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Bouchercon is a killer convention for crime fiction fans, authors
Bouchercon is a killer convention for crime fiction fans, authors

Bouchercon, like many conferences that bring together creators and fans, has panel discussions, signings and an awards dinner. But the 44-year-old crime fiction convention also offers activities unlikely to be found elsewhere, such as cadaver dog demonstrations and a walk-through crime scene constructed by FBI agents. "Friday is sort of our forensics day," explains Ingrid Willis, the event's volunteer chair and chief organizer. The massive conference in Long Beach has about 150 panels and events planned. While some are bloody, others are downright sweet: At one panel, attendees discussing craft mysteries (yes, that's a subgenre) will learn how to sew a pincushion that...

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