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It's no mystery why mystery writers are converging on Key West

Key West's own Michael Haskins is among the presenters.
Key West's own Michael Haskins is among the presenters.

The deadline to score killer early-bird registration perks for this year's Mystery Writers Key West Fest arrives at May 1.

Open to authors, aspiring authors and all-around book lovers, those who register to attend by that deadline will score a discounted registration cost of $150, which includes all panels, presentations, social events and four meals, plus a chance to win a walk-on cameo role in New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black's next novel.

"I can't say whether the namesake will be heroic or villainous, but I'm pretty sure the winner will have fun with it," said Black, whose older works include "Close to the Bone," "The Price of Innocence," "Blunt Impact" and "Defensive Wounds." Her newest book, "That Darkness," was set to hit the stands on April 26.

Set for June 10 through 12 in Key West, the Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2016 spotlights some two dozen award-winning mystery and crime fiction authors and true-crime experts, including Black; keynote speaker and bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum; Los Angeles-based thriller and mystery novelist Timothy Hallinan; Heather Graham; science fiction writer James O. Born; and Key West's own Michael Haskins, author of the Mick Murphy Key West Mystery Series.

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