View the program book for the 2016 convention!


View the program book for the 2016 convention!
Message from the Chair
Verena Rose
Malice Domestic — A Great Convention at 28
s we do each spring, we think about warmer
weather, flowers in bloom, and the Malice
Domestic weekend. This year Malice is
celebrating its 28th year and, as with all of the 27
previous years, the line-up of events is exciting.
While there will be many hard decisions to make
during the weekend, we do have many standalone
events that make deciding very easy.
On Friday:
• Malice Go Round (speed dating with authors)
• You’ve Got Fan Mail (Malice Honorees discuss
their fans)
• Make It Snappy: Our Agatha Best Short Story
• Simply the Best: Our Agatha Best Contemporary
Novel Nominees
• Making History: Our Agatha Best Historical Novel
• Thanks for the Memories: Sarah Caudwell
• Live Charity Auction
On Saturday:
• Kids Love a Mystery: Agatha Best Children’s/YA
Nominees and Just the Facts Ma’am: Agatha Best
Nonfiction Nominees will be sharing a time slot
• New Kids on the Block: Agatha Best First Novel
• Laurie R. King interviews Poirot Honorees
Barbara Peters & Robert Rosenwald
• Daniel Stashower interviews Lifetime
Achievement Honoree Katherine Hall Page
• Nancy Martin interviews Guest of Honor
Victoria Thompson
On Sunday:
• Mystery Scene Magazine Presents: Meet the New
Authors of Malice: Nosh with this Year’s New
Authors – hosted by Cindy Silberblatt
• Martin Edwards interviews Amelia Award
Honoree Douglas Greene
• Nancy Pickard interviews Toastmaster Hank
Phillippi Ryan
This part of my job never gets old — introducing
all of the wonderful honorees. If you haven’t heard
already, the honorees for this year’s convention,
Malice Domestic 28, are:
Hank Phillippi Ryan – Toastmaster
Victoria Thompson – Guest of Honor
Katherine Hall Page – Lifetime Achievement Honoree
Barbara Peters & Robert Rosenwald – Poirot Honorees
Douglas Greene – Amelia Honoree
Linda Smith Rutledge – Fan Guest of Honor
Sarah Caudwell – Malice Remembers (represented by
Martin Edwards)
With such a great group of honorees, how could
you not have a wonderful time? For those of you who
are long-time attendees, it’s always a great homecoming. If you are a new attendee we have two standalone
programs to make Malice easier to navigate for the first
time. They are:
Malice 101: An Introduction to Malice for
First-Time Attendees at 9:00 am on Friday
Volunteers 101: Important Information for
Attendees Who Want to Help Out, immediately following Malice 101. Judy Cater and Anne
Murphy will give you information and helpful
hints on how the convention works as well as
encourage you to sign up as a volunteer. The
volunteers at Malice are coordinated by Anne
Murphy and are an integral part of what makes
this one of the most successful mystery conventions in the world. And it’s a great way to get your
bearings and meet people.
I’d also like to remind you that, although there
are fantastic events all day on Friday, the convention
doesn’t officially kick off until 5:00 pm at the
Opening Ceremonies when the honorees will be
introduced and the Agatha nominees presented with
their certificates. Have a great time and ENJOY!
With best malicious regards,
All of the other scheduled panels will be part of
tracks of panels at various times during the weekend.
Don’t despair because all panels are recorded, so if
you can’t be in two places at one time you’ll be able,
at a later time, to listen to panels you had to miss.
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Verena Rose, Chair
Malice Domestic, Ltd.
Thanks, Sponsors!
Malice just wouldn’t be the same without our sponsors! Their generosity helps Malice maintain and
even improve its high standards while keeping registration costs within reach of the average mystery
reader. Our deepest and most sincere appreciation is offered to the following contributors who have
helped defray the costs of bringing you this year’s Malice Domestic. Their representatives will have special
“Sponsor” ribbons attached to their badges — please stop them and tell them “Thank you”!
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Table of Contents
Our Sponsors....................................................................2
Guest of Honor: Victoria Thompson..............................5
Toastmaster: Hank Phillippi Ryan ..............................10
Lifetime Achievement: Katherine Hall Page..............14
Malice Remembers: Sarah Caudwell ........................18
Fan Guest of Honor: Linda Smith Rutledge ..............22
Poirot Award: Barbara Peters & Robert Rosenwald ..26
Amelia Award: Douglas Greene..................................28
Agatha Awards ............................................................34
A Brief History of Malice Domestic ............................44
William F. Deeck — Malice Domestic Grants ............48
Memories of Malice ......................................................50
General Information ....................................................52
Charity Auction ............................................................54
Convention Schedule ..................................................56
Attending Authors ........................................................64
Expert ............................................................................93
Minotaur Books/Malice DomesticTM Competition ......94
Dealers ..........................................................................96
Malice Domestic Board of Directors............................98
Pre-Registered Participants ......................................100
Friends of Malice ........................................................103
Malice Domestic, Ltd. organizes the convention for the education and entertainment of attendees. The responsibility for content of all
sessions is solely and strictly that of the speakers and their remarks are not to be construed in any way as reflecting on the policies of
Malice Domestic, Ltd. or its Officers, Directors, Committee Members, Advisors and Employees.
©2016 Malice Domestic Ltd. Copyrights of all essays revert to authors. All rights reserved.
Malice Domestic 28 Program Book: Published April 29, 2016.
Editor: Rita Owen, [email protected]
Design and production: Judith Barrett Graphics, Alexandria, Virginia.
Printing: HBP, Hagerstown, Maryland. Printed with EcoSmart Green inks on recycled paper.
Cover photo: Katherine Hall Page by Jean Fogelberg
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Guest of Honor
Victoria Thompson
Victoria Thompson:
A Romance With The Past
By Leslie Budewitz
ou would never guess, seeing the Malice 2016
Guest of Honor Vicki Thompson at the Agatha
Awards banquet in her sparkly dress and shiny
new pedicure, that we owe the pleasure of her career
to Louis L’Amour.
Umpteen years ago, an
unidentified hero in Bantam
Books’ warehouse sent a monthly
package of new releases to a TV
station in western Pennsylvania,
where Vicki’s husband Jim was
news director. One month, Jim
brought home a volume of Louis
L’Amour short stories. Vicki loved
every one of them.
Loved them so much she
read all ninety-something books
and story collections by the tall
cowboy, along with dozens more
by Max Brand and other big
names of the day. They took her
back to a childhood watching
westerns, where the man in the
white hat fought for truth and
justice, stood up for the downtrodden, and rode for the brand.
“The American cowboy,” she says, “is our hero.”
Vicki read so many of those classic westerns that
she literally dreamed her first novel, waking to write
longhand in spiral notebooks. Though she wasn’t
thinking about publication at the time, she soon realized she had another dream. She began to submit,
only to discover that she wasn’t writing a western,
but a historical romance set in the Old West.
You know, Texas... Kansas... Cuba...
It didn’t take long to get the interest of agents
and editors. Just one problem: They all wanted
more sex. (On the page, people, on the page.) Vicki’s
first historical romance, Texas Treasure, appeared in
1985, and she ultimately wrote twenty historical
romances for Kensington/Zebra, Avon, and the
now-departed Padgett Press. Big, fat books, five
hundred pages or more. “You needed a lot of story,”
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she says, “so I started building in mystery subplots.”
And the plot began to thicken.
But as those old cowboys knew so well, the times
are always changing, and readers’ infatuation with historical romance gave way to contemporary modern suspense. Vicki
tried her hand, but realized she’s a
historical girl at heart. “I have an
old-fashioned sensibility,” she says.
“I understand the people of the
late 19th and early 20th centuries,
their manners and mores, their
traditions and culture.”
So when her agent told her
that Berkley wanted a series
about a midwife in turn-of-thecentury New York City, she was
instantly hooked. She knew the
era. She knew midwives, through
her work as a fundraiser with the
March of Dimes. And finally,
she’d have a chance to use the
collection of books on historical
Greenwich Village she’d bought
when her daughter started at
NYU. Murder on Astor Place, the
first Gaslight Mystery, was published in 1999. The
second, Murder on St. Mark’s Place, received an Edgar®
nomination. “That told me I should have switched a
long time ago!” The series has received Agatha Award
nominations for Best Historical Novel four years in a
row. The nineteenth book, Murder in Morningside
Heights, will be published this week.
Now Vicki’s empathy with the past does not
mean she sees the past through a rose-colored pince
nez. She’s addressed the abuse of young women by
powerful men, the conflict between the economic
classes, police corruption, an indifferent justice system, poverty, racism, and anti-immigrant sentiment.
What’s old is new again, alas.
In fact, she’s discovered that the historical is tailormade for a writer who wants to explore social issues.
Frank commentary about racism in a contemporary
Guest of Honor
Victoria Thompson
setting can be uncomfortable; in lesser hands, it can
be preachy. But because humans haven’t changed a
whole lot — “In every era,” she says, “we kill each
other, love and hate each other” — a writer can
show human flaws more easily in a historical context.
The lead figure in the Gaslight Mysteries is
undoubtedly Sarah Decker Brandt, a widowed midwife from upper-class society, with a young adopted
daughter. Sarah is forward-thinking, but of the time.
As Vicki says, “There have always been women, and
men, who have been ahead of their time — the
Suffragettes, the civil rights workers, and others.
People who fight the fight. It makes sense that Sarah
would be one.” Readers easily grasp that. A midwife
is a brilliant choice for an amateur detective of that
time, because her profession — and her status as a
widow — allows her to move around the city and
between the classes easily. Unlike many women of
the time, she has the freedom to earn a living, and
the time to investigate. In Murder on Astor Place, the
murder victim, a young woman, belongs to a prominent family that refuses to let the police investigate.
Sarah is not daunted; she’s determined, in the fierce
but quiet way that is her hallmark, to root out evil
and bring the killer to justice. Sergeant Frank Malloy
initially dismisses her efforts as interference. She sees
him as a symbol of a corrupt system. They make a
grudging pair, each with their own assets, interview
skills, and powers of deduction.
But for many readers — and I confess, I’m one —
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Victoria Thompson
the heart of the Gaslight Mysteries is the romance
between Sarah and Frank. Sarah is as involved in investigating as Frank, and it doesn’t take many outings for
him to realize that she has access to people, communities, and secrets he lacks, along with an innate ability to
ferret out key bits of information he can’t see.
The social contrasts between the two are huge,
and fascinating. Irish-Catholic Frank is working-class,
an honorable man who struggles in a sometimes-corrupt system. He’s the father of a young, deaf son,
protective, dependent on his own widowed mother
to help care for the boy. When the series began,
Frank was a traditional sort of man, who changes
because of Sarah. They are terrific characters who
respect and complement each other perfectly.
Not that they instantly saw it. Readers did, though,
and urged Vicki to bring the pair together. Author
Catherine Coulter gave Vicki a blurb for the first book
on the condition that Sarah and Frank get together. It
took fifteen books to get them engaged, seventeen to
get them married. “One of the longest courtships in
literary history,” Vicki says. “I couldn’t figure out how
to get them together and still keep Sarah investigating,” because of the social strictures at work.
Vicki’s commitment to social issues isn’t limited to
the page. She’s been an advocate for writers as a board
member of Romance Writers of America; past president
of Novelists, Inc.; co-founder and past president of both
PennWriters and New Jersey Romance Writers, and
now a member of Sisters in Crime. RT Magazine recognized her with a Career Achievement Award in 2012.
Since 2000, she’s been on the faculty of Seton Hill
University’s program in Writing Popular Fiction, an
intensive, low-residency program. Teaching and
studying — when the program switched from offering
master’s degrees to MFA’s, she became a student again
— “keeps me current and fresh.”
Vicki is quick to credit Berkley for its role in the
success of the Gaslight Mysteries. The publisher developed the concept and the titles, and they’ve backed her
decisions to tackle tough subjects, and to bring Sarah
and Frank together, albeit slowly. At the publisher’s
dinner for authors and editors at Malice Domestic last
year, she raised a toast to the house, praising its commitment to authors, to readers, and to storytelling.
“I’ve been around a long time,” she says. “I know
what can go wrong. I know how wonderful they are.”
As wonderful as her books are, Vicki is even
more delightful in person. We’ve shared the table
at Berkley dinners, and huddled together amid the
excitement of the Agatha Awards banquets, laughing
over our fresh pedicures and the challenges of finding
just the right outfit. She’s taken me to New York, on
the page, time and again. “Doesn’t everyone love
New York?” she asks. We do, and we love it even
more because we’ve had her as our guide.
First in her western historical romances, and now
in her historical mysteries, Victoria Thompson takes us
to fascinating times and places with her imagination.
“I’ve never ridden a horse or fired a gun,” she says,
“but I’ve felt it.” And so, thanks to her, do her readers.
“How would Louis L’Amour get me next to that
girl?” Jimmy Buffet sang.
Louis was a smart old boy. I think he’d ask Vicki
Leslie Budewitz is a double Agatha-Award winner,
for Best Nonfiction and Best First Novel, and the president
of Sisters in Crime. She writes the Food Lovers’ Village
Mysteries and Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries. Her next book
is Killing Thyme (October 2016, Berkley Prime Crime).
Gaslight Mysteries series
Murder in Morningside Heights (2016)
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (2015)
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (2015)
Murder in Murray Hill (2014)
Murder in Chelsea (2013)
Murder on Fifth Avenue (2012)
Murder on Sisters’ Row (2011)
Murder on Lexington Avenue (2010)
Murder on Waverly Place (2009)
Murder on Bank Street (2008)
Murder in Chinatown (2007)
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Murder in Little Italy (2006)
Murder on Lenox Hill (2005)
Murder on Marble Row (2004)
Murder on Mulberry Bend (2003)
Murder on Washington Square (2002)
Murder on Gramercy Park (2001)
Murder on St. Mark’s Place (2000)
Murder on Astor Place (1999)
From This Day Forward (1997)
Wings of Morning (1996)
Cry Wolf (1995)
Winds of Fortune (1995)
Winds of Destiny (1994)
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Winds of Promise (1993)
Wild Texas Wind (1992)
Blazing Texas Nights (1992)
Sweet Texas Surrender (1991)
Playing With Fire (1990)
Wild Texas Promise (1990)
Fortune’s Lady (1990)
Bold Texas Embrace (1989)
Beloved Outcast (1989)
Rogue’s Lady (1988)
Angel Heart (ebook title: Texas Angel) (1988)
Texas Blonde (1987)
Texas Triumph (1987)
Texas Vixen (1986)
Texas Treasure (1985)
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Hank Phillippi Ryan:
Power Heels — And As Nice As She Seems
By Jungle Red Writers
ank Phillippi Ryan has wired herself with
hidden cameras, and gone undercover and in
disguise during 40 years of award-winning
investigative journalism. But she’s also carved out a
brilliant new career in the equally
tough crime fiction world. After
descriptors like “tough,” “glam,”
and “smart,” the word people
most often use to describe her
fast-paced suspenseful books is
And by the way, she’s also a
long-time Jungle Red Writers
blogger, and as her fellow Reds
we’re delighted to share the
inside scoop on Hank.
Lucy Burdette:
Wonderful writer Peter
Abrahams, aka Spencer Quinn,
gives this advice when a writer is
lost in her words: What is the
engine that drives the story?
We don’t need to think too
hard for the answer at our group
blog, Jungle Red Writers. Hank is
our engine. Not only does she give the best introductions to guests around, her posts are always thoughtful and funny and smart — and she’s never late,
never doesn’t show up. From time to time, one of us
Reds will get weary, and wonder if we can repeat old
posts or even skip a few days. Not Hank. She wants
our readers to have new material every day. She
wants us to show up and let them know we care if
they’re there.
She’s like that in life, too. She never says no to a
friend who needs a kind word or a read-through of a
wobbling chapter or story. Or a new book that needs
support or a library that’s asked for a visit. New writers who meet her in person or online feel like they’ve
made a true friend. And they have. We’re proud to
be your sisters, Hank — congratulations on the
Toastmaster honor!
Hallie Ephron:
I met Hank when I was teaching a class in crime
fiction at Grub Street, a wonderful Boston writing
center. She walked in, unpublished, talented, and determined. Just ten years later she’s
become a huge star. In writing Jane
Ryland, her main character, she
makes us privy to all the insider
stuff she’s learned and experienced
as an investigative reporter. Like
Hank, Jane is tough, relentless, and
dedicated to the truth. Best of all,
the plots in Hank’s novels are
ripped from her own headlines.
John Lescroart calls her “the most
adept master of plot on the planet.”
I’d call her a master storyteller.
Rhys Bowen:
When I first met Hank I was
overawed. She looked terrifyingly
like a power-woman, the sort that
eats you for breakfast and spits out
the bones. Those incredibly high
heels. Those perfect black suits and
hair never out of place. Then I
discovered the kindest, funniest, most generous woman
you could possibly know. And a great and true friend.
I still think she is superwoman. Who else could have a
full-time and demanding job all week and then come
from stakeouts, confrontations with slumlords and dealers to spend all weekend somewhere on the other side
of the country speaking at a library or a Sisters in Crime
meeting? She never rests. The Energizer Bunny looks
pale and weak in comparison. And yet she’s the one
who has time to do things for friends, write a note of
sympathy or congratulation... oh, and in her spare time
write books that win awards, are named to the Best of
Year lists, and have garnered thousands of fans.
I am still in awe of you, Hank. I worry about you
sometimes that you push yourself too hard, and I count
myself very lucky to have you as a friend. Congratulations on adding Toastmaster at Malice to your accolades.
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Deborah Crombie:
We are all in awe of Hank’s power heels
(although we now know her secret — she always
carries flats in her handbag), her beautiful suits, her
flawless hair (still waiting on the secret to that one),
her airlines miles (I don’t know anyone who travels
as much, with as little in her suitcase, as Hank Ryan).
And of course we are in awe of Hank’s terrific storytelling. But I think I might know the secret to that,
too. Hank is one of the nicest people I’ve ever had
the pleasure to know. I don‘t mean nice in a bland
way. With Hank, nice is a force, as in a force of
nature. She radiates nice. Kind and enormously generous, she is genuinely interested in everyone she
meets. I imagine this is one of the things that has
made her a great reporter, and I think it is the thing
that most informs her novels. She cares about her
characters — so we as readers care, too.
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I count myself lucky to call Hank a friend, and to
have her in my life on a daily basis, because she is
always there for us on Jungle Red, with humor, wit,
and compassion, and like the good reporter she is,
always on time.
Congrats, Hank!
Susan Elia MacNeal:
I was at a reading with Hank last fall and an audience member pulled me aside. “Is Hank really as nice
as she seems?” And I answered with a resounding
“YES!” Hank really and truly is as nice as she seems —
although maybe kind is a better word. I know no
other person in the mystery community who is that
perfect alchemy of a successful novelist, fairy godmother, cheerleader, and inspiration. Hank cares about
her characters (why her books are superb), she cares
about her readers, and she cares about her fellow
Hank Phillippi Ryan
authors. All while looking like a fashion model and
wearing four-inch heels. Hank is an inspiration and
I’m blessed to call her a friend. Hearty congratulations,
Julia Spencer-Fleming:
Honestly, if Hank and her husband hadn’t put me
up at their house, I would suspect she’s secretly a
series of stunningly-coiffed robots. One to write
thrilling, thought-provoking mysteries with characters readers love; one to travel from conference to
library to bookstore in an endless round of gracious
appearances; one to volunteer her time and expertise
to writing students, authors, Sisters-in-Crime, and
MWA (as well as her other charitable work); one to
be the investigative reporter with 33 Emmys; one to
be what she is, the never-failing kind, funny, generous friend.
But despite her close-to-superhuman range of
accomplishments, I know Hank is flesh and blood.
Not just because I’ve seen her first thing in the morning (depressingly for the rest of us, she’s gorgeous
with no makeup and her hair uncombed,) but
because she is the warm, beating heart of Jungle Red
Writers. Her friendship and support has brought so
much into my life. Here’s toasting the Toastmaster!
Hank is the author of four Jane Ryland/Jake
Brogan novels, as well as a real-life TV investigative
reporter with 33 Emmy and 13 Edward R. Murrow
Awards to her credit. She has won five Agathas
(including Best Novel 2013 for The Wrong Girl and
2014 for Truth Be Told) and Macavity, Anthony,
Daphne du Maurier, and Mary Higgins Clark awards.
She blogs with the Jungle Red Writers at
Jane Ryland series
Say No More (October 2016)
What You See (2015)
Truth Be Told (2014)
The Wrong Girl (2013)
The Other Woman (2012)
Charlotte McNally series
Drive Time (2010)
Air Time (2009)
Face Time (2007)
Prime Time (2007)
Short story inspired by Sherlock Holmes, Echoes of
Sherlock Holmes (September 2016)
Short story inspired by The X-Files, X-Files: The Truth Is
Out There (February 2016)
“On The House” (2012)
“Father Knows Best,” Shaken: Stories for Japan (2011)
“Essay on ‘Masquerade’ by Gayle Lynds,” Thrillers: 100
Must Reads (2010)
Writes of Passage (2014), Hank Phillippi Ryan, ed.
Prime Time, Agatha Award Winner for Best First Novel,
Daphne Award Finalist, and RITA Award Nominee
Air Time, Agatha and Anthony Award Nominee
Drive Time, Agatha and Anthony Award Nominee, and
Daphne Award Finalist
“On The House,” Agatha, Anthony and Macavity
Award Winner for Best Short Story
Truth Be Told, Agatha Award Winner and Anthony
Award Nominee; RTBR Nominee for Best Suspense
Thriller of the Year; A Library Journal and Oline
Cogdill Best Book of 2014
The Wrong Girl, Agatha and Daphne Award Winner;
Anthony and Left Coast Crime Nominee; Boston
Globe Seven-Week Bestseller
The Other Woman, Mary Higgins Clark Award Winner;
Anthony, Agatha, Macavity, Shamus and Daphne
Award Nominee
Writes Of Passage, Hank Phillippi Ryan, ed., Agatha,
Anthony and Macavity Award Winner for Best
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Katherine Hall Page
Katherine Hall Page:
Plotting, Settings, and Characters
By Dorothy Cannell and Margaret Maron
e first met Katherine here at Malice and
admired her books before getting to know
her personally. Had we been aware
beforehand of her outstanding academic achievements, we might have been too
intimidated to say “squeak” in her
presence, but as is often the case
with highly successful people, she
is completely unpretentious and
warmly approachable. It didn’t
take us long to discover her
delightfully wicked sense of
humor, and when she introduced
us to Cosmopolitans after a Malice
banquet and we sat talking till
midnight, the friendship was
sealed. Since our own homes are
furnished with finds from flea
markets and estate sales, it was an
extra bond to learn that she and
her husband also enjoy auctions.
Dr. Katherine Hall Page was
born and raised in New Jersey.
Her mother was an artist, and her
father the founding director of the
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
in West Orange. Both were avid readers and instilled
in their children a love of words and a sense of service. She credits them for fueling her creativity. It is a
continuing source of sorrow that her father did not
live to see her published, but he did see her graduate
from Wellesley, receive a masters from Tufts, and a
doctorate from Harvard in Administration, Public
Planning, and Social Policy.
She married Alan Hein, an experimental psychologist at MIT, over 40 years ago. After teaching highschool English and history, she helped develop and
became the director of a School Within A School program for teens with truancy issues, substance abuse,
and truly horrific home lives. She knew she was
making a difference, but the years were so mentally
and physically exhausting that she was ready for a
break, although intending to return to the field.
The opportunity came after their son was born and
Alan took a sabbatical in France. That year gave
her the freedom to explore French cuisine and the
possibility of writing. Result? The Body in the Belfry
and our introduction to caterer
Faith Fairchild.
Back in Boston, where she
had joined the Angela Thirkell
Society, fellow member Bill Deeck
told her about Malice and encouraged her to attend, telling her he
was nominating her book for the
Best First Novel Award. It won
handily and she now holds the
record for being the only writer to
be nominated or win an Agatha
in four separate categories: Best
First, Best Novel, Best Short Story,
and Best Nonfiction.
Although she is proud of her
New Jersey roots and loves
Boston, she found her
heart’s home as a child
when her parents began
summer visits to Deer
Isle off the coast of
Maine. It was wilder and
more rustic back then.
She and her siblings
fished and swam and
spent long lazy evenings
reading everything they
could get their hands on.
Her father loved to read
aloud and while dining
on clams and lobsters,
he would tease his children with a favorite Oscar Wilde quote: “After a good
dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own
relations.” Small wonder that she and Alan built a
vacation house there on land she inherited and that
it became the model for her fictitious Sanpere Island.
There are now twenty-three books in the Faith
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Fairchild series and the settings alternate between the
island or other places — Norway, Vermont, New
York City, France — and the rectory in her fictional
Aleford, Massachusetts, where her husband Tom is
the minister. The Body in the Wardrobe is her latest.
Urged by her editor, the legendary Ruth Cavin,
Katherine began to include caterer Faith’s recipes
after the first four books. Readers requested them so
insistently that Katherine finally agreed, although she
says creating these original dishes is the hardest part
of writing the books. She also stipulated that they
come at the end of the book so as not to interrupt the
narrative. “I just don’t think a badly bludgeoned body
should be immediately followed by a brownie recipe,
no matter how scrumptious,” she says. Have Faith
In Your Kitchen is a collection of Faith’s recipes
augmented by Katherine’s Author’s Notes.
Katherine’s body of work exemplifies the
very best of the traditional mystery, which Malice
Domestic celebrates: excellent plotting, authentically
drawn settings, a fully realized protagonist, and a
skillfully presented contributing cast of subsidiary
characters. Enter a tiptoeing menace that, once into
its stride, will take on the shape of evil, made the
more frightening from being interwoven with the
known and ordinary until what seems ordinary
demands that the characters (and the reader) suddenly question that which was once most trusted.
Katherine did not realize she would be writing a
series until the editor who bought the first book
asked when she could have the next one finished.
As a label, the word “cozy” has its detractors, but
taken to mean books that provide a world to which
Malice readers happily return again and again —
as if for a family reunion — we hail the term with
enthusiasm. It is no surprise to us that Katherine is
this year’s recipient of the Malice Domestic Lifetime
Achievement Award.
We plan to salute her with a Cosmopolitan.
Faith Fairchild series
The Body in the Wardrobe (2016)
The Body in the Birches (2015)
The Body in the Piazza (2013)
The Body in the Boudoir (2012)
The Body in the Gazebo (2011)
The Body in the Sleigh (2009)
The Body in the Gallery (2008)
The Body in the Ivy (2006)
The Body in the Snowdrift (2005)
The Body in the Attic (2004)
The Body in the Lighthouse (2003)
The Body In the Bonfire (2002)
The Body in the Moonlight (2001)
The Body in the Big Apple (1999)
The Body in the Bookcase (1998)
The Body in the Fjord (1997)
The Body in the Bog (1996)
aka The Body in the Marsh
The Body in the Basement (1994)
The Body in the Cast (1993)
The Body in the Vestibule (1992)
The Body in the Bouillon (1991)
The Body in the Kelp (1990)
The Body in the Belfry (1990)
Christie and Company
–Juvenile/Young Adult series
Bon Voyage (1999)
In the Year of the Dragon (1997)
Down East (1997)
Christie and Company (1996)
Club Meds (2006) –Young Adult
Small Plates Short Fiction (2014)
Have Faith in Your Kitchen (2010)
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Malice Remembers
Sarah Caudwell
Remembering Sarah Caudwell:
A Formidable Intellect
By Martin Edwards
t seems very fitting that, after honouring her great
friend Patricia Moyes last year, Malice should now
be remembering Sarah Caudwell. Sarah was a
fine detective novelist, and a marvellous character
who hugely enjoyed her trips to
Malice. I’m sure that many of
those attending the convention
this year will feel glad that they
had the pleasure of knowing her.
I first came across Sarah in the
mid-1980s. In those days, I was
not yet a published novelist,
although that was my long-term
goal. As a young solicitor, I’d
started to write books and articles
for fellow lawyers, and I cunningly
dreamed up the idea of writing
about subjects that connected my
work with my burning passion for
detective fiction. Having much
enjoyed her first couple of books,
I persuaded the editor of one of
the legal magazines I wrote for to
commission me to interview
Sarah. She was a barrister specialising in Chancery work — broadly
speaking, this covers tax and trust law, and is complex
and intellectually demanding — and readily agreed to
talk to me. Although we were of different generations,
an initial phone conversation paved the way for a
friendship that gave me great joy.
Suffice it to say that I have never met anyone
quite like Sarah: a gruff-voiced pipe smoker with a
sense of humour as formidable as her intellect, fond
of a drink and of good company, and, I suspect,
equally capable of charm and self-indulgence. I found
her fascinating and supportive and was always
delighted to renew the acquaintance at crime fiction
conventions. A drinks evening that she hosted at The
Bung Hole on Holborn in London (fictionalised in her
novels as The Corkscrew) at the time of the 1990
Bouchercon, remains vivid in my memory.
When we first talked about her books, Sarah
said to me that: “The Chancery Bar is the ideal
home for the amateur sleuth of classic detective fiction. After all, money is often the motive for murder
and inheritance and complications and other financial tangles provide plenty of
clues for those who specialise in
that area of the law.” This is a
very good point, and she made
excellent use of her specialist
knowledge without ever
descending into obscurity.
Half a dozen key characters
recur in Sarah’s novels. Five are
barristers practising in Lincoln’s
Inn, one of the four Inns of
Court in central London. Scatty
and sexy Julia Larwood is a
member of the small set of
Revenue Chambers in 63 New
Square; her friends Timothy
Shepherd, Desmond Ragwort,
Michael Cantrip, and Selena
Jardine are to be found next
door at Number 62. The final
member of this unusual band of
partners-in-crime is Professor
Hilary Tamar, tutor in Legal History at St George‘s
College, Oxford, whose “interest in the principles of
English law wanes with the Middle Ages.”
Hilary is, in part, narrator of the stories, and the
extraordinarily elaborate, mannered style with which
the tales are told is a crucial part of their charm for
many readers. One hardly expects a modern crime
novel to begin: “Cost candour what it may, I will not
deceive my readers.” But that is the opening sentence
of The Shortest Way To Hades, and it captures Hilary’s
voice perfectly.
“Hilary’s voice was in my head,” Sarah told me,
“before any of the plots. I knew from the outset
Hilary must be an Oxford don — but of equivocal
sex and even equivocal age, resembling that precise,
donnish kind of individual who starts being elderly
at the age of 22.”
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Like many writers of traditional mysteries, Sarah
loved crossword puzzles and she often reached the
finals of The Times crossword competition, in which
the standards are very high. Her plotting was invariably as complicated and satisfying as the best crosswords, but there is more to her books than the
puzzles. One of her strengths which has been undervalued by most critics is an effective use of settings as
varied as Venice, the Ionian Sea, and Sark.
Meticulous in her craft (and also fond of travel), she
visited the Channel Islands, Monaco, and the
Cayman Islands in search of a suitable locale for The
Sirens Sang of Murder, pleasingly described as “a saga
of sex, international tax planning, and witchcraft.”
Another distinctive feature of the Caudwell style
is her recurrent use of the epistolary form. In Thus
Was Adonis Murdered, for instance, Julia’s messages
from Venice not only drive the action forward but
also provide clues to enable Hilary to solve a baffling
case of murder. In The Shortest Way to Hades, Selena’s
letters to Julia from on board ship and from Corfu
perform a similar function. The same is true of
Cantrip’s telexes (remember them?) from Sark in
The Sirens Sang of Murder. Careful handling of this
tricky device enabled Caudwell to avoid repeating
herself and allowed her the flexibility of a multiple
viewpoint which is much less limiting than strict
adherence to first person narrative.
When her first novel appeared in 1981, Sarah
was a full-time working barrister and so she chose
to publish under a pseudonym. Her real name was
Sarah Cockburn and she was the daughter of
famous parents — the writer Claud Cockburn and
the actress and journalist Jean Ross. Ross lived in
Berlin in the 1930s and is widely regarded as the
original of Christopher Isherwood’s character, Sally
Bowles (most renowned as a result of Liza Minelli’s
memorable portrayal in the film version of Cabaret).
Sarah graduated in Classics from Aberdeen
University and then read Law at St Anne’s College,
Oxford, where she became noted for her love of
pipe-smoking. She lectured in law for a while before
being called to the Bar. After a number of years in
private practice, she joined Lloyds Bank, where she
specialised in international tax planning.
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By her own admission a desperately slow writer,
she eventually left Lloyd’s to concentrate on her
writing. When she and I first met in person, she had
produced just three novels, plus an excellent short
story, “An Acquaintance With Mr. Collins.” She was
at that time working on her fourth novel, but also
tinkering with other projects. Perhaps the digressions
gave her an excuse for not making swifter progress
with the Tamar series; they included a collaboration
with four other mystery writers on the theme of the
perfect murder and a historical play based on the
case of Daniel M’Naghten, who gave his name to the
infamous M’Naghten Rules, which have long complicated murder cases where the sanity of the accused
is in dispute.
Sarah assured me more than once that writing
novels remained her priority, but years passed with
no sign of the next Tamar novel. Along with her
many fans, I yearned for it to appear, but her publishers grew tired of waiting. As a result — bizarrely
for a quintessentially English author whose earlier
work had earned such acclaim — when The Sibyl in
Her Grave finally achieved publication, it was after
Sarah’s tragically premature death, and in the USA.
A British edition did not appear until 2002, thirteen
years after its predecessor. The late Amanda Cross
summed up the novel’s considerable virtues: “Wit and
forbearance, intellect and passion, above all, humour
and perfection of language.” There could be no better
tribute to the strengths of an entertaining and
polished writer whose contribution to the genre,
although regrettably limited, was both enjoyable
and extraordinarily distinctive.
Martin Edwards’ seventh and latest Lake District
Mystery is The Dungeon House (Poisoned Pen Press).
He has written eight novels about Liverpool lawyer
Harry Devlin, now available as e-books. He won the
CWA Short Story Dagger in 2008, has edited 21
anthologies and published eight nonfiction books.
Malice Remembers
Sarah Caudwell
Hilary Tamar series
The Sibyl In Her Grave (2000)
The Sirens Sang Of Murder (1989)
The Shortest Way To Hades (1984)
Thus Was Adonis Murdered (1981)
2nd Culprit: An Annual of Crime Stories (1994)
3rd Culprit (1994)
Malice Domestic 6 (1997)
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (2000)
Women Before the Bench (2001)
The Mammoth Book of Comic Crime (2002)
A Suit of Diamonds (1991)
The Perfect Murder (1991), with Lawrence Block, Tony
Hillerman and Jack Hitt
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2001): The Sibyl in
Her Grave
Anthony Awards Best Novel winner (1990): The Sirens
Sang of Murder
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (1989): The Sirens
Sang of Murder
Anthony shortlist (1986): The Shortest Way to Hades
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Fan Guest of Honor
Linda Smith Rutledge
Linda Smith Rutledge:
Fan Extraordinare
By Kathy Steele
inda Smith Rutledge is the fan extraordinaire.
I admit my bias upfront. I’ve known this year’s
Fan Guest of Honor for more than five decades.
Yes, that means we date back to grammar school,
junior high, high school and
beyond. It is a friendship that I
treasure, and a testament to her
loyalty and generosity. What
could matter more?
And here we are at the 28th
Malice Domestic which is an
annual renewal of a most
unusual friendship among people
with a passion for cozy mysteries
littered with dead bodies. Authors
and fans gather round to study
the bones. And sip a cup of tea.
Linda, with a delicious laugh,
might also be looking around for
a shovel. She knows it can come
in handy as weapon and a necessary tool to get rid of the body.
Tea and a shovel, anyone? (Movie
fans, please check out Psycho II).
Linda’s introduction to Malice
Domestic was due to Aaron Elkins
and a decision to drive from Virginia to a mystery
book shop in Maryland to meet him. She was an
enthusiastic fan who very much wanted Elkins to
sign her copy of Fellowship of Fear. Elkins expressed
surprise that Linda was not attending the Malice
convention which had just gotten under way. He
dispelled her notion that Malice was an authors-only
gathering. Fans were welcome.
Linda made plans to attend the following year.
And, she now has racked up 26 years of Malice, and
an impressive resume as a fan volunteer.
Anne Murphy, the Volunteers Chair, wasted no
time getting Linda on board. One year Anne (a previous Fan Guest of Honor) took a break and Linda filled
in for her. That was her first time on the Malice Board
of Directors. Linda recalls some questioned whether
she would want to drive into Maryland for board
meetings. I mention again, she drove from Virginia
to Maryland for Elkins’ autograph. Admittedly that
is probably more exciting than a board meeting, but
the point is that Linda commits to whatever she
says she will do.
In her year as Volunteers
Chair, Linda and her posse of fans
set a record for sales of mugs,
T-shirts, past program books, and
other Malice goodies. Anne
stepped back into her familiar role
the following year, and Linda
became Hotel Liaison for a year.
Linda’s longest tenure on the
board, however, was a five-year
stint as chairwoman of the Agatha
Awards Committee. Her best
qualities as fan shone through.
Agatha Award winner Dan
Stashower started coming to Malice
Domestic within a year or two of
Linda, and served with her on the
Malice Board. “One of the things
that is remarkable about Malice
Domestic is the group of volunteers. They put on such a professional, seamless conference but they never let you see
all the incredible work they do.” In Linda, he has seen
the enthusiasm of a true fan. “You feel that from Linda.
That’s what makes it a pleasure to be at Malice.”
Daniel J. Hale remembers his introduction to Linda
as an email and then a phone call to tell him that he
and his nephew, Matthew LaBrot, were nominated
for an Agatha Award. “She is so approachable and
makes it known she is approachable. She listens.”
That is exactly what an author wants in a fan. “She
puts you at ease because you know there is no
agenda. It’s just that she is saying ‘I like your work.’
She is such a pro. She has a calming presence. She
knows who she is.”
Maddy Hunter had a similar experience when
Linda let her know she had been nominated for Best
First Novel in 2004. Linda’s first comment to Maddy
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Kathy Steele and Linda Rutledge in Charleston.
was an embracing, “How is it that I have not met
you?” It was a welcome that is warmly remembered
by Maddy. “She has the most endearing voice. She
reads everything. She is so encouraging to authors,
always encouraging them to write the next book.”
Maddy has two long emails from Linda and an oftrepeated request in person that her next novel in the
Passport to Peril mystery series should be in Africa.
Those emails, filled with Linda’s recollections of her
days in Kenya, caught Maddy off guard. Linda
sounded nothing like the managerial, in-charge federal
employee she had expected. “She just floored me.”
So, to fill in a few blanks, here is a little history
on this year’s Fan Guest of Honor.
Linda grew up in Guntersville, Alabama, under
the tutelage of her mother, Dr. Inez Runyan Smith,
who taught in the education departments of
Wesleyan College and Mercer University. Both are in
my home town of Macon, Georgia, which is where
Linda and I met in fifth grade.
Linda earned an undergraduate degree in education from Auburn University, a Master’s Degree from
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Memphis State University, and a
doctorate from Peabody College for
Teachers of Vanderbilt University in
She is a thoroughly Alabama gal
but not an Alabama fan. Go War Eagles
of Auburn!
Linda was a feminist before the
women’s movement in the 1960s got
rolling. In high school, she introduced
me to Betty Friedan’s The Feminine
When a recession made jobs hard
to find, Linda accepted a teaching position at an American school in Liberia.
That took courage but it also brought
rewards. Among them were her
marriage to her late husband, Lenny
Rutledge, a communications officer in
the U.S. Navy who later joined the
Central Intelligence Agency. The
Rutledges moved from Liberia to
England and finally to Kenya, where
they stayed for more than two years.
Following Lenny’s death, Linda moved to Virginia and
held several teacher and training positions for the CIA
for more than 25 years. She’s now been retired for
over three years.
While she hasn’t been on the Malice board for
several years, Linda remains a dedicated fan. She is
quick with a friendly “hello” to any newbies as friend
and former co-worker Alexis Scheffter knows well.
Years ago, Alexis walked in out of the rain, drenched
like a wet cat, and there was Linda to take her in
hand in the hotel lobby. Linda handed her a goodie
bag, guided her through what to expect, and
launched her into the Malice experience. She also
added Alexis to her awards committee.
Mary Ann Pierce was another friend and
co-worker who landed in that committee, too.
“Saying no to Linda doesn’t work.” But Linda knows
how to organize, keep tedious chores such as ballot
counting under control, and still have fun. Her hotel
room, as Mary Ann recalls it, became Malice central
with people coming and going.
Fan Guest of Honor
Linda Smith Rutledge
Linda is the only friend I know who readily
ignores the decorum imposed by adulthood and pulls
me into sitting on Santa Claus’s lap at the mall or
whooping it up cowgirl style atop a fake bull at the
fair. And that explains the quick turnaround in my
car at the sight of a tent, a frontier backdrop, and
a pony on a patch of ground outside a Charleston
Chick-Fil-A. Suddenly there we are, gun and loot
in hand, and a picture to show for it.
When Linda left the awards committee, her
volunteer crew gifted her with a scarlet art-deco
style teapot, like the ones Linda selected years ago
for the award winners of the Poirot Award. The
teapot sits in plain view on her mantel at home, a
cherished memento.
One final word from Dan Stashower. “It’s hard to
imagine Malice Domestic without Linda. She’s one of
the people you look forward to seeing. She represents
the spirit of Malice Domestic and makes it more of a
family gathering than just a convention.”
I can only agree.
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Poirot Award
Barbara Peters & Robert Rosenwald
Barbara Peters & Robert Rosenwald:
They Revere The Mystery
By Rhys Bowen, Carolyn G. Hart, and Charles (Caroline) Todd
Rhys Bowen:
arbara Peters and Robert Rosenwald
are about as close as you can come
to mystery-world royalty. When
Barbara was first pointed out to me, I
was told, “If she likes you, you’re in.”
I couldn’t see then how this petite blonde
dynamo could be so influential. After
all, she owned a smallish bookshop in
Arizona. Then I learned that anybody who
is anybody begs to sign at her store. The
store signing is just the tip of the iceberg.
She has a mailing list of many thousands
and signed books from her store go out all
over the world. I also learned that she is
an authority on all things mystery, often a
spokesperson for our genre. (And a kind
and generous person.)
In 1997 Barbara and Rob separately
incorporated Poisoned Pen Press,
publishing top quality hardcovers from
underappreciated and new authors.
Recently the Press added the prestigious British Library
Crime and Spy Classics series edited by Martin Edwards.
But Barbara edits the majority of the books. I was told
by one of their authors that she learned to write a
mystery novel through Barbara’s edits.
Rob is the publisher. Barbara is still the dynamo.
Good-natured and laid-back Rob smiles and goes
along. An example: I was in D.C., going with them
for a private tour of the Rosenwald collection at the
Library of Congress (donated by his grandfather).
We needed lunch. “Let’s have lunch at the Supreme
Court,” Barbara said. “They have a good cafeteria.”
And so we marched up the steps of the Supreme
Court and they did have a good cafeteria. But who
else other than Barbara would have thought of it?
Carolyn G. Hart:
Barbara and Rob are brilliant, inventive, amazing,
kind, incredibly generous, and they revere the
mystery. They have much in common with Hercule
Poirot. They are perceptive. They see far beyond what
others see. They are meticulous, precise, disdainful
of deceit, clever, and persevering. Whatever task they
undertake is done as perfectly as they can manage.
And they are genial and fun, making every moment
special and memorable.
The Poisoned Pen is both a world-class mystery
bookstore and an oasis for authors, providing support,
encouragement, understanding, and audiences that
cheer on authors. Barbara is gifted at drawing out
authors, helping them — and many are very shy —
connect with readers who come to learn about their
work. Authors create in solitude, spinning stories
that they hope someone someday will read. The Pen
brings writers and readers together in an atmosphere
of kindness and good humor. Barbara would shine as
a talk show host. She has a great capacity for imagining the inner hopes and struggles of both writers and
readers which makes it easy for her to find the “right
book” for each customer.
Poisoned Pen Press is one of the most amazing
and successful small presses in the country with a
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select list of intelligent, well-written, intriguing
mysteries. The books are produced at the finest level.
PPP authors see their books published as beautifully
as books can be published.
The Poirot Award is a well-deserved honor for
two of the mystery world’s greatest champions. God
Bless and Thank You, dear Barbara and dear Rob, for
all you have done for all of us.
Charles (Caroline) Todd:
Independent book stores are crucial partners
for the mystery community. They support fan and
reader and writer in countless ways, and handselling can make that wonderful difference between
an author doing well or not finding an audience at
all. Barbara and Rob are two of my very favorite
booksellers, and The Poisoned Pen is one of my very
favorite bookstores. I could tell you great stories
about my visits to Scottsdale!
But as they are being honored this weekend at
Malice, I want to share something very special about
Barbara and Rob. The bookstore is amazing. Barbara
can bring a large, informed audience to events
because her store and her absorbing newsletter
keep fans enthusiastic and eager to read. More
importantly, she’s always looking for new voices,
new books that will become fan favorites. And this
approach spills over into what she and Rob have
achieved with Poisoned Pen Press. PPP has made a
point to introduce new writers to eager readers —
and it has brought back old favorites that we can
enjoy afresh. Whether you ever set foot in Scottsdale
or not, you have probably read one of their authors.
It’s time to applaud two people who care about the
mystery, the writer, and the reader in such personal
ways and who work hard to see to it that the
mystery doesn’t just survive, it flourishes.
I can’t think of anyone who deserves the Poirot
Award more!
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2001 Best First Novel Nominee, Charles O’Brien,
Mute Witness
2004 Best First Novel Nominee, Judy Clemens,
Till the Cows Come Home
2006 Best First Novel Winner, Sandra Parshall,
The Heat of the Moon
2011 Best Historical Nominee, Ann Parker, Mercury’s Rise
Out of roughly 200 authors and 700 Poisoned Pen Press titles published since 1997, the following best fit the Malice Domestic genre.
Brady, Eileen: Kate Turner DVM Mysteries
Charles, Kate: Callie Anson Mysteries
DeCastrique, Mark: Buryin’ Barry Mysteries;
The Sam Blackman Mysteries
Delany, Vicki: Constable Molly Smith Mysteries
Edwards, Martin: Lake District Mysteries
Evans, Mary Anna: Faye Longchamp Mysteries
Ifkovic, Edward: Edna Ferber Mysteries
Kaehler, Tammy: The Kate Reilly Mysteries
Kahn, Michael: Rachel Gold Mysteries
Lanh, Andrew: Rick van Lam Mysteries
Larsen, KJ: Cat de Luca Mysteries
Palumbo, Dennis: Daniel Rinaldi Mysteries
Wagner, David P: Rick Montoya Mysteries
Webb, Betty: Gunn Zoo Mysteries
Whittle, Tina: The Tai Randolph Mysteries
Casey, Donis: Alafair Tucker Mysteries
Edwards, Martin, editor: British Library Crime Classics
and Spy Classics
Chisholm, PF: Sir Robert Carey Mysteries
Greenwood, Kerry: Miss (Phryne) Fisher Mysteries
Mayer, Eric and Mary: John the Lord Chamberlain
Parker, Ann: Silver Rush Mysteries
Ramsay, Frederick: The Jerusalem Mysteries
Rizzolo, SK: Regency Mysteries
Royal, Priscilla: Medieval Mysteries
Amelia Award
Douglas Greene
Douglas Greene:
The Professor of Malice
By Steve Steinbock
egular attendees of Malice Domestic may know
Douglas G. Greene as an authority on lockedroom mysteries, as the biographer of John
Dickson Carr, and as the founder of Crippen & Landru,
Publishing. If you spend time in
the dealer’s room, you’ve
probably seen him trawling for
classics. You may have watched
him moderate a panel, or seen
him relaxing in the hotel lobby or
bar, usually in my company. You
may have thought Doug looked
“professorial,” but you may not
have realized his full credentials.
Professor Douglas G. Greene’s
scholarship goes well beyond
locked rooms and detective fiction.
Doug Greene served on the
faculty at Old Dominion
University in Norfolk, Virginia, for
more than forty-two years, and is
a recognized and widely published
expert in the Tudor and Stuart
periods of English history. In
2001, Mystery Writers of America
presented Doug with the Ellery
Queen Award for his outstanding role in the mystery
publishing industry. Then, at Malice Domestic in
2006, Doug followed in the footsteps of David Suchet
and Angela Lansbury as a recipient of the Poirot
Award. This year, here at Malice Domestic, Doug is
receiving the Amelia Award, a prize named for
Elizabeth Peter’s heroine, Amelia Peabody, herself a
Victorian detective and historian. I think it’s rather
I met Doug a little over a quarter century ago
during a chance encounter. It was in the context of
his day job as a professor of English History at Old
Dominion University and as the Director of the
Department of Humanities. One of his graduate
students was consulting with me on the subject of
Kabbalistic symbolism (yes, really), and when I saw
the sort of books that crowded the shelves of Doug’s
university office, I knew immediately that we were
kindred spirits.
Doug is something of a mentor to me in this world
of mystery and detection. He was the stimulus for my
becoming involved in mystery
fandom. I would never have
attended a Bouchercon, Malice
Domestic, or any other mystery
event had it not been for Doug’s
suggestion and encouragement.
It’s very unlikely I would have ever
become the book critic for Ellery
Queen’s Mystery Magazine had it not
been for Doug and the various
introductions that he triggered.
Doug’s relationship with
books goes back a long way.
Doug’s mother regularly read to
her children, most memorably
the “Oz” books by L. Frank Baum.
In 1956, when Doug and his twin
brother David were still in grade
school, they became charter
members of the International
Wizard of Oz Club. It’s worth
noting that John Dickson Carr,
Anthony Boucher, and Fred Dannay were also all
fans of “Oz.”
Doug remained an ardent fan of the “Oz” books,
but his reading habits evolved. He was attracted to
the books of Arthur Conan Doyle, Ellery Queen, and
Agatha Christie. Then, when Doug was a freshman at
University of South Florida, Jim Haff, a fellow “Oz”
fan, introduced him to the books of John Dickson
Carr. Doug was immediately attracted to the eerie
atmospheric style, the intricate plots, and the eccentric detectives. The process of investigation, the
uncovering of clues, and ultimately, the solving of
puzzles was distinctive of Golden Age detective fiction.
But the stories of John Dickson Carr took these
characteristics to a new level with their “Impossible
Crimes” — and particularly the locked-room mysteries motif — that Carr is best known for. Carr’s writing
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suggested a world that had gone mad, where the
rules of logic and laws of nature had been upturned,
that a crime had been committed when it was altogether impossible for it to have done so. The world
was set back in order only when Carr’s detective
heroes — most notably Dr. Gideon Fell and Sir Henry
Merrivale — arrived on stage, and explained precisely
what had occurred and who had done it.
Doug is a modest man, but is seldom shy about
reaching out to great authors. Over the years he
struck up correspondences with Ngaio Marsh,
Michael Innes, Lillian de la Torre, to name a few, and
became very close friends with Edward D. Hoch.
While still a graduate student at University of
Chicago, he wrote a letter to Carr and received a
warm reply.
After Carr’s death, Doug discovered some uncollected stories and scripts, some of which were entirely
unknown. He put together a collection of these
obscure and mostly early works of Carr under the
title Door to Doom and Other Detections, which Harper
and Row published in 1980. Doug went on to compile two more anthologies of Carr’s work, Fell and
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Foul Play (Intl. Polygonics Ltd, 1991) and Merrivale,
March and Murder (Intl. Polygonics Ltd, 1991), as
well as The Collected Short Fiction of Ngaio Marsh (Intl.
Polygonics Ltd, 1989), and, together with British
locked-room expert Robert Adey, Death Locked in:
An Anthology of Locked-Room Mysteries (Intl. Polygonics
Ltd, 1987).
As I mentioned previously, I met Doug while I
lived in Norfolk, Virginia, sometime around 1989 or
‘90. During that brief time, a fast friendship developed. When I moved from Virginia to New England
in 1991, Doug and I stayed in touch. He told me
about an annual convention called Bouchercon, and
encouraged me to attend. Ironically, in 1994, the year
that I finally signed up for Bouchercon, it turned out
to be one of the few years that Doug didn’t attend.
But it was a momentous year nevertheless for several
reasons, not the least of which was that in 1994
Doug first attended Malice Domestic, a relatively
young gathering then celebrating its sixth year.
1994 was a landmark year in Professor Greene’s
career in the mystery world. In addition to attending
his first Malice Domestic (a conference that he has
Amelia Award
Douglas Greene
attended regularly for more than twenty years), he
finished his monumental and comprehensive biography of Carr, John Dickson Carr: The Man Who Explained
Miracles (Otto Penzler Books, 1995), and he launched
a publishing venture, Crippen & Landru.
The Carr biography brought together Greene’s
two fields of interest. Through the graciousness of
Carr’s widow, Doug had access to whatever records
he could get his hands on, and a free pass to ask
whatever needed asking of Carr’s friends and
survivors. Incidentally, Doug may owe his vocation
as a historian, at least in part, to Carr. “I decided to
concentrate my studies on the Restoration period of
English history,” he recently told me, “because that
was Carr’s favorite historical era. In fact, it was his
The Murder of Sir Edmund Godfrey which made me
think that history was not just a reciting of reigns
of dates but it was something that should come
alive.” Doug’s biography of Carr was the ideal combination of the scholarly and the popular, with a
perfectly balanced approach to Carr’s life and his
literary work.
While working with Carr’s stories, Doug identified a hole in the publishing world. There were
plenty of mystery short anthologies around, and
occasionally a major publisher would collect the short
stories of their best-selling authors — probably at the
prodding of the authors themselves. But nowhere out
there was there a regular stream of single-author collections. Doug had in his possession a 1941 radio play
by Carr that had never before appeared in print. He
published it, taking the name for his publishing venture from two early-20th Century criminals, executed
murderer Dr. H.H. Crippen and real-life “Bluebeard”
serial killer Henri Landru. That book, Speak of the
Devil, appeared in 1994. The following year, Crippen
& Landru published collections of stories by Margery
Allingham and Marcia Muller. Since that time,
Crippen & Landru has published over a hundred volumes of single-author short story collections by such
names as Loren Estleman, Erle Stanley Gardner,
Anthony Boucher, S.J. Rozan, Peter Lovesey, Max
Brand, Mignon Eberhart, Ellery Queen, Mickey
Spillane, Margaret Maron, Bill Pronzini, and
Lawrence Block.
Last year, the scholarly world and the mysterious
world came together to create a book in honor
of Doug’s 70th birthday. The book, published by
McFarland & Company and edited by Curtis Evans,
is called Mysteries Unlocked: Essays in Honor of Douglas G.
Greene. The book contains 24 essays on subjects ranging from Agatha Christie to T. S. Elliot, and includes a
chapter by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael
Dirda about Greene and John Dickson Carr.
Doug Greene has done much for the mystery
community, most of it behind the scenes. Doug is a
scholar, and my friend. And while there may be
many academics among us, Doug is the true Professor
of Malice Domestic.
Steve Steinbock is a reviewer and historian of mystery
fiction. He teaches and writes in the fields of Hebrew and
Judaic studies. He has written for The Armchair Detective,
Crime Time, Mystery Scene and The Strand Magazine.
He is a contributing editor for AudioFile Magazine, and
writes the Jury Box review column in Ellery Queen’s
Mystery Magazine.
* [Asterisk] – items unrelated to detective/mystery fiction
Written by Douglas G. Greene
*W.W. Denslow, by DGG and Michael Patrick Hearn
*Bibliographia Oziana, A Concise Bibliographical Checklist
of the Oz Books by L. Frank Baum and His Successors, by
DGG and Peter E. Hanff (1976)
John Dickson Carr: The Man Who Explained Miracles
Introduced by Douglas G. Greene
*The Master Key, by L. Frank Baum, introduction by
DGG and David L. Greene (1974)
*The Woggle-Bug Book, by L. Frank Baum (1978)
Rim of the Pit, by Hake Talbot (1985)
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The Talking Sparrow Murders, by Darwin L. Teilhet
*The Curious Cruise of Captain Santa, by Ruth Plumly
Thompson (1985)
The Judas Window, by Carter Dickson (1987)
The Murder of Sir Edmund Godfrey, by John Dickson
Carr, foreword and afterword (1987)
The Plague Court Murders, by Carter Dickson (1990)
The Shaggy Man of Oz, by Jack Snow, afterword (1990)
The Case of the Gilded Fly, by Edmund Crispin (1991)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie (1997)
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu, by Sax Rohmer (1997)
The Circular Staircase, by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1997)
Trent’s Last Case, by E.C. Bentley (1997)
The Red House Mystery, by A. A. Milne (1998)
The Carrados Portfolio, by Ernest Bramah (2000)
The Helmsmen of Atlantis and Other Poems, by
John Dickson Carr (2004)
Don Diavalo, by Clayton Rawson (2004)
The Compleat Adventures of Solange Fontaine, by
F. Tennyson Jesse (2014)
Grand Guignol, by John Dickson Carr (in Japanese)
Classic Mystery Stories (1999)
*Sissajig and Other Surprises, by Ruth Plumly
Thompson, DGG and Ruth Berman, eds. (2003)
The Romance of the Secret Service Fund, by Fred M. White
The Compleat Deteckative Memoirs of Philo Gubb, Esquire,
by Ellis Parker Butler (2010)
The Adventures of Rogan Kincaid, by Hake Talbot (2010)
Before the Fact, by Rodrigues Ottolengui (2012)
The Compleat Achievements of Luther Trant, by Edwin
Balmer and William MacHarg (2013)
I Believe in Sherlock Holmes, Early Fan Fiction from the
Very First Fandom (2015)
The Mystery Genre Unlocked, Essays in Honor of Douglas G.
Greene, Curtis Evans, ed. (2014)
Edited by Douglas G. Greene
*The Earl of Castlehaven’s Memoirs of the Irish Wars
*Diaries of the Popish Plot (1977)
*The Meditations of Lady Elizabeth Delaval (1978)
The Door to Doom and Other Detections, by John Dickson
Carr (1980)
The Dead Sleep Lightly, by John Dickson Carr (1983)
*The Wizard of Way-Up, by Ruth Plumly Thompson,
DGG and James E. Haff, eds. (1985)
Death Locked In, An Anthology of Locked Room Stories,
DGG and Robert Adey, eds. (1987)
The Collected Short Fiction of Ngaio Marsh (1989).
Reissued as Alleyn and Others
Fell and Foul Play, by John Dickson Carr (1991)
Merrivale, March and Murder, by John Dickson Carr
Detection by Gaslight, The Great Victorian and Edwardian
Detective Stories (1997)
The Detections of Miss Cusack, by L. T. Meade and Robert
Eustace, DGG and Jack Adrian, eds. (1998)
The Dead Hand and Other Uncollected Stories, by R. Austin
Freeman, DGG and Tony Medawar, eds. (1999)
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Agatha Awards
Best Contemporary Novel: Truth Be Told, Hank
Phillippi Ryan
Best Historical Novel: Queen of Hearts, Rhys Bowen
Best First Novel: Well Read, Then Dead,
Terrie Farley Moran
Best Nonfiction: Writes of Passage: Adventures on the
Writer’s Journey, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Editor
Best Short Story: “The Odds are Against Us,” Art Taylor,
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Best Children’s/Young Adult: The Code Buster’s Club,
Case #4: The Mummy’s Curse, Penny Warner
Best Novel: Three-Day Town, Margaret Maron
Best Historical Novel: Naughty in Nice, Rhys Bowen
Best First Novel: Learning to Swim, Sara J. Henry
Best Nonfiction: Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to
Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom
Procedure, Leslie Budewitz
Best Short Story: “Disarming,” Dana Cameron,
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Best Children’s/Young Adult: The Black Heart Crypt,
Chris Grabenstein
Best Contemporary Novel: The Wrong Girl, Hank
Phillippi Ryan
Best Historical Novel: A Question of Honor,
Charles Todd
Best First Novel: Death Al Dente, Leslie Budewitz
Best Nonfiction: The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to
Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War, Daniel Stashower
Best Short Story: “The Care and Feeding of House
Plants,” Art Taylor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Best Children’s/Young Adult: Escape from Mr.
Lemoncello’s Library, Chris Grabenstein
Best Novel: The Beautiful Mystery, Louise Penny
Best Historical Novel: Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable
Day for Murder, Catriona McPherson
Best First Novel: Lowcountry Boil, Susan M. Boyer
Best Nonfiction: Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest
Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels,
John Connolly & Declan Burke
Best Short Story: “Mischief in Mesopotamia,” Dana
Cameron, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Best Children’s/Young Adult: The Code Busters Club,
Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse, Penny Warner
Best Novel: Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny
Best First Novel: The Long Quiche Goodbye, Avery Aames
Best Nonfiction: Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks:
50 Years of Mysteries in the Making, John Curran
Best Short Story: “So Much in Common,”
Mary Jane Maffini
Best Children/Young Adult Fiction: The Other Side
of Dark, Sarah Smith
Best Novel: The Brutal Telling, Louise Penny
Best First Novel: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie,
Alan Bradley
Best Nonfiction: Dame Agatha’s Shorts, Elena Santangelo
Best Short Story: “On the House,” Hank Phillippi Ryan,
Best Children/Young Adult Fiction: The Hanging Hill,
Chris Grabenstein
Best Novel: The Cruelest Month, Louise Penny
Best First Novel: Death of a Cozy Writer, G.M. Malliet
Best Nonfiction: How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries,
Kathy Lynn Emerson
Best Short Story: “The Night Things Changed,”
Dana Cameron
Best Children/Young Adult Fiction: The Crossroads,
Chris Grabenstein
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Agatha Awards
Best Novel: A Fatal Grace, Louise Penny
Best First Novel: Prime Time, Hank Phillippi Ryan
Best Nonfiction: Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters,
Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley
Best Short Story: “A Rat’s Tale,” Donna Andrews
Best Children/Young Adult Fiction: A Light in the
Cellar, Sarah Masters Buckey
Best Novel: You’ve Got Murder, Donna Andrews
Best First Novel: In The Bleak Midwinter,
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Best Nonfiction: They Died in Vain: Overlooked,
Underappreciated, and Forgotten Mystery Novels, edited
by Jim Huang
Best Short Story: “The Dog That Didn’t Bark,” Margaret
Maron and “Too Many Cooks,” Marcia Talley
Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel: Red Card: A Zeke
Armstrong Mystery, Daniel J. Hale and Matthew LaBrot
Best Novel: The Virgin Of Small Plains, Nancy Pickard
Best First Novel: The Heat of the Moon, Sandra Parshall
Best Nonfiction: Don’t Murder Your Mystery,
Chris Roerden
Best Short Story: “Sleeping with the Plush,”
Toni L.P. Kelner
Best Children/Young Adult Fiction: Pea Soup
Poisonings, Nancy Means Wright
Best Novel: The Body in the Snowdrift,
Katherine Hall Page
Best First Novel: Better Off Wed, Laura Durham
Best Nonfiction: Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the
Women Who Created Her, Melanie Rehak
Best Short Story: “Driven to Distraction,” Marcia Talley
Best Children/Young Adult Fiction:
Down the Rabbit Hole, Peter Abrahams
Flush, Carl Haissen
Best Novel: Birds of a Feather, Jacqueline Winspear
Best First Novel: Dating Dead Men, Harley Jane Kozak
Best Nonfiction: Private Eye-Lashes: Radio’s Lady
Detectives, Jack French
Best Short Story: “Wedding Knife,” Elaine Viets
Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel: Chasing Vermeer,
Blue Balliett
Best Novel: Letter From Home, Carolyn Hart
Best First Novel: Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear
Best Nonfiction: Amelia Peabody’s Egypt:
A Compendium, edited by Elizabeth Peters and
Kristen Whitbread; designed by Dennis Forbes
Best Short Story: “No Man’s Land,” Elizabeth Foxwell
Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel: The 7th Knot,
Kathleen Karr
Best Novel: Murphy’s Law, Rhys Bowen
Best First Novel: Bubbles Unbound, Sarah Strohmeyer
Best Nonfiction: Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir,
Tony Hillerman
Best Short Story: “The Would-Be Widower,”
Katherine Hall Page
Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel:
The Mystery of the Haunted Caves, Penny Warner
Best Novel: Storm Track, Margaret Maron
Best First Novel: Death on a Silver Tray,
Rosemary Stevens
Best Nonfiction: 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century,
Jim Huang, editor
Best Short Story: “The Man in the Civil Suit,” Jan Burke
Best Novel: Mariner’s Compass, Earlene Fowler
Best First Novel: Murder, With Peacocks, Donna Andrews
Best Nonfiction: Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan
Doyle, Daniel Stashower
Best Short Story: “Out of Africa,” Nancy Pickard
Best Novel: Butcher’s Hill, Laura Lippman
Best First Novel: The Doctor Digs a Grave, Robin
Best Nonfiction: Mystery Reader’s Walking Guide:
Washington, D.C., Alzina Stone Dale
Best Short Story: “Of Course You Know that Chocolate
is a Vegetable,” Barbara D’Amato
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Agatha Awards
Best Novel: The Devil in Music, Kate Ross
Best First Novel: The Salaryman’s Wife, Sujata Massey
Best Nonfiction: Detecting Men Pocket Guide,
Willetta Heising
Best Short Story: “Tea for Two,” M. D. Lake
Best Novel: Bum Steer, Nancy Pickard
Best First Novel: The Body in the Belfry,
Katherine Hall Page
Best Short Story: “Too Much to Bare,” Joan Hess
Best Novel: Naked Once More, Elizabeth Peters
Best First Novel: Grime and Punishment, Jill Churchill
Best Short Story: “A Wee Doch and Doris,”
Sharyn McCrumb
Best Novel: Up Jumps the Devil, Margaret Maron
Best First Novel: Murder on a Girl’s Night Out,
Anne George
Best Nonfiction: Detecting Women 2, Willetta Heising
Best Short Story: “Accidents Will Happen,”
Carolyn Wheat
Best Novel: If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him,
Sharyn McCrumb
Best First Novel: The Body in the Transept, Jeanne Dams
Best Nonfiction: Mystery Reader’s Walking Guide: Chicago,
Alzina Stone Dale
Best Short Story: “The Dog Who Remembered
Too Much,” Elizabeth Daniels Squire
Best Novel: Something Wicked, Carolyn G. Hart
Best First Novel: A Great Deliverance, Elizabeth George
Best Short Story: “More Final Than Divorce,”
Robert Barnard
Best Novel: She Walks These Hills, Sharyn McCrumb
Best First Novel: Do Unto Others, Jeff Abbott
Best Nonfiction: By A Woman’s Hand, Jean Swanson and
Dean James
Best Short Story: “The Family Jewels,” Dorothy Cannell
Best Novel: Dead Man’s Island, Carolyn G. Hart
Best First Novel: Track of the Cat, Nevada Barr
Best Nonfiction: The Doctor, The Murder, The Mystery,
Barbara D’Amato
Best Short Story: “Kim’s Game,” M. D. Lake
Best Novel: Bootlegger’s Daughter, Margaret Maron
Best First Novel: Blanche on the Lam, Barbara Neely
Best Short Story: “Nice Gorilla,” Aaron and Charlotte
Best Novel: I.O.U., Nancy Pickard
Best First Novel: Zero at the Bone, Mary Willis Walker
Best Short Story: “Deborah’s Judgment,” Margaret Maron
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A Brief History of Malice Domestic
Guest of Honor
Fan Guest of Honor
Malice I (April 21–23, 1989)
Barbara Mertz
Robert Barnard
Ellen Nehr
Malice II (April 6–8, 1990)
Patricia Moyes
Sharyn McCrumb
Phyllis Brown
Malice III (April 26–28, 1991)
Charlotte MacLeod
Simon Brett
Janet Rudolph
Malice IV (April 24–26, 1992)
Aaron Elkins
Mary Higgins Clark
Bill Deeck
Malice V (April 23–25, 1993)
Anne Perry
Nancy Pickard
Mary Morman
Malice VI (April 22–24, 1994)
Dorothy Salisbury Davis
Dorothy Cannell
Jim Huang
Malice VII (April 28–30, 1995)
Ellis Peters
Edward Marston
Dean James
Malice VIII (April 26–28, 1996)
Peter Lovesey
Margaret Maron
Shirley Beaird
Malice IX (May 2–4, 1997)
Carolyn G. Hart
Joan Hess
Judy & Jack Cater
Malice X (May 1–3, 1998)
Robert Barnard
Katherine Hall Page
Maureen Collins
Malice XI (April 30–May 2, 1999)
Mary Higgins Clark
M. D. Lake
Carol Harper
Malice XII (May 5–7, 2000)
Simon Brett
Eileen Dreyer
Sheila Martin
Malice XIII (May 4–6, 2001)
Margaret Maron
Rita Mae Brown
Patti Ruocco
Malice XIV (May 3–5, 2002)
Edward Marston
Annette & Martin Meyers
Gerry Letteney
Malice XV(May 2–4, 2003)
Barbara D’Amato
Parnell Hall
Donna Beatley
Malice XVI*(April 30–May 2, 2004)
Dorothy Cannell
Jan Burke
Linda Pletzke
Malice XVII (April 29–May 1, 2005)
Joan Hess
Carole Nelson Douglas
Anne Reece
Malice XVIII (April 21–23, 2006)
Katherine Hall Page
Kate Grilley
Kay McCarty
Malice XIX (May 4–6, 2007)
Rochelle Krich
Kate Grilley
Lee Mewshaw
Malice XX (April 25–27, 2008)
Charlaine Harris
Lindsay Davis**
Dan Stashower
Elizabeth Foxwell
Ron & Jean McMillen
Malice 21 (May 1–3, 2009)
Nancy Pickard
Elaine Viets
Laura Hyzy
Malice 22 (April 30–May 2, 2010)
Parnell Hall
Rhys Bowen
Tom & Marie O’Day
Malice 23 (April 29–May 1, 2011)
Carole Nelson Douglas
Donna Andrews
Anne Murphy
Malice 24 (April 27–29, 2012)
Jan Burke
Dana Cameron
Ruth Sickafus
Malice 25* (May 3–5, 2013)
Laurie R. King
Peter Robinson**
Laura Lippman
Cindy Silberblatt
Malice 26 (May 2–4, 2014
Kathy Lynn Emerson
Earlene Fowler
Audrey Reith
Malice 27 (May 1–3, 2015)
Charles Todd
Ann Cleeves**
Toni L.P. Kelner
William L. Starck
Malice 28 (April 29–May 1, 2016)
Victoria Thompson
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Linda Smith Rutledge
Malice 29 (April 28-April 30, 2017) Join us at the Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD — April 28, 2017–April 30, 2017
* Malice XVI Special Malice Remembers, Carole Anne Nelson; Malice 25 Fan Malice Remembers Sally Fellows
** International Guest of Honor
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Malice Remembers
Lifetime Achievement
Agatha Christie
Mary Morman
Dorothy L. Sayers
Phyllis A. Whitney
Mary Morman
Mary R. Rinehart
Gerry Letteney
Margery Allingham
Gerry Letteney
William Shakespeare
Ron McMillen
Edgar Allan Poe
Mignon G. Eberhart
Ron McMillen
Ngaio Marsh
Ron McMillen
Josephine Tey
Mary Stewart
Beth Foxwell
Richard & Frances Lockridge Emma Lathen
Beth Foxwell
Ellery Queen
Charlotte MacLeod
Carol Whitney
John Dickson Carr
Patricia Moyes
Carol Whitney
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Dick Francis
Cindy Silberblatt
Rex Stout
Mildred Wirt Benson
Cindy Silberblatt
G. K. Chesterton
Tony Hillerman
Cindy Silberblatt
Agatha Christie
Elizabeth Peters
David Suchet
Tom O’Day
Erle Stanley Gardner
Marion Babson
Ruth Cavin &
Thomas Dunne
Tom O’Day
Ellis Peters
H.R.F. Keating
Angela Lansbury
Tom O’Day
Craig Rice
Robert Barnard
Doug Greene
Verena Rose
Georgette Heyer
Carolyn Hart
Verena Rose
All Those Previously
Peter Lovesey
Janet Hutchings
& Linda Landrigan
Verena Rose
Charlotte MacLeod
Anne Perry
Kate Stine & Brian Skupin
Louise Leftwich
Ed Hoch
Mary Higgins Clark
William Link
Verena Rose
Lyn Hamilton
Sue Grafton
Janet Rudolph
Verena Rose
Tony Hillerman
Simon Brett
Lee Goldberg
Elizabeth Peters
Verena Rose
Dick Francis
Aaron Elkins
Carolyn Hart
Verena Rose
Reginald Hill
Dorothy Cannell
Joan Hess
Margaret Maron
Tom Schantz
Verena Rose
Patricia Moyes
Sara Paretsky
Verena Rose
Sarah Caudwell
Katherine Hall Page
Barbara Peters &
Robert Rosenwald
Douglas Greene
Verena Rose
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The William F. Deeck — Malice Domestic
Grants for Unpublished Writers, 1994 –2016
n October 1993, Ron McMillen, then chair of
Malice Domestic, Ltd., announced on behalf of
the Board of Directors, the creation of the Malice
Domestic Grants for Unpublished Writers. “We see
this as one way to foster quality Malice literature.
We want to give back something to the field that
has provided us with so much enjoyment, and
encourage the next generation of Malice authors.”
The first grant was awarded to Jeffrey Marks at
Malice VI in April 1994. Since that time, the grants have
been awarded to 39 other aspiring mystery writers.
On July 2, 2004, William F. Deeck, a longtime
fan and supporter of the mystery genre and of Malice
Domestic, passed away. On June 27, 2004, the Malice
Domestic Grants for Unpublished Writers was named
The William F. Deeck – Malice Domestic Grants
Winners and Titles of Submitted Manuscripts
Karen G. Whitehurst, Unquiet Justice
Cynthia Kuhn, Lectured to Death
Keenan Powell, Deadly Solution
Ellen Byron, Reality Checked
Rosemarie and Vince Keenan (writing as
Renee Patrick), Design for Dying
Sarah E. Bewley, Florida is Burning
Cynthia M. Sabelhaus, Trite but True
Robin Templeton, Double Exposure
Patricia A. Gouthro, Lies My Professor Told Me
Stephanie Evans, Standing on the Promises
Kimberly Gray, Ghost of a Chance
Robin Hewitt, One Sweet Pickle
Dawn Dixon Cotter, Faux Finish
Gigi Morrissett Pandian, Artifact
Joseph W. Richardson, Gideon’s Inn
Elizabeth Duncan, Dead Posh
Hilary McGowan, A Cottage with a View
Stacy Leigh Juba, Sign of the Messenger
Shirley Folwarski (writing as Clarissa Miller),
Blood Is Stickier Than Holy Water
Heidi Vornbrock Roosa (writing as McLean
Jacobson), Hypothesis for Murder
Thomas E. Bonsall, Lilac Time
Martha Crites, She Who Listens
G. M. Malliet, Death of a Cozy Writer
Elizabeth Berry, Inn Sight
Linda Reeder, Bricks and Murder
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Program for Unpublished Writers in honor and in
recognition of Bill’s advocacy of aspiring mystery writers.
The winners of The William F. Deeck – Malice
Domestic Grants for Unpublished Writers are listed
below with the name of the manuscript the writer
submitted to the competition. In some cases, the titles
of those manuscripts also became the title of the
published work.
Terry Hoover, Sweet Alice
Kyle Z. Bell, George Washington Died Here
Susan Wrona Gall (writing as Wrona Gall),
Canvas Shroud
Carolyn Kourofsky, Through a Shooter’s Eye
Claire M. Johnson, Murder Underfoot
Anne White, An Affinity for Murder
Marcia Talley, Sing It To Her Bones
Matt Witten, Breakfast at Madeline’s
Carol Hauswald, Avenging Angels
Joan C. Curtis, The Internet Murderer
Sujata Massey, The Salaryman’s Wife
LeeAnna Lawrence, A Cousin Once Removed
Jeffrey Marks, The Scent of Murder
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Memories of Malice
Absent Friends
Malice remembers the following individuals
who have enriched the Malice Domestic genre
and the mystery world in general. May they
rest in peace.
Aileen Baron, Author
Umberto Eco, Author
Karen S. Esibill, Fan
Hazel Holt, Author
George Kennedy, Actor
Harriet Klausner, Reviewer
Joyce Lavene, Author
Harper Lee, Author
Christopher Lee, Actor
Patrick Macnee, Actor
Henning Mankel, Author
Warren Murphy, Author
Tempa Pagel, Author
Renee Paley-Bain, Author
Stuart Pawson, Author
Ruth Rendell, Author
Edith R. Skom, Author
Charlene Weir, Author
Mary V Welk, Author
Anne White, Author/Grant winner
Dilys Winn, Writer, Editor, Bookseller
The Faithful Few
The following 11 participants survived Malice I
in Silver Spring and have returned for every
Malice since — truly the triumph of hope over
Donna Beatley
Lee Mewshaw
Lenore Boehm
Anne Murphy
Jack Cater
Anne Reece
Judy J. Cater
Patricia Schutz
Sheila J. Martin
Janine Seitz
Liz Mellett
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General Information
“No Smoking” Policy
The hotel does not permit smoking.
Hotel Check-in/out
Check-in time at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda,
is 4 p.m. If rooms are available, you can check-in
earlier. Check-out time is 12 noon. Late check-out
is available on request on a space-available basis.
Attended luggage storage is available at the
bell stand.
To Help Us Keep Things Running
We request that you do not corner authors and
panelists immediately after a program session. This
keeps them from proceeding to their next session
or signing, prevents the next panel from starting
on time, and generally disrupts the flow of events.
Please help us stay on schedule.
Book Signing
Autograph sessions with attending authors are
scheduled at various times during the convention.
We ask that you please observe the following
• Limit all autograph requests to the autograph
• Limit all autograph requests to three books
per person at one time. You can re-enter the line
as often as time permits.
• Avoid blocking the hallways outside the
signing area.
Agatha Awards Voting
Only convention attendees may participate in the
Agatha Awards voting. An official ballot is in your
registration packet. If you lose your ballot, you lose
your vote.
The ballot box is located in the Hospitality
Lounge. Ballots must be submitted by Saturday at
1:00 p.m. No exceptions! At that time, the ballot box
is sealed and taken to a secret location by the Agatha
Awards Committee, which does the official counting.
The results are revealed at the banquet on Saturday
evening and subsequently posted in the Hospitality
The Hospitality Lounge
The Hospitality Lounge is open during most of
Malice. It provides a comfortable place to relax and
discuss your favorite books. You’ll find tables with
“freebies” and information about authors, organizations and activities. Limited complimentary tea and
coffee service will be available.
The Hospitality Lounge is also where you’ll find
the “volunteers” table. In addition to being the place
where you sign up to volunteer your services, here
is where you turn in your Agatha ballot (on time,
please!), and turn in your evaluation form. (Yes, we
read them.)
You’ll also find the Silent Auction items in their
own special section. Look for the display about
Malice with information covering this year’s special
activities and Malice 29’s honorees (after they are
announced at the banquet).
Volunteers should check in and pick up materials
for their assignments at the “volunteers” table in the
Hospitality Lounge. Anyone wishing to volunteer,
who did not do so before the convention, can sign
up on the chart for available slots. Volunteers who
contribute four hours receive a special gift not
available to others at Malice 28. Also, look for the
sign-up sheet so you can be placed on the volunteers’
mailing list and get advance information about next
year’s program.
Evaluation Forms
Your opinions count! Please fill out the evaluation
form in your registration bag and deposit it in
the appropriate box at the volunteers table in the
Hospitality Lounge before you leave Sunday. Or
you can also turn it in at the Agatha Tea and
Closing Ceremonies.
The Malice Board reviews these evaluations
carefully in an effort to maintain our high standards
and plan for future programming.
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Advance Registration Discount for
Malice 29
Save time and money! Register for next year’s
Malice while you’re here. A registration form with a
discounted on-site convention rate will be available
at the registration desk. Register now for Malice 29
and SAVE!
We accept cash, check or credit cards while the
registration desk is open. The registration desk will be
open through the Closing Ceremonies, and this will
be the last opportunity to take advantage of the
on-site rate.
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Charity Auction
Facts and Frequently Asked Questions
Live Auction
Silent Auction
How do I register?
We have simplified the live auction registration
process by assigning each attendee a number in
our computer system. That number will also be the
attendee’s Bid card number for the live auction.
Attendees will receive their bid card at the time they
sign in at registration on Thursday or Friday. There is
no requirement to attend the live auction; however,
the bid numbers are nontransferable. All on-site
registrants will be assigned a number and given a
bid card at the registration desk. If you do not pick
your bid number up prior to the Live Auction, you
can obtain it at the auction.
When and where will the auction be held?
The Malice Domestic 28 Silent Auction will be open
on Friday, April 29, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
and on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.–1:00
p.m. in the room connected to the Hospitality Lounge.
When and where will the auction be held?
The Live Auction will be held on Friday
evening, April 29, 2016, from 7:30– 9:00 p.m. in
Regency III/IV, followed by a welcome reception.
What organization will be
receiving the auction proceeds?
KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental
and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and
caregivers. KEEN’s mission is to foster the self-esteem,
confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through
non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their
individual goals. The proceeds will go towards incorporating a new reading and literacy element into the current programs KEEN already offers.
If I am the winning bidder
how do I claim my item?
You must claim your item(s) immediately following
the auction at the auction check-out table. If you are
unable to remain for the entire auction, please let
one of the auction volunteers know before you leave
the room.
What organization will
be receiving the auction proceeds?
As with the live auction, KEEN Greater DC will be
the recipient of the proceeds from the silent auction.
Proceeds from this auction will be used to provide
over 400 children, teens and young adults with
developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to increase communication, literacy, comprehension and social skills in a one-on-one setting.
How do I claim my item(s)?
Winning bidders must report to the Hospitality
Lounge/Silent Auction check-out table between
2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
A list of winning bidders will be posted in the hallway outside the Hospitality Lounge.
How can I pay?
You may pay for your item(s) with credit card, cash or
check. Receipts will be available at time of payment.
When and how will I receive my
donor receipt?
The committee will have receipts prepared and ready
for distribution shortly after the conclusion of the
auction. Donor receipts can be picked up at the registration desk. For any donors who are not at the convention, we will mail their receipts.
How can I pay?
You may pay for your item(s) with credit card, cash or
check. Receipts will be available at time of payment.
What’s new this year?
This year we will have Banquet style tables with
desserts served on each table.
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Convention Schedule
Thursday, April 28
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Early Bird Registration
8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
A Little Spot of Poison
Luci Zahray, the Poison Lady, discusses a traditional
malicious method of murder
Friday, April 29
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Hospitality Lounge open
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Silent Auction
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Dealers Room open
9:00–9:30 a.m.
Malice 101: An Introduction to Malice for
First-time Attendees
Judy Cater and Anne Murphy
9:30–9:45 a.m.
Volunteers 101: Important Information for Attendees
Who Want to Help Out
Judy Cater and Anne Murphy
1:00–1:50 p.m.
Make It Snappy: Agatha Best Short Story Nominees
Art Taylor – Moderator
Barb Goffman
Edith Maxwell
Terrie Farley Moran
Harriette Sackler
B.K. Stevens
2:00–2:50 p.m.
Simply the Best: Our Agatha Best Contemporary
Novel Nominees
Shawn Reilly Simmons – Moderator
Annette Dashofy
Margaret Maron
Catriona McPherson
Hank Phillippi Ryan
3:00–3:50 p.m.
Making History: Our Agatha Best Historical
Novel Nominees
Harriette Sackler – Moderator
Rhys Bowen
Susanna Calkins
Laurie R. King
Victoria Thompson
4:00–4:50 p.m.
Thanks for the Memories: Sarah Caudwell
Martin Edwards – Moderator
Douglas Greene
Katherine Hall Page
Barbara Peters
Robert Rosenwald
5:00–5:30 p.m.
10:00–11:45 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies
Malice Go Round: It’s Like Speed Dating,
But with Authors
Jack Cater – Moderator
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Noon–12:50 p.m.
You’ve Got Fan Mail: Honored Guests Discuss Mail
from Fascinating Fans
Verena Rose – Moderator
Douglas Greene
Katherine Hall Page
Barbara Peters
Robert Rosenwald
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Victoria Thompson
(Feel free to bring your lunch)
Dinner on Your Own
7:30–9:00 p.m.
Live Charity Auction
Auctioneers: Verena Rose/Shawn Reilly Simmons
Christine Trent/Deanna Raybourn
9:00–10:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception
& Murder Most Conventional Signing
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Saturday, April 30
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Authors Alley
9:00–9:15 a.m.: Colleen J. Shogan
9:30–9:45 a.m.: Tim Hall
10:00–10:50 a.m. – PANELS
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Extra! Extra!: Newshounds & Murder
Nora McFarland – Moderator
Jan Burke
Hannah Dennison
Kate Dyer-Seeley/Ellie Alexander
Judy Penz Sheluk
LynDee Walker
Hospitality Lounge open
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Silent Auction (Silent Auction until 1:00 p.m. only)
9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Dealers Room open
9:00–9:50 a.m. – PANELS
Murder Down South: Southern Mysteries
Cathy Pickens – Moderator
Susan M. Boyer
Michael Dymmoch
Vickie Fee
Ruth Moose
Nancy G. West
Murder on the Menu: Food & Mysteries
Maya (Mary Ann) Corrigan – Moderator
Rebecca Adler
Wendy Sand Eckel
Leslie Karst
Ann Myers
Group Dynamics: Sharing Detection
Dru Ann Love – Moderator
Lisa Q. Mathews
Janet Finsilver
Debra H. Goldstein
Tracy Kiely
Elizabeth Perona (Tony)
Fish Out of Water: Outsider Detectives
Laura Bradford – Moderator
Jill Amadio
Shelley Costa
Elizabeth J. Duncan
Nancy Martin
KM Rockwood
Kids Love A Mystery: Our Agatha Best
Children’s/Young Adult Novel Nominees
Anne Murphy – Moderator
Amanda Flower/Isabella Alan
Spencer Quinn
B.K. Stevens
New Kids On the Block: Our Agatha Best First Novel
Margaret Maron – Moderator
Tessa Arlen
Cindy Brown
Ellen Byron
Julianne Holmes
Art Taylor
Ghostly Murder
Lillian Stewart Carl – Moderator
Jeff Cohen
Casey Daniels/Kylie Logan
Molly MacRae
Leigh Perry/Toni L.P. Kelner
Getting in Their Heads: The Psychology of Murder
Patti Ruocco – Moderator
Sheyna Galyan
R.J. Harlick
Lori Rader-Day
Tracy Weber
Just the Facts, Ma’am: Our Agatha Best
Nonfiction Nominees
Judy Cater – Moderator
Martin Edwards
Jane Ann Turzillo
Kate White
Authors Alley
10:00–10:15 a.m.: Roberta Rogow
10:30–10:45 a.m.: Nancy Herriman
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Convention Schedule
11:00 a.m.
Signings on the Concours Terrace above the bar
See Signing Schedule in At-A-Glance
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Poirot Award Interview:
Barbara Peters and Robert Rosenwald
Barbara Peters and Robert Rosenwald are interviewed
by Laurie R. King
(Feel free to bring your lunch)
1:00 p.m.
Agatha Voting Deadline
1:00 p.m.
Silent Auction Bid Deadline
1:00–1:50 p.m.
Interview of a Lifetime: Katherine Hall Page
Katherine Hall Page is interviewed by
Daniel Stashower
2:00–2:50 p.m. – PANELS
Death for Dessert: Sweet Murder
Nancy J. Parra – Moderator
Kathy Aarons
Maggie Barbieri
Janet Cantrell/Kaye George
Jessie Crockett/Jessica Estevao
Make ‘Em Laugh: Humor in Mysteries
Anne Reece – Moderator
Parnell Hall
Arlene Kay
Alice Loweecey
Elaine Viets
3:00–3:50 p.m. – PANELS
Start ‘Em When They’re YAs
Sarah Masters Buckey – Moderator
Shelly Dickson Carr
Kathleen Ernst
Nina Mansfield
Carolyn A. Mulford
A Taste for Murder: Foodies
Cathy Ace – Moderator
Leslie Budewitz
Daryl Wood Gerber/Avery Aames
Nadine Nettmann
Joyce Tremel
Murder Shorts: Mystery Stories
James Lincoln Warren – Moderator
Paula Gail Benson
Teresa Inge
KB Inglee
Eleanor Cawood Jones
Jayne Ormerod
Murder in New England
Sherry Harris – Moderator
Connie Archer/Connie di Marco
Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson
Barbara Ross
Lea Wait
The “Paws” That Detect: Animal Sidekicks
Kay Finch – Moderator
Sparkle Abbey (Anita Carter)
Sparkle Abbey (Mary Lee Woods)
Carole Nelson Douglas
Linda O. Johnston
Clea Simon
Call the Cops: Police Procedurals
James M. Jackson – Moderator
Frankie Y. Bailey
Paul Charles
Anne Cleeland
Josh Pachter
Neil Plakcy
Empire of Murder: British Mysteries
Sujata Massey – Moderator
Annamaria Alfieri
Dorothy Cannell
Anna Lee Huber
Charles Todd
Charles Todd (Caroline)
Murder with a Hint of WooWoo: Paranormal Mysteries
E.F. Watkins – Moderator
Tj O’Connor
Charlaine Harris
Maggie Toussaint
4:00–4:50 p.m.
It’s An Honor: Victoria Thompson
Guest of Honor Interview
Victoria Thompson is interviewed by Nancy Martin
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Convention Schedule
5:00 p.m.
Signings on the Concours Terrace above the bar
See Signing Schedule in At-A-Glance
6:15–7:00 p.m.
Cocktails available for sale in Regency Ballroom
(as well as at the bar)
7:00 p.m.
Agatha Awards Banquet in Regency Ballroom
Sunday, May 1
7:00–8:45 a.m.
Mystery Scene Presents:
Meet the New Authors of Malice:
Nosh with This Year’s New Authors
Continental Breakfast Set at Tables
Host: Cindy Silberblatt
(Presentations begin at 7:10 a.m.)
8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Hospitality Lounge open
9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Dealers Room open
9:00–9:50 a.m. – PANELS
Murder Way Back When: U.S. Historicals
Frances McNamara – Moderator
Fedora Amis
Eleanor Kuhns
Clyde Linsley
Anna Loan-Wilsey
Private Eyes and Thrillers, Oh My!
Alan Orloff – Moderator
David Burnsworth
Kris Calvin
Alan Cupp
Laura DiSilverio
Robert Downs
On the Road: Traveling Murder
Marie Moore – Moderator
Linda Joffe Hull
Maddy Hunter
Jeanne Matthews
Sarah Wisseman
Just Die Laughing: Humor in Mysteries
Kendel Lynn – Moderator
Donna Andrews
Marla Cooper
Julie Mulhern
Murder Most English
Verena Rose – Moderator
D.E. Ireland (Meg Mims)
D.E. Ireland (Sharon Pisacreta)
Alyssa Maxwell
Deanna Raybourn
Christine Trent
10:00–10:50 a.m. – PANELS
Book ‘Em: Book Loving Sleuths
Larry D. Sweazy – Moderator
Victoria Abbott
Erika Chase
Vicki Delany/Eva Gates
Noreen Wald/Nora Charles
Small Town Murder
Gloria Alden – Moderator
Beverly Allen/Barbara Early
Jane Cleland
Christine Husom
Liz Mugavero
Wendy Tyson
Lights, Camera, Murder!
Melodie Johnson Howe – Moderator
Renee Patrick (Rosemarie Keenan)
Renee Patrick (Vince Keenan)
Kathryn Leigh Scott
Shawn Reilly Simmons
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Convention Schedule
Sherlock Lives!
John Gregory Betancourt – Moderator
Lois H. Gresh
Laurie R. King
Bonnie MacBird
Michael Robertson
Murder Out of the Past
Kathryn Johnson – Moderator
Crystal C. Coombes
Gigi Pandian
Amy M. Reade
Marcia Talley
A Study of Murder: University, Museum, Library
Maria Hudgins – Moderator
Sheila Connolly
Cynthia Kuhn
Con Lehane
Susan C. Shea
Triss Stein
Smoke and Mirrors: This Is How We Do It
at Malice
Verena Rose – Moderator
Caroline Craig
Marian Lesko
Harriette Sackler
Tonya Spratt-Williams
Angel Trapp
11:00 a.m.
Signings on the Concours Terrace above the bar
See Signing Schedule in At-A-Glance
11:45 a.m.–12:35 p.m. – PANELS
12:40 p.m.
Signings on the Concours Terrace above the bar
See Signing Schedule in At-A-Glance
Camouflage: Murder in Hiding
M. (Meg) Evonne Dobson – Moderator
Gretchen Archer
Susan Cox
Karen Pullen
1:10–1:55 p.m.
Murder in Wartime: World War II
Kimberly Gray– Moderator
Judy Hogan
Stephen Kelly
Sarah R. Shaber
A Toast to Hank Phillippi Ryan
A conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan and
Nancy Pickard
Murder by the Shore
Susan Breen – Moderator
John Clement
C. Michele Dorsey
Sybil Johnson
Jane Kelly
Kathryn O’Sullivan
Amelia Award Interview: Douglas Greene
Douglas Greene is interviewed by Martin Edwards
(Feel free to bring your lunch.)
2:05–2:50 p.m.
3:00–4:00 p.m.
Agatha Tea and Closing Ceremonies
Murder and Crafts
Christina Freeburn – Moderator
Barbara Graham
Cheryl Hollon
Maggie Sefton
Diane Vallere
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Attending Authors
As of March 1, 2016
Kathy Aarons
Kathy Aarons
Peter Abrahams (Spencer Quinn)
Kathy Aarons is the author of the national
best-selling Chocolate Covered Mystery
series by Berkley Prime Crime. Death Is
Like a Box of Chocolates was selected as a
Top Book of 2014 by the San Diego Union
Tribune. Truffled to Death was published in
June 2015 and Behind Chocolate Bars will
be out October 2016. Research was such
a hardship: sampling lots of chocolate and
hanging out in bookstores.
Peter Abrahams has written 34 crime novels
including Edgar® finalist Lights Out, Oblivion,
End of Story, and The Fan (filmed starring
Robert De Niro). Abrahams’s novel Reality
Check won the Edgar® for Best YA in 2010,
and Down the Rabbit Hole won the Agatha
for Best Children’s/YA in 2006. As Spencer
Quinn, he writes the NYT best-selling Chet
and Bernie series. Woof, first in the middlegrade Bowser and Birdie series, was a 2015
NYT best seller.
Peter Abrahams
Sparkle Abbey
Sparkle Abbey
Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of authors
Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They
write a national best-selling pet-themed cozy
series set in Laguna Beach, CA. The first in
the series, Desperate Housedogs, an Amazon
Mystery Series best-seller and Barnes &
Noble Nook #1 best-seller, was followed by
several other “sassy and fun” books with
their former Texas beauty queen amateur
sleuths. Latest titles are: Downton Tabby and
Raiders of the Lost Bark.
Cathy Ace
Cathy Ace
Victoria Abbott
Victoria Abbott
That shadowy figure known as Victoria
Abbott is a happy collaboration between
the artist, photographer, and short story
author, Victoria Maffini, and her mother,
Mary Jane Maffini, award-winning author
of three mystery series and two dozen short
stories. Their contemporary and humorous
book collector mysteries The Christie Curse,
The Sayers Swindle, The Wolfe Widow, and
The Marsh Madness draw on authors of the
golden age of detection. Watch for The
Hammett Hex September 2016.
Originally from Wales, now-Canadian Cathy
Ace writes two series — one in the Christie
tradition, one an Anglophile’s cozy dream
(both with a Welsh accent!). The Cait
Morgan Mysteries feature a Welsh-Canadian
foodie criminal psychologist sleuth who
travels the world tripping over “The Corpse
With The.....” (insert precious body part). The
WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries feature
four professional, if soft-boiled, female PI’s
who investigate quintessentially British
cases from a Welsh stately home.
Rebecca Adler
Rebecca Adler
Rebecca Adler (aka Gina Lee Nelson) grew
up on the sugar beaches of the Florida Gulf
Coast and studied acting on Broadway until
a dark-eyed cowboy flung her over his
saddle and high-tailed it to the Southwest.
She’s currently content to pour her melodramatic tendencies into her Taste of Texas
Mysteries. Her spicy debut, Here Today, Gone
Tamale (2015), will be followed by The Good,
The Bad, and the Guacamole in November.
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Gloria Alden
Gloria Alden
Jill Amadio
Gloria Alden’s Catherine Jewell mysteries
are: The Blue Rose, Daylilies For Emily’s Garden,
The Ladies Of The Garden Club, The Body In
The Goldenrod, Murder In The Corn Maze,
Carnations For Cornelia, and Blood Red
Poinsettias, and a middle-grade book, The
Sherlock Holmes Detective Club. She has numerous short stories published. She blogs
Thursdays, and lives and gardens on a small
farm in N.E. Ohio with numerous critters.
Jill Amadio is from Cornwall, U.K., but
unlike her amateur sleuth she is far less
grumpy. The second in the award-winning
Tosca Trevant mystery series was released
this month. A reporter in the U.K., Spain,
Colombia, Thailand, and the U.S., Jill writes
a column for Mystery People, and narrates
audiobooks. She lives in Southern California
where her protagonist cusses mildly in the
Cornish language while brewing tonguecurling mead.
Jill Amadio
Annamaria Alfieri
Annamaria Alfieri’s current series is set in
British East Africa, beginning in 1911. Of
Strange Gods, the Richmond Times-Dispatch
said, “With the flair of Isak Dinesen and
Beryl Markham, the cunning of Agatha
Christie and Elspeth Huxley, Alfieri permeates this novel with a palpable love of
Africa.” Kirkus Reviews compared her Invisible
to “the notable novels of Charles
Annamaria Alfieri
Todd.” Her next, The Idol of Mombasa,
launches next September. Annamaria lives
in New York City.
Fedora Amis
Fedora Amis
Donna Andrews
Beverly Allen
Beverly Allen
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Beverly Allen, aka Barbara Early, lives near
Buffalo, NY, and hibernates the winters
away reading, writing, watching classic
movies, and playing board games — while
herding four naughty but adorable cats.
During summer, she cranks the a/c and
does the same. Despite severe allergies, she
studied flower arranging while writing three
Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries, but is
happy to report that research for the
upcoming Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
(written as Barbara Early) required no
medical intervention.
Fedora Amis has won numerous awards
including Outstanding Teacher of Speech in
Missouri and membership in three halls of
fame. Her Victorian whodunit Jack The Ripper
in St. Louis won the Mayhaven Award for
Fiction, and was a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best
Seller. Fedora also performs as real historical
people and imagined characters from the
1800s. Just out is her new Jemima McBustle
mystery, Mayhem at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.
Donna Andrews
Donna Andrews is the author of 19 (soon to
be 20) books in the Meg Langslow series
from Minotaur, including Lord of the Wings
(August 2015) and Die Like an Eagle (August
2016). She currently serves as MWA’s
Executive Vice President. When not writing,
she gardens with more enthusiasm than
skill, pursues her passion for digital photography, and chauffeurs her 12-year-old twin
nephews to baseball and basketball games
and practices.
Attending Authors
Connie Archer
Connie Archer
Maggie Barbieri
Connie Archer is the author of the national
best-selling Soup Lover’s Mystery series from
Berkley Prime Crime. A Clue in the Stew, the
fifth in the series, has just been released.
Writing as Connie di Marco, she’s the author
of the upcoming Zodiac Mystery series from
Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco
astrologer Julia Bonatti. The Madness of
Mercury, first in the series, will be released
June 2016.
Maggie Barbieri the author of the Maeve
Conlon series, the second of which, Lies That
Bind, was published in February. She is also
the author of the Murder 101 series, starring
college professor and amateur sleuth Alison
Bergeron. Maggie lives in the Hudson Valley.
Gretchen Archer
Gretchen Archer
Tessa Arlen
Gretchen Archer is a Tennessee housewife
who began writing when her daughters,
seeking higher educations, left her. She lives
on Lookout Mountain with her husband,
son, and a Yorkie named Bently. Gretchen
writes the Davis Way Crime Caper Series
published by Henery Press: Double Whammy,
Double Dip and, releasing this fall,
Double Strike.
Maggie Barbieri
Paula Gail Benson
Legislative lawyer and former law librarian
Paula Gail Benson’s short stories appear
online and in published anthologies. She’s
delighted that “The Train’s on the Tracks”
is in the 2015 Guppy anthology Fish or Cut
Bait. Her latest, co-authored with Robert
Dugoni, is “A Matter of Honor” in Killer
Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded (Diversion
Paula Gail Benson Publishing 2015). She blogs with other
mystery writers at The Stiletto Gang and
Writers Who Kill.
Tessa Arlen
John Gregory Betancourt
Tessa Arlen, author of the Lady Montfort
mystery series — Death of a Dishonorable
Gentleman and Death Sits Down to Dinner — is
the daughter of a British diplomat. She had
lived in or visited her parents in Singapore,
Berlin, Bahrain, Beijing, Delhi, and Warsaw
by the time she was sixteen. She and her
family live on Bainbridge Island, WA.
John Gregory Betancourt is a best-selling
science fiction author and editor, awardwinning mystery author for his Peter “Pit
Bull” Geller series in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery
Magazine, and publisher of Wildside Press.
In recent years he hasn’t had time to write
more than the occasional short story, the
most recent of which have appeared in
Alfred Hitchcock’s and Malice Domestic 11:
Murder Most Conventional.
John Gregory
Frankie Y. Bailey
Frankie Y. Bailey
Frankie Y. Bailey is a professor at the School
of Criminal Justice, UAlbany (SUNY). Her
work focuses on crime, culture, and history.
She is writing a nonfiction book about dress,
appearance, and crime. Frankie has five
mysteries featuring crime historian Lizzie
Stuart, and two books featuring police detective Hannah McCabe (most recently What the
Fly Saw, Minotaur 2015). Frankie is a past
Executive Vice President of MWA and past
president of SinC.
Rhys Bowen
Rhys Bowen
Rhys Bowen is The New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy mysteries, set in early 1900s New York City and the
lighter Royal Spyness novels, featuring
a penniless minor royal in 1930s England.
Rhys’s books have been nominated for every
major mystery award including the Edgar®
best novel. She has won three Agathas
among others. Born and raised in England,
Rhys now divides her time between
California and Arizona.
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Susan M. Boyer
Susan M. Boyer
Cindy Brown
Susan M. Boyer writes the USA Today bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut
novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the Agatha
Award for Best First Novel and garnered
several other awards and nominations.
Lowcountry Book Club, the fifth Liz Talbot
mystery, will be out July 5. Susan loves
beaches, southern food, and small towns
where everyone knows everyone and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the
above in her novels.
Cindy Brown writes madcap mysteries set
in the off, off, off Broadway world of theater.
Macdeath (nominated for an Agatha for Best
First Novel!), The Sound of Murder, and Oliver
Twisted (June 2016) star Ivy Meadows,
actress and part-time PI. Cindy lives in
Portland, OR, but has made her home in
Phoenix, AZ, for more than 25 years and
knows all the good places to hide dead
bodies in both cities.
Cindy Brown
Sarah Masters Buckey
Laura Bradford
Laura Bradford
Laura Bradford is the national best-selling
author of the Amish Mysteries, the Southern
Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth
Lynn Casey), and the Emergency Dessert
Squad Mysteries. The latter will debut in
June with the release of Éclair and Present
Danger. Laura is a former Agatha Award
nominee, and the recipient of an RT
Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance.
Laura enjoys making memories with her
family, baking, playing games, and catching
up with friends.
Sarah Masters
Sarah Masters Buckey’s new mystery for
young readers, Danger in Paris, is set in
pre-WWI Europe. Samantha is touring the
continent with her wealthy grandparents,
Admiral and Mrs. Beemis, when a suspicious
accident befalls the Admiral — and
Samantha discovers that they are all in great
danger. Sarah’s nine historical mysteries
include The Light in the Cellar, an Agatha
Award winner, and The Stolen Sapphire, an
Edgar® Award nominee. She lives in
New Hampshire.
Leslie Budewitz
Susan Breen
Susan Breen
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Susan Breen’s new mystery series is about
a Sunday School teacher who becomes a
detective so she can rescue her most troublesome and favorite (grown) student. The first
book, Maggie Dove, will be published by
Random House Alibi in June 2016. Susan’s
stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s
Mystery Magazine and many other places. She
lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband,
two dogs, and one cat. Her three children are
flourishing elsewhere.
Leslie Budewitz
Leslie Budewitz is the best-selling author
of the Spice Shop Mysteries and the Food
Lovers’ Village Mysteries. Death al Dente won
the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel,
and Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write
Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom
Procedure won the 2011 Agatha Award for
Best Nonfiction, making her the first author
to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and
nonfiction. The president of Sisters in Crime,
Leslie lives in NW Montana.
Attending Authors
Jan Burke
Jan Burke
Susanna Calkins
Previous Malice GOH Jan Burke is the
author of fourteen books and numerous
short stories. Her novels have appeared on
the NYT and USA Today best-seller lists and
are published internationally. Her awards
include the Edgar® for Best Novel and the
Agatha, Macavity, and EQMM for best short
story. She cohosts the podcast “Crime and
Science Radio” with D.P. Lyle, M.D. She is
currently at work on a new novel in the
Irene Kelly series.
Susanna Calkins, a college instructor, writes
award-nominated historical mysteries set in
plague-ridden 17th century England and
which feature Lucy Campion, a chambermaid-turned-printer’s apprentice. The fourth
in the series, A Death Along the River Fleet, was
released in April by Minotaur/St. Martins.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, she lives
outside Chicago now with her
husband and two sons.
Susanna Calkins
Kris Calvin
David Burnsworth
David Burnsworth became fascinated with
the Deep South at a young age. After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering from
the University of Tennessee and fifteen years
in the corporate world, he made the decision
to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first
mystery and the sequel, Burning Heat,
debuted in January. Having lived in
David Burnsworth Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years,
the setting was a foregone conclusion.
He and his wife call South Carolina home.
Ellen Byron
Kris Calvin
Kris Calvin, a former local elected official,
was honored by the California Assembly and
the Governor’s office for her advocacy on
behalf of children. One Murder More,
featuring a woman lobbyist as an amateur
sleuth, is first in Calvin’s new Sacramentobased Maren Kane mystery series. John
Lescroart calls her debut thriller “crisp and
entertaining.” Catriona McPherson says that
with “...gasp-worthy’s totally
satisfying.” Kris is at work now on Book 2
in the series.
Ellen Byron
Dorothy Cannell
Ellen Byron, recipient of a William F. Deeck–
Malice Domestic Grant, owes her mystery
career to Malice. Her debut novel, nominated for an Agatha Best First Novel as well
as a Best Humorous Mystery Lefty Award,
is Plantation Shudders. Body on the Bayou, the
second in her Cajun Country Mystery series,
launches in September. TV credits include
Wings and Just Shoot Me; she’s written over
200 magazine articles. Her published plays
include the award-winning Graceland.
A native of Nottingham, England, Dorothy
Cannell lives in Maine where she and her
husband reside with their dog, Teddy, and a
cat named Killer. She has four children —
Warren, Jason, Rachael, who reside in
central Illinois, and Shana, who resides in
Missouri — and ten grandchildren. Dorothy
became an aspiring writer after taking
English 110 at Illinois Central College and
being encouraged to write for publication by
the teacher. Seven years later, she sold her
first short story.
Dorothy Cannell
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Lillian Stewart
Lillian Stewart Carl
Paul Charles
The Avalon Chanter, seventh in the Jean
Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron series, takes
place on a fog-shrouded Northumbrian
island. “Suspenseful, atmospheric...” —
Publishers Weekly “...full of fascinating
Arthurian connections...Carl’s fondness for
the mythology of the British Isles, a dash of
ghost sighting, and the region will work for
armchair travel enthusiasts.”— Library
Journal. Lillian is also the author of numerous other mystery and fantasy novels and
short stories, available in electronic and
paper form.
Paul Charles was born and raised in the
Northern Irish countryside. He is the author
of the acclaimed Detective Inspector Christy
Kennedy series. A Pleasure to Do Death With
You is the tenth title in the series. His current
mystery, St Ernan’s Blues published by
Dufour March 2016, is the third in the
Inspector Starrett series set in Donegal in
Ireland. He is looking forward to attending
Malice for the first time.
Paul Charles
Erika Chase
Shelly Dickson Carr
Shelly Dickson
Shelly Dickson Carr’s debut novel, Ripped:
A Jack The Ripper Time-Travel Thriller, won the
Benjamin Franklin Gold award, Best First
Book, as well as two Silver awards, Best New
Voice and Best Mystery/Suspense for YA
fiction at the 2013 Independent Book
Publishers Association awards. Carr is an
overseer at WGBH, a founding member of
the Masterpiece Trust, and a trustee at the
Huntington Theatre. She has a MFA degree
in Writing from Vermont College.
Erika Chase
Anne Cleeland
Trish Carrico
Trish Carrico
Trish Carrico learned to read very early and
quickly found the printed word transported
her to wonderful far-away places. And now,
traveling the real world, she finds herself
turning these new locations into settings,
then stories — closing the magic circle of life
and art. Her story, “Death Near the Rim of
Heaven,” appeared in Chesapeake Crimes: They
Had It Comin’.
Maia S Chance
Maia S Chance
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Erika Chase, aka Linda Wiken, is a former
mystery bookstore owner. The fifth book in
the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries,
Law and Author, is out. As Linda Wiken, her
new Dinner Club mystery makes an appearance in July with Toasting Up Trouble, introducing event planner J.J. Tanner and the
Culinary Capers. She has been nominated
for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel and
an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story
from Crime Writers of Canada.
Anne Cleeland
Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English
from UCLA as well as a degree in law from
Pepperdine University, and is a member
of the California State Bar. She writes a
contemporary mystery series set in Scotland
Yard featuring detectives Acton and Doyle,
as well as a historical series set in the
Regency period. A member of International
Thriller Writers, The Historical Novel Society,
and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in
California and has four children.
National best-selling author Maia Chance
writes mystery novels that are rife with
absurd predicaments and romantic adventure.
Her latest releases are Come Hell or Highball
(St. Martin’s Minotaur) and Beauty, Beast, and
Belladonna (Berkley Prime Crime). Maia lives
in soggy Bellingham, WA, where she plays
laundress and cook to two imperious children
and takes secret solace in vintage cocktails.
She loves to socialize on Facebook.
Attending Authors
Jane K. Cleland
Jane K. Cleland
Jeff Cohen
Jane K. Cleland is the award-winning author
of the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series
(St. Martin’s Minotaur). Ornaments of Death
was selected by Library Reads as a top pick
for January 2016. Glow of Death will be
published in December 2016. Her book about
the craft of writing, Mastering Structure,
Suspense, and Plot: How to Write Gripping
Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of
Their Seats, was just published by Writer’s
Digest Books.
Jeff Cohen is the author of several mystery
series. As E.J. Copperman, he writes the
Haunted Guesthouse mysteries, lately
with Ghost in the Wind, and as both E.J.
Copperman and Jeff Cohen, the Asperger’s
Mystery series, most recently with The
Question of the Unfamiliar Husband. Beginning
in June, the Mysterious Detective Mystery
series will begin with Written Off. Next year
the Agent to the Paws series starts, so Jeff
and E.J. are very busy authors indeed!
Jeff Cohen
R. Lanier Clemons
Born in Vermilion Parish, LA, R. Lanier
Clemons spent her early years as a military
brat moving from one Air Force base to
another. A love of books and a desire to read
about protagonists who looked more like her
guided her decision to sit down and write
the Jonelle Sweet Mystery series. Burial Plot
and Gone Missing were published in 2015. The
R. Lanier Clemons Trickster is scheduled for a spring 2016
Sheila Connolly
Sheila Connolly
Stacey Cochran
Stacey Cochran
Stacey Cochran was a finalist for the 1998
Dell Magazines Award for Fiction, a finalist
for the 2004 St. Martin’s Press/PWA Best
First Private Eye Novel Contest, and a finalist
for the 2011 James Hurst Prize for Fiction. In
December 2014, his novel, Eddie & Sunny,
won the inaugural Kindle Scout contest
(replacing Amazon’s “ABNA” contest) and
will be published worldwide in ebook and
audiobook from Kindle Press. Stacey also
served as chair for Bouchercon 2015 in
North Carolina.
Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated
and New York Times best-selling author
Sheila Connolly writes three mystery series
for Berkley Prime Crime: the Museum
Mysteries, the Orchard Mysteries, and the
County Cork Mysteries. In addition, her
paranormal e-series, the Relatively Dead
Mysteries, is published by Beyond the Page
Press, and her short stories have appeared
in multiple anthologies. She lives in
Massachusetts with her husband and three
cats and travels to Ireland as often as possible.
Crystal C. Coombes
Crystal C.
As a licensed mental health therapist, legal
consultant, private investigator, and university administrator, Crystal C. Coombes has
often ventured into worlds that have limited
access. Her vita reflects over 30 years as a
professional “voyeur.” Coombes has been
an invited speaker at conventions and
professional conferences throughout the
United States. She is a recognized expert in
her field. She is currently writing the next
installment of the Lucille Garcia mystery
series. Photo: Cynthia McIntyre
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Marla Cooper
Marla Cooper
Sue Cox
Marla Cooper is the author of Terror in
Taffeta, a humorous cozy mystery about a
destination wedding planner that is the first
in a series. As a freelance writer, Marla has
written all sorts of things, and it was while
ghostwriting a guide to destination weddings
that she found inspiration for her first novel.
Originally hailing from Texas, Marla lives in
Oakland, CA, with her husband and her
polydactyl tuxedo cat.
Sue Cox used to be a newspaper reporter.
She also designed marketing and public relations for a safari park. She wears a Starfleet
communicator pin and a Mystery Writers of
America membership pin, but seldom at the
same time. Her first mystery, The Man on the
Washing Machine, was published in December
2015. It was the winner of the 2014 Mystery
Writers of America/Minotaur Books First
Crime Novel Award.
Sue Cox
Martha Crites
Maya Corrigan
Maya Corrigan
Maya (Mary Ann) Corrigan lives in Virginia,
an easy drive from Maryland’s Eastern
Shore, the setting for her Five-Ingredient
Mysteries: By Cook or By Crook, Scam Chowder,
and Final Fondue (July 2016). Book #4 in the
series comes out in 2017. Her novel, The Art
of Deceit, won the Daphne du Maurier Award
and the New England Readers’ Award for
unpublished mystery/suspense. Visit her
website for mystery trivia, recipes, and a
free mini-whodunit.
Martha Crites
Alan Cupp
Shelley Costa
Shelley Costa
A 2004 Edgar® nominee for Best Short Story,
Shelley Costa is the author of You Cannoli Die
Once (Agatha nominee for Best First Novel)
and Basil Instinct. Practical Sins for Cold Climates
is the first book in her exciting new mystery
series. Shelley’s stories have appeared in
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Blood On
Their Hands, The World’s Finest Mystery and
Crime Stories, and Crimewave (UK). She
teaches fiction writing at the Cleveland
Institute of Art.
Alan Cupp
Alan Cupp loves to create and entertain.
Whether it’s with a captivating mystery
novel or a funny promotional video for his
church, he’s always anticipating his next creative endeavor. In addition to writing fiction,
Alan enjoys acting, music, travel, and playing sports. Alan places a high value on time
spent with his beautiful wife and their two
sons. He lives his life according to his 4F
philosophy: Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun.
Annette Dashofy
Annette Dashofy
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Martha Crites has worked in community
and inpatient mental health field for twenty
years and taught at the Quileute Tribal
School on the Washington coast. She lives
with her husband in Seattle. When she isn’t
working and writing, you will find her walking or volunteering on the Camino de
Santiago in Spain. Grave Disturbance is her
first novel.
Annette Dashofy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery
series about a paramedic and deputy coroner
in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance
Township. Circle of Influence was a nominee
for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel
and for the David Award for Best Mystery of
2014. Her fourth and latest, With a Vengeance,
will be released in early May.
Attending Authors
Vicki Delany
Vicki Delany
Meg E. Dobson
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific
and varied crime writers. Her latest is the
eighth Constable Molly Smith novel,
Unreasonable Doubt. She writes the Year Round
Christmas series from Berkley Prime Crime
and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the
Lighthouse Library Mysteries. A former
computer programmer and systems analyst,
Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward
County, Ontario. She is the current President
of Crime Writers of Canada.
Meg E. Dobson’s YA crime fiction Chaos
Theory was published by the Poisoned Pencil,
an imprint of the Poisoned Pen Press, in
2015. Her flash fiction has placed at Writers’
Police Academy twice, and a short story
entitled “Politics of Chaos” was included in
the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths 2015
anthology. “Elemental Chaos” is included in
Malice Domestic’s 2016 anthology. She is a
professional member of SCBWI, MWA,
Sisters in Crime, and ITW.
Meg E. Dobson
C. Michele Dorsey
Hannah Dennison
Hannah Dennison
British born, Hannah originally moved to
Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting. She
has been an obituary reporter, antique
dealer, private jet flight attendant, and
Hollywood story analyst. Now living in
Portland, OR, Hannah continues to teach
mystery writing at UCLA Extension and still
works for a west coast advertising agency.
Hannah writes the Honeychurch Hall
Mysteries (Minotaur) and the Vicky Hill
Mysteries (Constable Crime), both set in
the wilds of the English countryside.
C. Michele Dorsey
Carole Nelson Douglas
Laura DiSilverio
Laura DiSilverio
Laura DiSilverio, best-selling author of 15
novels, is a retired Air Force intelligence
officer. Her standalone suspense novel,
The Reckoning Stones (9/2015), was a Library
Journal Pick of the Month. Her Book Club
Mystery series kicked off in 2015 with The
Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco (April) and
The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle
(December). A Past President of Sisters in
Crime, she plots murders and parents teens
in Colorado, trying to keep the two
tasks separate.
C. “Michele” Dorsey is the author of No
Virgin Island, a Sabrina Salter mystery
published in 2015 by Crooked Lane Books
set on the island of St. John in the US Virgin
Islands. She is also a lawyer, mediator, and
adjunct professor of law. Michele finds inspiration and serenity on St. John and on Cape
Cod. Permanent Sunset, the second in the
series, will be published in October 2016.
Carole Nelson
Holy Cat in an Alphabet Endgame! Will the
“epic” 28-book cat mystery series end
August 23, 2016, with feline PI Midnight
Louie leaving Las Vegas? Is Carole’s formidable Irene Adler waiting in the wings? Or
Noir Paranormal Investigator Delilah Street?
Whatever is up, pussycat, you can bet New
York Times Notable author and Texas Literary
Hall of Famer Douglas is plotting new cases
with dastardly doings, thrilling action,
creatures great and small, and just desserts.
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Robert Downs
Robert Downs
Robert Downs aspired to be a writer before
he realized how difficult the writing process
was. Fortunately, he’d already fallen in love
with the craft, otherwise Sam and Casey
might never have seen print. Originally
from West Virginia, he has lived in Virginia,
Massachusetts, New Mexico, and now
resides in California. When he’s not writing,
Robert can be found reviewing, blogging,
or smiling. His third novel, LaCour’s Destiny,
came out last year with Oak Tree Press.
Wendy Sand Eckel
Wendy Sand Eckel is the author of Murder at
Barclay Meadow, the first in the Rosalie Hart
mystery series set on Maryland’s Eastern
Shore. A member of the Mystery Writers of
America, she has degrees in criminology and
social work and a passion for words and
their nuanced meanings. Death at the Day Lily
Café, the second in this series, will be
Wendy Sand Eckel released by Minotaur Books in July 2016.
Martin Edwards
Elizabeth J. Duncan
Elizabeth J.
Kate Dyer-Seeley
Elizabeth J. Duncan is the multiple awardwinning author of two mystery series: the
Penny Brannigan series set in North Wales
and Shakespeare in the Catskills series. A
former journalist and public relations practitioner, she is a faculty member of the
Humber School for Writers and divides her
time between Canada and Wales.
Martin Edwards
Martin Edwards is the award-winning
author of The Golden Age of Murder, a groundbreaking history of the genre between the
wars. He has published seven Lake District
Mysteries; the latest is The Dungeon House. In
addition, he has published 10 other novels, 8
nonfiction books, and edited 26 anthologies.
He has won the CWA Short Story Dagger
and CWA Margery Allingham Prize, and is
Series Consultant for the British Library’s
Crime Classics.
Kate Dyer-Seeley
Kathy Lynn Emerson
Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific
Northwest Mystery Series and the Bakeshop
Mystery Series as Ellie Alexander. She’s a
Pacific Northwest native who spends ample
time testing pastry recipes in her home
kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in
flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking
trails and trying to burn off calories
consumed in the name of research.
Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett is the
author of over 50 books written under several names. She won the Agatha for mystery
nonfiction for How to Write Killer Historical
Mysteries. Currently she writes the contemporary Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries (The
Scottie Barked At Midnight) as Kaitlyn and the
historical Mistress Jaffrey Mysteries (Murder
In The Merchant’s Hall) as Kathy. She lives
in Maine.
Kathy Lynn
Michael Dymmoch
Michael Dymmoch is the author of ten
novels, including the John Thinnes and Jack
Caleb Mysteries, and the West Wheeling
series. Michael ventured into romantic suspense with The Fall and M.I.A. In preparation
for a writing career, she took classes on law
enforcement, “Gunshot and Stab Wounds,”
crime scene investigation, and screenwriting.
Michael Dymmoch She’s attended autopsies and worked as a
baby sitter, veterinary assistant, research
tech, recycler, and professional driver.
Michael lives and writes in Chicago.
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Kathleen Ernst
Kathleen Ernst
Kathleen’s Chloe Ellefson Mysteries reflect
the decade she spent as an historic sites curator. The latest, Death on the Prairie, features a
road trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites
and antique quilts. The next, A Memory of
Muskets, will be published this fall. Kathleen
has also written many mysteries for young
readers. Honors for her work include Agatha
and Edgar® nominations. Kathleen lives and
writes in Wisconsin.
Attending Authors
Jessica Estevao
Jessica Estevao
Amanda Flower
Jessica Estevao writes the Change of Fortune
Mysteries including Whispers Beyond the Veil.
She loves the beach, mysterious happenings,
and all things good-naturedly paranormal.
While she lives for most of the year in New
Hampshire with her dark and mysterious
husband and exuberant children, she summers on the coast of Maine where she keeps
an eye out for sea monsters and mermaids.
As Jessie Crockett she writes the Sugar
Grove Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime.
Amanda Flower, a three-time Agatha
Award-nominated mystery author, writes
cozies under her own name and as USA
Today best-selling author Isabella Alan. Her
latest release, Crime and Poetry, is the first of
the Magical Bookshop Mysteries. Amanda
continues to write the Amish Quilt Shop
Mysteries as Isabella and The Living History
Museum Mysteries as herself. Her children’s
debut, Andi Under Pressure, was an Agatha
Award nominee for 2014. Amanda, a librarian, lives near Cleveland.
Amanda Flower
Vickie Fee
Vickie Fee
Vickie Fee, author of the Liv and Di in Dixie
mystery series, grew up in Memphis on a
steady diet of Nancy Drew, daydreams, and
sweet iced tea. Her first book, Death Crashes
the Party, was released December 2015. Her
second book, It’s Your Party, Die If You Want
To, comes out in October. She is past president of Malice in Memphis chapter–Sisters
in Crime and current member of Wisconsin
SinC and Guppies chapter.
Kay Finch
Kay Finch
Christina Freeburn
Christina Freeburn served in the U.S. Army
JAG Corps and also worked as a paralegal,
librarian, and church secretary. The Scrap
This Mystery Series (Cropped to Death,
Designed to Death, Embellished to Death, and
Framed to Death) brings together her love of
mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia.
She’s working on future books in the Faith
Christina Freeburn Hunter Scrap This mystery series published
by Henery Press.
Mystery author Kay Finch writes the Bad
Luck Cat mysteries set in the Texas Hill
Country and published by Berkley. Book
one, Black Cat Crossing, was a September
2015 release, and book two, The Black Cat
Knocks on Wood, will be released in June
2016. Kay lives in a Houston, TX, suburb
with her husband, two rescue dogs, and
a cat.
Sheyna Galyan
Sheyna Galyan
Janet Finsilver
Janet Finsilver
USA Today best-selling author Janet Finsilver
and her husband reside in the San Francisco
Bay Area. She worked in education, has
ridden western style since she was a child,
and was a member of the National Ski
Patrol. Janet loves animals and has two
dogs — Kylie and Ellie. Her debut mystery,
Murder at Redwood Cove, released October
2015. Her second book, Murder at the
Mansion, is scheduled for June 2016.
Sheyna Galyan is an Indie Excellence
Award finalist and author of the characterdriven Rabbi David Cohen suspense series
set in Minneapolis. Her short stories have
been published in anthologies and online,
and her essays and articles have appeared
in national and local publications.
She graduated from the St. Paul Police
Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy
in 2012. With advanced degrees in
psychology and education, her favorite
questions are “Why?” and “Why not?”
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Kaye George
Kaye George
Daryl Wood
Series by Kaye George, national best-selling
and multiple-award-winning author:
Imogene Duckworthy; Cressa Carraway
Musical Mysteries — second, Requiem in
Red, coming in April; People of the Wind —
second, Death on the Trek, will be June. As
Janet Cantrell for Berkley Prime Crime, the
third, Fat Cat Takes the Cake, also in April.
Find short stories in anthologies and magazines and her collection, A Patchwork of
Stories. She reviews for Suspense Magazine.
She lives in Knoxville, TN.
Debra H. Goldstein
Debra H. Goldstein is the author of Should
Have Played Poker: A Carrie Martin and the Mah
Jongg Players Mystery (Five Star Publishing,
April 2016) and the 2012 IPPY Awardwinning Maze in Blue. Her short stories and
essays have been published in numerous
periodicals and anthologies, including Mardi
Gras Murder and The Killer Wore Cranberry:
Debra H. Goldstein A Fourth Meal of Mayhem. Debra serves on
the national Sisters in Crime board and is
a MWA member.
Daryl Wood Gerber
Barbara Graham
Agatha Award-winning and best-selling
author Daryl Wood Gerber ventures into the
world of suspense with her debut novel, Girl
on the Run. Daryl also writes the Cookbook
Nook Mysteries, and as Avery Aames, she
pens the Cheese Shop Mysteries. Fun tidbit:
Daryl jumped out of a perfectly good
airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by
herself. She loves to read and has a frisky
Goldendoodle named Sparky.
Barbara Graham began making up stories
in the third grade instead of learning math.
Always a “book nut” and later a “quilting
nut,” she combines the two sides of her
personality in her Quilted Mystery series.
The seventh book in the series featuring
Tennessee sheriff Tony Abernathy and his
wife Theo, a quilt shop owner, Murder by
Kindness: The Gift Quilt, recently released.
Barbara Graham
Kimberly Gray
Barb Goffman
Barb Goffman
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Barb Goffman is thrilled to be an Agatha
Award finalist this weekend (short story
category). She’s won the Macavity and Silver
Falchion awards and has finaled seventeen
times for national writing awards, including
the Anthony and the Derringer. She co-edits
the award-winning Chesapeake Crimes
series (the newest book, Storm Warning,
was just released) and the just-released
Malice Domestic anthology, Murder Most
Conventional. Barb runs an editing and
proofreading service focusing on crime and
general fiction.
Kimberly Gray
Kimberly Gray is a previous winner of the
William F. Deeck – Malice Domestic Grant for
Unpublished Writers. Kim co-owns a shop,
The Gift Cellar, where she represents local
artists including authors. Her short story,
“Boardwalk Bound,” can be found in The
Boardwalk, an anthology published by Cat
and Mouse Press. Kim is a member of the
Dames of Detection, and co-owner/publisher of Level Best Books, which publishes
the annual Best New England Crime
Stories anthology.
Attending Authors
Lois H. Gresh
Lois H. Gresh
R.J. Harlick
Lois H. Gresh is The New York Times bestselling author (6 times) and USA Today
best-selling author (thrillers) of 30 books and
65 short stories. Look for Sherlock Holmes:
The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions (Titan
Books, April 2017), the first in a new trilogy.
Lois’ work has been published in 22
languages. Recent titles include Cult of the
Dead and Other Weird and Lovecraftian Tales
(Hippocampus, 2015) and Innsmouth
Nightmares (editor, PS Publishing, 2015).
R.J. Harlick writes the popular wildernessbased Meg Harris mystery series set in the
wilds of Quebec. With an underlying Native
theme, each book explores not only the
motives behind murder, but also issues
facing Natives today and their traditional
ways. The latest and seventh in the series,
A Cold White Fear, is an action-packed thriller
guaranteed to keep you reading until the
wee hours of the morning.
R.J. Harlick
Charlaine Harris
Parnell Hall
Parnell Hall is the author of the Puzzle Lady
crossword puzzle mysteries, the Stanley
Hastings private eye novels, and the Steve
Winslow courtroom dramas. Parnell is a
Lifetime Achievement Award winner of the
Private Eye Writers of America. His music
videos may be seen on YouTube.
Charlaine Harris
A native of the Mississippi Delta, Charlaine
Harris has lived her whole life in various
southern states. Her first book, a mystery,
was published in 1981. After that promising
debut, her career meandered along until the
success of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. All
her books are in print, so she is a very happy
camper. She is married with three children
and two grandchildren.
Parnell Hall
Sherry Harris
Tim Hall
Tim Hall is the author of the Bert Shambles
Mysteries, a new adult mystery series based
on Long Island. He is also part of a multiauthor collaboration, Chasing the Codex,
published in 2015 by Cozy Cat Press.
Sherry Harris
Tim Hall
Sherry Harris, author of the Agatha Awardnominated Best First Novel Tagged for Death,
started bargain hunting in second grade at
her best friend’s yard sale. She honed her
bartering skills as she moved around the
country while her husband served in the Air
Force. Sherry uses her love of garage sales,
her life as a military spouse, and her time
living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the
Sarah Winston Garage Sale series.
Marie Hannan-Mandel
Marie HannanMandel
Raised in Ireland, Marie Hannan-Mandel
now lives in Elmira Heights, NY. She is an
Assistant Professor and Chair of the
Communications department at Corning
Community College. She has been shortlisted for the Debut Dagger award in 2013,
longlisted for the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland
short story award in 2014, and received an
honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest
Popular Fiction award in 2014. Her short
story, “Sisters, Sisters,” will appear in
Adirondack Mysteries 3 in 2016.
Nancy Herriman
Nancy Herriman
Nancy Herriman retired from an engineering career to take up the pen. She hasn’t
looked back. Her work has won the RWA
Daphne du Maurier award, and the first
book in her A Mystery of Old San Francisco
series, No Comfort for the Lost (NAL), was
Library Journal’s August 2015 Pick of the
Month. When not writing, she enjoys
singing, gabbing about writing, and eating
dark chocolate. She currently lives in
Central Ohio.
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Judy Hogan
Judy Hogan
Anna Lee Huber
Judy Hogan (The Sands of Gower, 2015; Killer
Frost, 2012; Farm Fresh and Fatal, 2013) in
her Penny Weaver series takes up community issues. Her fourth mystery, Haw, is due
out May 1. A published poet (“Beaver Soul,”
2013; “This River: An Epic Love Poem,”
2014), she was founding editor of Carolina
Wren Press (1976–91). She still edits freelance and teaches creative writing. She farms
in Moncure, NC, and also reviews mystery
authors on
Anna Lee Huber is the RITA and Daphne
awards-nominated author of the national
best-selling Lady Darby Mysteries. She
currently resides in Indiana with her family
and is hard at work on the next Lady Darby
novel. A special Lady Darby novella titled A
Pressing Engagement will release on May 17,
2016, and Book 5, As Death Draws Near, will
release on July 5, 2016.
Anna Lee Huber
Maria Hudgins
Cheryl Hollon
Cheryl Hollon
Cheryl Hollon writes full time after an
engineering career designing and installing
military flight simulators in England, Wales,
Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India.
Living her dream, she combines a love of
writing with a passion for creating glass art
in the small glass studio behind her house in
St. Petersburg, FL. She blogs on the 24th of
each month.
Maria Hudgins
Linda Joffe Hull
Julianne Holmes
Julianne Holmes
Julianne Holmes writes the Clock Shop
Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. The
first in the series, Just Killing Time, debuted
in October. Clock and Dagger comes out in
August. As J.A. Hennrikus, she has short
stories in three Level Best anthologies, Thin
Ice, Dead Calm, and Blood Moon. She is on
the board of Sisters in Crime and Sisters in
Crime New England and is a MWA. She
blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors.
Linda Joffe Hull
Melodie Johnson
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Linda Joffe Hull writes the Mrs. Frugalicious
mystery series. She is also the author of
The Big Bang and Frog Kisses. Linda lives in
Denver with her husband, daughter, and the
pets her sons left behind when they went to
college. She serves on the national board
of Mystery Writers of America, is a former
president of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers,
and was the 2013 RMFW Writer of the Year.
Maddy Hunter
Melodie Johnson Howe
Melodie Johnson Howe is the author of
City of Mirrors, A Diana Poole Mystery; the
Edgar®-nominated The Mother Shadow;
Beauty Dies; Shooting Hollywood: The Diana
Poole Stories; and a play, The Lady of the House,
which was produced in Los Angeles. The
second Diana Poole mystery, Hold a Scorpion,
will be released in the fall 2016.
Maria Hudgins is the author of six Dotsy
Lamb Travel Mysteries and two Lacy Glass
Archaeology Mysteries. She has written
short stories featured in Ellery Queen’s Mystery
Magazine and in Virginia is for Mysteries,
Volumes I and II, anthologies produced by her
local Sisters in Crime chapter, Mystery by the
Sea. Maria lives in Hampton, VA.
Maddy Hunter
In a classic example of life imitating art,
Maddy Hunter has written her Passport to
Peril series for so many years that she has
joined the ranks of the seniors she writes
about. Her latest misadventure is From Bad
to Wurst, where visiting Iowans tour Bavaria,
drink beer, dodge exploding bombs, have
their fortunes told, access naughty Internet
videos, and get Oompahed to death. Next
stop: Cornwall. Then north to Alaska!
Attending Authors
Christine Husom
Teresa Inge
KB Inglee
Christine Husom
James M. Jackson
Christine Husom is the Minnesota author of
the Winnebago County Mysteries and the
Snow Globe Shop Mysteries. She has stories
in four anthologies, wrote a collaborative
novel with eight authors, and co-edited
A Festival of Crime for Nodin Press. She
served with the Wright County Sheriff’s
Department, trained with the St. Paul Police,
and is currently a County Commissioner.
Husom is a member of Mystery Writers of
America and the Sisters in Crime.
James M. Jackson authors a series featuring
the financial crimes expert and mensch,
Seamus McCree. In Doubtful Relations (Spring
2016), Seamus must balance his roles as
father, son, and divorced ex-husband. Previous novels in the series included Ant Farm, Bad
Policy, and Cabin Fever. Jim is president of the
Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Snowbirds,
he and his partner, Jan, are in their semiannual migration between Georgia’s Lowcountry and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
James M. Jackson
Teresa Inge
Kathryn Johnson
Teresa Inge grew up in North Carolina
reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Today, she
doesn’t carry a rod like her idol, but she
hotrods. She assists two executives and is
president of Sisters in Crime’s Virginia Beach
Chapter. Teresa is the author of “Corked for
Murder” in Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II,
“Shopping for Murder” and “Guide to
Murder” in Virginia is for Mysteries, and
“Fishing for Murder” in FishNets anthology.
Kathryn Johnson (aka Mary Hart Perry)
has authored 43 novels, teaches writing
for The Writer’s Center, and speaks at the
Smithsonian and regional writers’ conferences. She is CEO and founder of a writer’s
mentoring service:
An Agatha Award finalist, winner of the
Heart of Excellence and Bookseller’s Best
Awards, she currently writes Victorian
mysteries and continues her contemporary
thriller series, Affairs of State.
Kathryn Johnson
KB Inglee
Sybil Johnson
KB Inglee’s short historical mystery fiction
is set from the early colonial period to the
late 19th century. She works as an historical interpreter at colonial water powered
grist mill. To make her writing more
authentic, she stitches authentic period
clothing. She has driven oxen, worked a
forge, and spun wool, and plowed a field
with horses. Her short story collection,
The Case Book of Emily Lawrence, is being
published by Wildside Press.
Sybil Johnson is the author of the Aurora
Anderson Mystery Series set in the world of
tole/decorative painting (Fatal Brushstroke and
Paint the Town Dead). A past president of
SinC/LA and co-chair of the 2011 California
Crime Writers Conference, Sybil wields pen
and brush at her home in Southern California.
Sybil Johnson
Linda O. Johnston
Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction
appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
for Best First Mystery Short Story of the
year. Since then, Linda has published 41
romance and mystery novels. Linda
currently writes two mystery series for
Midnight Ink: Superstition Mysteries about
Linda O. Johnston a pet boutique manager in the hometown
of superstitions, and Barkery & Biscuits
Mysteries about a barkery and bakery
owner... and both solve murders!
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Eleanor Cawood
Eleanor Cawood Jones
Stephen Kelly
Eleanor is author of A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Tales
of Murder and More and Death Is Coming To
Town: Four Murderous Holiday Tales. She began
writing in elementary school, using a #2
pencil to craft stories about the imaginary
lives of her stuffed animal collection. A
former newspaper reporter, Eleanor lives in
Northern Virginia and is a marketing director
and freelance copywriter. Her story, “Killing
Kippers,” appears in the Malice Domestic
Anthology, Murder Most Conventional.
Stephen Kelly is the author of two mystery
novels in a series set in southern England
during World War II and published by
Pegasus Books. The Language of the Dead was
released in 2015; The Wages of Desire is due
out in July. The paperback version of
Language is also due out this year. Steve lives
in Columbia, MD, with his wife, Cindy, and
their daughters, Anna and Lauren.
Stephen Kelly
Tracy Kiely
Leslie Karst
Leslie Karst
Leslie Karst is the author of the culinary
cozy, Dying for a Taste, the first of the Sally
Solari Mystery series (Crooked Lane Books).
A former research and appellate attorney,
Leslie now spends her days cooking, gardening, cycling, singing alto in the local community chorus, and of course, writing. She and
her wife, Robin, and their Jack Russell mix,
Ziggy, split their time between Santa Cruz,
CA, and Hilo, HI.
Tracy Kiely
Laurie R. King
Arlene Kay
Arlene Kay
Arlene Kay a former Senior Executive with
the Treasury Dept. now crafts fiendishly
clever plots with a dollop of romance and
a heaping side of humor. Published novels
include Intrusion, Die Laughing, The Abacus
Prize, and the Boston Uncommons series —
Swann Dive, Mantrap, Gilt Trip, and
Swann Songs.
Tracy Kiely, a Mary Higgins Clark finalist,
is the author of the Jane Austen inspired
mysteries Murder at Longbourn, Murder on the
Bride’s Side, Murder Most Persuasive, and Murder
Most Austen (St. Martins). Her latest series from
Midnight Ink features Nic and Nigel Martini,
a modern-day version of Dashiell Hammett’s
iconic sleuthing duo. The first book, Murder
with a Twist, came out May 2015. The second,
Killer Cocktail, is due out May 2106.
Laurie R. King
Laurie R. King is a third generation Californian
with a background in theology, whose first
crime novel (1993’s A Grave Talent) won the
Edgar® and Creasey awards. Her yearly novels
include a historical series about Mary Russell
and Sherlock Holmes, from Agatha-nominee
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice to 2016’s The Murder
of Mary Russell. Her books have won the
Edgar®, Creasey, Wolfe, Lambda, and Macavity
awards, and appear regularly on The New York
Times best-seller list.
Jane Kelly
Jane Kelly
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After working in D.C., New York, Chicago,
and Boston, Jane Kelly is back in
Philadelphia, close to the Jersey Shore
settings of the Meg Daniels’ Mysteries,
Killing Time in Ocean City, Cape Mayhem,
Wrong Beach Island, and Missing You in Atlantic
City (available from Plexus Publishing).
Jane is also the author of the Widow Lady
Mysteries and the Writing in Time Mysteries
with titles available for Kindle only.
Cynthia Kuhn
Cynthia Kuhn
Cynthia Kuhn is an English professor and
author of the Lila Maclean academic mystery
series (Henery Press). She also serves as
president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado
and blogs with Mysteristas. Her work has
appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern,
Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD,
and other publications. The Semester of Our
Discontent (Lila Maclean #1) was a recipient
of the William F. Deeck – Malice Domestic
Grant for Unpublished Writers in 2015.
Website: @cynthiakuhn
Attending Authors
Eleanor Kuhns
Con Lehane
Eleanor Kuhns
C. Ellett Logan
Eleanor Kuhns is the 2011 winner of the
Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America first
novel competition for her novel A Simple
Murder. She has since published two
additional mysteries (Death of a Dyer and
Cradle to Grave), with her fourth, Death in
Salem, due out on the spring of 2015. A
lifelong librarian, Eleanor is currently the
Assistant Director of the Goshen Public
Library in Goshen, NY.
C. Ellett Logan, member of the
Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime
(past President) and MWA, has stories
published in three Chesapeake Crimes
anthologies (Wildside Press), and in To
Hell in a Fast Car (Dark Quest), and another
in Mermaid 13 (Padwolf). Her completed
novel, Miasma, is book one of the
Quagmire Murders series.
C. Ellett Logan
Con Lehane
Kylie Logan
Con Lehane’s, Murder at the 42nd Street
Library, out this month (April) from
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books, is the first
in a new series featuring Raymond Ambler,
curator of the 42nd Street Library’s
(fictional) crime fiction collection. Lehane
is also the author of a series featuring New
York City bartender Brian McNulty. Over
the years, he (Lehane, that is) has been a
college professor, union organizer, and
labor journalist.
Kylie Logan, a founding member of
Northeast Ohio Sisters in Crime, has published more than 60 novels. The latest in her
League of Literary Ladies mysteries is And
Then There Were Nuns. She also writes the
brand-new Ethnic Eats Mysteries (Irish
Stewed). Both are from Berkley Prime Crime.
As Casey Daniels she’ll publish book 10 in
the Pepper Martin series this fall, Graveyard
Shift, from Severn House.
Kylie Logan
Alice Loweecey
Clyde Linsley
Clyde Linsley’s fifth mystery novel, Old
River, appeared in October from Wildside
Press. Linsley and his wife live in
Northern Virginia.
Alice Loweecey
Clyde Linsley
Anna Loan-Wilsey
Anna Loan-Wilsey writes the historical
Hattie Davish mystery series featuring a
Victorian traveling secretary who solves
crimes in every historic town she visits. The
first in the series, A Lack of Temperance, set in
1890’s Eureka Springs, AR, and an Amazon
best seller, was followed by Anything But
Civil and A Sense of Entitlement (an iBook best
Anna Loan-Wilsey seller set in Newport, RI). Hattie’s newest
adventure takes her home to face her tragic
past in A Deceptive Homecoming.
Baker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Alice Loweecey recently celebrated her
thirtieth year outside the convent. She grew
up watching Hammer horror films and
Scooby-Doo mysteries, which explains a
whole lot. When she’s not creating trouble
for her sleuth Giulia Driscoll or inspiring
nightmares as her alter-ego Kate Morgan,
she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them
(the rest of the year).
Kendel Lynn
Kendel Lynn
Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native
who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, TX.
Her debut novel, Board Stiff, was an Agatha
Award nominee for Best First Novel. It
features Elliott Lisbon, a mostly amateur
sleuth who is only 5000 hours away from
getting her PI license. Kendel is the President
of SinC North Dallas and the Managing
Editor of Henery Press, where she spends
her days editing, designing, and reading subs
from the slush pile.
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Bonnie MacBird
Molly MacRae
Bonnie MacBird
Margaret Maron
Born in San Francisco, with degrees in music
and film from Stanford, Bonnie MacBird has
spent 35 years in the entertainment industry
as a screenwriter/story editor/Emmywinning producer and stage actor. She’s
loved Sherlock Holmes since age ten, and is
a confirmed Anglophile, spending several
months a year in London. She teaches
screenwriting at UCLA Extension. Art in the
Blood is her first novel and she’s working on
its sequel now, Unquiet Spirits, both for
Margaret Maron has written 30 novels and
2 collections of short stories. Winner of the
Edgar®, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity.
Also, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Malice
2014 and Bouchercon 2015. She has served
as national president of SinC and of MWA,
which named her Grand Master in 2013.
In 2008, she received the North Carolina
Award, her state’s highest civilian honor. She
will be inducted into the NC Literary Hall of
Fame this October.
Margaret Maron
Molly MacRae
Nancy Martin
The Boston Globe says Molly MacRae writes
“murder with a dose of drollery.” Look for
Plaid and Plagiarism, the first book in her new
Highland Bookshop Mysteries, coming from
Pegasus Crime in November. Molly also
writes the award-winning Haunted Yarn
Shop Mysteries including, most recently,
Knot the Usual Suspects. Molly’s short stories
have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery
Magazine since 1990. After twenty years in
northeast Tennessee, Molly lives in
Champaign, IL.
Nancy Martin is the author of 50 popular
fiction novels, including her best-selling and
award-winning Blackbird Sisters Mystery
series. She is the founding member of
Pennwriters and has served on the board
of Sisters in Crime. In 2009, she won the
Romantic Times award for career achievement
in mystery writing. Her most recent novel
is Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything, published
by Minotaur.
Nancy Martin
Sujata Massey
Nina Mansfield
Nina Mansfield
Nina Mansfield is a Connecticut-based
writer. Her debut novel Swimming Alone, a
YA mystery, was published by Fire & Ice YA
in 2015. Her plays have been published and
produced throughout United States and
internationally. Her graphic novel, Fake ID:
Beyond Recognition, illustrated by Leyla
Akdogan, will be out with Plume Snake in
2016. Nina’s short mystery fiction has
appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
and Mysterical-E.
Sujata Massey
Lisa Q. Mathews
Lisa Q. Mathews
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Sujata Massey is the Agatha-winning author
of many historical and mystery novels.
Her most recent mystery novel is The Kizuna
Coast (Rei Shimura 11) and she’s just
published a suspense fiction collection, India
Gray: Historical Fiction. In 2017, Soho Press
will publish her next novel, One Candle
Burning, a historical mystery set in 1920s
Bombay. Get publishing updates and enter
book giveaways at her website.
Lisa Q. Mathews is the author of Cardiac
Arrest and Permanently Booked, the first books
in The Ladies Smythe & Westin series. Her
Florida-based, odd-couple sleuth team —
an impulsive twenty-something and a feisty
senior — return for their third case this
September in Fashionably Late. Lisa used to
edit Nancy Drew books and now lives in
New Hampshire. Like the Ladies, she enjoys
swimming, any food she doesn’t cook
herself, and above all a good mystery.
Attending Authors
Jeanne Matthews
Jeanne Matthews
Frances McNamara
Jeanne Matthews is the author of the
Dinah Pelerin international mystery series
published by Poisoned Pen Press, including
Bones of Contention, Bet Your Bones, Bonereapers,
Her Boyfriend’s Bones, and Where the Bones
Are Buried. Find information, reviews, and
a collection of her rambling, off-the-wall
blogs on her website.
Frances Mcnamara grew up in Boston,
where her father served as Police
Commissioner for ten years. She has degrees
from Mount Holyoke and Simmons
Colleges, and was a librarian at the
University of Chicago. The sixth book in her
Emily Cabot mystery series, Death at the Paris
Exposition, is in progress. She’s starting a new
series that will debut in the Malice Domestic
anthology of short stories this spring.
Alyssa Maxwell
Alyssa Maxwell
Alyssa Maxwell knew from an early age
that she wanted to be a novelist. Growing
up in New England and traveling to Great
Britain fueled a passion for history, while
a love of puzzles drew her to the mystery
genre. She is the author of The Gilded
Newport Mysteries and A Lady and Lady’s
Maid Mysteries. She and her husband
reside in Florida.
Catriona McPherson
Edith Maxwell
Edith Maxwell
Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling
author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker
Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods
Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as
Maddie Day), and the Lauren Rousseau
Mysteries (as Tace Baker), as well as awardwinning short crime fiction. Maxwell lives
north of Boston with her beau and three
cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy
Authors. You can find her on Facebook,
Twitter, Pinterest.
Nora McFarland
Nora McFarland
Nora McFarland is the author of The Lilly
Hawkins Mysteries from Touchstone/Simon
& Schuster. Nora has worked in national
news at CNN as well as local news in
Bakersfield, CA. She loves movies almost as
much as books and has an MFA from USC’s
School of Cinematic Arts. She lives in
Savannah, GA.
Catriona McPherson is the author of the
Agatha-, Macavity-, and Alexander-winning
Dandy Gilver detective series, set in her
native Scotland in the 1930s. The Child
Garden, the latest in her strand of Anthonywinning and Edgar®-nominated standalones,
has either just won or lost the Mary Higgins
Clark award. Quiet Neighbors comes out May
8 and is available for the first time here at
Malice. Catriona lives, writes, and serves the
cat in northern California.
Meg Mims
Meg Mims
Award-winning author Meg Mims claims
one-half of the writing team of the Eliza
Doolittle and Henry Higgins historical
mysteries for St. Martin’s Press. She also
writes western historical mystery and
romance, sweet Christmas-themed romance
novellas including rescue dogs and cats,
tackles her to-be-read pile between
deadlines, and enjoys tearooms, flowers, and
gardening. Meg will debut her teddy bear
cozy mystery series next year for Kensington
Books, writing as Meg Macy.
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Marie Moore
Marie Moore
Liz Mugavero
Marie Moore writes The Sidney Marsh
Murder Mystery Series, including Shore
Excursion, Game Drive, Side Trip to Kathmandu,
and the upcoming A Wee Coach Tour to
Murder. Marie’s travel mysteries follow New
York travel agent Sidney Marsh and her
outrageous colleague Jay Wilson around the
globe into one dangerous adventure after
another. Like Sidney, Marie is a native
Mississippian, former travel agent, and world
traveler. Marie is a member of Sisters in
Crime and MWA.
Liz Mugavero is the author of the
Pawsitively Organic Gourmet Pet Food
Mysteries Kneading to Die (an Agatha nominee), A Biscuit, A Casket, The Icing on the Corpse,
and Murder Most Finicky. As you can imagine,
her canine and feline rescues demand the
best organic food and treats around. She is
a board member of Sisters in Crime-New
England and a member of Sisters in Crime
National, MWA, and the Cat Writers’
Association. She lives in Connecticut.
Liz Mugavero
Carolyn Mulford
Ruth Moose
Ruth Moose
Ruth Moose was on the Creative Writing
faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill for 15 years.
Her first novel, Doing It at the Dixie Dew, was
published by St. Martin’s Press (May 2014).
Previously published were three collections
of short stories — The Wreath Ribbon Quilt,
Dreaming in Color, and Neighbors and Other
Strangers — and six collections of poetry,
including The Librarian and Other Poems.
She received a MacDowell Fellowship and a
Chapman Fellowship for Teaching. She lives
in Pittsboro, NC.
Carolyn Mulford
Julie Mulhern
Terrie Farley Moran
Terrie Farley
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Terrie Farley Moran is the best-selling author
of the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mysteries.
Well Read, Then Dead, winner of the Agatha
Award for Best First Novel 2014, was
followed by Caught Read-Handed. The third
novel in the series, Read to Death, will be
released in July. A prequel to the Read ‘Em
and Eat novels, “A Killing at the Beausoleil”
(EQMM), is nominated this year for the
Agatha for Best Short Story.
Carolyn Mulford worked on five continents
as a nonfiction writer and editor before turning to fiction. Her award-winning Show Me
series features an ex-spy who comes back to
her rural hometown and adapts her tradecraft to solve crimes with old friends and a
K-9 dropout. The fourth book, Show Me the
Ashes, came out in March right after Thunder
Beneath My Feet, her MG/YA historical novel
set during the powerful New Madrid earthquakes of 1811–1812.
Julie Mulhern
Julie Mulhern is the USA Today best-selling
author of The Country Club Murders. She is a
Kansas City native who grew up on a steady
diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare
time whipping up gourmet meals for her
family, working out at the gym, and finding
new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean
— and she’s got an active imagination. Truth
is, she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she
grumbles about walking the dog, and the
dust bunnies under the bed have grown into
dust lions.
Attending Authors
Ann Myers
Ann Myers
Alan Orloff
Ann Myers writes the Santa Fe Café
Mysteries. The first book in the series, Bread
of the Dead (2015), introduced café chef and
reluctant amateur sleuth Rita Lafitte. Rita
and her friends stir up more trouble this year
in Cinco de Mayhem (March 2016) and Feliz
Navidead (Fall 2016). Ann lives with her
husband and extra-large house cat in southern Colorado, where she enjoys cooking,
crafts, and cozy mysteries.
Alan Orloff’s debut mystery, Diamonds for the
Dead, was an Agatha Award finalist for Best
First Novel. His seventh novel, Running from
the Past (Kindle Press), was a winner in
Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. His short
fiction has appeared/will appear in publications including Jewish Noir, Alfred Hitchcock’s
Mystery Magazine, and Chesapeake Crimes:
Storm Warning. Alan lives in Northern
Virginia and teaches fiction-writing at The
Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD.
Alan Orloff
Nadine Nettmann
Nadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier
through the Court of Master Sommeliers, is
always on the lookout for great wines and the
stories behind them. She has visited wine
regions around the world including Chile,
South Africa, and every region in France, but
chose Napa as the setting for her debut novel,
Decanting a Murder, which releases at Malice
Nadine Nettmann Domestic 28 with Midnight Ink. Chapters are
paired with wine recommendations so have
your drinking glasses ready.
Jayne Ormerod
Jayne Ormerod
Jayne Ormerod grew up in a small Ohio
town, then went on to a small-town Ohio
college. Upon earning her degree in accountancy she became a CIA (that’s not a sexy spy
thing, but a Certified Internal Auditor). She
married a naval officer and off they sailed to
see the world. After 15 moves she realized
she needed a more transportable vocation,
so turned to writing cozy mysteries. Blond
Faith is her latest release.
Tj O’Connor
Tj O’Connor
Tj O’Connor is the 2015 gold medal winner of
the Independent Publishers book awards for
mysteries (IPPY) and the author of Dying to
Know, Dying for the Past, and Dying to Tell. Tj is a
security consultant specializing in anti-terrorism, investigations, and threat analysis. He has
lived and worked around the world in places
like Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United
Kingdom, and throughout the Americas —
among others. Web Site:
Laura Oles
Laura Oles
Laura Oles is a photo industry journalist who
spent twenty years covering tech and trends
before turning to crime fiction. Her mystery,
Point & Shoot, was named a 2015 Writers’
League of Texas manuscript contest finalist.
Her short story, “Buon Viaggio,” appears in
Murder on Wheels, an anthology published by
Wildside Press. Laura is a member of Sisters
in Crime, Austin Mystery Writers, and
Writers’ League of Texas.
Kathryn O’Sullivan
Kathryn O’Sullivan writes the Colleen
McCabe series (Minotaur) set on North
Carolina’s Outer Banks. Neighing With Fire,
a Pacific Book Awards Finalist in Suspense,
is the latest book featuring Fire Chief
McCabe, her dog, Sparky, and the colorful
characters of Corolla. Kathryn is a winner
of the Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic
Competition for Best First Traditional
Mystery Novel for Foal Play, creator/writer
of the online Western series Thurston,
a college professor, and a beach and
animal lover.
Twitter: KthrynOSullivan
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Rita Owen
Rita Owen
Renee Patrick (Rosemarie Keenan)
Rita Owen is co-editor, with Verena Rose, of
Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea: An Interesting and
Entertaining History of Malice Domestic’s First 25
Years. She is also co-editor, with Verena and
Barb Goffman, of Malice Domestic 11: Murder
Most Conventional. A happy retiree, she
spends her time reading, quilting/quilt
designing, managing newsletter and website
for Budding Star Quilts in Lebanon, NJ, and
publications work for Malice Domestic.
Rosemarie Keenan, with her husband Vince
Keenan, writes as Renee Patrick. Their debut
novel, the classic Hollywood mystery Design
for Dying received a 2013 William F. Deeck–
Malice Domestic Grant and was published in
April by Forge Books. Rosemarie’s poetry
has been featured at The Five-Two, Poems
on Crime, and in Silver Birch Press’s
anthology Noir Erasure Poetry.
Renee Patrick
Josh Pachter
Josh Pachter
Josh Pachter is one of a small handful of
authors whose short stories have appeared
in EQMM in six consecutive decades. The Tree
of Life (Wildside Press, 2015) collects all ten
of his Mahboob Chaudri stories in a single
volume, and Styx (Simon & Schuster, 2015)
is a zombie cop novel he co-wrote with
Belgian novelist Bavo Dhooge. He also translates novels and short stories from Dutch
and Flemish into English.
Renee Patrick (Vince Keenan)
Renee Patrick
(Vince Keenan)
Vince Keenan is a screenwriter, cocktail
columnist, video game designer, and editor
of Noir City, the magazine of the Film
Noir Foundation. He’s also half of classic
Hollywood mystery writer Renee Patrick, the
other half being his wife Rosemarie Keenan.
Their debut novel, Design for Dying featuring
Edith Head, received a 2013 William F.
Deeck–Malice Domestic Grant and was
published in April by Forge Books.
Gigi Pandian
Gigi Pandian
Nancy J Parra
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USA Today best-selling author Gigi Pandian
spent her childhood being dragged around
the world by her cultural anthropologist
parents, and now lives outside San Francisco
with her husband and a gargoyle who
watches over the garden. Gigi writes the
Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries,
Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and lockedroom mystery short stories. Gigi’s fiction has
been awarded the William F. Deeck–Malice
Domestic Grant and Lefty Award, and nominated for Macavity and Agatha Awards.
Elizabeth Perona (Tony)
Tony Perona
Tony Perona is father half of the
father/daughter Elizabeth Perona writing
team, the other half being his daughter Liz
Dombrosky. Their first novel together is the
cozy mystery, Murder on the Bucket List, about
a group of older women trying to accomplish
the strange and wonderful items on their
bucket list, but they keep stumbling over
dead bodies. The series is published by
Midnight Ink. Tony is also the author of
the Nick Bertetto mystery series.
Nancy J Parra
Leigh Perry
Nancy J Parra, aka Nancy J. Coco, debuted
three cozy mystery series in 2013 and 2014.
Nancy is marketing communications manager
for a forensic laboratory, which gives her an
insider’s view. With degrees in engineering,
journalism, and an MA in Writing Popular
Fiction, Nancy has published cozy mysteries,
romantic suspense, and sweet western historical romances. A member of Mystery Writers of
America and Sisters in Crime, Nancy lives in
Illinois with her dog — a bichonpoo.
Toni L.P. Kelner is Leigh Perry in disguise,
or maybe vice versa. As Leigh, she writes the
Family Skeleton Mysteries. A Skeleton in the
Family was the first, and The Skeleton Haunts
a House came out in October. As Toni, she’s
the author of the Where Are They Now?
Mysteries and the Laura Fleming series, an
Agatha Award winner for short fiction, and
the co-editor of urban fantasy anthologies
with Charlaine Harris.
Leigh Perry
Attending Authors
Nancy Pickard
Cathy Pickens
Nancy Pickard
Karen Pullen
Nancy Pickard’s novel, The Scent of Rain and
Lighting, is being made into an independent
feature film. Her previous 17 mystery novels
are not, so anybody who wants to correct
this oversight should call her at home.
Facebook is good, too. Also, email.
Meanwhile, she will sip gratefully from tea
steeped in Agatha teapots. She loves Malice,
and is delighted to come back this year to
“interview” Hank and to chat in the bar.
Karen Pullen left a perfectly good job at an
engineering consulting firm to make her fortune as an innkeeper and a fiction writer. Her
first mystery novel, Cold Feet, was published by
Five Star in January 2013 and its sequel, Cold
Heart, will be released in August 2016. She
edited the Anthony-nominated Carolina Crimes
anthology, and serves on the Board of Sisters
in Crime (national) as Chapter Liaison.
Cathy Pickens
Lori Rader-Day
Publishers Weekly called Southern Fried
(Minotaur/Malice Domestic Award winner)
an “assured debut, a cozy with some sharp
edges.” Can’t Never Tell is fifth in the series.
Cathy served as president of Sisters in Crime,
secretary of Mystery Writers of America, and
is president of the Mecklenburg Forensic
Medicine Program (evidence collection/
preservation training collaborative). She
taught law in a graduate business school
and the county jail and offers developing
creativity workshops.
Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black
Hour, won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best
First Novel and was a finalist for the Mary
Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little
Pretty Things, received a starred review from
Booklist and was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews. Lori lives
in Chicago, where she is the president of the
Mystery Writers of America Midwest
Chapter and a member of Sisters in Crime.
Sharon Pisacreta
Sharon Pisacreta
Karen Pullen
Sharon Pisacreta is an award-winning
author published in mystery, fantasy, and
romance. In November 2016, the first book
in her Berry Basket cozy series, Dying
for Strawberries, will be published by
Kensington under her new pen name,
Sharon Farrow. Using the pseudonym D.E.
Ireland, she also collaborates with fellow
author Meg Mims to write the Agathanominated series featuring amateur sleuths
Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins.
Lori Rader-Day
Deanna Raybourn
A sixth-generation native Texan, awardwinning and New York Times best-selling
author Deanna Raybourn graduated from
the University of Texas at San Antonio with
a double major in English and history on
her wedding day. Deanna makes her home
in Virginia, where she is hard at work
on the next installment of the Veronica
Deanna Raybourn Speedwell Victorian mystery series. Deanna
believes in red lipstick, reading other
people’s diaries, and the power of tea to
improve any situation.
Amy M. Reade
Neil Plakcy
Neil Plakcy
A native of Bucks County, PA, where the
Golden Retriever Mysteries are set, Neil
Plakcy is the author of more than two dozen
novels and short story collections. He is the
proud papa of two rambunctious goldens,
Brody and Griffin, who inspire him with
their antics. More information on his books
can be found at his website.
Amy M. Reade
Amy M. Reade is the USA Today best-selling
author of Secrets of Hallstead House, The Ghosts
of Peppernell Manor, and House of the Hanging
Jade, all standalone novels of romantic
suspense and women’s gothic fiction. She is
currently working on a contemporary series
set in Scotland. Amy lives in New Jersey
with her husband, three kids, and their
petting zoo. She loves to read, cook, and
travel when she’s not writing.
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Michael Robertson
Michael Robertson writes The Baker Street
Letters series, in which a London barrister
opens his new law chambers at an address
on Baker Street, and becomes responsible for
responding to letters that people write to
Sherlock Holmes. Robertson’s most recent
novel is Moriarty Returns a Letter. Coming in
June 2016 is The Baker Street Jurors.
Michael Robertson Mr. Robertson lives in San Clemente,
where he surfs in his spare time.
Barbara Ross
Barbara Ross
Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine
Clambake Mysteries, the Agatha-nominated
Clammed Up, as well as Boiled Over, Musseled
Out, and Fogged Inn. Next up is the holiday
novella collection, Eggnog Murder, with Leslie
Meier and Lee Hollis, and Iced Under, the fifth
Maine Clambake Murder in January. Barbara
blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and
Maine Crime Writers. She and her husband
own the former Seafarer Inn in Boothbay
Harbor, ME.
KM Rockwood
KM Rockwood
KM Rockwood has worked as a laborer in
a steel fabrication plant, operated glass
melters, supervised an inmate work crew in
a state prison, and taught in an alternative
school and county detention facilities. This
has provided the background for short
stories and novels. The sixth in the Jesse
Damon Crime Novel Series, Abductions and
Lies, was released this spring. Short story,
“Tarnished Hope,” appears in Murder Most
Conventional, released at this convention.
Harriette Sackler
Harriette Sackler
Harriette Sackler is a short story writer. Her
2015 story, “Suffer the Poor,” appearing in
History and Mystery, Oh My! and published by
Mystery ad Horror, LLC., has been nominated
for an Agatha award. She is the Malice
Domestic Grants Chair, one of four members
of Dames of Detection, and an editor at Level
Best Books. She is Vice President of House
with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary. Her
nonfiction book about the Sanctuary is
under contract.
Roberta Rogow
Kathryn Leigh Scott
Roberta Rogow writes historical mysteries,
although she sometimes twists the history.
Her most recent series, featuring a mercenary turned reluctant detective, is set in an
Alternate Manhattan, ruled by Spanish
Moors instead of Dutch traders.
Roberta Rogow
Verena Rose
Verena Rose
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Verena Rose has been a part of the Malice
Domestic community for over twenty years.
In 2015 she, along with Rita Owen and Barb
Goffman as the editors, started working on
the first Malice Domestic Anthology in fifteen years. The anthology is due out in April
2016 and is titled Malice Domestic 11: Murder
Most Conventional. She is also a co-owner of
Level Best Books which will publish the
anthology Windward in November 2016.
Kathryn Leigh
Author/actress Kathryn Leigh Scott: Jinxed
(2015) and Down and Out in Beverly Heels
(2013) are the first two mystery novels about
amateur sleuth Jinx Fogarty. Kathryn also
wrote nonfiction Dark Shadows: Return to
Collinwood and the paranormal mystery Dark
Passages with an affectionate nod to her stint
on Dark Shadows. She continues to work as an
actress (The Goldbergs and Marvel’s Agents of
S.H.I.E.L.D.) and has completed Last Dance at
The Savoy and September Girl.
Attending Authors
Maggie Sefton
Maggie Sefton
Judy Penz Sheluk
Maggie Sefton is The New York Times bestselling author of the Berkley Prime Crime
Kelly Flynn Mysteries, set in Colorado. The
13th in the Colorado series, Purl Up and Die,
was released June 2015. Maggie also writes
a historical mystery series, The Widow and
the Rogue mysteries. First in the series,
Scandals, Secrets and Murder, came out in
trade paperback and E-book, available at and other E-retailers. Please
see website for excerpts.
Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut mystery, The
Hanged Man’s Noose, was published July 2015
(Barking Rain Press). Her short crime fiction
is included in The Whole She-Bang 2, World
Enough and Crime, Flash and Bang, and Live
Free or Tri. Judy has also contributed to
multi-author cookbooks: Bake, Love, Write
and We’d Rather Be Writing. Judy is a member
of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada,
International Thriller Writers, and the Short
Mystery Fiction Society.
Judy Penz Sheluk
Michal Sherring
Sarah Shaber
Sarah Shaber
Sarah Shaber is an award-winning mystery
author from North Carolina. Her WWII
historical mystery series, published by Severn
House, begins with Louise’s War (2010). It
stars Louise Pearlie, a young widow working
for the Office of Strategic Services in
Washington, D.C. The sixth in the series,
Louise’s Lies, will come out in December
2016. She’s also the author of the Professor
Simon Shaw mysteries, Blood Test, and editor
of Tar Heel Dead.
Michal Sherring
Colleen J. Shogan
Susan C. Shea
Susan C. Shea
Susan C. Shea spent more than two decades
as a non-profit executive before beginning
her best-selling, “wickedly funny” mystery
series featuring a professional fundraiser for
a fictional museum in San Francisco. Mixed
Up With Murder (February 2016) is the latest.
Susan is past-president of the northern
California chapter of Sisters in Crime and
secretary of the national SinC board, a member of MWA, and blogs on 7CriminalMinds.
She lives in Marin County, CA.
Michal Sherring is the pseudonym of retired
art historian and now Florida historian Joan
Mickelson, who spent three decades in the
museum profession holding positions from
museum assistant to curator to director.
Friends suggested she write a museum
mystery since she loves the traditional,
puzzle-solving format. The idea for Done For
at the Danford came to her as she was walking
through an exhibition of still life paintings.
Her next mysteries are set in Florida.
Colleen J. Shogan
Colleen J. Shogan conceived of the plot
of Stabbing in the Senate one morning while
taking a walk in her suburban Washington,
D.C. neighborhood. She previously worked
as a staffer in the Senate and is currently
the Deputy Director of the Congressional
Research Service at the Library of Congress.
Colleen lives in Arlington, VA, with her
husband and their beagle mutt. Homicide
in the House, Book 2 of the Washington
Whodunit series, will be published in
June 2016.
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Shawn Reilly
Shawn Reilly Simmons
B.K. Stevens
Shawn is the author of the Red Carpet
Catering Mysteries, which are inspired by
her experiences as an on-set movie caterer.
She is on the Board of Malice Domestic,
a founding member of The Dames of
Detection, and co-editor at Level Best Books.
Her short story, “A Gathering of Great
Detectives,” appears in the newest Malice
Anthology and her third book, Murder on a
Designer Diet, will be available in June 2016.
B.K. (Bonnie) Stevens’ Interpretation Of
Murder is a whodunit offering readers
insights into deaf culture. Fighting Chance,
a martial arts mystery for teens, is set in
Virginia. B.K. has published over fifty short
stories, most in Alfred Hitchcock’s. Some have
been nominated for Agatha, Macavity, and
Derringer awards. A collection of her stories,
Her Infinite Variety: Tales of Women and Crime, is
being published by Wildside Press. B.K. and
her husband, Dennis, live in Virginia.
B.K. Stevens
Clea Simon
Clea Simon
Clea Simon is the Boston Globe best-selling
author of 19 traditional/cozy mysteries in
the Theda Krakow, Dulcie Schwartz, and Pru
Marlowe pet noir series, most recently Code
Grey (Severn House) and When Bunnies Go
Bad (Poisoned Pen). In March, her 20th
mystery, The Ninth Life (Severn), launched
the Blackie and Care series. A former journalist, Clea lives in Massachusetts. Although
her books are getting darker, they still always
include a cat. She’s not sure why.
Larry D. Sweazy
Larry D. Sweazy
Larry D. Sweazy is a multiple-award author
of 11 western and mystery novels and over
60 nonfiction articles and short stories. He
is also a freelance indexer and has written
back-of-the-book indexes for over 850 books
in 19 years, which has served as inspiration
for the Marjorie Trumaine Mystery series.
Larry lives in Indiana with his wife, Rose,
two dogs, and a cat.
Marcia Talley
Daniel Stashower
Daniel Stashower
Daniel Stashower is a three-time Edgar® and
Agatha award winner whose most recent
book is The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to
Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War. Dan is also
the author of five mystery novels, and was
the toastmaster of Malice Domestic XX. His
short stories have appeared in numerous
anthologies, and in The Best American Mystery
Stories. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his
wife and their two sons.
Marcia Talley
Marcia is the author of Daughter of Ashes
and 13 previous Hannah Ives Mysteries.
A winner of the Malice Domestic grant and
an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel,
Marcia won an Agatha and an Anthony for
her story “Too Many Cooks” and an Agatha
for the story “Driven to Distraction.” She
edited two mystery collaborations, and has
published more than a dozen short stories.
She lives in Annapolis, MD, and winters in
the Bahamas.
Triss Stein
Triss Stein
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Triss Stein is a small-town girl from New
York farm country who has spent most of
her adult life in New York the city. This gives
her a useful double perspective for writing
mysteries about Brooklyn neighborhoods
in her ever-fascinating, ever-changing, everchallenging adopted home. In the new book,
Brooklyn Secrets, Erica finds herself immersed
in the old and new stories of tough
Brownsville, and the choices its young
people make.
Attending Authors
Art Taylor
Penny Thomas
Charles Todd
Art Taylor
Charles Todd (Caroline)
Art Taylor is the author of On the Road with
Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories. His short
fiction has won two Agatha Awards, an
Anthony, a Macavity, and three Derringers.
Stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s
Mystery Magazine and in the Chesapeake
Crimes anthologies This Job Is Murder,
Homicidal Holidays, and Storm Warning.
He teaches at George Mason University
and contributes to The Washington Post,
Washington Independent Review of Books, and
Mystery Scene.
Caroline (Charles) Todd is The New York Times
and USA Today best-selling author of the
Inspector Ian Rutledge series (No Shred of
Evidence, Harper Collins/Morrow, February
2016) and the Bess Crawford Series (The
Shattered Tree, Harper Collins/Morrow,
Summer 2016), both set during and after the
Great War, as well as two standalone mysteries and numerous short stores, including the
anthology, Tales (Harper Collins/Morrow,
2015). Their awards include the Agatha,
Barry, and Macavity.
Charles Todd
Penny Thomas
Maggie Toussaint
Welsh born, Penny Thomas lived in Egypt,
Portugal, Lebanon, and the United Arab
Emirates before emigrating to the U.S.
Corporate life in New York City provided
her with a multitude of plot lines to indulge
in her passion for writing. Her debut novel,
The Airfield, won the Mystery Writers of
America-Florida Chapter’s Freddie Award.
Penny holds a MFA in Writing Popular
Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives
and writes in Central Florida.
Southern author Maggie Toussaint loves
writing mysteries. She’s published 12 novels
in mystery and romantic suspense. Under
the pen name of Rigel Carson, she’s
published three dystopian thrillers. Bubba
Done It, book two in her dreamwalker series,
is her latest mystery release. The next
dreamwalker book, Doggone It, releases
August 2016. She’s a board member for
Southeastern Mystery Writers of America.
Maggie Toussaint
Charles Todd
Joyce Tremel
Charles Todd is The New York Times and USA
Today best-selling author of the Inspector Ian
Rutledge series (No Shred of Evidence, Harper
Collins/Morrow, February 2016) and the
Bess Crawford Series (The Shattered Tree,
Harper Collins/Morrow, Summer 2016),
both set during and after the Great War,
as well as two standalone mysteries and
numerous short stores, including the
anthology, Tales (Harper Collins/Morrow,
2015). Their awards include the Agatha,
Barry, and Macavity.
Joyce Tremel is the author of the Brewing
Trouble series from Berkley Prime Crime
featuring brewmaster and pub owner
Maxine “Max” O’Hara. To Brew or Not to Brew
was released in December and was nominated for the 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award
for best amateur sleuth by RT Book Reviews.
The second book in the series, Tangled Up In
Brew, will be out in October 2016.
Joyce Tremel
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Christine Trent
Christine Trent
Diane Vallere
Christine is the author of the Lady of Ashes
historical mystery series, featuring Violet
Harper, a Victorian undertaker. Her latest
book, Death at the Abbey, released in
November 2015. She lives in Maryland with
one perfect husband, five naughty cats, a
ridiculous number of fountain pens, and
countless shelves groaning under the weight
of approximately 4,000 books. She is
currently working on the sixth installment
of Violet’s adventures.
After a career in retail, Diane Vallere traded
fashion accessories for accessories to murder.
A Disguise to Die For is the first in her new
Costume Shop Mystery Series. Diane also
writes the Madison Night, Style & Error, and
Lefty-Nominated Material Witness mysteries.
She is also the Vice President of Sisters in
Crime. She started her own detective agency
at age ten and has maintained a passion for
shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.
Diane Vallere
Elaine Viets
Jane Ann Turzillo
Jane Ann Turzillo
Wendy Tyson
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Jane Ann Turzillo writes about true crime in
history. Her recent book, Unsolved Murders &
Disappearances in Northeast Ohio, was nominated for an Agatha. Her previous book,
Ohio Train Disasters, won a national award
from the National Federation of Press
Women. As an original owner of a large
weekly newspaper, she covered police and
fire news. She has taught writing and won
awards for articles in newspapers and magazines across the United States and Canada.
Elaine Viets
The Art of Murder, Elaine Viets’ 15th DeadEnd Job mystery, is set at Bonnet House, a
whimsical Florida museum. She’s written 28
mysteries: hardboiled Francesca Vierling,
traditional Dead-End Job, and cozy Josie
Marcus Mystery Shopper. Elaine took the
MedicoLegal Death Investigator Training
Course for forensic professionals. She’s won
the Agatha, Anthony, and Lefty Awards.
The Art of Murder debuts at Malice. So does
the paperback Checked Out, which Suspense
magazine named a top 2015 cozy.
Wendy Tyson
Lea Wait
Wendy Tyson is an author, lawyer, and former therapist from Philadelphia. She writes
two series, the Allison Campbell Mystery
Series and the Greenhouse Mystery Series.
The first Greenhouse mystery, A Muddied
Murder, was released March 2016. Wendy
is a member of Sisters in Crime and
International Thriller Writers, and she is a
contributing editor for The Big Thrill and The
Thrill Begins, International Thriller Writers’
online magazines.
Maine author Lea Wait’s writes the 7-book
Shadows Antique Print series (next: Shadows
on a Morning in Maine, 9/16) and the 3-book
Mainely Needlepoint series (next: Dangling
by a Thread, 11/2016). She also writes historical novels for young people and Living and
Writing on the Coast of Maine, about her life as
an author. Lea’s thrilled that two of her
books have been Agatha finalists.
Lea Wait
Attending Authors
LynDee Walker
LynDee Walker
E. F. Watkins
LynDee Walker’s award-winning journalistic
work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation. After she became a
full-time mom, newsroom nostalgia inspired
her best-selling Headlines in High Heels mystery series. LynDee’s debut, Front Page Fatality
(Henery Press), was an Agatha nominee for
Best First Novel of 2013. LynDee adores her
family, her readers, and beautiful shoes she
can’t wear. She lives in Richmond, VA,
where she’s working on her next novel.
E. F. Watkins writes the Quinn Matthews
Haunting Mysteries, including Dark Music
and Hex, Death & Rock’n’Roll, which feature
a psychic amateur sleuth. She has published
five other paranormal suspense novels
and received a 2004 EPPIE Award. She
also has written and edited nonfiction on
architecture, interior design, and home
improvement for daily newspapers and
regional and international magazines, and
serves as public relations officer for Sisters
in Crime/Central Jersey.
E. F. Watkins
Maureen “Mo” Walsh
Maureen “Mo”
Mo Walsh has published crime stories in
Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine, Woman’s
World, Spinetingler, Flash Bang, and five
editions of Best New England Crime Stories.
Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Short
Story Contest and a Derringer finalist, Mo
also coauthored the trivia book, A Miscellany
of Murder. Member of the New England
chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery
Writers of America, Mo is current VP of
MWA-NE. She lives south of Boston.
Tracy Weber
Tracy Weber
James Lincoln Warren
James Lincoln
James Lincoln Warren’s historical and
contemporary novelettes and short stories
have appeared frequently in Alfred Hitchcock’s
Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery
Magazine. He won the 2011 Black Orchid
Novella Award for a story in the tradition
of Rex Stout and is a past President of the
Southern California Chapter of Mystery
Writers of America. He resides in Los Angeles
with his wife Margaret and two beloved cats,
Lizzie and Emma.
Tracy Weber is the author of the awardwinning Downward Dog Mysteries series.
The first book in the series, Murder Strikes a
Pose, won the Maxwell Award for Fiction
and was nominated for the Agatha award for
Best First Novel. Tracy and her husband live
in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing
German shepherd, Tasha. When she’s not
writing, Tracy spends her time teaching
yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn
cider at her favorite ale house.
Nancy G. West
Nancy G. West
While Nancy G. West wrote award-winning
contemporary suspense about a grad student
studying Shakespeare, Nine Days to Evil,
supporting character Aggie Mundeen, with
dangerous curiosity and wry wit, instructed
Nancy to write a series about her. Aggie’s
first mystery, Fit to Be Dead, was Lefty Award
Finalist for Best Humorous. Dang Near Dead
was named a “Must Read,” and both are
Mystery&Mayhem Chanticleer Finalists. In
Smart But Dead, 2015, Aggie learns genetic
secrets of staying young.
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Kate White
Kate White
Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of
Cosmopolitan, is The New York Times bestselling author of six Bailey Weggins
Mysteries and four stand-alone novels of
suspense, the most recent of which is The
Wrong Man (2015). She’s also the editor of
the MWA Cookbook. Both her next standalone and next Bailey Weggins mystery
will be released in 2017 from Harper.
Sarah Wisseman
Sarah Wisseman
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Sarah Wisseman is a retired archaeologist.
Her experience working on excavations and
in museums inspired two contemporary
series, the Lisa Donahue Archaeological
Mysteries and the Flora Garibaldi Art
History Mysteries. Her settings are places
where she has lived or traveled (Israel, Italy,
Egypt, Massachusetts, and Illinois) and her
favorite museum used to be housed in a
creepy old attic at the University of Illinois.
Her latest books are Burnt Siena (2015) and
Catacomb (2016).
Luci Zahray aka The Poison Lady
Luci Zahray is a registered Pharmacist with
a Masters Degree in Toxicology from Texas
A&M University. A fan of the mystery novel
since childhood, she has combined her
vocation with her avocation to tell
hundreds of people how to kill someone.
Using her personal collection of poisons
as props, Luci has presented programs
to writers groups
throughout the Midwest
and Canada, including
Dark & Stormy in
Chicago, Magna Cum
Murder in Muncie,
Bouchercon in Toronto,
and the MWA Chicago
Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic™ Competition
for the Best First Traditional Mystery Novel
ince the early years of Malice Domestic,
Minotaur Books, a part of St. Martin’s Press,
has been sponsoring this competition. Although
Malice’s name is featured, the competition is
conducted solely by Minotaur Books. It is open to any
professional or non-professional writer, regardless
of nationality, who has never been the author of a
published traditional mystery, as defined by Minotaur
Books’ guidelines, and is not under contract with a
publisher for publication of a traditional mystery. The
late Ruth Cavin, senior editor and associate publisher
of Thomas Dunne Books, said, “In 1988, when we
received word of the first Malice convention, Tom
Dunne, who with Bob Randisi of Private Eye Writers
of America had created the Best First Private Eye
Novel contest, quickly realized that we needed
another contest for books with less sex and violence,
suspects who were somehow related
other words, ‘Malice-type’ books. We did it with
informal permission from Barbara Mertz and her
fellow founders, and over time, with the invaluable
assistance of our volunteer judges, it became a justenough formalized arrangement to make everyone
happy.” Additional information and guidelines for this
competition must be obtained from Minotaur Books.
The website link to the Minotaur
Books/Malice DomesticTM Competition is:
The Winter Widow by Charlene
Piano Man by Noreen Gilpatrick
The Man Who Understood Cats by
Michael Allen Dymmoch
Something to Kill For by Susan
Murder with Peacocks by Donna
Jackpot Justice by Marilyn Wooley
The Gripping Beast by Margot
In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia
Copy Cat Murders, retitled to Posted
for Murder by Meredith S. Cole
Dead Posh, retitled to The Cold Light
of Mourning by Elizabeth J.
The End Game by Gerrie FerrisFinger
Every Last Secret by Linda
Eight of Swords by David Skibbins
Doing it at the Dixie Dew by Ruth
Lie Down With Dogs by Jan Gleiter
Simon Said by Sarah Shaber
Final Closing by Barbara Lee
The Doctor Digs a Grave by Robin
Murder Off Mike by Joyce Krieg
Southern Fried by Cathy Pickens
Murder in Exile by Vincent O’Neal
A Stranger Lies Here by Stephen
Foal Play by Kathryn O’Sullivan
His Killin’ Heart by Peggy O'Neal
*Sadly, Margot Wadley died in an auto
accident shortly after she won.
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Telephone: 717-432-2720
[email protected]
Contact: Joanne or Larry Klase
Located on Rt. 15 halfway between
Harrisburg and Gettysburg. 25,000
plus used hardbacks and paperbacks.
Areas of specialty: History, Mystery,
Children’s and vintage paperbacks.
Hours: Mon. thru Thurs.: 10 a.m.–5
p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sat. 10
a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. by chance or
202 S. Morris Street
Box 160
Oxford, MD 21654
Telephone: 410-226-0010
or 1-800-538-0042
Contact: Kathy Harig
Visit us in historic Oxford, on
Maryland’s Eastern Shore. We feature
new, gently-used books, signed first
editions and collectible mysteries. We
host author events, and do custom gift
baskets. Check our monthly lists of
new releases and email your order to:
[email protected]
Sign up for our monthly newsletter on
our website. Follow us on Facebook.
Novel Books
Bouchercon 2017
Visit our table in the dealer room
for information on Bouchercon 2017
— Passport to Murder. In 2017,
Bouchercon will be held in Toronto
and we look forward to welcoming
mystery readers and writers from
around the world.
23330 Frederick Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
Telephone: 301-972-3060
[email protected]
Contact: Patrick Darby
Located in the Clarksburg Historic
District, Novel Books offers a wide
variety of new and used books. We
specialize in children, mystery and
science fiction categories. Stop by our
table for hand-turned pens by a
local woodsmith, 1st edition cover
matchboxes, and of course, books!
Sisters in Crime
P.O. Box 442124
Lawrence, KS 66044
Telephone: 785-842-1325
[email protected]
Sisters in Crime (SinC) is an
international organization founded
in 1986 to promote the professional
development and advancement of
women writing crime fiction. Today,
SinC is made up of more than 3,000
members and 48 chapters worldwide
— authors, readers, publishers, agents,
booksellers, librarians, and others who
love mysteries. For over 25 years,
we’ve opened doors to strengthen the
voice of women in the mystery field.
We hope you’ll join us. For more
information, Sisters in Crime is online
at SinC into a
great mystery!
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Undiscovered Treasures
9619 Pierrpont Street
Burke, VA 22015
Telephone: 703-978-1959
[email protected]
Contact: Chris Cowan
Undiscovered Treasures carries
jewelry ranging from hand-strung
semiprecious/pearl sets and silver
through “costume” pieces. I also carry
silk velvet beaded bags and animal
face purses and pouches. In addition,
I carry a selection of “Nancy Buttons’“
slogan buttons, with themes ranging
from book-connected, to cats and
dogs, fiber arts and the general ironies
of life.
Wildside Press
9710 Traville Gateway Dr. #234
Rockville, MD 20850
Telephone: 301-762-1305
Fax: 301-762-1306
[email protected]
Contacts: John Betancourt,
Carla Coupe
Wildside Press is an independent
publishing company with more than
13,000 books in print in a variety of
genres, including Mystery, Science
Fiction and Classics.
Earth Wisdom
P.O. Box 7845
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Telephone: 1-734-769-0969
or 1-800-69-RELAX
Earth Wisdom has been in business
since 1981. We sell T-shirts, specializing in Humorous T-shirts, Celtic
T-shirts, T-shirts for Dragon Fans,
and T-shirts for Cat and Dog Lovers.
Visit our website to sign up for our
complete catalog. Online only.
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Malice Board and Committees
Board of Directors
Chair Verena Rose
Verena Rose loves books, all kinds of books, they can be
hardback, paperback, comic, graphic, digital, or audiobooks,
it makes no difference to her. But it can be no surprise to
anyone who knows her that mysteries are Verena’s most
favorite genre of fiction. That love of mysteries lead her to
Malice Domestic and ultimately to the Board of Directors.
She’s served in several positions on the Malice Board over
the years and all were very rewarding but she is proudest
of her years serving as the Malice Domestic Chair. That
position has required her to write many articles for both the
Program Book and TUS. In 2011 she along with Rita Owen
co-edited a commemorative book to be published at Malice
Domestic 25: Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea, An Interesting and
Entertaining History of Malice Domestic’s First 25 Years. She and
Rita again teamed up, along with Barb Goffman, to edit
the upcoming anthology Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most
Conventional. And as is her habit, she never forgets to
recognize two very special people, her grandchildren,
Justin and Abbey Rose.
Secretary Janet Blizard
Janet retired from the Federal Government after a
40-year career with the Civil Rights Division at the
Department of Justice. For more than half of her time at
DOJ, she worked on disability rights issues — particularly
the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Janet survived law school by reading mysteries. She
“discovered” mystery conventions at Malice Domestic II and
has attended most of the Malice conventions since then.
Janet has been a member of the Malice Board of Directors
for more than 10 years. When she is not working on
Malice issues, Janet is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.
Treasurer Angel Trapp
Angel is takes pleasure in functioning as both Treasurer
and Auction Chair. Angel has her own accounting company
and enjoys working closely with her clients. She also enjoys
working with charities and nonprofits. She is actively
working with and contributing to KEEN Greater D.C., a
local nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides
one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and
young adults with developmental and physical disabilities.
Angel loves to go to concerts and travel around the world
with her husband, Jason, and she is also looking forward to
getting to know everyone at Malice and getting more
immersed into the Malice community.
Convention Events Coordinator Tonya Spratt-Williams
Tonya is an avid reader and devoted mystery fan.
She spends her very little free time reading and watching
mysteries. Her loving appreciation goes out to her
wonderful and patient husband, Cornelius, and her
handsome and cool son, Aaron, for allowing her to have
a mysterious life of her own.
Grants Chair Harriette Sackler
Harriette has served on the Malice Domestic Board of
Directors for many years and loves to see so many recipients
go on to find homes for their manuscripts. She is a short
story writer and her 2015 contribution to the mystery
genre, “Suffer the Poor,” appears in History and Mystery, Oh
My! published by Mystery and Horror, LLC, and has
been nominated for an Agatha Award. She is one of four
members of Dames of Detection and an editor at Level Best
Books. Harriette is the Vice President of House with a
Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary, which is her heart’s work. Her
nonfiction account of daily life at the forever home to senior
and special needs pets is under contract. Harriette lives in
Montgomery County, MD, with her husband, Bob, and
their two fur babies Harry and Jojo. The Sacklers love to
be close by their daughters and sons-in-law, and their three
grandchildren — Ethan, Layla, and Makayla — are the light
of their lives. Harriette loves to spend quiet time the beach
where she can read, write, and crochet without
interruption. Visit Harriette on Facebook or at
Hotel Liaison Caroline L. Craig
Caroline Craig is a third-generation native of the
Washington, D.C. area and has been an avid reader since
the age of four. Retired after 36 years as a civil servant, she
worked as a comptroller for the Department of Defense
(DoD). She now resides in Front Royal, VA. She attended
Arlington County Public Schools and graduated from
Madison College (now James Madison University) with
a double major of Russian language and political science
and a minor in Soviet studies. She has two sisters and two
brothers-in-law who also live in the D.C. area. A long-time
mystery reader, she was a volunteer at Malice for several
years before being elected to the Board in 2007 and
currently serves as the Hotel Liaison. She is also a
volunteer at the Humane Society of Warren County, the
local shelter from which she adopted two cats who are
now her beloved babies.
Publisher Liaison Joni Langevoort
A lifelong fan of books in general and mysteries in
particular, Joni is a recovering lawyer whose attorney’s
license hangs on the wall of the laundry room, right above
the litter boxes. The proud mother of Kate, a development
officer with L’Arche of Greater Washington, D.C., and
Jackson, a paramedic in Charlotte, NC, Joni keeps busy by
serving on several charitable boards, fighting against teen
trafficking in northern Virginia, worrying about her
children, waiting for the next book in the Song of Ice and
Fire series to come out, and, of course, reading. She and her
Georgetown Law Center professor husband Don live in
Virginia, with one rescue dog, two rescue cats and
thousands upon thousands of books.
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Committee Chairs/Board Advisors
Archivist Marian Lesko
After 10+ years on the Malice Domestic board Marian
has served in a couple of different capacities. Starting with
Malice Domestic 28 Marian will now take on the role of
Archivist. Marian continues reading mysteries and enjoying
time with family and friends.
Author Liaison Donna Andrews
Like Meg Langslow, the ornamental blacksmith heroine
of her series from Minotaur, Donna Andrews was born and
raised in Yorktown, VA. She has written 24 — soon to be
25 — mystery novels, and her books have won the Agatha,
Anthony, Barry, Lefty, and Romantic Times Readers Choice
awards, and appeared on The New York Times best-seller lists.
The most recent are The Nightingale Before Christmas (October
2014), and The Lord of the Wings (July 2015). August 2016
will see the publication of Die Like an Eagle, set in the world
of youth baseball. Andrews is currently the Executive Vice
President of Mystery Writers of America, president of the
Mid-Atlantic chapter of MWA and a past president of the
Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She spends her
free time chauffeuring her twin nephews to baseball and
basketball games and practices, killing innocent weeds in
her garden, corrupting her mind with computer games,
and pursuing her fascination with digital photography.
Twitter: @DonnaAndrews13
Mailing list:
Programs Janet Powell
Janet Powell has been attending Malice Domestic
since 2002 and can usually be found helping out at the
registration desk. From Wallingford, PA, she is a member
of the Delaware Valley chapter of Sisters in Crime. After
spending over 30 years in the IT Governance, Risk and
Compliance field (most of it with Campbell Soup
Company), Janet is easing into (possibly) “retirement”.
Home renovations are finally (she hopes) complete. Her
collection of more than 10,000 mystery books (she was
saving for retirement) is either back on the shelves or in
labelled boxes in all the nooks and crannies rediscovered
during the remodel. Let the reading commence!
authors and, in return, those friends provide volunteer help
preparing materials for Malice. She has been providing
signage support to Malice for ten years and publications for
eight years. In 2013, she co-edited Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea,
An Interesting and Entertaining History of Malice Domestic’s First
25 Years. In 2016, she has co-edited Malice Domestic 11:
Murder Most Conventional, the newest in the Malice
anthology series.
Volunteers Anne Murphy
Anne and her retired nuclear engineer husband Joe
have three wonderful sons, three beautiful daughters-inlaw, five gorgeous granddaughters (two of whom read
mysteries and two of whom share Grandpa’s love of
poetry), and three handsome sports-mad grandsons.
A native Washingtonian (temporarily transplanted to
Rockville, MD, these last 46 years), she enjoys the county
libraries and the Rockville Senior Center, and often
wonders when she used to find time to run the library at
her parish’s parochial school. A charter member of Malice
and survivor of the Silver Spring Sheraton, she often
wonders what life would have been like had she ignored
Kay McCarty and Sheila Martin in 1988 when they said,
“This Malice Domestic thing sounds like fun. Let’s go!”
Registration Services
& Public Relations Shawn Reilly Simmons
Shawn Reilly Simmons has been on the Malice Board
since 2003, and currently handles Registrations and Public
Relations. Shawn was born in Indiana, grew up in Florida,
and began her professional career as a sales executive in
New York City after graduating from the University of
Maryland where she majored in English. Her love of
mysteries started with Nancy Drew at an early age and
she hasn’t put them down ever since. Shawn’s Red Carpet
Catering series is published by Henery Press, and her short
story “A Gathering of Great Detectives” appears in the
newest Malice Anthology. In addition, Shawn is a co-editor
at Level Best Books. Windward, the fourteenth anthology
of the Best New England Crime Fiction, will be published in
November, 2016. Shawn lives in Frederick, MD, with her
husband, son, and English Bulldog.
Twitter: @ShawnRSimmons
Publications Rita Owen
Rita Owen retired after a career in human resources
and Six Sigma. A native of Washington, D.C., her passions
include reading (mysteries, of course), quilting, family
history and genealogy, writing, folk music, and friends and
family. She lives in New Jersey, where she teaches quilting
and designs original quilts and manages both website and
newsletter for Budding Star Quilts in Lebanon, NJ. She has
hooked a number of quilting friends on Malice mystery
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Pre-Registered Participants
As of March 1, 2016
(Authors in bold)
Avery Aames
Kathy Aarons
Sparkle Abbey
Victoria Abbott
Peter Abrahams
Cathy Ace
Rebecca Adler
Judy Akers
Isabella Alan
Gloria Alden
Ellie Alexander
Annamaria Alfieri
Beverly Allen
Jill Amadio
Fedora Amis
Mary Andrasco
Donna Andrews
Connie Archer
Gretchen Archer
Chris Arlen
Georgia Arlen
Tessa Arlen
Doris Austin
Frankie Y. Bailey
Irma Baker
Mark Baker
Tace Baker
Mary Ball
Maggie Barbieri
Elizabeth Barrett
Gerald L Bartell
Ellin Baumel
Donna Beatley
Mally Becker
Susan Belsky
Paula Gail Benson
Dorothy Bermudez
Connie Berry
Carol Bessette
John Gregory
Mona Betz
Ellen Biebesheimer
Vicky Bijur
Lucy Birch
Terri Bischoff
Debbie Bishop
Mary Loise Bishop
Stacey Blackman
Les Blatt
Leslie Blatt
Peter Blau
Janet Blizard
Lenore Boehm
Nikki Bonanni
Laura Boss
Rhys Bowen
Susan M. Boyer
Jeanne Munn Bracken
Laura Bradford
Susan Breen
Cindy Brown
Debby Buchanan
Ginjer Buchanan
Sarah Masters Buckey
Maxine Buckles
Leslie Budewitz
Jan Burke
Martha Burke-Hennessy
David Burnsworth
Ellen Byron
Valerie A. Caires
Susanna Calkins
Kris Calvin
Dorothy Cannell
Janet Cantrell
Priscilla Caporaletti
Diane Card
Lillian Stewart Carl
Shelly Dickson Carr
Trish Carrico
Rigel Carson
Anita Carter
Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Jack Cater
Judy Cater
Maia S. Chance
Paul Charles
Erika Chase
Sharon Clark
Anne Cleeland
Jane Cleland
R. Lanier Clemons
Stacey Cochran
Nancy J. Coco
Margaret Cohea
Jeff Cohen
Jayne Colangelo
P J Coldren
Tom Colgan
Maureen Collins
Sheila Connolly
Crystal C. Coombes
Marla Cooper
E. J. Copperman
Maya Corrigan
Shelley Costa
Janet Costello
Carla Coupe
Chris Cowan
Susan Cox
Caroline Craig
Martha Crites
Jessie Crockett
Alan Cupp
Casey Daniels
Roberta DannenfelserFlowers
Annette Dashofy
Michael Davis
Maddie Day
Ann deBeaupré
Vicki Delany
Hannah Dennison
Connie di Marco
Louise Dietz
Danielle Dill
Susan A Dill
Laura DiSilverio
Terri Dixon
M (Meg) Evonne
Linnea Dodson
Mirza Donegan
C. Michele Dorsey
Carole Nelson Douglas
Robert Downs
Laney Doyle
Elizabeth J. Duncan
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Kate Dyer-Seeley
Michael Dymmoch
Theresa Earles
Barbara Early
Wendy Sand Eckel
Pam Edmondson
Martin Edwards
Sheryl Ehrlich
Kathy Lynn Emerson
Barbara Ernst
Kathleen Ernst
Karen S. Esibill
Genevieve Essig
Jessica Estevao
Donna Evans
Sue Evans
Adolph P. Falcon
Donald F. Farris
Sharon Farrow
Vickie Fee
Nancy Fifield
Kay Finch
Janet Finsilver
Amanda Flower
Christina Freeburn
Sheyna Galyan
Christine Garcia
Daniel Garcia
Linda L. Gardner
Megan Gardner
Eva Gates
Erin George
Kaye George
Daryl Wood Gerber
Jan Giles
Mary Don Glidewell
Barb Goffman
Debra H. Goldstein
Phyllis Gonigam
Alexia Gordon
Barbara Graham
Kimberly Gray
Doug Greene
Lois H. Gresh
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Elizabeth Gwiazdowski
Parnell Hall
Tim Hall
Aubrey Hamilton
Janet Hamlet
Marie Hannan-Mandel
Kathy Harig
Tom Harig
RJ Harlick
Charlaine Harris
Sherry Harris
Fran Hauf
Mary L. Hawkes
Lori Hayes
Alan Hein
Julie Hennrikus
Nancy Herriman
Macaire Hill
Marjorie Hilton
Aimee Hix
Christine Hoffman
Judy Hogan
Angie Hogencamp
Cheryl Hollon
Julianne Holmes
Susan Horowitz
Melodie Johnson
Anna Lee Huber
Maria Hudgins
Linda Joffe Hull
Maddy Hunter
Lee Hurwitz
Christine Husom
Janet Hutchings
Becky Bartlett Hutchison
Mary Jo Ibanez
Teresa Inge
KB Inglee
D.E. Ireland
James M Jackson
Rachel Jackson
Kathryn Johnson
Kimberly Johnson
Sybil Johnson
Linda O. Johnston
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Eleanor Cawood Jones
Sandra Jordan
Peggy Kantner
Bonnie L. Kappler
Kevin Kappler
Leslie Karst
Arlene Kay
Rosemarie Keenan
Vince Keenan
Jane Kelly
Stephen Kelly
Toni L.P. Kelner
Tracy Kiely
Judith Kindell
Laurie R. King
Jan Kirkpatrick
Joanne Klase
Larry Klase
Margaret Kramer
Mariella Krause
Kathleen Krevat
Cynthia Kuhn
Eleanor Kuhns
Jan Kurtz
Norma Kurtz
Linda Landrigan
Joni Langevoort
Alan Leathers
Cheryl Leathers
Jane Lee
Con Lehane
Kit Leider
Bob Leigh
Marian Lesko
Kelly Letourneau
Judy Levitan
Vera Libeau
Greg Lilly
Clyde Linsley
Anna Loan-Wilsey
Kylie Logan
C. Ellett Logan
Doreen Long
Don Longmuir
Jen Longmuir
Dru Ann Love
Alice Loweecey
Kendel Lynn
Bonnie MacBird
Molly MacRae
Meg Macy
Mary Jane Maffini
Lesley Mang
Nina Mansfield
Sherry Markowitz
Margaret Maron
Nancy Martin
Sheila J. Martin
Matt Martz
Karen Maslowski
Sujata Massey
Lisa Q. Mathews
Jeanne Matthews
Winton Matthews
Alyssa Maxwell
Edith Maxwell
Kay McCarty
Gregory McClure
Nora McFarland
Frances McNamara
Catriona McPherson
Maury J. Mechanick
Liz Mellett
Margaret A. Menzies
Lea Mesner
Gail A. Metzgar
Marvin E. Metzgar
Lee Mewshaw
Joan Mickelson
Meg Mims
Gwynyth Mislin
Marie Moore
Ruth Moose
Terrie Farley Moran
Susan Morrison
Helen Morse
William Mosteller
Liz Mugavero
Carolyn A. Mulford
Julie Mulhern
Anne Murphy
Ann Myers
Elaine Naiman
Karen Neary
Gina Lee Nelson
Helen Nelson
Nadine Nettmann
Doris Ann Norris
Tj O’Connor
Marie O’Day
Tom O’Day
Laura Oles
Jayne Ormerod
Alan Orloff
Kathryn O’Sullivan
Rita Owen
Josh Pachter
Amy Padgett
Kaherine Hall Page
Gigi Pandian
Mary Faith Pankin
Nancy J. Parra
Sarah Parrott
Renee Patrick
Tony Perona
Ann Perramond
Leigh Perry
Mary Hart Perry
Barbara Peters
Caroline Petrequin
Patti Phillips
Nancy Pickard
Cathy Pickens
Sharon Pisacreta
Deanna Pivoroff
Neil Plakcy
Lisa Porter-Burt
Janet Powell
Keenan Powell
Sherry Prather
John Pugmire
Karen Pullen
Spencer Quinn
Lori Rader-Day
Shari Randall
Maggie Range
Pam Rau
Deanna Raybourn
Pre-Registered Participants
Amy M. Reade
Anne Reece
Audrey Reith
Risa Rispoli
Margaret Roberson
Michael Robertson
KM Rockwood
Dianne Rodman
Roberta Rogow
Verena Rose
Robert Rosenwald
Barbara Ross
Jan Rubens
Patti Ruocco
Sammi Russell
Linda Smith Rutledge
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Cynthia Sabelhaus
Harriette Sackler
Michele Sandiford
Sinya Schaeffer
Barb Schlichting
Beth Schmelzer
Patricia Schutz
Kathryn Leigh Scott
Sandy Sechrest
Maggie Sefton
Janine Seitz
Kristin Sevick
Sarah R. Shaber
Susan C. Shea
Judy Sheard
Judy Penz Sheluk
Michal Sherring
Colleen J. Shogan
Michael Shore
Cindy Silberblatt
Peter Silberblatt
Shawn Reilly
Clea Simon
Brian Skupin
Margie Smith
Pat Smith
Susan Spenard
Tonya Spratt-Williams
Denise Stablein
William L. Starck
Daniel Stashower
Triss Stein
Steve Steinbock
Nancy Steinecke
B.K. Stevens
Dennis Stevens
Mimi Stevens
Kate Stine
Verna Suit
Gayle Surrette
Larry D. Sweazy
Rose M. Sweazy
Marcia Talley
Ella Tardy
Art Taylor
Merrily Taylor
Mike Taylor
Robin Templeton
Jennifer Rigdon Teter
Penny Thomas
Jim Thompson
Victoria Thompson
Sheila M. Tierney
Caroline Todd
Charles Todd
D.R. Todd
Maggie Toussaint
Angel Trapp
Joyce Tremel
Christine Trent
Joe Turkos
Patricia Turkos
Jane Turzillo
Wendy Tyson
Diane Vallere
Polly Van Hyning
Susan Van Hyning
Michelle Vega
Elaine Viets
Carrie Voorhis
Lea Wait
LynDee Walker
Maureen “Mo” Walsh
Kathleen Warnkey
James Lincoln Warren
Margaret Warren
Beth Wasson
Eileen Watkins
Tracy Weber
Kathleen Wendorff
Nancy G. West
Molly Weston
Tammy Wetzel
Kate White
K. G. Whitehurst
Linda Wiken
Sunora Wilbar
Genie Williams
Dina S. Willner
Sarah Wisseman
Keara Wolak
Paula Woldan
Beverly Wolov
Mary Lee Woods
Alice Wright
Jacqueline York
Marisa Young
Luci Zahray
Alison Zepp
Kristopher Zgorski
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Friends of Malice
As of March 1, 2016
Carolyn Allen
Geralyn Butts
Nancy J. Cohen
Kimberly Escobar
Gay Toltl Kinman
Penny McCall
Vinnie Mercer
Chloe Nichol
Pete Nichol
Sandra Orchard
Angelgo J. Pompano
Cindy Sample
Rochelle Staab
Wendy Lyn Watson
Marty Wingate
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See you next year at
Malice Domestic 29!
April 28 – 30, 2017
Check the Malice website for hotel information.
Special Discount for those who register
and pay at this year’s Malice
Forms are available at the Registration desk.
Use credit card, cash or check.
Comprehensive Registration
(includes Agatha Banquet)
$295 until 1/31/2017 — $330 2/1/2017 - 4/15/2017*
Basic Registration
(no Banquet)
$245 until 1/31/2017 — $280 2/1/2017 - 4/15/2017*
* if space is available
Deadline all registrations: 4/15/2017
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