As this post hits your inboxes, I’ll be in Bethesda, Maryland, for Malice Domestic. It will be my first Malice and my first trip to the Washington, DC area, and while I won’t have a lot of free time, I am hoping to do some sightseeing.

For those of you unfamiliar with Malice Domestic, it’s an annual “fun fan” convention first established in 1989. It salutes the traditional mystery—books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely defined as mysteries which contain no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence.

The convention begins on Thursday night with “A Little Spot of Poison,” a presentation by Luci Zahray, aka The Poison Lady, and continues with panels on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a look at the lineup: Malice Program 2016.

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In addition to attending panels, I’m also going to be on an author panel Saturday at 10 a.m. The panel is titled Extra! Extra!: Newshounds & Murder. Joining me will be Nora McFarland as the Moderator, along with authors Jan Burke, Hannah Dennison, Kate Dyer-Seeley/Ellie Alexander and LynDee Walker. I’ve never met the other panelists, but I did have the pleasure of sharing a panel seat with LynDee at Bouchercon in Raleigh.

There’s also going to be lots of food. Dinner with the Sisters in Crime Guppies on Friday. A breakfast with fellow Sisters in Crime International on Saturday morning, the Agatha Awards banquet on Saturday evening, and the Debut authors breakfast on Sunday. Couple that with meeting old friends and making new ones, and it’s bound to be a great four days!

Stay tuned: I’m planning to post a Malice update on my return.

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