Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Malice Domestic 2014

by Maggie Sefton


I attended the mystery conference Malice Domestic last week, Friday thru Sunday, in
the Washington, DC area (actually, Bethesda, MD).  I always enjoy this conference which is held every spring in late April or early May.  It's a great opportunity to meet readers and re-connect with fellow mystery writers. I stayed with dear friends in Vienna, VA, which is an easy commute around the Washington DC beltway to the conference hotel along Wisconsin Avenue.

It's also a great chance to meet new readers and writers and hear about some of the new mystery novels that appear on the scene every year.  The above photo is one of the interesting---and very entertaining---panels that were presented during those three days.  This one was "Grits and Graveyards:  Southern Mysteries."  :)  

I was on the panel  "It Takes a Village:  Theme Town Mysteries"  where we each spoke on how important Setting was to our individual mysteries.  In that case I referred to POISONED POLITICS, the 2nd in the Molly Malone Political Suspense novels.  Washington, DC is the "theme" town which is an actual "character" in those novels.  The story could not take place anywhere else.



Naturally, while there and visiting with my friends, I could not resist taking some more flower photos.  Wisteria hanging over an arbor at my friend's
home in Vienna, VA.  And a white dogwood along the lane.