Patricia Harrington
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Mystery Conferences - Pros, cons and benefits

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leian Jun 27, 2008.

Plot, Charater, Setting . . . Can Settings Be a Character?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John McFetridge Apr 5, 2007.


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Pacific Northwest
About Me:
I write the Bridget O'Hern amateur detective series (Death Stalks the Khmer and Death Comes Too Soon), have several other protagonists that have been out in short story form, including Gus Maloney, an alkie ex-cop and drifter, who's the unofficial mayor of Mudflat Manor, a homeless camp in Tacoma, WA. I like traditional mysteries, police procedurals, but am feeling weary of some of the thrillers and look-alike popular crime fiction now about.

Besides my mystery novels featuring amateur sleuth Bridget O'Hern, who operates out of St. Mary's Corner in Western Washington, I have a Golden Age sleuth novel in the works. In Murder Visits Antigua, Aunt Amelia (Winthrope) visits her attorney nephew Winston on the Caribbean island of Antigua. He's trying to find out if the overseer of the Dunhill Plantation is siphoning off funds. When the estate's foreman is murdered, it's "Agatha Christie bar-the-door time." Some of my stories also have appeared in anthologies that include the EX-Factor, Justified Ends for Bad Exes, Murder by Six, and the Crime and Suspense Anthology, Year I.
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Books And Authors I Like:
The McDonalds, regardless of spelling, are some of my favorites. Certainly Ross Macdonald and also John McDonald. Did a short story that will be on Mysterical-e's summer issue, that incorporates the characters of Ross Macdonald and Lew Archer. Story is "Trail to Perdition." Hope some folsk will look for it.
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Patricia Harrington's Blog

The Fun Part of Writing--Traveling for Research:-) Yahoo: Antigua Bound!

It's been some time since I dropped a line and had a chance to read other blogs and posts at Crimespace. Mea Culpa.

I head back to the island of Antigua in the Caribbean--was invited to attend the Antigua and Barbuda Literary Festival that will be held the first weekend in November. Though meant to celebrate Caribbean authors, I've been invited because of my novel-in- progress, Murder Visits Antigua, a Golden Age mystery, and because of my Amazon Shorts story, "Antiguan Memories."…


Posted on October 29, 2007 at 12:10pm

Tony's Post and Murder Visits Antigua

Hey, Tony,

Glad to see you here and thanks for posting. I have replied to several folks and apparently didn't hit the right key to "send." So I hope this post makes it. Glad to have Tony on board as one of "my friends." I'm accumulating a lot, which pleases me. I must confess that as a former kindergarten teacher, I have this compulsion to circle you all around me, and have you say something about yourself, so that others can know you and be friendly with you. Some old habits…


Posted on March 29, 2007 at 3:44pm

Why This Pix--Crime Fiction Related?

It's all part of the dream -- a beach bar and book club on a tropical island. Who wouldn't like that! This pix was taken on one of the tiny, uninhabited Five Islands off Antigua in the Caribbean. I wrote on a bed sheet and my Antiguan friend sailed me over , strung it up on some cactus and justting rocks, and then took the picture. Of course, I was doing research for my Golden Age mystery, Murder Visits Antigua, The protagonist is Aunt Amelia, not a close cousin to Miss Marple, and not Amelia… Continue

Posted on March 19, 2007 at 6:46am

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At 9:26am on January 24, 2010, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
Hi, Pat. Sometime we've got to do downtown to the Seattle Police Museum this Spring! Haven't seen you for sometime. Feel free to call me anytime (except Saturday nights after 9PM when I'm watching the newest ScyFy movie). Looking forward to watching "Snakes On A Sub" tonight. (God knows why as I hate snakes....). Dawn
At 8:48am on November 23, 2009, Sunny Frazier said…
Oh, lady, I got "adventurous" all right! Free tequila and frisky Cozumel men are a BAD combo!
We got together later with the travel agent who pulled together the trip and pitched the idea of a mystery cruise. I came up with the title: Murder On the High Seas: A Cruise To Die For.
I heard today that the travel agent can pull it together by next fall. 7 days sailing the Mexican Riviera, leaving from Los Angeles, Carnival Splendour seems the probable choice, rates are approx. $350 inside cabin, $550 balcony.
You can see what we're talking about at
I'm suppose to get together with my cohorts in crime and come up with panels and programs so we know how many meeting rooms to reserve. Any ideas?
Is this too soon for anyone to plan? There wouldn't be any extra fees for the conference but we're going to try to negotiate with the ship to sell books. And there wouldn't be any silly rule about who's an author. In fact, I'd love to see small press publishers show up and show their wares!
Sunny Frazier
At 7:11am on January 10, 2009, Brian L Porter said…
Happy New Year Pat, and thanks for your continued support for my work.

Very best regards to a very gracious lady.

At 11:53am on July 18, 2008, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
Hi, Pat. How was the trip? Please give me a call about the track. I guess they've changed the rules about going to the back stretch since I've been back there.
At 2:27pm on June 14, 2008, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
Yes, indeed, Pat. I hope you're having a great time down there in Antigua. Definitely we have to go to the races after your return. And, I want to hear how your trip went too. We'll have plenty to talk about in-between losing our money on the horses. (Just kidding about the losing. I play to win!) And we still haven't visited the Police Museum in Seattle yet.
At 11:45am on June 1, 2008, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
Hi, Pat. How come we ain't friends yet? Ha.ha. Just sent you an invite. I just returned from two weeks in Egypt. Like to tell you how it went. Hope you enjoyed your time in Antigua. I am eager to read your new mystery novel regarding this country when it comes out.
At 4:37pm on March 3, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Hi Patricia,
Yes, we love our little dog, and I can never get over other people's cruelty to such lovely animals. I hope you feel inclines to get a copy of Glastonbury. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

god to hear from you.

Best regards

At 3:22pm on March 3, 2008, Patricia Harrington said…
I understand the frustration--and the competition. I think stick-to-it-tive-itis is the key. Somehow, somewhere, I think the dwindling number of traditional big name publishers are going to fizzle--or not have as much clout. It used to be there were the Big Five. They are all conglomerates now. I've read--don't know how accurate the info--that some of the publishers are losing money with the big advances to big name/quick spotlight celebraties, but then the sales volume just isn't there. We'll see:-)

At 3:04pm on March 3, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Thanks for the positive feedback. Sales are slow because print reviewers won't give me a chance. Unknown author, unknown publisher, mass market paperback—three strikes against me . . . not to mention the controversy. Yet, I plug along.
At 2:52pm on March 3, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Just saying Hi from another Pacific Northwest writer. I'm very fond of Ross and John and Lew Archer too. Named my son Travis after Travis McGee long before the name was popular.

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