Murder in the Magic City is a mystery conference for fans of all sub-genres of mystery novels.  Our conference consists of panel discussions and presentations by our Guests of Honor. Lunch, coffee and doughnuts, sodas, and a "goody bag" are included in the registration fee. In addition, we have a basket auction each year for charity. Baskets consist of at least one book and items related to that book/theme.

Why the "Magic City"? When Birmingham was founded around 1871, it grew so fast that people said it happened "just like magic". Currently, Birmingham is Alabama's largest city. There are lots of fun things to do here. We have a fantastic Museum of Art, and the Civil Rights Institute is a great visit. Of course, no trip to Birmingham would be complete without seeing Vulcan, our naked statue, made even more famous by the late mystery writer, Anne George.

For a complete list of what's going on in Birmingham, visit the Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau website.


Schedule for Murder In The Magic City 2023:
9:00 Registration opens
9:30 Welcome

9:40 -10:25  SESSION ONE Let’s get this Party Started: Don Bruns, Con Lehane, Bobby Mathews
10:30-11:00   J. Michael Orenduff interviews Margaret Fenton
11:00-11:30  Break/Signing on stage:  Session one, J. Michael Orenduff and Margaret Fenton
11:30 Lunch is served
12:30-1:15  SESSION TWOIn which some Women kick some a$$:  Joan K. Kennedy, Erica Spindler, Linda Sands
1:15-1:45  Break/Signing: Session two (sign in Book Room)
2:00-2:45  SESSION THREE More and More Murder: Kelly Adamson, S.C. Merritt, , Lucy Merrill, Christopher Swann
3:00 BASKET AUCTION ENDS
3:00-3:45   SESSION FOUR Murder on the Lighter Side:
Debra H. Goldstein, Greg Herren, Dean James, J. Michael Orenduff
3:45  Announcement of Basket Auction Winners
4:00-4:30  Signing Sessions Three and Four (in book room)
4:30  AUTHORS MEET ON THE STAGE FOR PHOTOS