It's a three-day weekend for me - my first appearance at Malice Domestic. Malice has been an annual convention in the Washington, D.C. area for 19 years, saluting the traditional mystery. That means their focus is on books patterned after the works of Agatha Christie - no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence and usually featuring an amateur detective, a confined setting, and characters who know one another. Of course my detective Hannibal Jones is no amateur, but enough of my writing pals will be there that I figured I should give it a try anyway.

Malice runs May 4-6 this year, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia and will feature Rochelle Krich, Elaine Viets, Carolyn Hart and about 175 other authors. Many of us appearing at Malice for the first time will be featured at Friday's lunch, dubbed "Malice Go round" by the organizers. From noon to 2 pm we will have a chance to promote our books to fans in a fun, fast-pitch way. So if you're attending Malice, join me for lunch Friday.

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