Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Oh, Kaye!" Goes to Malice

As most of you know, this is the week-end of Malice Domestic.  Which is just one big family type house party for the mystery community.  Lots of squeals, lots of hugs, and a few happy tears.

And because I'm right here in the middle of it all and having a ball, I'm not going to write a lot.  Instead I thought I'd share some Malice pictures with you.

Starting with saying goodbye to Harley Barley at the Greensboro Train Depot.  (He looks totally heartbroken about me leaving, doesn't he?!)

North Carolina hits Union Station - - -
(North Carolina was well represented on the train - me, M'Lou, Molly, Karen, Ruth and Noel)

We're Here ! ! ! 
Guess What I found in the Dealer's Room??  Kathy Harig of Mystery Loves Company - I love you!!!!!
I'm always excited to see my buddies from Canada -
Barbara Fradkin, Erika Chase and Mary Jane Maffini

One of the most elegant and gracious women in the mystery community, Louise Penny, interviews the also elegant and gracious Peter Robinson
I adore these women!!! 
Louise Penny and Hank Phillippi Ryan - is it any wonder I'm grinning like I've totally lost my mind? wow.
Hank Phillippi Ryan (wonder if she ever gets tired of being told how beautiful we all think she is?)  interviews the incredible Laurie King.
They had the BEST time and we all enjoyed being a part of this interview.
and here's someone we all love - Hi, Molly Weston!
And I get to connect with my old friend Aubrey Nye Hamilton who I haven't seen since Baltimore B'con.  Way too many years in between visits.
Another woman I think just rocks the world.  Laura Lippman.
(do I look like I'm getting ready to cry?  maybe . . . )
Kathryn Hall Page and Hank Phillippi Ryan introducing Harlan Coben at the auction.
and Laura Lippman at the auction with Hank and Kathryn

and the robot that was part of Laura's auction package.  I really, really, really wanted this robot.  (sob)
Here's a few more of the items available at the auction - - - 


Here's just one of the many choices at the dessert party after the auction


Chris Roerden admire Edith Maxwell's earbobs.  The cutest little guns you have ever seen!

I could not WAIT to meet this woman face to face!  And she is every bit as adorable as I knew she would be - Stephanie Jaye Evans.
And - - getting a few pointers, 'cause they'll be running the Toronto B'Con in 2017!
Canadian women - they're everywhere!  Vicki Delany, Mary Jane Maffini and Erika Chase
Another woman I couldn't wait to meet - Larissa Reinhardt and I'm ashamed of myself for not remembering the lovely young woman with Larissa.  She was adorable!
I'll be seeing Larissa again in June - we'll both be at The High Country Festival of the Book.

Yet another fan girl moment for me - I am Sally Goldenbaum's #1 fan!

My buddies Con Lehane and Maryglenn McCombs

Rochelle Staab

Sally Goldenbaum and Kaitlyn Dunnett

Me and Jungle
Red Roberta Isleib aka Lucy Burdette

Jungle Red Rhys Bowen and Dean James

Mary Saums, Marcia Talley and Sara J. Henry
 Neil Plakcy

Liz Zelvin

Harlan Coben, Laura Lippman, Daniel J. Hale and two people I don't know (sorry!)
and this is the wonderful water color I bid on and won at the silent auction!  Yay!!!!!

I had intended to go to the Agatha Banquet, but you know - socializing is exhausting for me.  Toss in the fact that every time I turn around I'm seeing another writer I admire and well, truth be told, I was just exhausted.  And tomorrow is another day.  So, I decided to turn in early - with Sally Goldenbaum's ANGORA ALIBI, a Maryland Crab Cake and my new Alice and the Mad Hatter finger puppets I bought in an attempt to ease the pain of not winning Laura Lippman's robot.
Life is Good.


My friend Lesa Holstine posted the Agatha award winners at her blog, and here they are - - -

Best Children's/Young Adult - The Code Busters' Club, Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse by Penny Warner.

Best First Novel - Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer

Best Historical Mystery - Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder by Catriona McPherson

Best Short Story - "Mischief in Mesopotamia" by Dana Cameron. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Best Non-Fiction - Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels ed. by John Connolly and Declan Burke

Best Novel - The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

So, that's my Malice (so far, I'll be here until Monday) let's hear some of your Malice tales, Reds, either this year or from years past. And those of you who didn't make it this year - hope to see you next year!


  1. Oh, Kaye, what a wonderful treat for those of us who were not at Malice Domestic . . . the pictures are great! Thank you for sharing all of it with us!

  2. I always enjoy your monthly post, Kaye, but this one was extra special. Thanks for all the pictures from Malice!

  3. The "two people" you don't know are Margery Flax and Greg Herren, I believe! Great to see you, as always.

  4. You got around Kaye--wonderful look at Malice, which is really all about the people:). It is exhausting but exhilarating to see so many friends that I usually talk with online.

    Big kudos to the winners and nominees and to the organizing committee who put on an amazing show.

  5. ps Kaye, I'm so envious of your red boots now that I've seen them in person!

  6. Kaye, this was a wonderful trip to Malice for those of us who were not able to go!!! Thank you!!! Your pictures and comments were sparking!! Like diamonds!!!!!!! Thelma Straw in Manhattan

  7. Your pictures are terrific, Kaye. I wish I could have been there to share the Malice experience. I especially would have enjoyed sharing that Maryland crab cake with you.

  8. Such a fun tour of Malice - thank you! And so nice to see Dean James, who as well as writing his own marvelous books works at Houston's amazing Murder by the Book - which is where I first discovered Reds books (and where I've had the pleasure of meeting Rhys Bowen and Deborah Crombie).

  9. Thanks for the plug for Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto Kaye! (And we look forward to seeing ALL of you there)

  10. Fantastic, Kaye! I miss you all!

  11. Thanks, Kaye, for sharing Malice with us!!

    I MUST save my pennies so I can meet my favorite authors next year!

  12. Kaye, this was especially wonderful for those of us, like me, who are jonesing for Malice right now! Thank you so much!

    I really missed being there and seeing beloved people I don't get to see in person anywhere else. *sigh*

    But I'll be at Killer Nashville this year for the first time and Bouchercon (God willing and the creek don't rise...) It's just that Malice has a special place in my heart. It was my first-ever mystery conference and where I first met mystery writers, those wonderful, warm, and welcoming folks. I WILL be there next year!

  13. Thanks for sharing. I must get to Malice next year!

  14. I am so sorry that I lived for 35 years within a mile of Malice Domestic, unaware. . . unaware! It looks wonderful.
    Thank you, thank you.
    This fan has decided to spend May reading a PILE of mysteries.

  15. I'm with Earl-bet the crab cakes were grand! Sounds like a great time, Kaye. You are a good photographer--thanks for sharing all the good pictures!!

  16. I'm so happy you're all enjoying the pictures. I apologize for not being around today too much to respond, but I've been scampering around the hotel collecting more hugs and taking more pictures (big surprise, huh?!).

    Anyone who has not been to Malice - I cannot recommend highly enough, truly. It's a lovely, well run event. I'll check back later this evening - after the Laura Lippman interview and then the closing tea - Ta for now!

  17. Thank you for the Picture. It looks like such a great time!

  18. Best report of all, Kaye. Great photos and you ID them -- thank you! Would make a lovely scrapbook.

    As usual, I haven't read any of the Agatha winners but at least I have heard of Penny Warner's YA books.

  19. WHAT a wonderful time was clearly had by all! I missed every single one of y'all...but I know the legends in the photos were equally thrilled to meet the legendary Kaye :)

  20. Now I REALLY wish I'd a been there... so much fun! Thanks for "taking" us there, Kaye.

  21. Kaye, this is wonderful! Thank you so much for posting this photolog. Would that be phlog, for short? I must get there one year.

    Was Harlan Coben being auctioned off? Would have been there this year had I known... .

    Love Edith's earrings!

    Note to JRWs: Tried to "Pin it" as invited at the bottom of the blog but received message from Pin it that JRW does not have a "Pin it" account??? Tried several times.

  22. It was so great to see you, Kaye -- and thanks for all your advice about blogging!

  23. It was GREAT to see you Kaye! You add real sparkle to my fave event of the year.

  24. So many pictures! Wow, overload. Never taken Amtrak but I used to travel by Greyhound.

    Someday maybe I'd like to go to a mystery convention, but don't they cost a lot? I thought I heard that it cost several hundred dollars but maybe that includes all the different sessions.

    That would be a good blog post if someone explained mystery conventions and how much they cost for fans/readers (not writers) to attend. Is there free swag?

    Toronto is a good place for Bouchercon. I've visited Toronto twice. I think they had Bouchercon or another convention in Indianapolis once. Since I live in Toledo those aren't too far away.

    Harley Barley -- that's cute.

  25. Kaye, it was fabulous to meet you in person! Thanks so much for sharing photos. It was so much fun! And I have REALLY got to get a pair of those red boots... :)