By Paula Matter
*Barry Eisler didn’t look too happy either. However, he did stay in his chair.
What in the world am I talking about, you ask?
After woefully cancelling my registration to this year’s New England Crime Bake con, I became even sadder as the weekend approached.
How could it be that I would miss this fabulous experience? I’ve made the trip to Dedham, MA the past two years for this mystery con. I know many of the attendees, and a lot of them are people I get to see only once a year. My car knows the route. I can drive it in six hours regardless what Mapquest says. I was scheduled to work only one day, and I could easily ask someone to cover half my shift on Saturday morning. If I got on the road by 9:30, I’d have plenty of time.
What could possibly stop me?
Oh. I’d cancelled and they’d been sold out for weeks.
Since one of my mottoes is “It never hurts to ask,” I asked.
They said yes! Well, she said yes. Barb Ross, the wonderful lady in charge of registration, wrote back right away saying attending just the banquet would be no problem.
But it was a costume banquet. Hmmm. Who here does not know how much I love dressing up for costume parties?
That’s right. I simply had to get a costume.
The theme: Sleuths, Spies and Private Eyes. Nothing simple about it since time was limited. I read further down on the Web site page, and there, there it was! A category for “The Best of the Baddies.”
If I hadn’t scared the judges, Vinnie had a good shot at winning as Professor Moriarty.
And just to show y'all the judges weren't really scared, here's another photo:
I have to share one more photo with y'all. Nikki Bonanni (on left) won Best Overall and here's why:
Thanks to everyone at Crime Bake. See you next year!