July 27th, 2009

If my luck holds and the car keeps running, here’s the first third (or so) of the BREATHING WATER tour. In most stores, I’ll be doing a PowerPoint presentation on Poke Rafferty’s Bangkok, setting up the world of BREATHING WATER.  This is a technique I’ve stolen from the excellent writer Eric Stone, and I feel vaguely ashamed of the theft, but not sufficiently ashamed not to do it.  It beats me standing up there, boring everyone senseless.

Anyway, here’s the first third, roughly:


Thursday, August 20, 6:00 PM — Small World Books, Venice, CA

Friday, August 21, 7:00 PM — The Mystery Bookstore, Westwood, CA

Saturday, August 22, 2:30 PM, Mysteries to Die For, Thousand Oaks, CA

Sunday, August 23, 2:30 PM, Book ‘Em Mysteries, Pasadena, CA

Thursday, August 27, 7:00 PM, Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA


Friday, August 28, 5:00 PM, Clues Unlimited, Tucson, AZ

Saturday, August 29, 2:00 PM, The Poisoned Pen, Phoenix/Scottdale, AZ


Thursday, September 3, 5:30 PM, Murder By the Book, Denver (there will be cake!)


Friday, September 4, 7:00 PM, The Raven, Lawrence, KS

Saturday, September 5, 1 PM, I Love a Mystery, Mission, KS

In all these locations, I promise to be affable and answer any and all questions, including, “Where do you get your ideas?” although I may not be completely honset and admit that I get them mainly from other writers.

If you’re in any of these neighborhoods, please stop by.  I get really, really lonely when no one shows up.


  1. suzanna Says:

    Hi, Tim

    No San Mateo stop this year??? Boo! I hope it’s added later.

    By the way, you are incapable of boring me EVER but I do hope I get to see your Powerpoint presentation. Loved the pics you’ve been posting and am really really enjoying the book! I’ll have my questions ready this time so I hope I get to ask you a few in San Mateo.


  2. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Suzanna — I think I’ll be in San Mateo on October 2, if we can work it out, on the way down the coast from Seattle and Portland. I’ve also got the West Hollywood Book Fair on October 4 and Flintridge Bookstore on October 15, but I held onto those to try to announce them closer chronologically to when they’ll take place.

    And thanx for axing.

  3. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Oh, and Fifty Men of Mystery in Anaheim On Saturday, November 21 in Anaheim.

    And more to come.

  4. Rachel Brady Says:

    Can we pretend like this is the game “Clue” and I make a guess and you show a card? In other words… skipping ahead in your calendar, any plans for Texas?

    P.S. The expression I’m being asked to type to verify I’m not a bot is “39 microbes.” I kinda like that.

  5. Suzanna Says:

    Hi, Tim

    Hope that the 2nd works out for San Mateo. Let us know! And if you’re swinging through the Bay Area on your way down from WA and OR give us a shout! We’d love to see you.

  6. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Rachel — I’ll be at Murder By the Book in Houston on Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30. The first 12,000 fans get a Poke Rafferty sun visor.

    And Zanna, I’m on for San Mateo — October 2 at 7 PM. Will have dog and pony ready to do show.

    Thanks to both of you for asking.

  7. Suzanna Says:

    Excellent. I’ll bring some hay and dog biscuits for your friends. Bad joke, sorry.

  8. Dana King Says:

    If you come to the Baltimore/DC area I can pretty much guarantee at least two attendees. It doesn’t seem like much, but with my personality, friends are hard to come by and my coercion efforts are limited by Maryland’s restrictive gun laws.

  9. Rachel Brady Says:

    Hi Tim,

    Fantastic! It’s on my calendar.


  10. Sharai Says:

    I’m looking forward to San Mateo! But the real reason I’m writing is to share my captcha – ‘choke America!’

  11. Cynthia Mueller Says:

    I’m too angry for words. Kansas? KANSAS? and NOT LAS VEGAS??????? Grrrrrrrrrrr……

  12. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Dana, no Baltimore or DC, I’m afraid — just not going that far east. Columbus, Ohio is the easternmost point.

    Rachel — I can’t wait to meet you.

    Sharai — You just better show, especially since it’ll be a twofer — the wonderful Wendy Hornsby will be there, too, with her first new Maggie McGowen mystery in years. She’s a terrific writer.

    Cynthia — start a mystery bookstore in Vegas and I’ll visit it. There’s just nothing I know of there except for the big chains, and I don’t stop at the chains because, generally speaking, the local staff has no say in which books are ordered. So I focus on stores that specialize in mystery/thriller books and control their own inventory.

    But I’m sorry — I’d love an excuse to go to Vegas.

    And Sharai, my Captcha is HADDAD warthog. Sort of a slur, I think.

  13. Zelda Says:

    I hope the San Mateo date works out since I am about 20 minutes from there.

  14. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hi, Zelda — San Mateo is on, with a bonus — the wonderful Wendy Hornsby will also be there, talking about her new Maggie McGowen book, IN THE GUISE OF MERCY.

    See you there, I hope.

  15. Ken Mahieu Says:

    You obviously use one of those USA wall maps where California is huge and everything shrinks disproportionately as you move to the right – until you come to within an inch of the right border where the Mississippi River is, followed by all the states to the east (home to 92.7% of USA book readers).

  16. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Ahhhh, Ken — you malign me. Although I won’t be going to the eastern seaboard (I hear they have one), I’ll actually be east of the Old Miss for quite a while. The whole tour, which totals about 7,000 miles is LA, San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix, Colorado Springs, Denver, Kansas City, Houston, New Orleans, Oxford (Miss), Nashville, Memphis, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus OH, Seattle, Portland OR, San Mateo CA and home again.

    I would have done some of the eastern seaboard but my publishers didn’t think it was worth my going to NY, and I was already set to be on the road for almost six weeks — AND I have a book to write, so I called it quits at what I already had. Where are you?

  17. Larissa Says:

    Holy crap! You’re coming to Mission KS?? As in 10 minutes from my house? That’s awesome. I will be there. 😀


  18. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Will be there, Riss — at I Love a Mystery on Saturday, September 5 at 1 PM. With a presentation, complete with visuals and music, on Bangkok as a fictional setting.

    Really hope to see you there.

  19. Brynne Sissom Says:

    HOUSTON is NOT NOT NOT 10 minutes from my house! You must change it to DALLAS!!!! Hurry! Fix it! I’ll have to get on Southwest to make it happen…Who cares about Houston Hobby…you must come to Love Field in DALLAS!

  20. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Brynne — Looks like we’ll meet up in Dallas after all. Problem is that the Dallas Bookstores weren’t enthusiastic about hosting me, while Murder By the Book in Houston leapt at the chance.

    So there we are. On a tour like this one, a city is as good as its bookstores.

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