September 5th, 2009

With Arizona, Colorado, and Kansas receding in the rear-view mirror, here come Texas and the southern leg.

Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 PM, MURDER BY THE BOOK, Houston — 2342 Bissonet Street, Houston TX

Thursday, September 10, 5:30 PM, GARDEN DISTRICT BOOKS, New Orleans, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA

Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 PM, MYSTERIES & MORE, Nashville, 6965 Sunnywood Drive, Nashville, TN

Wednesday, September 16, 6:00 PM, DAVIS-KIDD, Memphis, 387 Perkins EXT, Memphis, TN

Saturday, September 19, 1:00 PM, BIG SLEEP BOOKS, St. Louis, 239 North Euclid, St. Louis, MO

I had the most amazing time in Colorado and Kansas — I already knew I loved the people in Colorado, but Kansas was a revelation.  What astonishing folks.  If I get to a hotel in time to do anything at all tomorrow evening, I’ll bring you up to date: My book gets frosted at Murder By the Book, closing the restaurant with Lisa and Scott, one hundred eleven million flat miles of Kansas that were somehow ravishingly beautiful followed by hill country that was even more beautiful, my wonderful times at the Raven in Lawrence and I Love a Mystery in Mission, KS, being brotherly with the Sisters in Crime, and — ta-DAAA!  meeting longtime correspondent Larissa.  Also, Doris, my Garmin, developing a personality disorder and sending me down little country roads so small some of them might have been driveways, getting pulled over by Kansas cops for doing 80 in what I think was somebody’s living room, and making them laugh so hard they let me go without a ticket.

Kansas.  I don’t know why Dorothy wanted to leave.


  1. Suzanna Says:

    Why doesn’t it surprise me at all that you could talk your way out of a 80 mph speeding ticket in Kansas???

    The closest thing I ever got to talking my way out of a citation was when I ran out of gas on the Santa Monica freeway at about 11 pm. I used a Call Box to summon help. This was in the day when very few people had cell phones because for one thing they were expensive, and they weighed about 25 pounds and had to be lugged around in a brief case. I’d never used a Call Box before so I didn’t know what to expect. A dispatcher said she’d send help. I thought she meant a tow truck service but instead a police officer showed up. He leaned into my car to ask me what happened and I thought I was going to get a ticket so when he inquired about my guitar lying on the back seat I quickly offered to play him a song. After a pitifully abbreviated rendition of “I Fall to Pieces” the officer, smiled, thanked me, summoned a tow truck and left. I felt awfully silly but at least I didn’t have to pay a fine.

  2. Kathy Honda Says:

    Glad to hear the tour is going well. You’re entering the region of “good eats”. Just stay away from the fried pickles in Vidalia! ick.



  3. David Jenkins Says:

    I think there’s enough fodder for a documentary film here. Maybe the next time around.

  4. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hi from Dallas:

    Suzie, Will expand on all this as soon as I have time to do anything but steer and accelerate and brake for flashing lights. The cops were delightful — just great guys, definitely too nice to make it in the LAPD. Would have loved to have heard you sing Patsy Cline under those circumstances, though.

    Kathy, I think we learned together about fried pickles. Somewhere in Natchez. And “ick” doesn’t begin to describe it.

    And David, you provide the camera, I’ll supply the fodder. One thing there’s no shortage of in this part of the country is fodder.

  5. suzanna Says:

    I’d love to hear more about your escaped-citation experience whenever you recover from your drive.

    Are you in the big ol’ state of Texas yet?

  6. Peter Says:

    Never-ending tour is right. You’re like a rolling stone.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

  7. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Suzanna — Deep in the heart of Houston — my event at Murder By the Book is at 8:30 tonight.

    Peter, Like a Rolling Stone but not as well paid.

  8. suzanna Says:

    Say hello to my fellow Texans…
    Strange, another possible autobiography c/o Captcha:
    Voodoo Alan

  9. Helen Simonson Says:

    Dear Tim, Sounds like a bruising road trip but so much fun. I just finished Breathing Water (could not put it down and blew a whole day curled up on the couch with it) and I think it’s the best yet. Smooth as a top grossing movie yet deep and political as ever. Who could not love Poke’s strange little family. Who could not fall for your wacky, sharp sense of humor. I just hope your blunt portrait of Thai politics doesn’t get you barred from the place! Hope the reviews are good and the road trip eats better. Congrats!

  10. Larissa Says:

    It was wonderful to see you in person Tim! (c: I’m glad you enjoyed “my” state-it’s one of those that surprises people, myself included!-next time like I said, you’ll have to stick around for some jazz/blues. 😀 It sounds like the road has been interesting to say the least-especially since DOris got a little creative here and there. (c: Glad you’re keeping us posted!

  11. Suzanna Says:

    Hey, Tim

    Where you stay at? Are you in Weezyanna or Tennessee?

  12. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Now I stay Tinn’see. Will ketchup wid de tour in a little bit.

  13. Suzanna Says:

    Sho’ nuf.

  14. Sharai Says:

    Tha’ts zactly why I luv u 2.
    Uh huh!

  15. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Mmmm mmmmm.

  16. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    By the way, my Catcha was gangling Ehrlichman.

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