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.