Navigating Bouchercon 2020

by Pat Canterbury

A couple of years into planning Bouchercon 2020, we learned that our host venue, the Sacramento Convention Center, would be undergoing renovations during Bouchercon week. Replacing it, we have two convention hotels, the Sheraton Grand (13th and J Street) and the Hyatt (13th and L Street), within a closed-off city street of each other, and the Memorial Auditorium (15th and J Street) is two-and-a-half city blocks from the Sheraton.

Registration will be on the ground (main) floor of the Sheraton, along with the Book Bazaar, where you’ll be able to choose your free books that come with your paid registration. The Book Room (books for purchase) will be on the (main) ground floor of the Hyatt. Panels will take place in both hotels. There is one city street between the Sheraton and the Hyatt hotels. Cars are not allowed on K Street between the hotels.

The Opening Ceremony and the Anthony Dinner will take place at the Memorial Auditorium; handicapped-accessible shuttles will be available to take visitors from the hotels to the auditorium and return them to their hotels. The Anthony Dinner will take place outside on the lawns of the auditorium; accommodations for visitors in wheelchairs, on scooters and with canes will be available at tables around the rim of the lawn.

For those visitor who have service animals, the Sheraton is a pet-friendly hotel.

Enjoy your stay in Sacramento and the surrounding towns, vineyards, museums and parks.

One Perfect Day in Sacramento

Sunset Magazine gives you a nice overview of what you'll see in Sacramento besides mystery writers and mystery lovers.

Posted by Bouchercon 2020 on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Take the Train to Bouchercon 2020

Do you dread the hassle that comes with air travel these days? Give it up and climb aboard the iron horse for your trip west. You’ll arrive at the historic Sacramento Valley Station, recently restored to its 1926 glory, about ten blocks from the Bouchercon 2020 conference site.

What will you do as the train chugs toward the adventures of Bouchercon 2020? Elementary, my dear reader. You’ll pull out your train mysteries of course. Here are some selections for you to consider, listed by AbeBooks.com as the top ten train mysteries:

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. A gripping psychological thriller from 1950 that proves you can meet dangerous people on trains.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. First published in 1933, Hercule Poirot has a mystery to solve after Mr. Ratchett is stabbed 12 times.

Stamboul Train by Graham Greene. Published a year before Murder on the Orient Express, this is a thriller set on the Orient Express.

The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White. Another thriller (1936) about meeting a stranger on a train – Hitchcock turned it into The Lady Vanishes.

4.50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie. Elspeth McGillicuddy sees a woman strangled in a passing train and Miss Marple investigates.

The Necropolis Railway by Andrew Martin. Published in 2002, a British murder mystery set in the golden age of steam.

The Edge by Dick Francis. A classic thriller where the Jockey Club’s Tor Kelsey takes a transcontinental train journey across Canada.

La Béte Humaine by Émile Zola. Published in 1890, this thriller is set on the railway between Paris and Le Havre

Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood. A 1935 novel set in pre-War Europe with a chance meeting on a train. Also read Goodbye to Berlin.

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three by John Godey. A New York subway train is hijacked in this thriller from 1973 that became a movie a year later.

If you have time while you’re here at the western end of the Transcontinental Railroad, you can visit the California Railroad Museum and see the historic iron beasts for yourself.

—Virginia V. Kidd

Mystery Author Hallie Ephron comments on Bouchercon

Hallie is among the amazing Authors that will be at Bouchercon 2020! We hope to see you there! 📚❤️

Posted by Bouchercon 2020 on Friday, July 27, 2018

Sacramento in the Fall

Thinking of Sacramento for Bouchercon 2020? It's lovely in the fall. These were taken last week, mid November.

Posted by Bouchercon 2020 on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Look who’s coming to Bouchercon 2020! 📚❤️ #carablack

Look who’s coming to Bouchercon 2020! 📚❤️ #carablack

Posted by Bouchercon 2020 on Tuesday, April 3, 2018