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October 1 2015

Killer Nashville’s 2015 Silver Falchion Finalists Announced: Vote Now!

Killer Nashville has announced the full list of finalists for the 2015 Silver Falchion Readers Choice Awards, which we have below. Congrats to everyone nominated, and make sure you vote for your...
Crime HQ
September 5 2015

The ZINNG: Litterbook, Convention Prep, and Literary Feasts

Who threw over 600 books in total from his vehicle onto Colorado highways—would you believe it was a bookseller?! With upcoming conferences, not to mention Halloween, you may want to...
Crime HQ
August 31 2015

The ZINNG: The Scents of Outlaws and Spies

Hiding in plain sight! Espionage author Frederick Forsyth reveals his 20 years of spying for MI6 in his upcoming autobiography. Read more in the Telegraph: “It is 55, 60 years later. There have...
Crime HQ
August 11 2015

A Sleuthing Celebration: Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2015

Here at CrimeHQ, we're always striving to give you the lowdown on all of the upcoming mystery conventions, but sometimes a few fall through the cracks. Luckily, we have the support of great...
July 13 2015

ThrillerFest Day Two: Debut Authors and Awards

The International Thriller Writers organization is well known for their debut authors program, which has nurtured many a thriller writer from volunteer to award-winning novelist. One of these authors...
July 11 2015

ThrillerFest: Day One

The mood of ThrillerFest is palpably different from CraftFest. There’s more excitement and the personalities come out. Such as Brad Parks, author of the Carter Ross mysteries, recognizable...
July 10 2015

CraftFest: Day Two

The second day of CraftFest is technically CareerFest, with two tracks: one for independent (self) publishing and the other for traditional publishing. As I am yet unable to split myself in twain...
July 9 2015

ThrillerFest’s CraftFest: Day One

There are many mystery conventions, but only one ThrillerFest. The first was held in Phoenix, Arizona in 2006, when the International Thriller Writers was founded by David Morrell (author of First...
Crime HQ
June 22 2015

Announcing 2015’s Macavity Award Nominations!

  Awards season continues apace, with a new slate of nominees for the 2015 Macavity Awards from Mystery Readers International. “MRI is the largest mystery fan/reader organization...
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May 29 2015

Sunday, High Noon...Quiz Showdown at BookCon!

This Sunday, May 31st at noon, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time Quiz Show with authors Jane Cleland, Julia Dahl, and Maggie Barbieri. As part of BookCon at NYC's Javits Center, the authors...
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May 8 2015

Showdown to Fun: High Noon at BookCon with Us!

On May 31st at noon, during BookCon at NYC's Javits Center, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time Quiz Show with authors Jane Cleland, Julia Dahl, and Maggie Barbieri. Each author will represent...
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May 7 2015

Announcing 2015’s Anthony Award Nominees!

This week in awards season brings the Anthony Award nominations, to be conferred during Bouchercon, the world mystery convention, held in Raleigh, NC. (You can also check out our Lowdown Calendar for...
April 17 2015

Letter from Lyon: At 2015’s Quais du Polar

The Quais Du Polar is the largest crime fiction festival in France, and that’s saying a lot, because the French love crime fiction. Sure, mysteries (and to a lesser extent, noir) are big in the...
March 20 2015

Left Coast Crime 2015: Crimelandia

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the annual Left Coast Crime mystery writers’ convention took place in Portland, Oregon, returning to the Rose City for the first time since 2002. The four-day...
Crime HQ
January 26 2015

Lowdown Calendar: More of 2015’s Mystery Conventions

We've already highlighted 5 of the biggest mystery fan conventions of 2015, but lucky for us, there are tons more great conferences happening all over, including regional or specialty crime fiction...
January 19 2015

The Lowdown Calendar of 2015’s Biggest Mystery Conventions

Mystery conventions are a great way to find new mystery-loving friends and hear directly from your favorite authors – and maybe even meet some of them. All of these conventions feature keynote...
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November 17 2014

2014’s Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus Awards!

Here are the winners' lists from three of the sets of awards announced at this weekend's Bouchercon!   Anthony Award Winners (voted on by Bouchercon attendees) Best...
October 15 2014

The 13th Annual Mothman Festival: A Focus on the Unexplained and Mystifying

My phone didn’t have a single bar of reception. Logic said this was because my phone was notoriously unreliable and the forested hills were blocking any nearby towers. But when you’re...
May 5 2014

2014’s Agatha Award Winners Announced

Ask the winning authors to make you some tea—they've got the gear! This weekend, during the Malice Domestic convention in Maryland, the winners of this year's Agatha Awards were announced. (Shhh-...
Crime HQ
April 29 2014

2014 Shortlists: U.K.’s CrimeFest Awards and the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards

The upcoming CrimeFest convention (May 15-18th, Bristol, U.K.) and the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards (June 5th, Toronto) have both announced their nominees, and we're thrilled to share...
February 4 2014

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...
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February 4 2014

Announcing the 2014 Left Coast Crime Awards Nominees!

More award news! Left Coast Crime will be oceanside in Monterey, California this year (thus the monikker Calamari Crime), and here is its recently announced list of nominated honorees! [For Humor,...
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February 4 2014

Announcing the 2014 Agatha Award Nominees!

The Malice Domestic convention celebrating traditional mysteries will be held for the 26th year, from May 2nd through May 4th, 2014, in Bethesda, Maryland. And keeping to tradition, they'll also...
June 18 2013

A Quick Hit and Run from CrimeFest 2013

The 6th annual Bristol UK’s CrimeFest 2013 has come and gone. And a great time was absolutely had by all. I attended this year, along with some 500 other authors and fans, and it was well...
April 2 2013

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Reporting from 2013’s Left Coast Crime in Colorado Springs

(Thanks to everyone for sharing photos, especially Clark Lohr!)     When Left Coast Crime attendees first arrived at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado,...
Crime HQ
March 19 2013

Nancy Drew Sleuths and You?: The 2013 Convention in Boston

Did you know you can join other sleuths and Nancy fans to explore the settings of The Secret of the Wooden Lady (#27) and The Case of the Vanishing Veil (#83)? We try to be on top of things, but...
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February 9 2013

Left Coast Crime Announces 2013’s Award Nominees

Left Coast Crime is an annual event sponsored by mystery fans, where readers, writers, librarians, and other mystery and thriller enthusiasts gather to share their mutual interest in the genre....
January 29 2013

Welcome to Fedoraville! 10 Reasons to Make the Trip

I’ve got a confession to make. I love hats. Long before hipsters strolled the streets of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York sporting snap brim, modified fedoras that typically...
October 15 2012

The Walking Dead Panel Casts Shadows Over Season 3

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning. The wind has just a little bit more bite. And our favorite sheriff is back and fighting zombies in The Walking Dead. This past weekend, New...
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October 12 2012

Hard Core Cons: Finding Crime at New York Comic Con!

Her majesty looks so nice, but those handcuffs... This month is con-crazy! Of course, we adored being at Bouchercon last weekend, but upon return, we’ve got to jump right into New York Comic...