Come for the cherry blossoms and stay for the murder!
When the last pink petal has fallen, readers and writers who love a nice, light mystery gather in a Bethesda, Maryland hotel, just outside Washington, DC, to celebrate all aspects of their favourite genre.
Malice Domestic is a friendly fan convention that features all the usual elements you’d expect when mystery aficionados get together — dozens of author panels, book sales and signings, interviews with guests of honour, meals and drinks with friends, and the cornerstone of the weekend, a banquet which ends with the announcement of the winners of that year’s coveted Agatha Awards and the reveal of the special guests of honour at next year’s event.
Two Crime Cymru members from Canada, Cathy Ace and Elizabeth J Duncan, are Malice regulars. In fact, Elizabeth credits her mystery writing career to awards for unpublished writers that she won through Malice. The Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Best First Mystery award includes a one-book contract with New York publisher St. Martin’s Press, and that’s how her long-running Penny Brannigan series set in North Wales saw the light of print ten years and 13 Malices ago.
And although Malice Domestic describes itself as a convention for dedicated followers of the light mystery, all members of the crime writing and reading family are welcome, even if the traditional mystery isn’t their cup of tea.
So next year, come for the murder, and stay for the tea party.
Malice Domestic 32 will be held May 1 to 3, 2020, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.