The smoking gun leads to the 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, a gathering of world-class mystery writers, storytellers and fans set for June 16-18, 2017. (Photo by Carol Tedesco)

The 4th Annual “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Mystery Fest Key West will take place June 16-18 in Key West, Florida. Here are 8 “killer” reasons to register now:

1) With celebrated authors of action/adventure, true-crime, cozies, noir and more, it’s a mystery genre cornucopia!
2) Sensational star power: Liaise with headliners John Hemingway, Clifford Irving, Randy Rawls, and Charles Todd, featured presenters Lisa Black, James O. Born, Nancy J. Cohen and Heather Graham, and panelist authors David Beckwith, Robert Coburn, Bill Craig, John Cunningham, Mike Dennis, Lewis C. Haskell, Susan Haskell and Nora-Jean Perkin, Renee Kumor, Meg Muldoon, Siera London, Rick Ollerman, Reef Perkins, Ken Rijock, Shirrel Rhoades, Marjory Sorrel Rockwell and Paul Sinor.
3) Ramp up your sleuthing savvy: Learn first-hand the exciting how-to’s of crime scene investigation from leading local true-crime law enforcement experts.
4) Pitch session opportunities with four prominent literary agents!
5) You’ll get to explore infamous hauntings in Old Town Key West with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham as she co-hosts a Saturday evening ramble with Sloan’s Ghost Tour Key West.
6) You might walk into the very pages of a mystery novel: Fest guests who register by midnight on June 1 are automatically entered into a drawing for a cameo role in bestselling author Meg Muldoon’s next “Christmas River” series novel.
7) Alluring diversions: A reception and dinner at the Hemingway Home and Museum, author book signings, a ‘mysterious’ special event at the Custom House Museum, and a Bloody Mary Morning breakfast at Key West’s historic Schooner Wharf Bar.
8) It’s a steal of a deal: Event registration is just $195 and includes three days of exciting panels, presentations and social events – in Paradise – plus four meals in the company of Fest guests and celebrity authors.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham is to co-host a Saturday evening ramble with Sloan’s Haunted Key West during the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West.

The 2017 Mystery Fest Key West is sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and the Helmerich Trust. For a full Fest schedule, online registration and links to accommodations visit

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