We are Delighted to Welcome

Allison Brennan

to LIMCon Chicago 2016

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as we add more Featured Authors of

Mystery, Romance, True Crime & Memoirs

for the new con!

for the 2016 Con

I'm so glad Love Is Murder CON is back.

-Mike Manno
Author of Murder Most Holy
LOVEY Awards

Click here to see the winners from the 2015 Love is Murder conference!


Each year, Love is Murder honors registered conference authors and their books with its prestigious LOVEY awards in up to 10 categories (depending on the number of nominees). We encourage attendees to read nominees' novels before the conference and be ready to vote for:


Scroll down to see this year's nominees

LOVEY Award Guidelines
WHO CAN ENTER: Authors who are registered for the 2015 Love Is Murder Conference.

DEADLINE: Nominations for 2015 LOVEY awards are now closed. Scroll down to see this year's nominees.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE WORK(s): Works must be published and available to the general public in 2014. It may be traditionally published or self-published, either in paper or digital form.

Works must be available to readers through at least two (2) of the normal channels; e.g., Amazon, B&N, Kindle, Nook, etc. This does not include publication on blogs, newsletters,on-line groups, etc.

Authors may enter their works in as many categories as they wish but may enter only one title per category.

It is understood by all parties that by submitting a title for consideration of an award, the creator and holder of the copyright of any entered works gives to the LIM board permission to publicize the entry and use its title, excerpts, and author's name in promotion of the Lovey Awards prior to and for the duration of the conference as they see fit.

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2015 LOVEY Award Nominees
LOVEY Awards update

Final 2015 LOVEY Awards Nominations

Here is the final and complete list of LOVEY nominees for the 2015 Conference. If you're attending the conference, be sure to pick up the ones you haven't already read so that you can vote for your favorites! Following the list are descriptions of several of the nominated works.

Honor Above All / J. Bard-Collins
Stinking Rich / Rob Brunet
The Black Hour / Lori Rader-Day
Death Stalks Door County / Patricia Skalka

Dangerous Threads / David Ciambrone
Implications / Richard Davidson
Tradition of Deceit / Kathleen Ernst
Bean in Love / Annie Hansen
Wolf Pack / Jeanne Meeks
Sex Change / T’Gracie Reese and Joe Reese
Fatal Reaction / Jennie Spallone
Dead Between the Lines / Denise Swanson

Black Stiletto: Secrets and Lies / Raymond Benson
Once Upon a Crime / Evelyn Cullet
The Conan Doyle Notes / Diane Gilbert Madsen
Titania’s Suitor / C.L. Shore
The House on the Dunes / Nancy Sweetland
Murder Across the Ocean / Charlene Wexler

Mercy / B.J. Daniels
Murder in the Ballpark / Robert Goldsborough
Nobody’s Child / Libby Fischer Hellmann
Retribution / Annie Rose Alexander

The Counterfeit Heiress / Tasha Alexander
From the Charred Remains / Susanna Calkins
Death at Chinatown / Frances McNamara
Shall We Not Revenge /D. M. Pirrone

Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings / R. Benson
Run / Andrew Grant
Death and White Diamonds / Jeffery Markowitz

Unmasked / EM Kaplan
Plagued by Quilt / Molly MacRae
Buried Innocence / Terri Reid

The Black Stiletto Mysteries / Raymond Benson
The Miller Sisters Series / Gale Borger
The Nero Wolfe Mysteries / Robert Goldsborough
The Leigh Girard Series / Gail Lukasik
Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries / Molly MacRae
The Emily Cabot Mysteries / Frances McNamara
The Nina Bannister Mysteries / T’Gracie Reese and Joe Reese
The Charlie Fox Series / Zoe Sharp
The Scumble River Mysteries / Denise Swanson

Death of a Sad Face / A Serafina Florio Short Story / Susan Russo Anderson
Ghost / MWA  Anthology/ Raymond Benson
Perko’s Farm /Down, Out and Dead/ Rob Brunet
What We Do For Love / Kiddieland & Other Misfortunes / Tim Chapman
Dr. Watson’s Casebook  / In the Company of Sherlock Holmes / Andrew Grant
No Good Deed / Fiction River Crime Edition / Libby Fischer Hellmann
The Inheritance / Romancing the Lakes of Minnesota –Autumn / Kathleen Nordstrom
Ghost Light / Romancing the Lakes of Minnesota –Autumn / Rachael Passan
Tales Around the Jack O’Lantern / A Mary O’Reilly Short Story / Terri Reid

Murder in the Ball Park by Robert Goldsborough:
A Nero Wolfe Mystery
Archie Goodwin and Saul Panzer have ventured into the wilds of northern Manhattan to watch the Giants take on the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds. The national anthem is just winding down when Panzer spies a notable in the box seats: state senator Orson Milbank, a silver-haired scoundrel with enemies in every corner of upstate New York. In the fourth inning, a monstrous line drive brings every fan in the grandstand to his feet-every fan save for one silver-haired senator, who has been shot dead by a sniper in the upper deck.

"The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper"  

by Diane Gilbert Madsen  

Did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and 'the real Sherlock Holmes' solve the Jack the Ripper mystery? Conan Doyle was already famous with his Sherlock Holmes stories when Jack the Ripper struck London in 1888.  Why was Conan Doyle silent about this case?  "The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper," uncovers clues as to how the creator of Sherlock Holmes and his friend and mentor Dr Joseph Bell, who was the model for Sherlock Holmes, used the Sherlockian Method to correctly deduce the identity of the most infamous serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper, yet why they never publicly revealed the identity of their suspect. 


Once Upon a Crime by Evelyn Cullet
Love isn't always a fairy tale...and Charlotte Ross has kissed her share of frogs, but that's all behind her. Fleeing her life for a short break, Charlotte, along with her best friend Jane Marshall, find themselves at her aunt's home in the sleepy town of Raven's Caw, Michigan. Charlotte hopes to recover from a breakup with her fiancé, and her friend Jane, a new mystery writer, is looking forward to somewhere relaxing. But life has different plans for the two friends and they find themselves swept up in a whirlwind of romance, mystery and murder.

Death and White Diamonds by Jeff Markowitz
Did you ever have one of those days? You know the kind, when nothing seems to go right?Richie's girlfriend suggests a romantic getaway, promising him a week-end he will never forget. So why can't he remember what happened, when he finds her lifeless body on the beach? Richie is fairly certain he didn't kill his girlfriend, but his memory is hazy. One thing, however, is clear. When Lorraine's body is found, he's going to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation. If her body is found.Disposing of the body turns out to be harder than Richie could have imagined. Losing it, however, is easy.Did you ever have one of those days? And we haven't even gotten to the bad part yet.


Sneaking Suspicions (The Tharon Trace Mysteries Book 1) by Jan Hinds
It is the year 2056, five years after an influenza pandemic killed nearly half the world's population.  Tharon Trace is about to turn twelve, that uncertain age between child and teenager, if she lives that long. When she and her two best friends witness a murder, they are abducted and swept into a web of conspiracy and danger.  Tharon and her friends must escape and warn someone about the threats they overheard, but who can they trust? Deputy Dana Donovan has resolved to stop waiting for the man she loves to love her. Before she can figure out how to find the life she's been missing, she must find the missing chil- dren.  She teams up with Tom Trace, Tharon's father, whose skill at tracking puts them fast on the children's trail.  But will they be fast enough to rescue the children before the killers find them again?

Shall We Not Revenge by D.M. Pirrone  

In the harsh early winter months of 1872, while Chicago is still smoldering from the Great Fire, Irish Catholic detective Frank Hanley is assigned the case of a murdered Orthodox Jewish rabbi. His investigation proves difficult when the neighbor-hood's Yiddish-speaking residents, wary of outsiders, are reluctant to talk. But when the rabbi's headstrong daughter Rivka unexpectedly offers to help Hanley find her father's killer, the detective receives much more than the break he was looking for. Their pursuit of the truth draws Rivka and Hanley closer together and leads them to a relief organization run by the city's wealthy movers and shakers. Along the way, they uncover a web of political corruption, crooked cops, and well-buried ties to two notorious Irish gangsters from Hanley's checkered past. Even after he is kicked off the case, stripped of his badge, and thrown in jail, Hanley refuses to quit. With a personal vendetta to settle for an innocent life lost, he is determined to expose a complicated criminal scheme, not only for his own sake, but for Rivka's as well.


The Bride Wore Dead by EM Kaplan 
Just days after Josie is the last-minute bridesmaid at a massive Boston Brahmin wedding, the lovely bride dies on her honeymoon at an exclusive Arizona resort. The mother of the bride thinks Josie can find out what really happened. Josie discovers the dead bride may not have been the first dead girl. And to Josie's horror, the killer has set his sights on her next.  
"Truly, a Catholic wedding in Boston was a wonder of the ancient world, Josie thought-one of the things that everyone needed to witness once in her life. The pageantry of velvet robes and incense. The standing, the sitting, and the standing some more. The Latin incantations that reminded Josie of a horror movie-the main source of her knowledge of Latin: The Exorcist and The Omen, parts one and two. 
To Josie, the wedding was a big, sweaty blur and she imagined that it had to be even worse for the bride. During the ceremony, a trickle of perspiration had run down the side of the bride Leann's face. Josie was close enough to see it, even though she was the tenth and last-minute forlorn bridesmaid whose calla lily bouquet had started to droop. Calla lilies, weren't those traditionally funeral flowers?" 
Implications by Richard Davidson

Bishop Howard Chandler has assigned Pastor Arthur Blake to investigate the burning of a church in the small city of Amboy, Illinois. Arthur learns from that church's pastor that she had to overcome past improprieties by former members. During the investigation of the fire's cause, Arthur and the state fire investigators uncover disturbing aspects of the ninety-year-old church's design and history. Arthur calls on his federal associates for assistance, as the investigation of a local church fire expands to seeking solutions to related crimes occurring from the present, to recent years, and back to the Prohibition Era. Progress in the investigation intertwines with new developments in Arthur's family life.


Mercy by B.J. Daniels 
For U.S. marshal Rourke Kincaid, there's the law...and then there's his law. When the two don't agree, he always trusts his instincts. A killing spree has gripped the Northwest, showing a strange connection that only he sees, and now the old rules of justice no longer apply. Forced to turn rogue, he goes deep undercover to track his mysterious female suspect to a quiet, unassuming cafe in the wild, isolated mountains of Beartooth, Montana. But encountering Callie Westfield complicates his mission in ways he never expected. As suspicious as she seems, her fragile beauty and sexy charm get to Rourke. Then the gory crimes begin anew. With his heart suddenly at war with his instincts, he has only two options. Either turn Callie over to the law, or put everything - including his badge and his life - ont he line to protect her. 
Retribution  by Annie Rose Alexander 

An NFL Linebacker, Brian Williams, is found dead in the middle of the street in the nation's capital. In the following weeks more famous athletes are found murdered, each in a different way. The police and FBI are stumped. Homicide detectives Ariel Summers and Paul Costello are brought in to investigate. Ariel's private investigator boyfriend, Jason Steel, is hired by William's wife to find answers and is soon clashing with Ariel over the investigation and her arrest of his new client. But as the death toll continues to rise, the citizens of DC panic. When Ariel and Jason's close friends and family members are threatened, they are forced to work together on a plan to trap the nation's most dangerous and cold-blooded assassin in history.


Stinking Rich by Rob Brunet

What could possibly go wrong when the backwoods Libidos Motorcycle Club hires a high school dropout to tend a barn full of high-grade marijuana? Plenty, it turns out. In a world where indoor plumbing's optional and each local wacko is more twisted than the last, drug money draws reprobates like moths to a lantern. From loveable losers to gnarly thugs and law-and- order wannabes, every last one of them has an angle-their best shot at being stinking rich. And with their own warped ideas about right, wrong, and retribution, the Libidos aren't far behind.


Dr. Watson's Casebook (in the Company of Sherlock Holmes) by Andrew Grant 

Marc Bowman, a highly successful computer consultant and software designer, walks into his job at a major tech company one morning only to find himself fired on the spot, stonewalled by his boss, and ushered out of the building. Then things get worse: An explosive argument drives his wife away and a robbery threatens to yank a million-dollar idea-and his whole future-out from under him. In a matter of hours, Marc has gone from having it all to being sucker-punched by fate. But it's only Monday, and before the week is over, he'll be stalked, ambushed, wiretapped, arrested, duped, double- and triple-crossed-until he can't tell enemies from allies.  

Wolf Pack - Mystery on Isle Royale by Jeanne Meeks

(2nd in the Backcountry Mystery Series) 

Can a backpacking trip to an island famous for its wolves mend the relationship between Amy and her grown daughter? Will murder and blackmail bring them together--or will they be buried on Isle Royale? Emboldened by her adventures in the Grand Canyon, Amy Warren again laces up her hiking boots. She ferries with her daughter, Meagan, to Isle Royal National Park. When volunteer ranger Sarah Rochon is accused by a co-worker of assault and theft, Amy is torn between spending precious time with Meagan and clearing her best friend's name.

When Amy rescues Remington, a pampered Havanese show dog, from the frigid waters of Lake Superior, he becomes her champion. Together they sniff out clues to the evil that threatens the natural tranquility of the magical island.

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