CLEVELAND - The largest gathering of mystery writers and their fans in the world is taking place in Cleveland this weekend.
Organizers say nearly 1,700 people are in town for Bouchercon 2012.
Bouchercon is named for Anthony Boucher, the first critic to take mystery writing seriously. It gives the authors a chance to meet their readers face to face.
"You don't see baseball conventions where people can be fans of the Yankees or Indians and they go hang out with the players," author Reed Farrel Coleman said. "Well, here in the mystery community, the fans can hang out with the players and it's great."
The event is taking place at the Renaissance Hotel through Sunday.