Mystery Fest Key West (postponed to 2021)

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The Mystery Fest Key West scheduled for June of 2020 has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 virus. This event is a must for any mystery and true crime writing fan. The event brings fans together with renowned mystery authors, true crime experts, and aspiring writers alike. Take part in meet-and-greets, book signings, workshops, panels, presentations, and more. 

Check Back Soon for Details about the 2020 Mystery Fest Key West Schedule and Details


The 2019 keynote speaker is Jeffery Deaver, who is an international best-selling and award-winning author. He is best known for "The Bone Collector," which was made into a film starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington. Other famous writers include Heather Graham, Lisa Black, and Carla Norton. 

Mystery Fest Key West 2019 Schedule of Events

Friday, June 28

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Reception at Veranda of the Key West Art & Historical Society’s Custom House Museum
Followed by Sunset Celebration at nearby Mallory Square

Saturday, June 29

Mystery Fest Program at Helmerich Auditorium at The Studios of Key West

  • 8:30 a.m. Coffee and Pastries
  • 8:45 Introduction: Shirrel Rhoades
  • 9:00 – Forensics for Writers
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Lisa Black, New York Times bestselling author and working forensic scientist
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Jane Bock, author and forensic plant science expert; worked on JonBenet Ramsey case
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Micki Browning, author and police captain
  • 10:30 – 11:00 State of the Publishing Industry
  • 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. The Whodunit Mystery Writing Award
  • 11:45 – 12:00 p.m. Presentation of the Florida Keys Community College Scholarship Winners
  • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon
  • 12:30 – 1:45 Keynote Speaker: Jeffery Deaver (“The Bone Collector”)
  • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Panel: How I got started as a mystery writer
  • 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Panel: Why I write the kind of mysteries I write
  • 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Panel: How I plot a mystery
  • 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Book Signings
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. How rum is made at Hemingway Rum Company/Papa's Pilar Distillery

Sunday, June 30

8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Brunch at Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley, 202 William Street, Key West

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