Monday, June 25, 2018

5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West


Keynote speaker Ace Atkins, multi-award winning, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, addresses an audience of writers and fans at the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West on Saturday. The internationally renowned spinner of mystery and suspense described today’s detective stories as tales of “the great American hero,” —comparing them to classic cowboy stories of the gunslinger who comes to save the town, updated for contemporary life.
 

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black, also a real-life forensic scientist, taught a workshop titled “The Forensic Use of Fingerprints” at the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, which took place June 22-24 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort and other landmark Key West locations, and included a variety of workshops, panels, presentations, and social events for published writers, aspiring authors and fans.
 

From left, Reef Perkins, Ross Pipkin, and Lewis Haskell react to an observation made by Shirrel Rhoades, far right, in character as his writing alter-ego, Marjory Sorrel Rockwell, during a Mystery Fest Key West panel discussion on audio books Saturday. The annual celebration of sleuthing, which ran Friday through Sunday, featured a killer hit-list of bestselling and award winning writers and included a variety of workshops, panels, presentations and social events at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort and other landmark Key West locations.
 

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Team Leader David Stark presented a workshop titled, "Crisis Negotiation,” at the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West on Friday, June 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort. The annual celebration of sleuthing ran through Sunday and included a variety of workshops, panels, presentations and social events.
 

Mystery Fest Key West co-founder Shirrel Rhoades, far right, swaps tales with featured guests editor/publisher Otto Penzler left, and New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins, on Friday night at a reception following the first day of Fest panels and presentations. The annual celebration of sleuthing ran through Sunday and included a variety of workshops, panels, presentations and social events at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort and other landmark Key West locations.
 

Key West-based journalist Wendy Tucker, left, and New York Times bestselling author Diane A.S. Stuckart get acquainted at Mystery Fest Key West Saturday upon announcement that Tucker has won a walk-on role in Stuckart’s forthcoming Tarot Cats mystery novel. The novel-ty is that Tucker can choose not only whether she prefers to be a “good guy” or “bad guy,” she can also choose to be a human, cat, dog, or other creature of the animal kingdom.

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