The definition of Malice Domestic is longish but makes interesting reading:
Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story. Whatever violence is necessarily involved should be neither excessive nor gratuitously detailed, nor is there to be explicit sex. The suspects and the victims should know each other. There is a limited number of suspects, each of whom has a credible motive and reasonable opportunity to have committed the crime. The person who solves the crime is the central character. The detective is an amateur or, if a professional (private investigator, police officer), is not hardboiled and is as fully developed as the other characters. The detective may find herself in serious peril, but she does not get beaten up to any serious extent. Each of the characters represents themselves as individuals, rather than large impersonal institutions such as a national government, the mafia, the CIA, etc.
Think Agatha Christie
Many thanks to Sisters in Crime Australia for running the awards - and to the Sun Bookshop for my other award, The Sun Bookshop Third Prize.
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