCW members, but accompanying guests can offer moral support.  If interested, see details below.

Book Swap:  all are welcome (even non-members), but if you wish to participate you’ll need to bring a wrapped book to be swapped with another person (via our annual Wright/Left story switcheroo).  It’s confusing, frustrating, a good form of aerobic exercise, and a whole lot of fun, but per the rules all participants will need to explain why that book was relevant for them. 

Story Contest rules: 

  • 100 words maximum.
  • Must include the following 5 words: 1) nutcracker, 2) shovel, 3) needle, 4) jolly and 5) glow.  All 5 words must be in the story, although plurals and transmogrifications are accepted (e.g., ‘glowing’ and ‘glower’).  Words may also be used as proper nouns, have more than one meaning, etc. (be creative)!
  • Participants must be BCW members and you don’t need to be present to participate, but you must attend the party to win a prize!
  • Extra points for holiday themes, but keep in mind what we write (mysteries, thrillers, suspense, etc.).  Bloody, gory, scary . . . we do it all.
  • Submit entries to buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com no later than midnight, Thursday, 11/30 (please include the name of the author).  One entry per attendee, please.  Top finishers will be presented at the holiday party Saturday, 12/2, with awards to be determined. 

And there you go.  The 2023 BCW Holiday Event is now official . . . countdown starting now.  1,000,000 . . . 999,999 . . . 999,998 . . .

Active Shooter Events-An Interactive Session

Rick Hannah
Rick Hannah

Great presentation by Rick today. If you missed it, or couldn’t take notes fast enough, here is the recording: Rick Hannah. Passcode:  1NYPk$#&

On Saturday 10/14/23, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., join us for a terrific hybrid event (both in-person and online) where we’ll be inviting return guest and officer from the Columbus Police Department Rick Hannah

Rick is a detective and Community Education Officer who teaches the CRASE class, or Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events.  You’ll learn some of the basics, including the Avoid/Deny/Defend strategy (sometimes referred to as Run/Hide/Fight), emergency medical procedures and what to do when emergency personnel arrive.  He’ll also talk about ways your characters can avoid trouble by being vigilant and what bad guys typically look for. 

Note:  Rick has been with us before and is ready to get into the weeds on details, including common mistakes he sees in movies and T.V. shows, so bring questions!  If you’re planning on attending in-person, we’ll be at the Upper Arlington Library at 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington (Room B).  Or you can plan on attending via Zoom (you can contact us for a link right here:  buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com.

Since this is also an in-person event, those attending can feel free to join everyone afterwards for lunch at a local restaurant.  Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you!

Policing Through the Ages

Jonathon Anderson

Jonathon gave a fascinating historical perspective on policing. To see the taped version, click here. https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/rec/share/HNJ7sppmd-kc3tXlNp09heBWDgpq1yrNno8rFUaUC_7UYYVyDnZzTd1rPmDVQfM.nBl24UUVq88L6NJN?startTime=1694876562000
The Passcode is: 8qYXp!Q.

Join us on Saturday, September 16th from 11 to 12:30 PM for a special Zoom presentation by Police Historian Jonathon Anderson. Jon will give an overview of how policing developed in the U.S., including the unique aspects of policing in slave-holding states vs. abolitionist states. He’ll also touch on early historical influences from the Roman Empire and England as well as policing in the Middle Ages.

Jon is a retired Lieutenant from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office in New York and has done stints as a crime scene specialist, Internal affairs, and community relations. He’s also been the Historic Site Manager, Onondaga County Parks Dept. Office of Museums and Historic Sites as well as a Board Member of the Onondaga Historical Association.

He’s had fifty articles in publications such as Law and Order Magazine, National Sheriffs’ Magazine, and Police Magazine. In addition, Jon’s debut book, Gannentaha, was published in April this year. This true story focuses on the 1656 French Jesuit mission embassy among the Haudenosaunee-Iroquois. At its heart, it’s an intriguing historical human drama, a hallmark cultural interface event, an inspirational faith journey, and an audacious act of perseverance and courage within a larger historical saga.

“Three women, two investigators, and one cold case…”

Sara Herchenroether

Great presentation by Sara today. To view the recording, click here: Sara Herchenroether Presentation. (Passcode: 5#0zSW&^

The Night Flowers is local author Sara Herchenroether’s debut novel, which was published in early May by Tin House (small press based in Portland, OR and NYC). The Night Flowers is a May Indie Next Pick.

Sara’s book is a multi point of view literary mystery, partially based on the Bear Brook, Pennsylvania murders, though her book takes place in New Mexico.

Sara will be talking about the idea behind the book, the ethics of basing fiction off of true crime, the book’s structure, and how she writes with four kids.

Sara Herchenroether lives in Powell, Ohio with her husband and four children. Originally from Massachusetts, Sara studied English at Northwestern University and taught high school English in New York City for seven years. Sara is a breast cancer survivor.

Join us on August 19th in Meeting Room 3B at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library Branch (96 S. Grant) from 11:00-12:30PM. If you can’t be there in person, you can get a Zoom link by sending an RSVP to us: buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com.

Self Publishing Soup to Nuts

Jessika did a great job on Saturday. If you missed it, you can view the recording here. Jessika Hazelton Zoom Recording. Passcode: 7HG%xD^!

Also, here is the link to the self-publishing pamphlet she mentioned.

If you’re ready to let your inner book out join Jessika Hazelton of The Troy Book Makers to learn the ins and outs of the self-publishing process. From finding an editor, to designing a beautiful book, to selling online and in bookstores, this presentation will cover all the steps of the publishing journey. With over 15 years of working with authors of all experience levels The Troy Book Makers are in a unique position to speak on publishing in general as well as the specifics of self-publishing and the many avenues available for doing so. 

Jessika Hazelton, book lover and cat enthusiast, is the owner of The Troy Book Makers. She received her BFA in writing and publishing from Emerson College before getting her dream job at The Troy Book Makers. After over a decade as an author liaison and graphic designer, working with hundreds of authors, she still thinks she has the best job there is. 

Join us on Zoom on July 22 from 11:00 AM EST to 12:30 PM for this informative session. To get the link, RSVP to our gmail account.

From Representation to Resolution: The Work of a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Brad Barbin

Here is the video of Brad Barbin’s presentation: Passcode: u2sXvC1=

https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/rec/share/4P_0fbKdBpzSwXRwn4drbA7XikIEHHMznvUiF6yyZUIGsvWVr1X9LJeSvi4LEeej.qRCZoDjTGfqPtgRx Passcode: u2sXvC1=

Please join us Saturday, June 24, as veteran attorney Brad Barbin discusses the ins and outs of criminal defense work.

Barbin, who has practiced in both state and federal court, will explain his role from the day he’s contacted about representing a defendant until the case is resolved either by a conviction or an acquittal. Along the way, Barbin will describe how defense attorneys interact with clients, prosecutors, and judges, and will leave plenty of time for questions.

Brad’s talk begins at 1 p.m. at the Hilltop branch of the Columbus Public Library at 511 S. Hague Ave. on the city’s west side.

Ohioana is Back

The Ohioana Book Festival is returning to the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library ( 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215) on Saturday, April 22. There will be book signings from 10:30-5:00 PM as well as author panels and readings from 10:45-4:30. Our own Eileen Curley Hammond and Kandy Williams (moderator) will be part of the Cozy Mystery Panel from 2:30-3:15 PM in the Auditorium, and Andrew Welsh-Huggins will be giving a reading at 2:00 PM in room 2A. We’ll have a table there, so stop by and catch-up. For more information, click here. http://www.ohioana.org/programs/ohioana-book-festival/schedule/