In 2015
We Welcome 

Anne Perry

 

and

Zoe Sharp

and

Denise Swanson


and

Local
Featured
Author

Robert
Goldsborough


Check back often to see who else is coming to next year's Con!

for the 2015 Con

  
Testimonials
In my opinion, the Chicago Love is Murder conference is the best bang for your buck for any mystery conference around. This was my third time attending and I have to say it gets better every year. Here’s a brief run-down of some of the panel discussions, the behind-the-scenes takes you won’t get on a roster, and those ‘you just had to be there moments’ as Tweeted and Facebooked by attendees.

-Barbra Annino
Sisters in Crime
  
LOVEY Awards

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:

  • BEST FIRST NOVEL
  • BEST TRADITIONAL / AMATEUR SLEUTH
  • BEST PI / POLICE PROCEDURAL
  • BEST THRILLER
  • BEST PARANORMAL / SCI-FI
  • BEST SUSPENSE
  • BEST HISTORICAL
  • BEST SERIES
  • BEST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
  • BEST SHORT STORY

For a list of previous years' winners, click here.

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



DEADLINE: Entries for the 2015 LOVEY Awards must be submitted by January 2, 2015, by the author or a party on their behalf.



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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2014 LOVEY Award Nominees
LOVEY Awards update
SHALL WE NOT REVENGE by D.M. Pirrone
In 1872 Chicago, just after the Great Fire, rookie Irish detective Frank Hanley must solve a rabbi's brutal murder. With help from the rabbi's daughter, the investigation leads Hanley through a web of deceit and corruption, ultimately risking his job and his life to bring an old nemesis to justice."

MURDER IN THE BALLPARK : A Nero Wolfe Mystery

by Robert Goldsborough

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. For more information visit www.openroadmedia.com/murder-in-the-ball-park.

 

BEYOND BLLUE by Austin Camacho

Beyond Blue is a detective novel about a privately funded detective agency whose only purpose is to help police officers who are in trouble.  The novel follows four of the agency’s cases, which overlap and intersect: An undercover officer is in danger of really being drawn into a life of crime; a crooked lawyer is destroying police careers by making arresting officers appear to have violated criminals’ rights; a cop’s wife accuses him of abusing their daughter; a retired police detective who is in charge of airport security could lose his job because of drugs being smuggled in through JFK International. Pursuing these cases is a team of unique and intriguing detectives. The agency’s director, the enigmatic Paul Gorman, sits at the center of the action, pulling the strings to direct his detectives to solve their cases and cover each other. The concept is held together by Gorman’s mission statement: “Those sworn to protect us sometimes need protection themselves.  To defend the boys in blue when they are in danger, sometimes you have to go beyond blue.”



  
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