Elaine Viets: A mystery for every mood

Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30

Guest of Honor
Malice Domestic Mystery Conference

Bethesda, Maryland

I'm honored to be part of the lineup at the 29th Malice Domestic Mystery Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. Marcia Talley is our Toastmaster, Charlaine Harris is the Lifetime Achievement honoree, Martin Edwards will receive the Poirot Award and Luci "the Poison Lady" Zahray is the fan guest of honor. And we'll be remembering someone very special, Bill Deeck. Mystery lovers, you'll love this conference. Can't wait to see you there. For information go to


Friday, April 28, Noon to 12:50 p.m.

Malice Domestic Conference, Bethesda, Maryland

Panel: You've Got Fan Mail -- Honored Guests Discuss Mail from Fascinating Fans

Charlaine Harris, Martin Edwards, Marcia Talley and I will be grilled on our mail -- the good, the bad and the scary -- by Malice Chair Verena Rose. Bring your lunch, if you're hungry. We promise to keep you laughing during the lunch hour. For information go to


Friday, April 28, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Malice Domestic Conference, Bethesda, Maryland

Co-host Live Auction to Benefit KEEN

 Hank Phillippi Ryan and I will co-host the Malice Domestic Live Auction and all the proceeds go to KEEN KEEN Greater DC. KEEN uses these funds to incorporate new reading and literacy elements into their current programs. The organizatio helps young people with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches. This auction is a mystery lover's dream -- books, manuscripts, mystery-themed gifts, even your name in forth-coming mysteries by your favorite authors. Open your hearts and your wallets to help these deserving children.

Friday, April 28, 9 to 10:00 p.m.

Malice Domestic Conference, Bethesda, Maryland

Mystery Most Historical Signing

Mystery Most Historical is the twelfth Malice Domestic anthology. This year's short story collection is presented by Charlaine Harris, the 2017 Malice Domestic Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The 30 short stories have tantalizing titles and award-winning authors: Charles Todd's "The Cottage, Marcia Talley's "Night and Fog," "The Killing Game" by Victoria Thompson, Martin Edward's "The Corpse Candle," and more. My story, "The Seven," is set in 1950s suburban St. Louis. Anthology proceeds go to charity. Stop by Friday night, meet your favorite authors, and buy this hot new anthology. For information go to

Saturday, April 29, 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.

Malice Domestic Conference, Bethesda, Maryland

Book signing

Saturday morning is the only time I have an official signing at Malice Domestic. Hope you'll stop by and say hello. For more information go to

Saturday, April 29, 4:00 to 4:50 p.m.

Malice Domestic Conference, Bethesda, Maryland

It's an Honor: Elaine Viets Guest of Honor Interview by Ann Cleeves

I'm trying to be cool about this, but I really want to give a big fan girl squeeee! International bestselling author Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera and Shetland mystery series, a woman I admire personally and professionally, is interviewing me Saturday afternoon.  OK, I won't be cool. I love her books all of them. Go buy them all. Then come to the interview. For information go to

Wednesday, May 3  7:15 p.m.

SKYPE Talk, Killer Coffee Club

Barnes & Noble, Ithaca, New York

Looking for a good whodunit? The Killer Coffee Club is a monthly book club that features bestselling mystery authors. The club will be discussing Brain Storm. Mystery maven Nikki Bonanni chose Angela Richman, Death Investigator mystery and her sharp questions will make it an entertaining evening. This Barnes & Noble is in Tops Plaza, 614 South Meadow Street, Ithaca. During the SKYPE talk, you can tour my office and meet my cats, if they decide to stop by. For information, go to or call the store at 607- 273-6784.


Wednesday, May 17   6 – 7 pm

Need for Speed: Leading-Edge Treatments for Acute Stroke

Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Florida

Stroke prevention, survival and recovery from the patient and physician viewpoint at this special Memorial Regional Hospital talk. As a stroke survivor -- I survived six strokes, brain surgery and a coma -- I'll discuss the effects of strokes and recovery on patients, their families and caregivers. The distinguised Dr. Brijesh Mehta, Medical Director, Adult Neurological Critical Care and Acute Stroke Intervention, will discuss leading-edge programs.The program is at Memorial Regional Hospital, Main Auditorium, 3501 Johnson Street, Hollywood, Fl, 33021.

The one-hour program is free and open to the public. I'll also sell Brain Storm, my mystery based on my experience. To register, visit or call 954-265-5121.


Saturday, July 22 10 AM to Noon

Hey! Who's Talking Here? Point of View Workshop

Murder on the Beach Bookstore, Delray Beach, Florida

Who's telling your story? Is your novel in first person? Third person? Or something else? Each point of view has advantages and disadvantages. Your novel's success depends on your choice. This POV class will help you choose the best voice for your story. With handouts and examples.

The two-hour workshop is $25 at  Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida.  Reservations are recommended. Register online at or call 561-279-7790.