One of the best features of Bouchercon is the ability to attend dozens of panels talking about all aspects of mystery fiction.
This year, there is more discussion than usual of the "traditional" mystery, which certainly includes the kinds of mysteries most of us - myself and you good visitors - enjoy most. One of the opening panels this morning was on "The Resurgence of the Traditional Mystery."
The authors on the panel (from the left) were Terrie Farley Moran, Marcia Talley, Dorothy Cannell, Wendy Corsi Staub and Helen Smith, who was the moderator.
There was a lot of discussion about cozies, and where they fit in the traditional mystery (I've always held to the idea that cozies are a sub-genre within the traditional genre). That included some discussion of Agatha Christie, who, it was pointed out, was certainly traditional but hardly cozy.
There will be more panels between now and Sunday afternoon, including several more on traditional mysteries.