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Monday, May 14, 2012


A few weeks ago I told you that Lois Winston, the author who writes those books about moi, was taking a road trip to the Malice Domestic mystery convention in Bethesda, MD and the Festival of Mystery in Oakmont, PA. Accompanying Lois on her 700 mile roundtrip was a killer mop doll.

I’m happy to report that the killer mop doll spilled no blood during these two events, and no mystery writers or readers were harmed in the course of this road trip (at least not by the killer mop doll.) Although I have it on good authority that there was some need for the hair of the dog the morning after the night before on more than one occasion. Not saying for whom, though. You know who you are.

Presented here for your enjoyment and proof that everyone had a great time and didn’t fall prey to the killer mop doll (really, does she look like a killer?), are pictures from the two events. -- AP

"Elvis and the Commies" panel at Malice Domestic --
moderator Catriona McPherson, the KMD, and author Lois Winston

The entire "Elvis and the Commies" panel -- Catriona McPherson (moderator),
KMD, Lois Winston, Lane Stone, Deborah Sharp, and Joelle Charbonneau

Author Lois Winston signing at Malice Domestic
(KMD isn't happy with the photographer of this photo.)
Terri Bischoff, Midnight Ink editor responsible for deadly glue guns and killer mop dolls.
(If you can't make out the T-shirt, it says, "Editors: Reading Crappy Manuscripts
So You Don't Have To")

The entire Midnight Ink contingent at Malice (minus KMD)
M'Inkers Vicki Doudera, Jess Lourey, Linda Hull, and Lois Winston at the Malice banquet.
(KMD wasn't invited)
KMD and author Lois Winston at the Festival of Mystery
Midnight Ink authors with Mystery Lovers Bookshop co-owner Richard Goldman
at party after Festival of Mystery
The Killer Mop Doll and author Alice Loweecey's nun doll
(They co-habitated during the Festival of Mystery.)

Special thanks to Alice Loweecey, Catriona McPherson, Terri Bischoff, Beth Groundwater, Kathleen Ernst, and Jessie Chandler for use of their photos.


Sheila Webster Boneham said...

Fun post, KMD and Lois. Wow, who knew you could be a grown-up author and still get to play with dolls? :-)

Deborah Sharp said...

Did Alice Loweecy's nun doll absolve your Killer Mop Doll of her sins?
Great seeing you, Lois. Thanks for the fun post.

Larissa Reinhart said...

Cute post. I enjoyed seeing your pictures of Malice. I hope to get there next year.


Sheila, you wouldn't believe how many adults collects dolls. And some still play with them.

Deborah, the Killer Mop Doll corrupted the nun doll. And they both enjoyed every moment of it!

Thanks, Larissa. I hope you do get to Malice next year. It's a great convention.

Jill Archer said...

Loved the photos, Lois. Looks like it was a great time!!

Camille Minichino said...

Great photos.
But I must report that there was a sighting of KMD at Left Coast Crime in Sacramento in March also. I understand she was taken home by a miniaturist who is keeping her safe from paparazzi.


It was, Jill.

Yes, KMD does have a sister, and she did go to LCC. Those mop dolls get around!

Irene said...

Good thing the nun doll can't come between Anastasia and the guy who lives over her garage....

Jane R said...

Great photos. What a fun time you and KMD had! I'm glad she behaved herself (generally speaking)!