Discovering New Mysteries

4th International Mystery Writers' Festival Coming in 2012

Monday, June 11th through Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Discovering New Mysteries - International Mystery Writers' Festival

Festival Cancelled for 2013

Many of you have been patiently awaiting an announcement regarding the International Mystery Writers' festival. To protect the integrity of the festival we have been working for months to secure funding to produce the festival at the caliber of excellence it has been in the past. Unfortunately, we did not secure the funding needed to present the festival. Our Board of Directors met yesterday and made the decision to cancel the event this year. We do hope to continue fundraising efforts to be able to produce the event in the future. We are grateful for your patience and support throughout this process. The International Mystery Writers' Festival is confident that the next time we communicate it is with better news. Should you have any ideas regarding funding for the festival please pass those along and we will be happy to pursue those leads.

The Winners List

  • Best Movie Actress - Sabrina Segal
  • Best Movie Actor - Eric Altheide
  • Best Owensboro Movie Detective - Todd Reynolds
  • Best Script - Encore for Murder by Max Allan Collins
  • Best Featured Actor - Richard Fish in Encore for Murder
  • Best Actor - Gary Sandy in Encore for Murder
  • Best Actress - Cassie Post in Lost at Sea
  • Best Featured Actress - Amy Walker in Encore for Murder
  • Festival Creator - Zev Buffman
  • KY Colonel Presentations to:
      Authors - Donald Drake and Michael Walker
    • Company Members - Tony Brewer, Kathy Garver, Todd Nielsen, Orson Ossman, Cassie Post and Amy Walker

    4th International Mystery Writers' Festival June 14-17, 2012

    Mystery Writers Festival 2012

    Owensboro, Kentucky

    Press Release

    2012 Mystery Writers Festival Press Release (PDF)

    Click Here to view this years 2012 Brochure

    Line Up

    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.


    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!


    By Donald Drake

    "Lost At Sea" occurs when an aging playwright takes his 3 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!

    Celebrity Appearances - June 2012

    Kathy Garver

    Most fondly remembered for her starring role as "Cissy" in the long running CBS international television hit, "Family Affair", Kathy Garver has also garnered critical acclaim in movies, stage, radio, voice-over animation, and audio book narration.

    Kathy Garver

    Gary Sandy

    His most recognizable role was starring as Andy Travis in the classic, WKRP in Cincinnati. He has performed in over 100 theatrical productions, but is proudest of the Pirate King in the Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance, the title role in Barnum, Chance Wayne in Sweet Bird of Youth, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Billy in Billy Bishop Goes to War, Buck Holden in Niteclub Confidential, Charlie Baker in The Foreigner, Starbuck in The Rainmaker, Milo Tindle in Sleuth, Mortimer in the Broadway revival of Arsenic and Old Lace, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Terence O'Keefe in the national tour of Breaking Legs, Decker in Bleacher Bums, Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl, Will in The Will Rodgers Follies, Him in I Do I Do, Erie Smith in Eugene O'Neills' Hughie, Gene Glimmer in SideMan, Mack Sennett in Mack & Mabel, Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in the National Tour of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opposite Ann Margret and the seven productions he has done as Harold Hill in The Music Man.

    Gary Sandy

    Attend one of the Globally Top Rated June Festivals!

    Both the Global Traveler Magazine and the Southeast Tourism Society have named the International Mystery Writers' Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky as a Top June Festival! Don't miss it!

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