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Monday, May 03, 2004

Giving cozies their due 

The Malice Domestic convention was held this past weekend in the Washington, D.C. area. On Saturday night, the Agatha Awards were given out:

BEST NOVEL
Letter From Home, by Carolyn Hart (Berkley Prime Crime)

BEST FIRST NOVEL
Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press)

BEST NON-FICTION WORK
Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium, edited by Elizabeth Peters and Kristen Whitbread (William Morrow)

BEST SHORT STORY
"No Man?s Land?" by Elizabeth Foxwell in Blood On Their Hands (Berkley Prime Crime)

As it happened, Alina Adams was there--both at the awards banquet and Malice in general--and after filling me in on the details (the new writer's breakfast, where each first-timer was given a few minutes to speak up and talk about her book, was a highlight) submitted her report--in verse:

THE VIRGIN MALICE

'Twas the Friday post-Edgars
I flew into Dulles
Published mystery in hand
To attend my first Malice.

The hotel was cold.
Actually, freezing - and then some.
And all 'bout the lobby
Sat Nation of Islam.

Attending were big names
Like Cannell and Hess
Krich, Maron and Viets
Donna Andrews, no less.

My panel (sports mysteries)
Was Sunday at nine.
What luck! The above were the
Panel up against mine.

The New Authors Breakfast
Drew two hundred plus.
With no stars to distract them
Fans listened to us!

All in all, it was great
Save for one little quibble
My TBR pile is now
Several feet bigger!

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