Saturday, September 2, 2023

Bouchercon Panel: A DETECTIVE'S BEST FRIEND (Jodi Burnett, Kathleen Donnelly, Margaret Mizushima, C.B. Wilson)

Bouchercon is an annual readers/writers conference. I had the pleasure of moderating a panel of notable authors who incorporate dogs in their mysteries. It was great to get to know them and their books. 

A Detectives's Best Friend : Writing Canine Characters 

Jodi Burnett is a Colorado native and a mountain girl at heart. She loves writing Mystery and Suspense Thrillers from her small ranch southeast of Denver where she dotes on her dogs and horses, complains about her cows, and writes to create a home for her imaginings. She is the author of fourteen novels and three novellas over four series: The Flint River Series, FBI K9 Thrillers, Tin Star K9, and the US Marshal Thrillers. Her books are available in paperback, eBook and audiobook formats. Inspired by life in the country, Jodi fosters her creative side by writing, painting watercolors, quilting, crafting stained-glass, and traveling. She is a member of Novelists, Inc. and Sisters In Crime, and is thrilled to be here at her first Bouchercon this year.

Award-winning author Kathleen Donnelly has been a handler for Sherlock Hounds Detection Canines—a Colorado-based narcotics K-9 company—since 2005. She loves crafting realism into her fictional stories from her dog-handling experience. Along with working dogs, Kathleen trained horses and enjoys spending time with her own mare. Her love of the mountains came from growing up in Colorado. Her debut novel, Chasing Justice, won a Best Book Award from the American Book Fest and was a 2023 Silver Falchion finalist. She lives near the Colorado foothills with her husband and four-legged coworkers. 

Margaret Mizushima (pronounced me-zoo-she-ma) is the author of the award winning 8-book series, Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, featuring Deputy Mattie Cobb, her K-9 partner Robo, and Dr. Cole Walker, who is Robo’s veterinarian and Mattie’s love interest. Her latest book is titled Standing Dead. Margaret enjoys combining her love of the Colorado high country with her love of animals and her experience assisting her veterinarian husband to create outdoor mysteries with plenty of action. After retiring last year from ranching and their veterinary practice, she and her husband packed up Bertie and Hannah, their two German shorthaired pointers, and moved from their home state of Colorado to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to family. 

The award-winning author of Cozy Pet Mysteries, C.B. Wilson’s love of writing was spurred by an early childhood encounter with a Nancy Drew book where she precociously wrote what she felt was a better ending. Her fascination with dogs and their passionate owners inspired her 6-book series set in Barkview, California, the dog friendliest city in America with a cat-loving main character. C.B. lives in Peoria, AZ with her husband. She is an avid pickleball player who enjoys traveling to play tournaments. She admits to chocoholic tendencies and laughing out loud at dog comics. Her book, Doodled to Death, was a 2023 Silver Fachion finalist for Cozy Mystery.


  1. Looks like you had enjoyed yourself and met great authors at Bouchercon this year.