Oct 4 2017

Where to Find Me at Boucheron Toronto

Bouchercon is always a high point of the year for me, but this year it’s going to be extra-special, because my hometown is hosting it. Toronto is an amazing place, and I’m glad so many of my friends and fellow crime-fiction fans will get to see it up close. It hit me today that we’re just a week out, so it’s high time I tell you where to find me at the convention:

Wednesday, October 11th, 9pm: Noir at the Bar, Bouchercon Edition. I’ll be reading with a terrific crew that includes Owen Laukkanen, David Swinson, Eric Beetner, Jamie Mason, Zoë Sharp, Thomas Pluck, MH Callaway, Sheena Kamal, and Scott Adlerberg. The fabulous Tanis Mallow and Rob Brunet will co-host. You don’t need to be registered for Bouchercon to attend — Noir at the Bar is free and open to anyone who can make it to the Rivoli (334 Queen Street West, about a 10-minute walk from the Sheraton). More details here.

Friday, October 13th, 1:30pm-2pm: Signing at the Tor/Forge Hospitality Suite. Do you like free books? Tor/Forge will be giving away some paperback copies of BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS and I’ll be on hand to sign them. If you’ve already read it, just come by to say hello. There are also snacks, prizes, and author bingo, in case you need further inducements…

Friday, October 13th, 3:30pm-4:30pm: “The Canadian Panel.” The topic seems a little random — the convention’s in Toronto, so there will be plenty of Canucks on panels — but with a crew that includes Jennifer Hillier, David Morrell, Ausma Zehanat Khan, Paul E. Hardisty, and moderator Kevin Burton Smith, you know you’re in for a good time. (Sheraton, Grand West room.)

Saturday, October 14th, 7pm-8pm: Passport to Murder Signing. Yes, you’ll be hungry and want to go out to dinner, but come see us first! I’m honored to be part of this year’s Bouchercon anthology, Passport to Murder, which just got a starred review from Publishers Weekly. (My story “Jerusalem Syndrome” got special notice in the review. Can murder be miraculous? You’ll need to read it to find out.) All proceeds go to Frontier College, a national literary organization. (Sheraton, Grand Foyer.)

Here’s hoping I get to see you next week!

Sep 29 2017

Passport to Murder Gets a Starred Review From PW

Bouchercon is just around the corner, and so is the release of PASSPORT TO MURDER: BOUCHERCON ANTHOLOGY 2017 from Down & Out Books. This year’s edition benefits Frontier College (which is, to be clear, not a college at all but a national Canadian literacy organization). I’m honored that my story “Jerusalem Syndrome” was selected to be part of the collection, and I’m delighted by the starred review Publishers Weekly gave the book. According to PW: “Each of the 22 often thought-provoking short stories in this rich and varied anthology relates to travel and possible or intended murder… in “Jerusalem Syndrome,” Hilary Davidson shows how a visit to the Holy Land can alter a woman’s life in (perhaps) miraculous ways.” The full (and slightly misspelled) review is below. Pre-order the book now!

Sep 14 2017

Noir at the Bar: Killing Malmon Edition

It’s tough to keep a secret in the age of social media, but the Killing Malmon crew in New York pulled it off. Rob Hart deserves the credit: it was his idea to surprise Dan and Kate Malmon on their trip to the Big Apple with a special super-secret Noir and the Bar. Dan and Kate are beloved by the crime-fiction community, and they’re the editors of Killing Malmon: 30 Authors… One Victim, an anthology to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Kate has MS, so this is an issue close to their hearts). The usual suspects — Rob Hart, Todd Robinson, Angel Luis Colon, Thomas Pluck, Dave White, Hector Acosta, and me — read excerpts from our stories. If you’d like to learn more about the collection, which will be published in October by Down & Out Booksclick here. If you’d like to see how much fun we had with the event, scroll down!

Were the Malmons surprised? Hell yes. Recovering with drinks.

Reading “My Side of the Matter,” which was inspired by the famous Truman Capote story.

Big Daddy Thug Todd Robinson double duty: bartending before he took the stage.

The theme of the collection is killing Malmon, after all…

I love these crazy kids.


Aug 8 2017

Event with Susan Elia MacNeal

I’ve been a huge fan of Susan Elia MacNeal‘s novels since the very start. (That’s no exaggeration — I got an advance copy of the first book in her Maggie Hope series, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, back in 2011 and immediately fell in love.) Tonight I have the pleasure of interviewing Susan about her seventh Maggie Hope book, THE PARIS SPY. We’ll be at Park Slope’s Barnes & Noble (267 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn) at 7pm tonight. Come say hello!


Jun 12 2017

Suspense Night 2017

I’ve done so many events over the years, but Suspense Night at the St. Louis County Library was one of the all-time greatest. My thanks to everyone who worked behind the scenes to make it happen, to Reed Farrel Coleman for being an excellent MC, to my co-panelists Blake Crouch, Maureen Corrigan, and Peter Blauner for being so much fun to share a stage with, to the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America for the warm welcome, and to everyone who turned out!

Lunch at Cielo with some friends of the library.

At the library for the panel.

Quite the crowd.

Having fun!

Post-event. What a great night! (More photos here.)






Jun 1 2017

Meet Me in St. Louis!

I’m thrilled to be part of the twelfth annual Suspense Night at the St. Louis County Library next Thursday, June 8th. I’ll be appearing with Reed Farrel Coleman, Blake Crouch, Peter Blauner, and NPR book critic Maureen Corrigan. Click here for full details. Hope to see you there!

May 30 2017

Photos From the Queens Book Festival

I had a blast at the Queens Book Festival on Sunday. I owe a huge debt to Alex Segura, who organized the panel *and* the entire crime track of programming. Thanks to my terrific fellow panelists, and to everyone who came out to see us!

There was a lot of laughter…

The shades never came off.

Post-panel smiles. Left to right: moderator Scott Adlerberg, Alex Segura, me, Adam Sternbergh, Lyndsay Faye, and Dave White.

Hanging out with Alex and the incredibly adorable Baby G afterwards.

May 24 2017

This Weekend: Queens Book Festival

What are you doing this Memorial Day weekend? If you’ll be in New York, I hope you’ll check out the Queens Book Festival. I’ll be on the Mystery Writers of America “Craft of Mystery” panel at noon on Sunday with a stellar crew: Lyndsay Faye, Alex Segura, Adam Sternbergh, Dave White, and moderator Scott Adlerberg. That’s not the only mystery-themed event that day — there’s a conversation between Queens-based crime writers Radha Vatsal and Alex Segura at 4pm and a Noir at the Bar with SJ Rozan, Thomas Pluck, Jen Conley, Nick Kolokowski, Sarah Weinman, Cathi Stoler, and SA Solomon at 5pm. (Details on events here.)

The Queens Book Festival is free to attend, but — as the organizers put it — “seating areas are for a minimal donation.” (Location and transit details here; ticket info here.) Rain or shine, hope to see you on Sunday!

Apr 4 2017

“Swan Song” Is Up for a Derringer Award

On April 1st, the Short Mystery Fiction Society announced the finalists for the 2017 Derringer Awards. I didn’t see the news until late, so when a pal emailed me, I wondered if it might be an April Fool’s joke. Fortunately, it wasn’t: my “Swan Song” is up for Best Long Story. “Swan Song” was published last year in one of my all-time favorite anthologies, UNLOADED: CRIME WRITERS WRITING WITHOUT GUNS, edited by Eric Beetner. Publishers Weekly singled “Swan Song” out for praise when they reviewed the collection, and it’s an incredible honor to be a Derringer finalist. The story can be read online by members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. And if you haven’t picked up UNLOADED yet, now would be a great time! Buy it from AmazonNookKoboIndieBound, or at your favorite independent bookstore.

Mar 16 2017

Achievement Unlocked: I’ve Taken Over Great Jones Street!

I’ve written before about Great Jones Street, the phenomenal app that allows you to read countless short stories. Calling it the Netflix of short fiction is no exaggeration (except that GJS is free, which makes it even better). GJS bought four of my stories last fall, and it recently gave them gorgeous cover art and started featuring them on the app. “A Special Kind of Hell” was last Friday’s feature, then “A Hopeless Case” on Monday, “Magpie” on Tuesday, and “The Siege” yesterday. Without meaning to, I took over the app’s start screen, which makes me proud, but also very grateful to the GJS team for their support.

I’ve been making plans to do more with the GJS crew, so stay tuned for developments. In the meantime, please download the app. There’s no downside: it’s free, and you get great fiction from a wide array of authors at your fingertips. Happy reading!