• The 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West The 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West
  • June 16 - 18, 2017 June 16 - 18, 2017
The photos in the slide show above are from previous years.
Mystery Fest Key West

June 22-24, 2018

The 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West -Join renowned mystery writers, aspiring authors, true crime experts and fans in America’s southernmost city! Featuring a who’s-who of award-winning and bestselling mystery/suspense authors and true crime experts, Mystery Fest Key West is a fun and fascinating meet-and-greet where writers can catch up with old friends and readers can meet leading authors, collect signed books and participate in workshops, panels, and presentations where the most devious of minds explain why—and how—they do it.

This year we welcome:

  • Keynote Speaker Ace Atkins, the multi-award winning, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels.
  • Special Guest of Honor, the multi-award winning Otto Penzler, publisher, editor and proprietor of the famed The Mysterious Book Shop in New York City.
  • Special Guest Presenter, Heather Graham, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, with more than seventy-five million books in print, published in more than twenty languages.
. . . joined by a stellar ‘hit-list’ of renowned bestselling and award winning authors and true crime experts.

Ace Atkins

Heather Graham

Otto Penzler

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A weekend with your favorite mystery writers and friends, only $195 – it’s practically criminal!
Includes poolside reception, all panels and workshops, Whodunit Awards event, book signings, Conch Train mini-tour of Key West, prime rib luncheon & keynote speaker event, Key West Lighthouse tour & ice cream social, and Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter sponsored brunch overlooking historic Key West Harbor.
Want to bring a friend to the keynote luncheon, ice-cream social or brunch? It’s just $35.00 additional per event to bring a buddy.

Discounted hotel rates while available 
$209 per person - nearly ⅓ off regular room rates.
(Speakers have a special room rate.)

We'll be holed up at the luxurious
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key
Call 800/222-TREE to make your booking
or go online to
Enter Group Code: SMA

Books & Books @ The Studios Of Key West
will provide book sales for Mystery Fest Key West.


Key West has been a long-time writers' haven -- from Hemingway to Elizabeth Bishop to Tennessee Williams.
But it's also been an island of popular intrigue -- from the mystery novels of Laurence Shames to Stuart Woods, John Leslie, Tom Corcoran, John Hersey, Thomas McGuane, and Robert Stone.

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." - Hemingway


2018 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition and Award

Submission deadline
April 15

Click here for complete details about the Whodunit Competition and Award.

• Registration Reimbursement!
• Reimbursement for Two Nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort!
• Absolutely Amazing eBooks Publishing Contract!
• Whodunit Award plaque
• Roundtrip airfare

Below are photos of 2017 Mystery Fest Key West

To Contact Mystery Fest Key West

Please write to: Mystery Fest Key West,
926 Truman Avenue,
Key West, Florida 33040
or Email Us