Magna cum Murder

Crime Writing Festival


October 19-21, 2018 

The Columbia Club, Indianapolis, IN


Guest of Honor ~ Reavis Z. Wortham

International Guest of Honor ~ Peter Lovesey

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Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Magna cum Murder
Kathryn Kennison

Steering Committee
Mara Higgins
Amanda Lindsay
Ruthie Lucas
Mary McGhee
Arthur Soto
Diane Watters
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Message from
former GOH  Kent Kreuger

For me, missing Magna cum Murder is like missing an essential annual celebration.  Not quite like missing Christmas, but close.  Unfortunately, I'll be absent from Magna this year.  Long ago, I committed to keynoting a book festival in Pennsylvania and only recently realized it will conflict with my yearly pilgrimage to Indianapolis to see Kathryn Kennison and all my friends in the mystery community.  But I've learned from my mistake.  Magna cum Murder 2019 is already inked on my calendar for that year.  I know everyone will have a great time this fall, and, to paraphrase Scarlett O'Hara: "As God is my witness, I'll never miss Magna again."
Although it pains us, Kent assures us that he will be back next year!

We asked Kent for an update on what he's been working on and here's information on his next book:
Desolation Mountain
Coming in August!

     These days, there are wonderful things on the horizon for me and Cork O'Connor.

     First of all, the manuscript for Desolation Mountain, #17 in the series, is in the pipeline and on track for publication this summer on August 21. 
    Here's the down and dirty: Soon after a mysterious  plane crash that killed a U.S. senator and her family, men  from the Iron Lake Reservation, the first responders to the scene and friends of Cork O'Connor, begin to vanish. Cork's investigation of the disappearances draws him into an unimaginable web of conspiracy and murder and pits him against monstrous forces that have invaded Tamarack County and are at work in the shadows. For fans of my stand-alone thriller  The Devil's Bed , you'll be happy to hear that I've resurrected Bo Thorson, the hero of that story, and he may-or may not-be an ally for Cork. This is a fun entry in the series, a real thriller of a read.

      I've agreed to write a short story that will be included in a special edition of  Desolation Mountain  to be sold exclusively through Barnes and Noble. I'll keep you alerted to the details for purchasing this special edition.

      I have a lot of appearances scheduled this spring, beginning with the  Tucson Festival of Books , which will be held March 9-11. On  my website calendar , you'll find a listing of all the panels I'll be taking part in and the times I'll be signing books. 

      A couple of weeks after Tucson, March 22-25, I'll be one of the Guests of Honor at  Left Coast Crime  in Reno, Nevada. If you've never been to this marvelous mystery conference, you've missed a truly good time. It's an opportunity to see and meet so many of your favorite mystery authors and to hang out with other readers who, like you and me, love a good crime novel.

      For my full spring lineup of events, check my website calendar at .

      Finally, for anyone who enjoyed  Ordinary Grace , I'm nearing completion of the manuscript for the companion novel,  This Tender Land , currently due to be published in the fall of 2019. It's a special story, and I'll be talking more about it in the next newsletter.

That's all for now from the North Country.