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Love is Murder (LIMCON) is the Midwest's premier and Chicagoland's only conference and convention for readers and writers of mystery, suspense, romantic suspense, horror, thrillers, paranormal, and all other dark fiction. Always the first weekend in February, you can find out more and register at the Love is Murder website.
Love is Murder NPO, is also an independent, not-for-profit organization that organizes an annual convention open to writers, readers, educational groups and for-profit vendors. In addition, Love is Murder NPO, provides an educational forum to writers and readers to further their knowledge of writing, publishing, and the business of book production. In addition to the annual convention, Love is Murder NPO endeavors to sponsor other educational and/or writer focused programs throughout the year.

We are committed to the following:

- Providing a showcase for first time authors to discuss their work
- Providing an environment where first time authors can mingle with, learn from, and work alongside more experienced writers to better their writing and their understanding of publishing.
- Providing an environment where experienced and published authors can meet and discuss their work with other experienced and published authors, with budding authors, and with readers of their work.
- Providing financial support for students wishing to learn about writing and publishing through contributions to other organization who support writing for youth.
- Providing financial support for students through competitive writing based scholarships.
- Providing a showcase for Midwest writers
- Providing a environment where non-writers interested in writing can meet with authors and learn about their craft.
- Promoting writing and authors
- Actively engaging in education activities related to writing and publishing.
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Reader, Writer, Librarian, Publisher, Editor, Agent
Books And Authors I Like:
This year's mob and molls (featured guests) include:
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Why watch TV when you can be a star at Love is Murder? Visit our website for contact info to be considered for a position as a panel member--but act NOW, 'cuz those panels are filling up fast! ATTENTION PUBLISHERS--we have a limited number of sponsorship opportunities for this year's 10 anniversary gala. Please see the website or call for more information.

The coolest crime scene happens every February in Chicago!

JOIN US February 4-6 for the 12th annual LOVE IS MURDER ON A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, the Midwest’s own SuperBowl of Mystery Cons, at the Intercontinental Chicago O'HareHotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont, near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. LOVE IS MURDER is for readers, writers, librarians – any and all fans of dark fiction who enjoy sharing the “inside scoop” on favorite books and authors. And do we have some mysteries for you! From cozy to noir, from romantic suspense to mystery and thrillers, from historical to cross-genre fiction – we’ve got it all at LOVE IS MURDER.

Fan friendly programs with favorite authors. Master writing classes conducted by Joan Johnston and Carolyn Haines. DNA and gun and weapons experts. A tribute to Dick Tracy. Stump the Stars with JA Konrath. A live radio mystery play. A Saturday afternoon tea party and Saturday evening banquet. Editors, agents, booksellers, and specialty item booths. Plus lots of great food each and every day!!

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2012 Attendee Finds Agent at Conference

At Love Is Murder 2012, non-fiction author Gaye Mack went to our all-day pitch event and walked away with the agent she most wanted for her first novel. She graciously agreed to share her Love Is Murder experience with KISS KISS BANG BANG.


DPG: Tell us a little bit about the novel you pitched.…


Posted on March 27, 2012 at 6:23am

Conference Countdown!

Only 29 days til the start of the 13th Love is Murder Conference, returning to Chicago February 3-5 at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel.

This year's featured authors are Donald Bain (…


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At 10:05am on January 16, 2010, RONALD FEASEL said…
please add me my
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At 1:50pm on October 26, 2009, Rodney Wiethop said…
I attended LIM 2 years ago & I highly recommend it. I was & still am rather new at all this & I felt right at home. A great time for writers & fans.
At 12:32am on August 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 1:45am on December 22, 2008, JackBludis said…
Love the idea of your conference, but you just have it at the wrong time of the year.
At 8:24am on March 28, 2008, Harry Shannon said…
One of these years...
At 3:57am on December 29, 2007, Brian L Porter said…
Thanks for the invite, glad to come aboard. Tess Gerritsen is one of my personal favourites and she's been good enough to send me good wishes for the success of my Jack the ripper novel due out next year. A superb lady!
At 7:30am on December 10, 2007, Denis OLeary said…
Thanks for your invite. Denis.
At 2:26pm on December 8, 2007, Sarah M. Chen said…
Conference sounds great! Just met Lee Child at New England Crime Bake. Will seriously consider attending.
At 1:09am on November 7, 2007, Love Is Murder Conference said…
That's all folks! Many thanks to those who applied for consideration as panelists or moderators at the 2008 LIMCON. It looks like we're going to have a very interesting crew! Applications are now closed, but the next important deadline is 1 December, which is when the discount for early registration goes away. See you at LIMCON!
At 12:58am on October 28, 2007, Love Is Murder Conference said…
The clock is ticking! If you wish to be considered for a position as a panelist or moderator at our 10th annual Love is Murder Conference/Convention, please answer our 2008 Call for panelists ASAP--deadline is 1 November 2007!

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