Killer Nashville: Murder, Mystery Mavens Mob Music City

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This weekend, several hundred mystery lovers will converge on Nashville’s Hutton Hotel for the Killer Nashville convention, where they’ll find out whether it’s better to publish (puts on sunglasses) … or perish. YEAAAAAHHHH!!!!

Running through Sunday, Music City’s seventh meet-up for murder mavens features one of its strongest lineups yet, boasting a best-selling roster that includes Peter Straub (Ghost Story), C.J. Box (Force of Nature), Jeffery Deaver (XO), and veteran screenwriter-director Heywood Gould (whose credits include Cocktail and the first-rate William Devane revenge thriller Rolling Thunder, co-written by Paul Schrader). The weekend won’t all be signings, agent-editor Q&As and panel discussions, however: There’ll also be a banquet, a bingo game, even a wine tasting. Count on plenty of (puts on sunglasses) … red. YEAAAAAHHHH!!!!

Local guests include Edgar-winning novelist Steven Womack and MNPD cold-case Detective Pat Postiglione, who’s overseen some of the city’s highest-profile cases. Admission to Saturday’s 7 p.m. guests of honor dinner is $85 and includes a keynote address by Deaver, who co-wrote and produced in Nashville the musical project that accompanies his latest novel. It just might hit the charts (puts on sunglasses) … with a bullet. YEAAAAAHHHH!!!!

Unlimited day passes start at $108. For more information, click here — or you just might (puts on sunglasses) …

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