The 4th International Mystery Writers's Festival "Discovering New Mysteries" opens tomorrow, June 14th in Owensboro, Kentucky, and will continue through Sunday, June 17th.
In years past, the festival has hosted an unprecedented array of best-selling authors, internationally known actors and successful TV writer/producers including: Gene Hackman, Mary Higgins Clark, Josh Hutcherson, Sue Grafton, Anthony E. Zuiker, Rene’ Balcer, William Link, and dozens of others who actively participated in workshops, panel discussions, and retrospectives of their work. And, the new plays “discovered” at the Festival by up-and-coming writers in 2008 and 2009 have gone on to win multiple Edgar Awards.
This year’s festival is sure to be as exciting, ground-breaking and celebrity-packed as previous years. The Festival received hundreds of play submissions from authors around the world and from those submissions, three works will be presented:
• Absolutely Dead by Michael Walker. It’s the rocky coast of Maine and there’s a Nor’easter blowing like a stink outside. The causeway’s flooded and (of course) the local sheriff is stranded on the mainland. Naturally, on a turbulent night like this, the phones are down and who would ever expect cell phones to work in a place like this? Does it sound like a good night for a roaring fire and a dinner party with a lot of laughs from a boisterous, tipsy actress? Does it sound like a good night for a murder — or two? People are dying and the party really isn’t funny anymore.
• Encore for Murder by Max Allan Collins. Another opening — another Broadway hit, only the celebrity star is kidnapped and Mike Hammer is brought in to solve the kidnapping — is it the producer, is it her deceased husband’s mob connected family, is it her stalker fan, is it the understudy — there’s plenty here for Mike Hammer and his trusted secretary, as well as the audience, to wade through, with twists and turns and still a surprise at the end!
• Lost at Sea by Donald Drake. When an aging playwright takes his three grown children along with his secretary/companion on a cruise, someone disappears and the mystery begins! What happened? An accident — a murder — a plot? Come aboard the cruise ship and see for yourself!
Visit the festival website for ticket information and a schedule of events.