Crime Scene – Mystery Bookfest


Where: Fearrington Village, Pittsboro NC. 

This is the first annual celebration of all things mysterious in literature today; thrillers, mystery, true crime and more! This event features readings, booking signings, panel discussions and more with the authors you know and love. This event is free and open to the public. You will find meetups happening both in the bookstore and in Fearrington Barn. 

The day will culminate with the announcement of Pete Mock’s third annual Beltie Mystery Prize grand prize winner.

The event kicks off with an ticketed meet and greet dubbed,  Killer Cocktail  on Friday, February 7th. For $75 you get access to all the authors and event staff as well as two  drink tickets (cash bar after that), light hors d’oeurves, and a $20 gift card to use in McIntyre’s Books.

Get your tickets NOW! 


In the bookstore:
Brooklyn, Bargains, and Books
Moderator: Molly Weston
Panelists: Triss Stein, Sherry Harris, and Ellery Adams

Thrills & Chills: Writing (and Selling) Books that Scare Readers
Moderator: Jenny Milchman (author)
Panelists: Carla Buckley (author), Juliet Grames (author, Assoc. Publisher SOHO Books), Paula Munier (author, agent)
This panel is for those interested in the business of books, are writing a book, or just thinking of trying. Running the gamut from start to finish you will not find a better group to explain the pitfalls, frustrations, as well as the many positives that come from crafting a book.

Raising the Dead
Moderator: Pete Mock
Panelists: Lee Goldberg, Dave Robert, Paul Oliver
Ostensibly, this panel is about Ralph Dennis, a 70’s pulp author who influenced so many yet who has been long forgotten, and his NC/Chapel Hill connection. But it is also about those publishers who don’t forget and try to keep reputations alive.

In the barn:

Let’s Take a Trip! Or, as Dr. Seuss Once Said, “Oh, the places you’ll go…”
Moderator: Carla Buckley
Panelists: Ed Lin, Sara Johnson, Tim Mason
Follow moderator Carla Buckley as she allows our panelists to take her to foreign lands and distant times.

Twisty, Dark, and Heroic: Who’s Who?
Moderator: Talia Sherer
Panelists: Jaime Mason, William Boyle, Gregg Hurwitz
The intrepid Talia Sherer (full time mystery fanatic, part time Macmillan Publishers rep) will fire question after rapid-fire question at our panelists and you, the audience, will decide who among them is twisty, dark, and (or) heroic. And, really, are any of them actually telling the truth. Fun will be had. Prizes might be won. 

Why Shan’t the Twain Ever Meet? The Various Ways Justice Can Be Achieved.
Moderator: Jo Perry
Panelists: Tim Maleeny, S.J. Rozan, Martin Clark
Each author has a different way of making sure that good wins out and justice is served. Find out how and why.

The awarding of the 3rd annual Beltie Prize for Best Mystery followed by keynote speaker, Thomas Perry, Edgar award winner.

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