Mystery fiction fans in the Tampa Bay area have something to look forward to: Bouchercon, a.k.a. the World Mystery Convention, will take place in St. Petersburg in 2018.
The site choice was approved at the 2013 Bouchercon in September in Albany, N.Y., says Erin Mitchell, a public relations professional who lives in St. Petersburg and spearheaded the effort to bring the convention here.
Founded in 1970, the annual event is named in honor of mystery and science fiction author and editor Anthony Boucher. The cons have become a large gathering for mystery writers and their fans.
Planning is just beginning, Mitchell says, but some of the major authors are already lined up. The 2018 lifetime achievement award will go to Scottish author Ian Rankin, whose most recent novel about Edinburgh detective John Rebus is Standing in Another Man's Grave. Toastmaster will be Clearwater writer Lisa Unger (Heartbroken), and Florida guest of honor will be Tampa author Tim Dorsey (The Rip Tide Ultraglide).
My favorite honoree title: "ghost of honor" John D. MacDonald, author of the Florida-set Travis McGee series.
For more information, go to bouchercon2018.com.