Mystery Fest Key West: Final Schedule

Schedule of Events: June 16-18, 2017


Thursday, June 15

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Pre-Fest Part at home of author John Cunningham.


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Workshop 1: Lt. Mike DiGiovanni, MCSO Bomb Squad – How Law Enforcement Deals With Explosive Situations (Special Guest Appearance by Bomb Squad Robot)
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Workshop 2: James O. Born – Police Myths
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Workshop 3: Lisa Black – Blood Spatter Forensics
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Workshop 4 – Nancy J. Cohen – How to Write a Cozy
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Reception and Buffet Dinner at Hemingway Home and Museum 
Welcome – Mystery Fest Co-Founder Shirrel Rhoades
Special Guest Speaker – John Hemingway

8:30 p.m. Sloan’s Ghost Tour Key West – hosted by Heather Graham

8:30 a.m. Coffee & Danish

8:45 a.m. Introduction

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: Where I Get My Ideas
Moderator: Randy Rawls
John H. Cunningham
David Beckwith
Charles Todd
Paul Sinor

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: How to Commit a Perfect Murder
Moderator: Heather Graham
Lisa Black
Rick Ollerman
Robert Coburn
Siera London

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. the Whodunit Mystery Writing Award, presented by Shirrel Rhoades.
Introduction of 2016 winner, Lewis C. Haskell
Presentation of the 2017 Whodunit 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 p.m. Clifford Irving, Keynote Speaker

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion:  It Takes a Crook
Moderator – Rick Ollerman
Mike Dennis
Bill Craig
Ken Rijock
Reef Perkins

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Cozy Mysteries and Female Sleuths
Moderator – Nancy J. Cohen
Susan Haskell / Norah-Jean Perkin
Marjory Sorrell Rockwell
Renee Kumor
Meg Muldoon


4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Law Enforcement

Moderator: James O. Born
Jim Linder, Joint Interagency Task Force
Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay
Carol Frederick, Florida Department of Law Enforcement


5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Book Signing

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Special mystery event at Key West Art & Historical Society’s Custom House Museum. 

8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Mystery Writers of America Brunch at Schooner Wharf Bar at the historic Key West waterfront (included in registration + $15 for each additional guest.


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