Malice Domestic Recap 2017

Event: Malice Domestic 29
Location: Bethesda, MD
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Date: April 27 – May 1, 2017

Malice Domestic is an annual fan convention in the metropolitan DC area that celebrates the traditional mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely identified as mysteries which contain no explicit sex, or excessive gore, or violence.


I had a world-wind weekend starting Thursday evening at the Edgar’s Award then Friday morning, it was onto a road trip to Bethesda with Terri Bischoff and Catriona McPherson driving making good time on the trip. We even beat some of those who took the train down who left at more or less the same time.

Upon arrival at the hotel, I was met by friends and it felt like homecoming week (and I’ve never been to one). It was great seeing friends, old and new and introducing my new housemate, Koko. She had a wonderful time hanging out with my friends, but alas, I had to ship her home earlier than planned.

The hotel has done some renovating and it showed in the room. I had a nice corner one with a hypoallergenic filter machine. What I noticed most was the many outlets in which to plug the many electronics I travel with. It was funny when I was trying to find the closet which was tucked inside the vestibule of the bathroom. On the bathroom mirror was a clock which kept the right time.

Friday afternoon was a mish mash of a day with socializing with friends, dining out and just relaxing.

On Saturday I was moderating the “What’s Your Line” panel with Mary Angela, Kate Carlisle, Mary Feliz and Sherry Harris on the panel. I was a bit nervous because I wasn’t sure of the questions and how it would play out. But it did and I even ran out of questions to ask and opened it up to the audience and we had great questions. We also had good laughs during our panel. When people came up to me and said our panel was good . . . that made my day. The day ended with the banquet where I had the chicken and opted for the fruit dessert (not a fan of mousse). It was a long day for me, so I crashed earlier.

On Sunday I went to breakfast with author Cathy Ace and we talked about books and marketing. Headed back to hotel for a panel before it was time to check out my room and wait for the shuttle to whisk me away to the airport. When I arrived at the airport I ran into Jessie and Terri who’s flight was moved to my gate. My flight was delayed but luckily I was able to get on a flight to LaGuardia and upon landing discovered that my luggage was still in DC. Not to worry, Koko was at another destination waiting to travel home. Luggage was delivered Monday morning and Koko was delivered Tuesday afternoon. All in all had a wonderful time and I look forward to next year’s Malice which will be in a new hotel.

This is such a wonderful convention and  I’m looking forward to next year’s Malice Domestic where it will be held in a new hotel.

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Silent auction

Author swags

Author swags

crowd shot of author signing

crowd shot of author signing

Photo courtesy of Robin Templeton

Photo courtesy of Robin Templeton

crowd shot of author signing

glass work of Cheryl Hollon’s book cover by her husband

banquet cocktail hour

Malice dessert

fruit cup

Malice 30

Koko at home

25 responses to “Malice Domestic Recap 2017

  1. Wow. So happy for you.

  2. So fun, thanks for sharing your adventure with us! Koko looks right at home!

  3. It was great seeing you and hanging out!

    • It was great spending time with you. I especially liked it when it was me, you, Kristopher and Robin just sitting and shooting the breeze.

  4. The photos are excellent. Thank you for sharing them.
    Question: What is the Amelia Award?

  5. cheltgirl60

    Looks like so much fun. Great photos. Thanks.

  6. cherylhollon

    Thanks for taking a great picture of my crystal book!

  7. Thanks for sharing the photos – happy that Koko arrived safely home.

  8. Thanks for the report! Congrats again on Koko.

  9. Celia Fowler

    Thanks for sharing your time at Malice with us. I enjoyed the pictures, and it looks like KoKo has found a wonderful place to live!

  10. What a great summary! Love Koko – well deserved! Congrats again!!

  11. What great photos and memories! I can’t believe it was already a week ago.

  12. Ellie Jones

    Wonderful recap. I especially love the pictures of your panel and Koko. You are a terrific PR spokesperson for this wonderful convention.

    • Thank you Ellie. I miss you already and bummed that I didn’t get to say goodbye to you on Sunday.

  13. Grace Topping

    First, congratulations on your award. It looks terrific on your bookcase. Second, it was a pleasure seeing you at Malice. I attended your panel, and you did a terrific job. It was a lot of fun.

  14. thanks everyone

  15. Abby Fabian

    It look and sounds like you had a great time! Koko is awesome!

  16. It was great time & it was nice to finally meet you. Putting a name to face. 🙂

    • It was great seeing you as well Elisa and yes putting a face to name makes it all the better. See you next year at Malice.

  17. Looks Fun Hope you had a great time

  18. Congrats on the win. I always enjoy your posts, and when you give a favorable review to a book, I always add it to my THE list. I trust your comments, and agree with you almost every time. Keep up the work. A well-deservedvv

  19. Congrats on the win. I always enjoy your posts, and when you give a favorable review to a book, I always add it to my TBR list. I trust your comments, and agree with you almost every time. Keep up the work. well-deserved win