I write from the fabulous Malice Domestic in Bethesda, MD, where readers devoted to the “traditional mystery”gather to share joys, appreciations, newly discovered passions, and glasses of various beverages. Malice
Domestic chose me as their 2013 Guest of Honor, the Silver Anniversary (25 years!) and an honor it is indeed.
I arrived yesterday by that most civilized form of transport, the train, and was delivered into the arms of friends. After drinks in the bar, dinner was a blast, combining fellow honorees Laura Lippman (she actually has to work–as toastmaster), Aaron Elkins, and Peter Robinson, plus Felix Francis (here both to celebrate his father and in his own right) and a baker’s dozen of the hearts, minds, and strong arms who organize this annual party.
Breakfast this morning with Friends of Laurie Alice, Merrily, Bill, and Meredith was just the beginning. And to show you what you’re missing in a more tangible sense, my excellent publishers donated book bags:


And now if you will pardon me, it’s time to get myself together for an event, this one when I try to come up with sensible replies to the questions of a professional questioner and good friend, Hank Ryan.


  1. Barb on May 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Sounds like a great event and a fun party. Like the bookbag, too. Have a wonderful time.

  2. KarenB on May 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I so wish I were there. Have a wonderful time and post some pictures, please!

  3. Tamra P on May 3, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Was just rereading some Aaron Elkins books this week! Good stuff!

  4. Merrily Taylor on May 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Laurie, your interview by Hank Phillippi Ryan was fantastic – one of the more thoughtful interviews I’ve heard you give. Interspersed, of course, with moments of delightful humor and frivolity! Thanks for providing another mystery conference highlight.

  5. Alice Wright on May 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Any morning that begins with breakfast with Laurie King and friends is a great day. So enjoying this conference (this is my first Malice), and your being interviewed by Hank Phillippi Ryan, Laurie, was a major high point.


  6. Meredith Taylor on May 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    A grand time!

Leave a Comment