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Bulger's Beat: Convention turns Nashville into crime scene

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Hundreds of deadly deeds unfolded on stage this past weekend in Nashville. Sounds like terrible news, but actually it wasn't.

That's what happens when you invite some of the country's top mystery writers to town for a convention.

They called it Killer Nashville, where established writers hang out with aspiring ones, all in search of the perfect fictional crime.

Who done it? That's the question everyone here hopes you can't answer.

Mystery writers brought their books to town, looking for new ways to create confusing crimes where the clues don't fit, Sherlock.

"My favorite part is putting together the puzzle and figure out why do people do what they do and figure out how to make it an interesting story. That's most fun for me," writer Nikki Nelson Harris said.

Nelson Harris walked through the fake crime scene set up in the Hutton Hotel Parking Garage.

Blood, beer and a tire iron were all potential clues in the mysterious murder.

"There's feathers in blood obviously, pillow put over the face, also blood in pillow, shot, bam, though the pillow," she said.

It's CSI, FBI and LOL all rolled into one.

"I got this phone call from a reader, said, 'I'm so mad at you. You made me stay up till 3 a.m. finishing your book, and I love that,'" writer Glen Allison said.

Allison has written Net Blue and Miscue, filling every page with twists and tension.

"That's what makes me keep reading, and at the end of every chapter, you try to put a mini-cliffhanger that keeps them going," he said.

Success in this book world often depends on writing the perfect crime, where for a few hours a day you need a slightly twisted mind.

"Yeah, it is fiction. But still if I wanted to kill somebody, I think I'd be pretty good at it," Nelson Harris said.

While we're not sure if author Nelson Harris didn't make herself a perennial person of interest for Nashville detectives from this point onward, as far as we know her books - The Bogie Bar Mysteries, including the thriller Blood on the Gate - are all stories completely made up.

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