OK, OK, I apologize, but I can't resist wordplay. Anyway, I'm about to head out (tomorrow) to Malice Domestic, that marvelous weekend get-together for mystery writers and mystery readers all of whom enjoy (and write and read) what we call "traditional" mysteries.
There may be other genres mixed in, but the basic ground rules are: no gratuitous violence or sex, both of which preferably take place off-stage as needed; a real emphasis on the mystery - that is, it's not just an excuse for other devices regarded as more fun or more literary. Suspense? Sure. "Thrillers"? Some. Private eyes, hardworking cops? Frequently. Noir? Has been spotted. But still the elements of the traditional mystery - usually including fair-play and clues - are generally there to be found and enjoyed by the reader.
This will be the 24th annual Malice Domestic conference. During the weekend, attendees will be voting for the "Agatha Awards," which will be presented to the winners - named, obviously, for the grand "crime queen" herself, Agatha Christie. Nominees are at the link. It's going to be a great weekend; I'll try to file occasional reports. See you there?