Malice Domestic is like Bouchercon in that a convention is held annually, but the Malice conventions always take place in the Washington, D.C. area. They have been a formal group since 1989. The Malice group is unlike the Bouchercon group because it specializes in mysteries that are more “cozy” in nature. The group is loosely based on the Agatha Christie type of mysteries….. and let’s face it, she’s the Queen of Cozy!
The Malice Domestic requirements of a mystery are: no excessive violence, no explicit sex, the characters are usually known to each other, and a lot of the time the main character is an amateur sleuth. (I have the definition of a cozy posted on this site, and it looks like it meets all of the guide lines for the Malice Domestic group.) This year’s convention is going to be held on May 4-6, in Arlington, Virginia.
This year’s guest of honor will be Rochelle Krich, the toastmaster will be Elaine Viets, and the Lifetime Achievement will go to Carolyn Hart. They expect more than 175 authors to attend the convention. If you are interested in checking out their site, you will probably be as floored as I was when you see the different authors who will be there. The program of scheduled events probably includes several of your very favorite authors…. I recognized many of mine!