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Feb 4 2014 4:30pm

Fan Favorites: 2014’s Mystery Conventions

2014 promises to be chock full of wonderful mystery conventions and conferences ranging from Bouchercon— the world’s largest crime fiction convention—to more tightly-focused conferences like Malice Domestic, which specializes in traditional and cozy mysteries. Thrillerfest is, of course, primarily about thrillers, and Left Coast Crime is regional, but also offers the year's only humorous mystery award. Most conventions feature opportunities not only to meet your favorite authors and get your book signed, but also to make tons of new friends who love crime fiction as much as you do.

So, here's a rundown of the major crime fan conventions and conventions taking place in 2014:


Left Coast Crime
March 20-23, 2014  Monterey, California

LCC is held annually during the first quarter of the calendar year somewhere in western North America. In 2014 there are two Lifetime Achievement recipients: Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Guests of Honor are Sue Grafton, Cara Black and Louise Penny. This year’s Toastmaster is Brad Parks. Left Coast Crima also has a Fan Guest of Honor, Sue Trowbridge. The Left Coast Crime Awards are given out during the event, and all attendees can vote for up to three in each category. They have some great side trips planned this year, including a tour of movie locations on the Northern California coast.

 

Malice Domestic 26
May 2-4, 2014  Bethesda, Maryland

Malice Domestic salutes the traditional mystery, loosely defined as mysteries without explicit sex or violence (sometimes known as the cozy.) This year’s slate of honorees includes Guest of Honor Kathy Lynn Emerson; Toastmaster Earlene Fowler; Lifetime Achievement winners Margaret Maron, Dorothy Cannell, and Joan Hess; and Fan Guest of Honor Audrey Reith. After being voted upon by attendees, the Agatha Awards are given out every year at the convention. All attendees who registered by December 31st of the previous year can nominate books and authors.

 

Crimefest
May 15-18, 2014  Bristol, U.K.

Not to be outdone by their American neighbors, the British have Crimefest where the motto is “Where the Pen is Bloodier than the Sword.” This convention was born after Left Coast Crime traveled to Bristol, England, in 2006, and the U.K. realized it needed one every year! The featured guest authors will include: Mark Billingham, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, and Jasper Fforde. The Crimefest awards are given out here and, although this is primarily a fan convention, they do offer pitch sessions with agents and writing workshops.

 

ThrillerFest IX
July 8-12, 2014  New York City, New York

ThrillerFest is hosted by ITW, the International Thriller Writers, and has something for everyone with three components—ThrillerFest, for thriller fans, CraftFest, for writers and AgentFest, for writers looking for agents. Attendees can go to one, two, or all three programs. ITW has its own awards given during the conference. For the fan portion of the convention, the 2014 Thrillermaster is Scott Turow, with Spotlight Guests including David Baldacci, Ian Rankin, and Heather Graham. The 2014 Silver Bullet Award Winner is Barbara Novak.

 

Bouchercon 2014
November 13-16, 2014  Long Beach, California

Named for mystery lover, writer, and critic Anthony Boucher (rhymes with voucher), Bouchercon is the world’s largest mystery convention and features three solid days of panels, keynotes, and parties. Bouchercon's own Anthony Awards, Mystery Readers International's Macavity Awards, Deadly Pleasures' Barry Awards, the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Awards, and Crimespree Magazine's Awards are all given out during Bouchercon. Guests of honor in 2014 include: J.A. Jance, Jeffery Deaver, Edward Marston, and Eoin Colfer. The Toastmaster is Simon Wood. This year's Fan Guest of Honor is Al Abramson, and they're also issuing an anthology of short stories with the theme Murder at the Beach—guidelines at the link, but hurry, because entries need to be postmarked by March 20, 2014.

Did I miss any of your favorites? Are you planning to attend a mystery convention in 2014?

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Deborah Lacy likes speakeasies, yellow heirloom tomatoes, and crime fiction. She also blogs over on Mystery Playground. You can find her on Twitter @quippy.

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303 comments
Francis Cardosi
1. stridr222
I understand Long Beach is beautiful that time of year!
Ralph Vaughan
3. Ralph E. Vaughan
Of course, I would not kill to attend, but if I did, I would make sure it was a fair-play mystery. Looking forward to Long Beach.
Deborah Lacy
5. DeborahLacy
@stridr222 - Long Beach is beautiful every time of year.
@Terrie - quiet as a mouse.
@Ralph E. Vaughan - That's very decent of you :)
Elaine Naiman
8. flash29
Looking forward to Bouchercon! A night on the Queen Mary would be fun!
Laurita Marshall
9. Laurie
A trip to Bouchercon? Yeah, count me in!
Peggy Pennell
10. ppennell
Never been but would love to attend this one!
Marlyn Beebe
11. Marlyn
I would love to stay at the Queen Mary!
Chi Shannon
12. anastasiafall
Wow, that's a pretty amazing bag of goodies :) Count me in! :)
Erin Mitchell
13. erinfaye
I'd absolutely add Harrogate to this list!
Barbara Bibel
15. bbibel
Wow! What fun! A chance to hang out with my favorite writers, stay on the Queen Mary, and go visit my daughter in West Holly wood while I am in the vicinity.
Kristen Howe
17. KristenH
I would love the book bundle and to win a chance to go to the convention. Please sign me up to win!
18. runner
Groovy Mystery Conventions!
Angie Strait
20. astrait
Fantastic Reads; Fantastic prize; Fantastic Authors!!! What more could a librarian ask for?!??!?!
21. Sally Carpenter
I've always wanted to see the ghosts on the Queen Mary and I've never attended Bouchercon so this is win-win all the day! Please count me in!
Michele
23. Ireed
How amazing -- books, the beach, the Queen Mary! What a wonderful sweepstakes!
Sally Carpenter
24. black cat
I posted a comment before I registered as a member, so here I am again! Please put my name in the drawing for Bouchercon!
barbara stenby
25. wikichoco
This would be quite an experience! Would love it!
Diane Chenier
30. slcrose
what a trip to win, and they say the Queen Mary is haunted too.
Sarah Husmann
31. Sarah RH
I can't wait!! I'll be attending LLC & hopefully Bouchercon. This will be my first time at both. This entire package is fantastic!
Faith Line
32. mslibrary
Would love to go to Bouchercon. Love mysteries!! And with the Queen Mary reported to be haunted, what a great place to stay!!
34. Barbara Raeuber
Sounds like a great time!
Janet Buck
35. JLBuck
Wish I had time to go to them all! Love to spend the fall in CA. :)
jane
36. janedoe
What a great contest, would love to win!
Heather Deluna
38. melikegarfield
Someone get me OUT OF THE MIDWEST...at least for a little while. Anyone?
Joanne Mielczarski
39. jtmswim
This is a great opportunity - I would love to read these books.
Carol Kubala
40. ckubala
Mysteries and Murders and The Queen Mary, Oh My! Count me in , I'd love to win.
41. Saramarg
I'm going to Left Coast Crime next month--my first crime fiction convention, and I would love to follow up with Boucheron next year (a short plane ride).
Marsha Saenz-Jones
45. goalmom5
This sounds thrilling! I've always wanted to stay on the Queen Mary.
Barbara Tobey
48. BarbaraT
What a great place for a mystery. I want to be there.
Laurence Coven
49. Holmes
I absolutely love these conventions and wish I could go to all of them--but they do keep getting more and more expensive. My home town is Chicago and Boucher con was being held there--this was at least 30 years ago, and since I didn't need a hotel room, I signed up. Everything's great, but the most serious temptation is the dealer's room. I was collecting EQMM;s at the time, and one bookseller had the #2 issue, which, I had not known was a huge pulp sized thing--the first four issues were like that. It was selling for $150.00. I had $175,00 available to spend though some of it was necessary for gas to get back to school at the U of Michigan. I thought about it--for about 6 seconds at least, and put down my bucks. Like the naieve I was, and probably still am, did't even think of bargaining for a bit. But I was thrilled with it. I had to be content for the rest of the con with free stuff and great activities, of which there is enough to completely gorge oneself on--I just didn't go back in the dealer's room again. So whatever other treasures were there I did not see. After all, There's no crying at Mystery Cons.
Laura McDonald
51. bonnieclyde
This is the most wonderful thing-
Would it help if I sing?
iris sachs
52. iris
It wouldbe great to attend. Looking forward to being there.
melanie
53. melboop
Would love to attend this! Sounds incredible and Long Beach is beautiful too.
Susan Pertierra
54. orchidlady01
I haven't yet but I'd love to attend one of the cons. San Diego should be nice in Nov.
Timothy Anderson
55. lycoan
What a great giveaway. The Queen mary tops it. Mystery writers and a haunted attraction, I'm definitely in.
Michael Carter
56. rubydog
Great giveaway!
Please enter me.
Thanks ---
REBECCA STEPHEN
57. SWEETHOME
I am so excited about this contest. So interesting and a mystery.
Amy Shojai
58. AmyShojai
I'm going to Thrillerfest--but never been to Bouchercon, thanks for running the contest!
Ray Palen
59. RPalen
It would be an honor and a privilege to be at any of these events as I am a lifelong fan of crime/mystery/thriller fiction. Additionally, I am a professional actor who regularly portrays Sherlock Holmes (among others) on stage. The game's afoot!
Sharon Shumway
60. Shellen
I love Long Beach, I love the Queen Mary and I love a good mystery. The only thing better than a good mystery is more good mysteries.
Norma Johnson
61. Auburn58
Yes, yes, & double yes. Would love to win!!!!
62. Lori Wolf
I want to go. BCon is a great convention!
63. Janice F.
I love mysteries, reading and visiting the great state of California.
64. Lori Wolf
I want to go. BCon is a great convention!
susan beamon
68. susanbeamon
Not sure I have the energy for anything except the boks to read, but let me win and we'll find out.
Heather Martin
70. CrystalMirror
I'm not planning on going, but would love to go. The books are always a plus.
Leslie Budewitz
72. Leslie Budewitz
Always fun to celebrate mysteries -- in all genres! And on a day when the high here in NW Montana is 4 above, San Diego in November sounds mighty appealing!
Tallulah
74. madhoydenish
Mystery conventions? Sounds like fun.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Fingers crossed to win.
75. Lynne Foster
What a fabulous prize! Sadly, winning this will be the only way I can make it to Bouchercon, so here's hoping!
Judy Penz Sheluk
76. JudyPS
So need a writing conference in California in November. Winter just starting where I live.
msh60
77. msh60
What a fabulous prize! Sadly, winning this will be the only way I can make it to Bouchercon, so here's hoping!
Thomas Mathews
78. unkletom
I'm not usually given to begging but, oh please, please, please, please,please, please,please, please pick me.
malcolm womack
79. adamburt
This is a tremendous prize, Criminal Element - thanks for putting it up for grabs!
Pat Dupuy
80. Pat D
That would be a great get together to attend. Here's hoping.
MaryC
81. maryc
Wouldn't be able to attend Bouchercon but the books would be great!
Kathy Reel
82. kboo22
Attending Bouchercon for the first time in 2013 was a dream come true! I didn't think I could afford to go to the one this year in Long Beach, but with this help, I could. Keeping everything I have crossed that I will win!!!!!
Helen Tuten
83. helen2ten
a chance at bouchercon contest! what could be better.
Brenda Tucker
84. rango3
Super contest, would love to win. Never been to a Boucheron.
85. sinjenkai
I would love to be able to go and discuss mysteries.
Dru Love
86. DLove
I'm going to be at Malice and Bouchercon and I can't wait.
88. Cathicopy
Am going Bcon and would love to win!
Patricia Fultz
89. pnfuab
Always love a new mystery--or 2 or 3 or.......
91. MARY MCLAIN
This sounds like an interesting book and I would like to read it.
92. libroslady
Oh, what a wonderful opportunity for this just-about-to-be retired public librarian who loves mysteries!
Vanessa
93. rosemarysgreen
Gosh, a chance to go to any of these is wonderful! I am pretty excited about it and hope I win. What a great giveaway!
kent w. smith
96. bodacious
This would be like a dream, a good one, come true. How do I count the ways? Winning would make a believer out of the people I try to encourage to read. Authors are the best. When on the bus I have to tell the person next to me where my stop is because I might forget to get off.
kent w. smith
97. bodacious
This would be like a dream, a good one, come true. How do I count the ways? Winning would make a believer out of the people I try to encourage to read. Authors are the best. When on the bus I have to tell the person next to me where my stop is because I might forget to get off.
Jeanette Barney
98. eyeluvbooks59
I would love to go and also stay on the Queen Mary and meet lots of authors. It all sounds like a dream.
Vanessa Galore
102. vanessagalore
Hmm, guess I've been saying Bouchercon wrong all these years. Put me down for the contest.
Laurie Lamb
103. Laurie Lamb
I think this is the best sweepstakes I have ever seen. Winning this would be a dream come true!
Pat Brown
104. pabrown
I love Left Coast C rime, but won't make it this year. I'd love to go to Bouchercon
Louis Burklow
108. Nash62
I live in Los Angeles and I've long wanted to spend a night on the Queen Mary. To get to do that and attend Bouchercon would be a dream vacation for me without even having to go that far.
Linda Kish
109. ljkish
I could even drive there. It's not too far...couple hours at most. I've never stayed on the Queen Mary. That would be great.
Shana Skaletsky
111. shanaelyse
I've never been to Bouchercon (and I've never been to Long Beach). I wanna go!
Anne Pichette
112. Happylady123
Wow, this sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to win
Judie McDonald
113. Judiemcd
It would be such fun to go to this mystery conference!!
Caroline McGee
115. cmcgees
I've never been to one. I would like to go. Hope I win.
Caroline McGee
116. S.I.M
Perfect setting for a mystery- writers' convention.
Patricia Winton
118. patriciawinton
This should be a great conference. And I hope I win the sweepstakes.
Celeste
119. Rumeur
If there's something I love more than reading, it's traveling AND reading. I so badly need a vacation after this horrid winter and somewhere nice to go. I hope I win so I can read my favorite authors and participate in this trip
Andra Dalton
120. Andra77
Sounds fabulous!!! Can't wait to dive in & start reading all these fantastic books!!! Thanks for contest & good luck to all!!!?
lynette barfield
122. lynette
So excited about this. I really need to win this
124. Chris33
Would love to win, great books and mysteries and vacation
Jacki Robertson
125. 1228jcr
Would love to meet some of my favorite authors, and to be in So Calif where we have family.
Allison Moyer
126. The Loopy Librarian
We need one of these conventions in Atlanta! I'll be on the lookout. Thanks for the giveaway!
Steve Dadolf
128. sdadolf
This sounds like a super convention, count me in!!
Brian Greene
129. BrianGreene
I don't know if this has already been mentioned (and I'm too lazy to read through the 128 comments to see if it has!) but another fest happening this year is NoirCon, which is in Philadelphia and happening in the fall. Details on the NoirCon web site. I for one plan to be in attendance.
130. Richard Sturgis
Giveaways, like bow ties, are cool.
Caren Samuels
131. Chickenlips422
I am prepared to 'do the time' to be at the Murder on the Beach sweepstakes and meet a cast of characters (and authors) who will provide me with a total change of pace from teaching young children.
Jeffrey Raiffe
132. njguy12@gmail.com
I would love to go to this type of gathering and to meet professional writers.
georgiann
133. Georgiann
Wow this is an amazing giveaway i would love to win
Michelle Archer
134. marcher08
Books and the beach, what could be better!
Cari Dubiel
136. cdubiel
Count me in - would love to see all of you there! :-)
Kerry Hammond
137. girlygirl415
Bouchercon is definitely one of the best conferences out there.
Jim Belcher
138. librarypops
DOes the QUeen Mary still serve the world's best onion strings?
Aynn Titchenal
139. booksleuth
Thanks for the list -- but what about Magna cum Murder?
140. Whiperwhill
This is exactly how I would like to celebrate turning 60.
I hope I win!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Marilyn Levinson
141. marilev
It's time I went to Bouchercon. And I'd love a day on the Queen Mary.
Catherine Perkins
142. CPPerkins
B'con AND the Queen Mary? Ooohh - pick me :)
143. Mary Ellen Hughes
Wouldn't it be nice if we could ALL win? Thanks for this excellent chance.
Elizabeth Rose
146. Liz
Interesting article - and great prize!
Thomas Walcher
148. TomWalcher
I would love to start going to mystery conferences again. Due to issues, I haven't been able to go for five years.
Jane Wright
149. azgarfan
This is a win win. Bouchercon and Long Beach, I can't wait!
Karen Moorhead
151. Renni
I would use the opportunity to have a mini reunion with family out in California.
Kristopher Zgorski
155. BOLOBOOKS
Looking forward to both Malice Domestic and Bouchercon. Convention season is the greatest!
Charlotte Hunter
157. cappiewrites
I'll get to Bouchercon one day . . . perhaps thanks to you!
Kim Akers
158. kakers
Never been to Bouchercon, but would love to go! Thank you!
Norma
159. normajean
Wow! What a great prize package. Thanks for the chance to win.
elizabeth findlay
160. eafindlay
I was not planning to attend a convention, but if I win this sweepstakes I will be attending one. You did miss Ann Perry & Elizabeth George 2 of my many favorites.
162. Kristin Lundgren.
I would love to atttend the convention. I have been reading mysteries and thrillers for almost 40 years.
Sharon Aquilino
163. littleeagle
Would love the opportunity to meet the writers that I read
164. tamara winstead
Very generoud giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance!
165. Jank421
This is a very exciting contest! I love going to mystery conventions, but have only had the chance to go to Bouchercon twice - first in DC in 2001 (after 9/11) and then in St, Louis. A friend and I registered for B'con 2014 last May at Malice Domestic and it would be wonderful to get these prizes! :-)
167. Shannon Baas
This would be a blast.
Debbie LaFleiche
169. DebbieLaFleiche
I went to my first mystery writers' conference last year. It was great. Would love to try another one!
170. Christie Kammerer
What a wonderful prize, I love new experiences.
171. Edith Stark
This is the most awsome prize one could win. I have heard what a great conference this is and I am hoping to have a chance to win this!
Dreaming Big!!!!!!!
Rachel Kramer Bussel
172. rachelkb
I just may have to attend my first Malice Domestic with that lineup!
174. Joe K
I would love to win!
Regina Marlborough
176. marjeannie
I have always wanted to do something like this. Never been to a mystery writers conference.
178. dawn k
great books to read
179. ken smith
I would love to take my wife to do this it would be great and alot of fun!
180. Rachel C
Would love to win this!
182. Tracey Berry
I would love to win this!!! I have been a mystery fan for life!!!
Andrew Beck
185. velocity
A conference sounds terrific. Great to be exposed to other mystery writers and reviewers and fans! What an opportunity!
186. Elissa Gaus
This sounds amazing!
187. Savvy librarian
Bouchercon is a wonderful convention and I would love to attend another one!
188. runner
Groovy Mystery Conventions!
189. konny church
GOOD LUCK
Maureen Carden
191. MauCarden
I would love to attend. A dream come true.
Marie-Louise Molloy
192. Wezzie
Mystery is my genre....kill to be a want to be a winner!
Marie-Louise Molloy
193. Wezzie
Mystery is my genre....kill to be a want to be a winner!
Laurie Okuno
194. lokuno
Count me in! I love mysteries, I love the beach, and I especially love reading mysteries on the beach.
Lynn Dansie
195. magenta425@yahoo.com
I would love to go to a mystery convention!! So exciting to be able to see my favorite authors! I just learned about the murder mystery weekend in Langley on whidbey island Washington - another activity to add to my literary bucket list!
Sally Schmidt
196. bigcootie
Wow, this is a great one!! Would love to attend, and never too many books to read.
Zoey Smith
197. zwriter
What a wonderful prize - I would love to win it. What a great way to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary! Thanks for this opportunity.
carol bondell
198. csbondell
this looks like a great time to be had...would love to win this
Anne Patrick
199. Icewineanne
I've never been to California & this would be a perfect opportunity to combine a trip out west and meet the mystery authors I admire so much! Hoping I'm the lucky winner!
Jeff Quest
200. jquest922
Would love to win this! Thanks for running the contest!
Angela Greenwald
201. pgreen8729
My introduction to the mystery community came by winning a trip to the Bouchercon in Monterey from Amazon. Does lightning strike twice?!?!
202. Debbie H.
I was at a murder mystery on a cruise once and it was so much fun! I would love to experience another!
Mary Passage
204. mpassage
Looking out at a foot of snow with temperature plummeting. Long Beach sounds like heaven!
Maureen Walsh
205. Alias Mo
I was born in Long Beach, but have no memory of it. Dad was in the Navy then, and he was discharged when I was three months old. Do you think it has changed any?
206. Judy
What a wonderful contest! Keep me posted.
Kathleen Hubenschmidt
207. kehuben
Bouchercon AND a night on the Queen Mary? What more could one ask!
keith james
208. kdj617
Thanks again for the chance to win such interesting prizes.
Elyse Dinh-McCrillis
210. Pop Culture Nerd
I'd love to go to this. The Queen Mary is supposedly haunted, which means I'd be scared out of my pants but probably love it. And then need therapy afterward.

Thanks for this great package!
vickie dailey
212. kidcurry
this would be the ultimate summer getaway - love to go :)
214. stitchkat
What a treat this would be! I'd love to do it.
Katherine Marion
215. stitchkat
What a treat this would be! I'd love to do it.
Donna Bruno
218. dlbawiles
Now this one I would REALLY want to win!
(well, I s'pose I want to win all of them......)
Mark Wilson
219. mcwskw
a good book- and a mystery- perfect : )
222. Susanna Wagner
YESSS!!!! PLEASE!!!!
REBECCA STEPHEN
223. SWEETHOME
I love allkinds of books and Ican't get enough to read, thank you for the chance
Joshua Atkins
227. atkinsj
Hell yes. Thanks for this fantastic giveaway! I've heard such great things about Bouchercon; I'd love the chance to go.
Lida Bushloper
228. lidashops
Sure I hope I win. But I'll be there no matter what. I live near L.A. so I can finally afford to attend.
Marisa Young
229. Risa
I was able to attend Bouchercon in Baltimore. It was a great experience. I would love the chance to go to another.
bryan turner
230. btsprings@aol.com
I went to college in Long Beach, and have visitied the Queen Mary. It's a great location for Bouchercon. Supposedly, it's haunted. The Queen Mary, that is !!
231. Colleen G
Sounds so interesting!
Rebecca Oakleaf
234. Rebecca.o
This is a great prize! Thanks so much for the chance.
Danita Gilbert
235. danitag39
Thank you for the sweepstakes. Very nice
Marissa Culp
236. msculp
I've never been to a mystery convention. I think it would be loads of fun!
James Davidson
238. evilgenius
The Queen Mary is perfect for a Mystery Convention. Thanks
239. Debbie Krenzer
I would love a vacation and Long Beach AND Bouchercon would be fantastic!!!!

Thanks for the opportunity!!!
Tanis Mallow
244. Tanis Mallow
Would love to re-visit all my new BCon buddies in Cali this fall! Count me in.
Cecile Fleetwood
246. ladydragon
I LOVE mysteries!!! I would LOVE to be able to go to Bouchercon! I read about it for years & would LOVE to see & hear some of my favorite authors!
N.J. Shaw
247. BrainBabe
What a great place to celebrate great mysteries...and perhaps do research for a new one!
Lori Rader-Day
248. Lori Rader-Day
One conference that may not show up on mystery lists, though it has lots of mystery content, is the Midwest Writers Workshop in Indiana. They often have an intensive one-day mystery session with a great author the day before the full conference starts.
Juanita Foster
251. J.R.
Enough of below zero temperatures and the never ending winter. Bring on the beach! A bag full of books and an exciting conference. It couldn't get much better than that.
Brooke Bumgardner
253. brookeblogs
I haven't attended any book conventions, since I live in a pretty rural area. This would be amazing and so fun! The trip of a lifetime. :)
Laurence Coven
256. Holmes
Long Beach, hmm. Well I'm in Hollywood so maybe I can make it this time for the first time in over 30 years.
Sara Lontcoski
257. smml2
Would love to meet authors. Pick me!
Cheri Box
258. cheribox
Mysteries all the way! I'd love to come!
David
260. TopDragon
Long Beach is to die for! And a mystery convention...yes I'd be caught dead there.
Vernon Luckert
262. vl4095
This would be an interesting experience and makes a great prize - I would love to win!
Benno Kiewe
264. vball01
Pack my bags. I'm ready for another mystery
Susan Jin
267. sjin
This would be so wonderful! I love mysteries and the Queen Mary is so important in my family: my father came back on her from Europe in 1945 and I was married on the Queen. Thank you for the chance to go back!
Linda Rodriguez
268. LindaRodriguez
Criminal Element always has the best sweepstakes! Count me in.
Jeane Campbell
269. jcamp2020
Oh, to be surrounded by "Criminal Elements" and in a good way ~ priceless and fun! Every day is a gift..enjoy yours today !
Kate Lyons
270. KML
I've never been to Bouchercon - this would be fantastic!
babs allen
272. babsji
The Queen Mary, isn't she haunted? That would be cool.
Merikay Noah
273. PopcornReads
What a perfect place to host Boucheron, since the Queen Mary is definitely said to be haunted! *cue the scary music* And Long Beach is such a fun place. I'd love to win (of course)!
Christine LaRue
274. LadyAnubis
I'd love to visit the LBC in order to attend Bouchercon! Thanks for the chance!
280. Kimberley Bradshaw
Thank you for the opportunity to win such an amazing prize.
281. Ted
I would love to win!
283. truckerofbc
Would love to win this
lynette barfield
284. lynette
How wonderful it would be to win this. Please let it be so
Mallory Bailey
285. mallorybailey1
This is a wonderful collection of prizes! I would be so happy to win!
Teresa Stebbins
286. teristeb
I would be sooo excited to attend the 2014 Bouchercon and stay on the Queen Mary. How exciting! I hope I win!
287. Sky Evans
I would like to go, this is awesome.
289. konny church
good luck
David Jones
291. zipperd360
My wife & I would Love this! Soooo sick of this cold & snow! Even my dogs are!
Rita Alarcon
293. drala625
Maybe I will get to see a ghost or two!
Tricha Leary
294. trichie
Would love to stay on the Queen Mary
295. Vicki Andrew
love this, great way to imerse myself in the mysterys
Teresa Dannemiller
299. tesslon
A mystery convention sounds like a great time! How fun!
301. Julie N
I feel lucky
Kayce Crews
302. yadgirl
I've heard of Thrillerfest, but I like ll the authors who will be attending Bouchercon too.
304. Jennifer Thompson
So why is this under the heading "Sweeptakes?"
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