Malicious good fun — and a new teapot!


Delighted to share the news that last weekend, Death al Dente won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel! The awards are given at the annual Malice Domestic Mystery Convention, celebrating the traditional mystery. Photographic evidence will now be admitted for your consideration.

Malice 2014 Best First


The Best First Novel nominees before our panel discussion, moderated by the marvelous novelist Margaret Maron. Front: me and Kendel Lynn. Back: LynDee Walker, Liz Mugavero, and Shelley Costa.

Malice 2014 Faith, LAB, teapot

Me with my editor Faith Black and that lovely little teapot!

Malice 2014 banquet


The program for the banquet and awards ceremony.


This was the 26th annual Malice Domestic Convention. The Best First Novel award has been given since the beginning; Best Nonfiction was added in the early 1990s. The Awards Committee believes that three other authors have been nominated for both Best Nonfiction and a fiction award, but that I am only the author to win both Best Nonfiction and a fiction award, in any category. No wonder I’m still smiling!

I also had the delight of moderating a panel discussion on legal mysteries, featuring Margaret Maron, Cathy Pickens, Martin Edwards, and Steve Steinbock. I’ll post those pictures when I get them.

Thanks for celebrating with me!


More pictures from Malice Domestic!

Ah, Malice! Not just a fond memory, but a really great convention. Better late than never, three photos from my Sunday morning panel, Cooking Up Murder, with panelists (L to R) Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames), Nancy Parra (aka Nancy Coco), and Peg Cochran (aka Meg London), and moderator Maya Corrigan (in the middle, in red). All four panelists write two series — Nancy writes three — but I’m the only one using the same name for both. (Photo credit: Greg Puhl. Maya wrote the trivia questions.)

Cooking Up Murder - 2Cooking Up Murder - Culinary Mystery TriviaCooking Up Murder - panel setting