Magna cum Murder

Crime Writing Festival


October 25-27, 2019 

The Columbia Club, Indianapolis, IN


Guest of Honor ~ Joe R. Lansdale

International Guest of Honor ~ Ruth Dudley Edwards

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Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Magna cum Murder
Kathryn Kennison

Steering Committee
Amanda Lindsay
Ruthie Lucas
Mary McGhee
Audrey Musal
Elijah Spears
Diane Watters
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The Fire Court by Andrew Taylor
The Fire Court , the second novel in Taylor's  Marwood- Lovett series set in 1660s London, has recently come out in the US. The third in the series, The King's Evil , will be out in the UK on April 4th, and will follow in the US next year. Meanwhile, his eight-volume Lydmouth Series, crime novels set in the 1950s, has just been reissued in paperback with new covers, and there are plans to reissue audio versions of the series on Audible. This year  The Second Midnight , a thriller set in wartime Prague and in England during the Suez Crisis of 1956, will be reissued.  

HarperCollins has commissioned Taylor to write two more Marwood-Lovett novels. He's presently working on the first of these, which has the provisional title of The Last Protector.

Death by Armoire  by Albert Bell, Jr. 
Death by Armoire, has been awarded First Place in the Genre Fiction category for the Writer's Digest's Self-Published Book Awards. You can find recognition for this award in the spring issue of Writer's Digest.

The seventh book in Bell's Pliny series,  The Gods Help  Those,  is available now. One reviewer called it "an entertaining mystery with all the misdirection, intriguing characters, and bracing plot for which a reader could wish. "

Lights! Camera! Puzzles! by Parnell Hall
The 20th Puzzle Lady, Lights! Camera! Puzzles! (her ex-husband's tell-all is optioned for the movies), will be released in  April, just in time for Malice Domestic, where Hall is being presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.   
Registration is Open
Registration for the 25th year of Magna cum Murder is now open. We are offering for the first time, a spouse meal option, to accommodate those supportive spouses who come to Magna. 
Columbia Club Rooms 2019
We received the reservation list for 2019 and rooms are almost full! If you plan to come to Magna XXV and want to stay at the Columbia Club, reserve your room NOW.