Monthly Archives: May 2014

New Mystery Writers Fest Proves Murder and Mayhem Alive and Well in Key West

Discounted Room Rate Like Getting the Festival for Free!

Key West has long been renowned as a writer’s haven and locale of adventure and tropical intrigue. Now, the island where Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway found their inspiration will be the setting for the first Mystery Writers Key West Fest, a gathering of South Florida mystery writers that will kick off its inaugural sleuthing seminar this coming June 13-15.



Mystery fans, aspiring authors, and avid readers will enjoy this nearly two day event.

Registration is only $98 and includes five separate panel events with acclaimed crime fiction and true crime authors, a drawing for a “walk-on” cameo appearance in an upcoming mystery tale, buffet luncheon with best-selling mystery and detective fiction author W.E.B. Griffin (A/K/A William E. Butterworth IV), a group book signing event, one-on-one consultations with a publisher, an editor and an expert on writers and taxes, a Key West bar stroll, and a noir movie night at the award winning Tropic Cinema, hosted by author Mike Dennis. You can even win a walk-on part in an upcoming mystery novel.


Co-founded by Shirrel Rhoades, a book publisher who has held has held executive positions with Reader’s Digest, Scholastic, Harper’s, Marvel Entertainment and other well-known publishing companies, and author Michael Haskins, creator of the popular Mad Mick Murphy mystery series, the Mystery Writers Key West Fest is sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, Key West Citizen, and Florida Keys Council of the Arts.


DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort is the main venue for the sleuthfest, and is offering a “killer” early bird rate for those who book rooms before May 10. Room rates are about half the average cost of a hotel room in Key West. The rates are good from June 12-15, so fans can enjoy a vacation while attending the Fest.


Listen to Shirrel Rhoades talk about the Mystery Fest. Click here:


Attendees to the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West Fest will join co-founders Rhoades and Haskins along with nearly two dozen crime and adventure literary figures, including New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham; Don Bruns, award winning author of the Caribbean Mystery Series; Sandra Balzo, acclaimed author of the Maggy Thorsen Coffeehouse Mystery series and Main Street Murders series; Jeremiah Healy, creator of the John Francis Cuddy private-investigator series and author (aka Terry Devane) of the Mairead O’Clare legal thrillers; crime and noir fiction novelist Mike Dennis; Neil S. Plakcy, popular mystery and adventure/romance author; true crime journalist and author Terry Schmida; and special guest author William Butterworth IV (aka W.E.B. Griffin).


For registration, hotel room booking link and further information, visit


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