Thursday, April 8, 2010

Love Is Murder


I am so excited to report that Love Is Murder is returning to the Chicagoland area next year. Considered by many to be the Midwest's premier mystery con for fans and writers alike, LIM will take place February 4-6, 2011, at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel. This 12th edition of LIM looks to be the best yet with SIX featured guest authors plus a special Local Guest of Honor. There's lots to be said about this upcoming LIM, so much so that instead of trying to pack it all in here, I'm simply going to copy some of what Ophelia Julien wrote in the first issue of "The Official LOVE IS MURDER Newsletter".

"Greetings, all you Love is Murder-ites! Long time, no see! You've all waited so patiently (well, maybe not some of you, but we like your enthusiasm!), we're very happy to tell you that plans for the Love is Murder 2011 are in full swing. If you haven't seen the new website, it is now up and running. Please, please, please, stop in at and check out our impressive list of headliners, all six of them! Pore over our list of events and activities and plan on joining us! And then register! Right away!

"Our stellar list of authors includes Rhys Bowen, Joseph Finder, Caroline Haines, Joan Johnston, Jon Land, and F. Paul Wilson, as well as local guest of honor, Michael Allen Dymmoch. There will be two Master Classes, and Pitch-a-Palooza is back by popular demand, so get those manuscripts polished and ready.

"We are also having our first-ever short story writing contest! If you have never published in any medium, this could be your ticket to breaking into print. All rules and details are at the web site under "Events." If you're serious about entering, don't delay. Entries must be postmarked by July 16, 2010 to give our judges a chance to read them and pick a winner. The winning entry will be announced at the conference, and will also be published in the February, 2011 issue of CrimeSpree Magazine so start writing!"

I will be writing more about Love Is Murder in the days ahead, but if you'd like to receive the monthly LOVE IS MURDER Newsletter, please email "subscribe" to, OR sign up for the newsletter on the left hand side of the Love Is Murder website opening page.

Hope to see you at Love Is Murder!



  1. I'm already looking forward to it! Thanks to all on the committee for the hard work.

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