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A Celebration of Sleuthing: Mystery Writers Key West Fest

A Celebration of Sleuthing: Mystery Writers Key West Fest Set for Mid-August
This is a “must” for all mystery fans!

Register now at www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.
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Key West, FL. — World-class mystery writers and acclaimed storytellers will be gathering in Key West to reveal their sleuthing savvy and whodunit know-how during the 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for August 14-16, 2015. And you’re invited to join them.

Sponsored in part by the Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, and the Key West Citizen, this “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed festival offers multiple workshops, presentations and panel events, mingling with authors, consultations with publishing industry experts, and book signings.

Shirrel Rhoades, publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks, is a co-founder of the Fest along with mystery writer Michael Haskins.

Shirrel Rhoades (left) and Michael Haskins are founders of Key West Writers Bloc, producer of the December 7 authors event and book signing at Smokin' Tuna Saloon.

Shirrel Rhoades (left) and Michael Haskins are founders of Key West Writers Bloc, producer of the December 7 authors event and book signing at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.

Shirrel Rhoades and Michael Haskins

Taking place this year at Key West’s luxurious Beachside Marriott, Mystery Writers Key West Fest stars international bestselling suspense-thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, author of the wildly popular”Lincoln Rhyme” book series, the first of which was adapted to the 1999 film “The Bone Collector” starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

au New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham

Jeffery Deaver and Heather Graham

Open to mystery fans, authors, and aspiring authors, Fest guests will learn first-hand how to craft their own tales of crime, murder and mystery from Deaver and other high-profile mystery genre luminaries — including award-winning Florida author James O. Born, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham, and bestselling Chicago crime writer Libby Fischer Hellman. The 90-minute panels also include one on Law Enforcement in the Keys, a popular presentation that provides a bird’s-eye view of what crime is really like in the Florida Keys, led by DEA agent Ken Davis.

The popular sleuth fest also includes a luncheon with Deaver, dinner with O. Born, and the presentation of the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award.

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The Jerry Award and Jeremiah Healy

Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, the Jerry Award salutes the late author’s legacy as a beloved and influential mentor to aspiring writers. The winner receives a unique Jerry statuette, a book publishing contract, and receives free admission and lodging at the Fest. Candidates wishing to compete for the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award are invited to submit the first three pages of a finished, unpublished manuscript no later than June 30, 2015. Finalists will be notified August 1, and will have until August 10 to submit full manuscripts.

Featuring a who’s-who array of award-winning and bestselling mystery and crime fiction authors, this year’s Mystery Writers Key West Fest is sure to be a hit. Registration is only $125 for nearly three days of sleuth-worthy events. Rooms for attendees also are generously discounted, but early bird discounts end July 10.
Don’t delay. Attendance is limited. Register today!

To register, simply visit www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com
or email
info@mysterywriterskeywestfest.com

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The Snake Handler’s Daughter: Tales of Sex & Intrigue in Amity, Kentucky

Looking for something to read that not only is a breath of fresh air but that will keep you turning the pages, hungry for more? Than you will have to grab a copy of The Snake Handler’s Daughter: Tales of Sex & Intrigue in Amity, Kentucky by P.A. Lassiter.
Martha Mae Browne is the daughter of a snake handling preacher in Amity, Kentucky. More than a bit of the back woods is our girl but also quite delusional. She’s fixated on the new Episcopal priest notwithstanding the fact that she’s half again his age and grossly overweight. As if that’s not enough, he’s gay (but he IS a hunk).
Lassiter brings you into the lives and loves of the people of Amity, Kentucky in a way that will keep you coming back for more. Fortunately, this is the first book in the Tales of Amity, Kentucky series. You can always check for the next book at AbsolutelyAmazingEbooks.com

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Philo Gubb, Correspondence School Detective

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Philo Gubb,
Correspondence School Detective
by Ellis Parker Butler,
$3.99 ebook; $14.95 paperback

Not only is Mr. Philo Gubb a professional wallpaper hanger, he’s also a graduate of the Rising Sun Detective Agency’s Correspondence School of Detecting. As well as being a book-trained master of disguise, Philo is pretty good at solving crimes. Here are 17 of Philo’s most successful cases, including “The Eagle’s Claw,” “The Un-Burglars,” “The Progressive Murder,” and “The Anonymous Wiggle.” Philo Gubb is a new kind of “deteckative” that you’ll love. “Funny and clever,” says Byron Rupert McCafferty, pop culture guru, Online Critics Corner.