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.

Comments

  1. Francis Cardosi

    I understand Long Beach is beautiful that time of year!

  2. Terrie Farley Moran

    ME! ME! (oh sorry, was I shouting?)

  3. Ralph 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.

  4. Gordon Bingham

    oh, heck yeah!

  5. Deborah Lacy

    @stridr222 – Long Beach is beautiful every time of year.
    @Terrie – quiet as a mouse.
    @Ralph E. Vaughan – That’s very decent of you 🙂

  6. Mo Heedles

    ohhh . . . I want to go!

  7. Lourdes Venard

    California? Sure! I’d love to go!

  8. Elaine Naiman

    Looking forward to Bouchercon! A night on the Queen Mary would be fun!

  9. Laurita Marshall

    A trip to Bouchercon? Yeah, count me in!

  10. Peggy Pennell

    Never been but would love to attend this one!

  11. Marlyn Beebe

    I would love to stay at the Queen Mary!

  12. Anastasia

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  13. Erin Mitchell

    I’d absolutely add Harrogate to this list!

  14. Vicki Hancock

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  15. Barbara Bibel

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  16. Nancy Foote

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  17. Kristen Howe

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    Groovy Mystery Conventions!

  19. Linda Knowles

    It would be awesome to go!

  20. Angie Strait

    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!

  22. Doris C. Losey

    would love to attend Bouchercon!

  23. Michele Van Epps

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  24. Sally Carpenter

    I posted a comment before I registered as a member, so here I am again! Please put my name in the drawing for Bouchercon!

  25. barbara stenby

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  26. carol weston

    sounds like a fabulous time!

  27. Angela Dyrcz

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  28. Sharon Stern

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  29. Donna Cook

    Killer prize — I am dying to go!!!!!

  30. Diane Chenier

    what a trip to win, and they say the Queen Mary is haunted too.

  31. Sarah Husmann

    I can’t wait!! I’ll be attending LLC & hopefully Bouchercon. This will be my first time at both. This entire package is fantastic!

  32. Faith Line

    Would love to go to Bouchercon. Love mysteries!! And with the Queen Mary reported to be haunted, what a great place to stay!!

  33. Robin Weatherington

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  34. Barbara Raeuber

    Sounds like a great time!

  35. Janet Buck

    Wish I had time to go to them all! Love to spend the fall in CA. 🙂

  36. jane

    What a great contest, would love to win!

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  38. Heather Deluna

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  39. Joanne Mielczarski

    This is a great opportunity – I would love to read these books.

  40. Carol Kubala

    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).

  42. Justine Heredia

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  43. peter greene

    Always looking for new authors to read.

  44. Kirsten Murchison

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  45. Marsha Saenz-Jones

    This sounds thrilling! I’ve always wanted to stay on the Queen Mary.

  46. Judy Hamilton

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  47. Laura McLendon

    Wow, count me in, sounds wonderful!!

  48. Barbara Tobey

    What a great place for a mystery. I want to be there.

  49. Laurence Coven

    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.

  50. JAMES LYNAM

    THIS I LIKE.
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  51. Laura McDonald

    This is the most wonderful thing-
    Would it help if I sing?

  52. iris sachs

    It wouldbe great to attend. Looking forward to being there.

  53. melanie

    Would love to attend this! Sounds incredible and Long Beach is beautiful too.

  54. Susan Pertierra

    I haven’t yet but I’d love to attend one of the cons. San Diego should be nice in Nov.

  55. Timothy Anderson

    What a great giveaway. The Queen mary tops it. Mystery writers and a haunted attraction, I’m definitely in.

  56. Michael Carter

    Great giveaway!
    Please enter me.
    Thanks —

  57. REBECCA STEPHEN

    I am so excited about this contest. So interesting and a mystery.

  58. Amy Shojai

    I’m going to Thrillerfest–but never been to Bouchercon, thanks for running the contest!

  59. Ray Palen

    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!

  60. Sharon Shumway

    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.

  61. Norma Johnson

    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!

  65. Karl Stenger

    What a great offer

  66. Pam Howell

    Mystery conventions sound like fun.

  67. Peter W. Horton Jr.

    Mosaix is the winner! Yes!

  68. susan beamon

    Not sure I have the energy for anything except the boks to read, but let me win and we’ll find out.

  69. Marilyn Lewis

    What a fun time! I sure hope I win.

  70. Heather Martin

    I’m not planning on going, but would love to go. The books are always a plus.

  71. Karen Wosika

    I would love to attend the Bouchercon.

  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!

  73. patricia gibby

    would love to go

  74. Tallulah

    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!

  76. Judy Penz Sheluk

    So need a writing conference in California in November. Winter just starting where I live.

  77. Lynne Foster

    What a fabulous prize! Sadly, winning this will be the only way I can make it to Bouchercon, so here’s hoping!

  78. Thomas Mathews

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  79. malcolm womack

    This is a tremendous prize, Criminal Element – thanks for putting it up for grabs!

  80. Pat Dupuy

    That would be a great get together to attend. Here’s hoping.

  81. MaryC

    Wouldn’t be able to attend Bouchercon but the books would be great!

  82. Kathy Reel

    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!!!!!

  83. Helen Tuten

    a chance at bouchercon contest! what could be better.

  84. Brenda Tucker

    Super contest, would love to win. Never been to a Boucheron.

  85. sinjenkai

    I would love to be able to go and discuss mysteries.

  86. Dru Love

    I’m going to be at Malice and Bouchercon and I can’t wait.

  87. Connie Saunders

    Wow!

  88. Cathicopy

    Am going Bcon and would love to win!

  89. Patricia Fultz

    Always love a new mystery–or 2 or 3 or…….

  90. Emily Bronstein

    A night at the Queen Mary? Fun!

  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 [u]loves[/u] mysteries!

  93. Vanessa

    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!

  94. Kim Hammond

    Count me in please.

  95. John Maline

    Whats not to like about this contest?

  96. kent w. smith

    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.

  97. kent w. smith

    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.

  98. Jeanette Barney

    I would love to go and also stay on the Queen Mary and meet lots of authors. It all sounds like a dream.

  99. L L

    Sounds fun

  100. H. S. Stavropoulos

    Great list and summary!!

  101. Keara Wolak

    Fingers crossed

  102. Vanessa Galore

    Hmm, guess I’ve been saying Bouchercon wrong all these years. Put me down for the contest.

  103. Laurie Lamb

    I think this is the best sweepstakes I have ever seen. Winning this would be a dream come true!

  104. Pat Brown

    I love Left Coast C rime, but won’t make it this year. I’d love to go to Bouchercon

  105. Lana Baker

    Sounds like a great time!

  106. Carol Lawman

    What an amazing time this would be!

  107. Andrea

    What a great sweepstakes!

  108. Louis Burklow

    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.

  109. Linda Kish

    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.

  110. Lynn Ristau

    Sounds like a lot of fun, put me in!

  111. Shana Skaletsky

    I’ve never been to Bouchercon (and I’ve never been to Long Beach). I wanna go!

  112. Anne Pichette

    Wow, this sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to win

  113. Judie McDonald

    It would be such fun to go to this mystery conference!!

  114. Phoenix Vie

    All these conferences sound great.

  115. Caroline McGee

    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.

  117. Suzanne McMannis

    I agree- perfect setting for a mystery meeting.

  118. Patricia Winton

    This should be a great conference. And I hope I win the sweepstakes.

  119. Celeste Gaydos

    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

  120. Andra Dalton

    Sounds fabulous!!! Can’t wait to dive in & start reading all these fantastic books!!! Thanks for contest & good luck to all!!!?

  121. David Cranmer

    Oh, Yeah!

  122. lynette barfield

    So excited about this. I really need to win this

  123. William Fee

    Very cool prize

  124. Chris33

    Would love to win, great books and mysteries and vacation

  125. Jacki Robertson

    Would love to meet some of my favorite authors, and to be in So Calif where we have family.

  126. Allison Moyer

    We need one of these conventions in Atlanta! I’ll be on the lookout. Thanks for the giveaway!

  127. Jean Feingold

    It would be a long trip but worth it.

  128. Steve Dadolf

    This sounds like a super convention, count me in!!

  129. Brian Greene

    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.

  131. Caren Samuels

    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.

  132. Jeffrey Raiffe

    I would love to go to this type of gathering and to meet professional writers.

  133. georgiann

    Wow this is an amazing giveaway i would love to win

  134. Michelle Archer

    Books and the beach, what could be better!

  135. Vernon Luckert

    Would love to win!

  136. Cari Dubiel

    Count me in – would love to see all of you there! 🙂

  137. Kerry Hammond

    Bouchercon is definitely one of the best conferences out there.

  138. Jim Belcher

    DOes the QUeen Mary still serve the world’s best onion strings?

  139. Aynn Titchenal

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  141. Marilyn Levinson

    It’s time I went to Bouchercon. And I’d love a day on the Queen Mary.

  142. Catherine Perkins

    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.

  144. Mary Ellen Hughes

    Very nice site!

  145. Patrick Coleman

    My bags are packed and ready to go!

  146. Elizabeth Rose

    Interesting article – and great prize!

  147. Mark Baker

    I would love to go. Please pick me. 🙂

  148. Thomas Walcher

    I would love to start going to mystery conferences again. Due to issues, I haven’t been able to go for five years.

  149. Jane Wright

    This is a win win. Bouchercon and Long Beach, I can’t wait!

  150. Susan Meek

    Oh, what fun that would be!!!

  151. Karen Moorhead

    I would use the opportunity to have a mini reunion with family out in California.

  152. Linda Haas

    This sounds like a lot of fun!

  153. Pat Murphy

    Sun, sand and mysteries. Count me in!

  154. melissa brown

    OMG!!!! Pick me, pick me!!!

  155. Kristopher Zgorski

    Looking forward to both Malice Domestic and Bouchercon. Convention season is the greatest!

  156. Julie Stam

    I really want to go to Bouchercon this year!

  157. Charlotte Hunter

    I’ll get to Bouchercon one day . . . perhaps thanks to you!

  158. Kim Akers

    Never been to Bouchercon, but would love to go! Thank you!

  159. Norma

    Wow! What a great prize package. Thanks for the chance to win.

  160. elizabeth findlay

    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.

  161. Karen Bowman

    Would love to go to Bouchercon.

  162. Kristin Lundgren.

    I would love to atttend the convention. I have been reading mysteries and thrillers for almost 40 years.

  163. Sharon Aquilino

    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! 🙂

  166. Susan Mahaffey

    I want to win!!!

  167. Shannon Baas

    This would be a blast.

  168. Audrey Morrison

    Enter me. I would love to go.

  169. Debbie LaFleiche

    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!!!!!!!

  172. Rachel Kramer Bussel

    I just may have to attend my first Malice Domestic with that lineup!

  173. Kaye Killgore

    I would love to win. It would be Awesome.

  174. Joe K

    I would love to win!

  175. Lynn Bent

    Wanting to win! Is that a sin?

  176. Regina Marlborough

    I have always wanted to do something like this. Never been to a mystery writers conference.

  177. Janet Martin

    What a terrific opportunity!

  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!

  181. Rachel Cropper

    Sounds exciting! Great prize!

  182. Tracey Berry

    I would love to win this!!! I have been a mystery fan for life!!!

  183. Kim Ann Johnston

    Oh boy! I hope I am lucky!

  184. Loren Palmer

    this 1 is 4 my wife!

  185. Andrew Beck

    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

  190. Joe Hauser

    Very nice prize!

  191. Maureen Carden

    I would love to attend. A dream come true.

  192. Marie-Louise Molloy

    Mystery is my genre….kill to be a want to be a winner!

  193. Marie-Louise Molloy

    Mystery is my genre….kill to be a want to be a winner!

  194. Laurie Okuno

    Count me in! I love mysteries, I love the beach, and I especially love reading mysteries on the beach.

  195. Lynn Dansie

    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!

  196. Sally Schmidt

    Wow, this is a great one!! Would love to attend, and never too many books to read.

  197. Zoey Smith

    What a wonderful prize – I would love to win it. What a great way to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary! Thanks for this opportunity.

  198. carol bondell

    this looks like a great time to be had…would love to win this

  199. Anne Patrick

    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!

  200. Jeff Quest

    Would love to win this! Thanks for running the contest!

  201. Angela Greenwald

    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!

  203. Richard Derus

    Best prize ever!

  204. Mary Passage

    Looking out at a foot of snow with temperature plummeting. Long Beach sounds like heaven!

  205. Maureen Walsh

    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.

  207. Kathleen Hubenschmidt

    Bouchercon AND a night on the Queen Mary? What more could one ask!

  208. keith james

    Thanks again for the chance to win such interesting prizes.

  209. Donnie Colby

    I’d love to win this!

  210. Elyse Dinh-McCrillis

    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!

  211. ravensfan

    I’d love to be there.

  212. vickie dailey

    this would be the ultimate summer getaway – love to go 🙂

  213. Nicole Bryngelson

    What a great oppurtunity. Thanks!

  214. stitchkat

    What a treat this would be! I’d love to do it.

  215. Katherine Marion

    What a treat this would be! I’d love to do it.

  216. Kristy Dobbs

    I want to win this!

  217. Donna Bruno

    Now this one I would REALLY want to win!
    (well, I s’pose I want to win all of them……)

  218. Mark Wilson

    a good book- and a mystery- perfect : )

  219. Cheryl Peterson

    Pick me please!

  220. Sonia Grgas

    I would LOVE to attend a Bouchercon!

  221. Susanna Wagner

    YESSS!!!! PLEASE!!!!

  222. REBECCA STEPHEN

    I love allkinds of books and Ican’t get enough to read, thank you for the chance

  223. Fred Gillis

    Count me in.

  224. Catherine Myers

    This sounds smashing

  225. Tammy Hastings

    I would love to win this

  226. Joshua Atkins

    Hell yes. Thanks for this fantastic giveaway! I’ve heard such great things about Bouchercon; I’d love the chance to go.

  227. Lida Bushloper

    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.

  228. Marisa Young

    I was able to attend Bouchercon in Baltimore. It was a great experience. I would love the chance to go to another.

  229. bryan turner

    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 !!

  230. Colleen G

    Sounds so interesting!

  231. Mary Lauff-Thompson

    Never been-sounds great!

  232. Jaydee Dusenberry

    Awesome! I wanna win!

  233. Rebecca Oakleaf

    This is a great prize! Thanks so much for the chance.

  234. Danita Gilbert

    Thank you for the sweepstakes. Very nice

  235. Marissa Culp

    I’ve never been to a mystery convention. I think it would be loads of fun!

  236. Amy cimino

    Long Beach and the Queen Mary- Sign me up!

  237. James Davidson

    The Queen Mary is perfect for a Mystery Convention. Thanks

  238. Debbie Krenzer

    I would love a vacation and Long Beach AND Bouchercon would be fantastic!!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  239. jean olaughlin

    Great contest! I would love to win

  240. Shirley Johnson

    Thanks for offering

  241. Carl Todasco

    wow

  242. Rebecca Perkins

    I wanna win!! =)

  243. Tanis Mallow

    Would love to re-visit all my new BCon buddies in Cali this fall! Count me in.

  244. SAMUEL WUU

    good luck all’.! Hope i win it!

  245. Cecile Fleetwood

    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!

  246. N.J. Shaw

    What a great place to celebrate great mysteries…and perhaps do research for a new one!

  247. 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.

  248. Jean Sagarese

    Books and a trip to California WOW

  249. Steven Wilber

    I would love to attend

  250. Juanita Foster

    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.

  251. Kay Gornick

    Wow! Murder and a looooong beach.

  252. Brooke Bumgardner

    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. 🙂

  253. Robin Weatherington

    [b]Sounds like a blast![/b]

  254. Chrystina Williams

    Oooh! I would love this!

  255. Laurence Coven

    Long Beach, hmm. Well I’m in Hollywood so maybe I can make it this time for the first time in over 30 years.

  256. Sara Lontcoski

    Would love to meet authors. Pick me!

  257. Cheri Box

    Mysteries all the way! I’d love to come!

  258. Jennifer Weaver

    This would be great!

  259. David

    Long Beach is to die for! And a mystery convention…yes I’d be caught dead there.

  260. Betsy Whitmarsh

    Count me in!

  261. Vernon Luckert

    This would be an interesting experience and makes a great prize – I would love to win!

  262. Lynn Jarrett

    Sounds like a plan to me!! I am ready!!

  263. Benno Kiewe

    Pack my bags. I’m ready for another mystery

  264. Amanda Silverthorn

    I would love to win!

  265. MARY Mclain

    I would like to win.

  266. Susan Jin

    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!

  267. Linda Rodriguez

    Criminal Element always has the best sweepstakes! Count me in.

  268. Jeane Campbell

    Oh, to be surrounded by “Criminal Elements” and in a good way ~ priceless and fun! Every day is a gift..enjoy yours today !

  269. Kate Lyons

    I’ve never been to Bouchercon – this would be fantastic!

  270. Brenda McCarver

    Would love to attend the Crimefest

  271. babs allen

    The Queen Mary, isn’t she haunted? That would be cool.

  272. Merikay Noah

    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)!

  273. Christine LaRue

    I’d love to visit the LBC in order to attend Bouchercon! Thanks for the chance!

  274. Hugh McBride

    Send me to Bouchercon! 🙂

  275. Kathy Fannon

    Pick me-please

  276. Kathy Fannon

    Pick me-please

  277. Joan Boose

    May I please be the one? Thank you!

  278. Tim Lucas

    wishing & hoping

  279. Kimberley Bradshaw

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such an amazing prize.

  280. Ted

    I would love to win!

  281. Crystal Miller

    I need a vacation! Stat!!

  282. truckerofbc

    Would love to win this

  283. lynette barfield

    How wonderful it would be to win this. Please let it be so

  284. Mallory Bailey

    This is a wonderful collection of prizes! I would be so happy to win!

  285. Teresa Stebbins

    I would be sooo excited to attend the 2014 Bouchercon and stay on the Queen Mary. How exciting! I hope I win!

  286. Sky Evans

    I would like to go, this is awesome.

  287. Thomas Loecken

    interesting

  288. konny church

    good luck

  289. Chandra Osterhaus

    I can’t imagine a better vacation!

  290. David Jones

    My wife & I would Love this! Soooo sick of this cold & snow! Even my dogs are!

  291. julie hawkins

    This would be such a blastblast

  292. Rita Alarcon

    Maybe I will get to see a ghost or two!

  293. Tricha Leary

    Would love to stay on the Queen Mary

  294. Vicki Andrew

    love this, great way to imerse myself in the mysterys

  295. matt lehman

    sounds like good time

  296. Lisa Pecora

    I’d love this!

  297. Nicole Carter

    I would love to go to the [b][url=http://thrillerfest.com/]ThrillerFest IX[/url]!!!!![/b]

  298. tesslon

    A mystery convention sounds like a great time! How fun!

  299. Buddy Garrett

    Great mysteries. I’d love to go .

  300. Julie N

    I feel lucky

  301. Kayce Crews

    I’ve heard of Thrillerfest, but I like ll the authors who will be attending [b]Bouchercon [/b]too.

  302. amanda whitley

    this is an awesome prize!

  303. Jennifer Thompson

    So why is this under the heading “Sweeptakes?”

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