15/02/2015 - 2:46pm

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) is offering a 10% discount to Sisters in Crime members to attend its inaugural conference at Balmain Town Hall in Sydney on 21-22  March.

It is also offering the opportunity to submit an academic paper to a special edition of The Australian Journal of Crime Fiction on the theme ‘Phryne Fisher and Other Fantasies: The Female Detective in History’.

A panel discussion on this theme will be held at 11.15 am Sunday 22 March with Rachel De Rossignol, Wendy J Dunn, Diane Murray, Rachel Franks and Kelly Gardiner (free admission with a whole conference ticket.)

Several Sisters in Crime members will be participating: Felicity Pulman, Sulari Gentill, and Sophie Masson.

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (conference will celebrate the historical fiction genre in a weekend of talks, panels, debates, book launches and readings with super sessions on social media, researching and writing historical fiction as well as manuscript assessments.  The weekend conference will showcase 40 speakers and is peppered with international literati such as Kate Forsyth (its patron), Felicity Pulman, Isolde Martyn, Sulari Gentill, Jesse Blackadder, Sophie Masson, Toni Jordan and Colin Falconer. 

HNSA is offering Sisters in Crime members a special conference deal.  The price of a Whole Conference ticket (normally priced at $250) will be reduced by 10% to $225.  This ticket entitles the holders to attend all the sessions in the main program and also includes morning and afternoon tea, and a lunch voucher redeemable at a fantastic local café.  The offer does not include tickets to super sessions or social events. Apply the coupon code SISHNSA15 when purchasing a standard whole conference ticket. Day tickets are also available.

In addition to the discount on the whole conference ticket, HNSA is offering a giveaway of Sherryl Clark’s Do You Dare-Jimmy’s War to the first 50 ticketholders to the conference dinner on Saturday 21 March. All ticketholders to the opening night reception at the State Library of NSW on Friday 20 March will receive a free ebook bundle of the Janna Chronicles by Felicity Pulman.

For more information, visit the conference website - www.hnsa.org.au

15/02/2015 - 2:22pm

Sisters in Crime members and supporters are warmly welcomed to the launch of Ellie Marney's, Every Move, the 3rd (and final) book in her Every Young Adult crime series – 6-8pm Monday 16 March - Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St, Carlton

Adele Walsh, the Program Coordinator for the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, will launch the book. There will be other speeches, Ellie says, “not too long, food (something easy), drinks (on the house), book signing and much general silliness. All welcome! (and you don't even have to wear a funny hat!).”

Free by please RSVP.

Here are some clues about Every Move:

After the dramatic events of London, a road trip back to her old home in Five Mile sounds good (in theory) to Rachel Watts, with her brother Mike in the driving seat. But when Mike picks up his old buddy – the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent – things start to go south. Back in Melbourne, Rachel’s ‘partner in crime’, James Mycroft, clashes with Harris, and then a series of murders suggest that the mysterious Mr Wild – Mycroft’s own personal Moriarty – is hot on their tail. When tragedy strikes, Rachel and Mycroft realise they’ll have to recruit Harris and take matters into their own hands…

24/12/2014 - 4:48pm

In late November Sisters in Crime Australia paid tribute to recently retired national co-convenor, Phyllis King, and retiring Davitt Judges wrangler (and former convenor), Tanya King-Carmichael. Fellow convenor, Jessica Fichera, designed pulp-style book cover certificates to honour the mother-daughter team who devoted so much time, energy and intellect to helping Sisters in Crime flourish. (Phyllis and Tanya are pictured here with their presentations.)

Fellow convenor, Carmel Shute, spoke on behalf of Sisters in Crime:

Sisters, I hate to start with a quote from a male crime author, even if it is by Raymond Chandler, but here it is:

"If in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns."

In the case of Sisters in Crime, it was more a case of: “If in doubt, have two King women come through the door with pens."

Phyllis King and Tanya King (as she then was) came through the door of St Kilda Town Hall as volunteers for SheKilda 2001, as I recall, on the Thursday night before the grand opening the following night.

It was the usual chaos. They soon showed their mettle and we wasted no time in snaffling them as convenors. For a time, some of us referred to Phyllis and Tanya as the ‘King Women’ but we should have called them ‘Queens – Queens of Crime’.

It was our first – and so far only – mother-daughter pairing amongst the convenors and it’s been to our great benefit as while they share core beliefs, not to mention a passion for crime, their talents are multifarious.

Phyllis brought her great organisational know-how to the Scarlet Stiletto Awards, liaising with all the talent, organising the prize presentation, giving the judges’ report and much much more. She then took charge of the Davitt ticketing – both exacting jobs though not without their compensations. We know Phyllis loved being the bearer of good news to the aspiring authors on the Scarlet Stiletto Awards shortlist.

Tanya became a Davitt judge and then, since 2010, the judges’ wrangler. Tanya reformed the judging process. Her reports have always been insightful and highlights of the Davitt Awards ceremony.

Tanya has also been a top event host and we hope that she will still consider taking the odd turn.

Both Phyllis and Tanya have brought their considerable intellects to bear on crime writing itself – through their contributions to different judging processes, their reviews and in general discussion. They also exhibited flexibility in their critical processes.

Phyllis always professed a loathing for stories with ‘woo woo’, or as Cathy Martin, used to call it, ‘oomby-goomby’, so imagine our surprise when she nominated a vampire story at one Scarlet Stiletto Awards judging and, from memory, I think it won a prize.

We’re already missing both Phyllis and Tanya heaps. They are both welcome to join in the Scarlet Stiletto Award judging.

We hope they won’t be strangers or we may have to resort to coming around with menaces.

Three cheers for the King Women, our Queens of Crime!

30/11/2014 - 7:33pm

Anna Krien, who won the 2014 Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Award for True Crime has won the UK William Hill Sports Book of the Year, only the second woman to do so in the 26-year history of the award.

Her book Night Games: Sex, Power and a Journey into the Dark Heart of Sport, about the rape trial of a young AFL footballer, beat six other nominees to the £26,000 ($41,000) prize.

"It's not a celebratory book about sport," she said. "It's about the dark side of sport ... it can be pretty ugly."

Congratulations from Sisters in Crime Australia Anna.

Click here to read the Fairfax Media report.
 

28/11/2014 - 10:37pm

Sisters in Crime Australia mourns the death of British crime queen, P D James, who died at the age of 94 on Thursday (27 November 2014) at her home in Oxford.

James, a public servant, had her first book published at the age of 42 and was best known for her Adam Dalgliesh mysteries which sold millions of books around the world, and were widely adapted for television and film.

However, it is debateable as to whether this statement, published in The Guardian, is entirely accurate:

“With second-wave feminism at high tide, James flirted with a tough, working-class female lead. When Cordelia Gray made her debut in 1972’s An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, she became one of modern crime fiction’s first female private detectives, paving the way for Liza Cody’s Anna Lee and Sara Paretsky’s VI Warshawski.”

For more go to The Guardian feature which includes links to an interview with P D James, a video, a gallery of photos, quotes from James, and an obituary.

Click here for the BBC report,

Serendipitously, the first episode of the three-part TV adaption of her Jane Austen homage¸ Death Comes to Pemberley, screened at 8.30pm Friday 28 November. Check it out on iView until 6 December.

 

22/11/2014 - 6:30pm
 

Good news - Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries has a future after series 3 (currently in production).

At last year’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards, Sisters in Crime members were all busy signing a petition to the ABC calling to commission for a 3rd series ofMiss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries in which the presenter, Essie Davis (pictured), starred. More signatures were collected via a e-petition.

We – and other fans – were successful –and the ABC is currently shooting 8 new episodes of Series 3. The even better news is that the ABC TV Director said on 12 November:

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is now an integral part of future ABC programming. Miss Fisher is now an international phenomenon. We have just sold the rights to the Miss Fisher scripts to China and it is being remade in Chinese… [W]e are very pleased to have it back on air... there is no reason why it couldn’t continue for many years to come.”

Click here to read the full article.

 
22/11/2014 - 4:37pm

Judith Bridge (centre), a Perth-based short story writer, singer, songwriter, playwright and actor has won the HarperCollins First Prize ($1500) in Sisters in Crime Australia’s 21th Scarlet Stiletto Awards with her short story, “Amy’s Sandal”, an unusual crime tale about a ‘girlwoman’ with mental health issues who finds a gold nugget.

Bridge also won the coveted stiletto trophy,a scarlet stiletto shoe with a steel stiletto heel plunging into a mount.

Bridge told the 140 strong crowd at a gala dinner at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre on Friday night (21 November) that she was a rampant genre-swapper who has had mixed success in her various artistic endeavours.

“Having been long-listed, short-listed, and short, short-listed so many times, it’s refreshing not to be the bridesmaid again. ‘Amy’s Sandal’ is one of the few crime stories I’ve written. I usually write fantasy or ‘pretty’ stories for women’s magazines,” she said.

“Now that I’ve won the Scarlet Stiletto Award, I might have to start honing my murderous impulses.”

Now working as a library technician at Curtin University, her short stories and microfiction have been published in Dotdotdash, Indigo, That’s Life, The Big Issue,Spineless Wondersanthologies, the Sand Journal (Berlin), the Fish Anthology (Ireland) and online. (See www.judebridge.com)

Marta Dusseldorp, star of ABC1’s Janet King, presented the awards. Prior to the award presentations, Dusseldorp discussed her ‘life in crime’ (and much more) with crime author Leigh Redhead.

This year a record 207 stories competed for the Scarlet Stiletto Awards for a record $8800 in prize money plus the coveted trophy for the overall winner. Twenty-three authors and 27 stories from across Australia were shortlisted for a total of 15 awards. A record 20 shortlisted authors attended the award ceremony.

Julianne Negri (Brunswick, Vic),variously a musician and eco craft warrior, took out the Pantera Press Second Prize ($1000) for “#hitandrun”, a story about revenge and social media.

The Sun Bookshop 3rd Prize ($500)went to Fin J Ross (Eagle Point, Vic), a journalist, author and creative writing tutor who runs a boarding cattery, for “What's a Girl to Do”, story of revenge and the Coburg mafia. Another story by Ross, “The VOTOS Solution”, about a social work program to re-educate the town’s errant husbands, was runner-up in the Athenaeum Library’s Body in the Library Prize ($500).

The Athenaeum Library’s first prize ($1000) was awarded to Natalie Conyer (Mosman, NSW), who abandoned a sensible corporate career to pursue a PhD in South African crime fiction at the University of Western Sydney. Her story, “The Book Club”, features a dismembered body in a suburban library and an inventive use of the Dewey Decimal classification system.

The Kerry Greenwood Malice Domestic Award ($750) was won by Frances Sutherland (Surrey Hills, Vic) for “Deathon a Triple Score”, a murderous tale about Scrabble. Sutherland describes herself as ancient, feminist, tree-hugging, animal-friendly, opp-shopping, cinema-addicted pagan” who has retired from the community sector.

Eleven-year old Bridey Carmel (Bittern, Vic) won the Allen & Unwin Young Writer’s Award ($500), open to writers 18 or under,for “Dorothy Gale P.I.”, a sleuth who bears a certain resemblance to another fictional Dorothy. Carmel starts high school next year and dreams of being a film director. Carmel’s mother, Kylie Fox (Bittern, Vic), was highly recommended for “Blue Eyes, Yellow Roses”. Fox is a writer, student, editor and mother of five. She has been placed third and been awarded a category prize in previous Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

A brand-new award sponsored by Arena Magazine for the Best Story with a Political Edge ($500) went to Melanie Myers (Ilkey,Qld) a university lecturer who is alsothe Artistic Director of Reality Bites Festival, a nonfiction writers’ festival based on the Sunshine Coast, Her story,“Savage Women”, a dystopian story about abortion set in 2044, will be published n the December edition of Arena. The runner-up story in this category, “The Elephant Thief”, by crime novellist, Angela Savage (Brunswick, Vic) will also appear in the same issue.

The Catherine Leppert Award for Best Environmental Theme ($500) was won by retired zoologist Suzanne Frankham (Brighton, Vic) for “The Island”, a story of scientific exploration where tides take their revenge.

Lindy Cameron presented her Clan Destine Press Award for Cross Genre ($400) to speechwriter and training consultant Richenda Rudman (Flemington, Vic) for “The Sixth Sense”, a futuristic story about ichips implanted in the brain. “The Recollection” by Rudman was also highly recommended.

Another brand-new prize, the Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist, was jointly awarded to Vicky Daddo (Hazelwood South) for “Prussian Blue” and Anna Snoekstra (North Fitzroy, Vic) for “”Out Came the Sun”. Both will receive the full award of $250. The award was sponsored by the Queensland Chapter of Sisters in Crime in honour of the late Liz Navratil, a member with disabilities.

Crime writing personal trainerSandi Wallace (Mt Dandenong, Vic) was awarded The Scriptworks Great Film Idea Award ($200)for “Ball and Chain”.Her debut novel Tell Me Why, the first book in her new Rural Crime Files series, was released in September 2014. Another story, “Losing Heidi”, was highly recommended. Wallace won the ‘Best Investigative Prize’ in the 2013 Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

This year’s Benn’s Books Best Investigative Award was awarded to academic librarian Katie Mills(Doubleview. WA) for “Statuary Offence”, a crime caper about missing statues. 

Also highly commended were:

·         Cheryl Rogers (West Swan, WA) for “Ballad of Maggie Carson”

·         Loren Auder (Mareeba, Qld)for “Brute Force”

·         Fiona Drury (St Kilda, Vic) for “In My Shoes”

·         Jane Lee (Kensington, NSW) for “Flightplan”

·         Mary-Ellen Mullane (Lilyfield, NSW)for “The Assassin's Rule Book”

·         Beatrice David (Lilyfield, NSW) for “Bad Luck” (Youth Category)

·         Hannah Van Didden (Duncraig, WA) for “Dark Undertakings”

·         J M Peace (Burnside, Qld) for “The Hitchhiker” and “The Perfect Crime”

National Co-convenor and event organiser, Michaela Lobb,said that Sisters in Crime had been overwhelmed – and delighted – by the sheer quantity and quality of the stories this year.

“Two new categories, Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist, and Best Story with a Political Edge, attracted a swag of strong entries. Altogether, 21 stories vied for the Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist Award, with four being shortlisted and one taking out the Stiletto,” Lobb said.

“The popular Malice Domestic and Body in the Library Awards drew 91 and 56 entries awards apiece. If there were as many bodies in libraries as imagined by Australian women, we’d never get any reading done!”

To date, 2,735 stories have been entered with 18 Scarlet Stiletto Award winners and other category winners going on to have novels published: Cate Kennedy, Tara Moss, Angela Savage, Josephine Pennicott, Ellie Marney, Sara Evans, Inga Simpson, Alex Palmer, Liz Filleul, Margaret Bevege, Patricia Bernard, Bronwen Blake, Jo McGahey, Cheryl Jorgensen, Kylie Fox, Simmone Howell, Sandi Wallace and Amanda Wrangles.

“The Scarlet Stilettos have spawned a vast criminal enterprise but Australian men should sleep more soundly as a result. Without this outlet for so much murderous intent, more would end up sleeping with the fishes or meeting some other dire fate,” Lobb said.

Three collections of winning stories have been published by Clan Destine Press: Scarlet Stiletto: The First Cut, Scarlet Stiletto: The Second Cut and Scarlet Stiletto Short Stories: 2013(ebook).

Prizes kindly sponsored by HarperCollins; Pantera Press; Sun Bookshop, Athenaeum Library; Allen & Unwin; Arena Magazine; Clan Destine Press; Scriptworks; Benn’s Book Shop; Ann Byrne; Kerry Greenwood; Catherine Leppert; Josephine Pennicott; and the Queensland Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The awards are also supported by Spinifex Press.

The judges decided not to award the Ann Byrne Best Financial Crime Award and the Josephine Pennicott Award for the Best Story by an Indigenous Writer.

The 22st Scarlet Stiletto Awards close on 31 August 2015.

Comment: Michaela Lobb, National Co-convenor, Sisters in Crime0409 431 397 or

Info: Carmel Shute, National Co-convenor, Sisters in Crime: 0412 569 356

An edited version of the script with author bios and story synopses is attached.

11/11/2014 - 7:14pm

Twenty-seven short stories by 23 women authors vie for Sisters in Crime Australia’s 21st Scarlet Stiletto Awards to be presented by Marta Dusseldorp, star of Janet King and Crownies, at a gala dinner,6.30pm, Friday 21 November at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre.

This year a record 207 short stories competed for awards offering a record $8,800 in prize money plus the coveted Scarlet Stiletto trophy for the overall winner.

The authors under contention are: Loren Auder (Qld); Judith Bridge (WA); Bridey Carmel (Vic); Natalie Conyer (NSW); Vicky Daddo (Vic); Beatrice David (NSW); Fiona Drury (Vic); Kylie Fox (Vic); Suzanne Frankham (Vic); Jane Lee (NSW); Katie Mills (WA); Mary-Ellen Mullane (NSW); Melanie Myers (Qld); Julianne Negri (Vic); JM Peace (Qld); Cheryl Rogers (WA); Fin J Ross (Vic); Richenda Rudman (Vic); Angela Savage (Vic); Anna Snoekstra (Vic); Frances Sutherland (Vic); Hannah Van Didden (WA); and Sandi Wallace (Vic).

Judges’ spokesperson, Michaela Lobb, said that the murderous impulses harboured by Australian women had never been so evident nor so inspiring.

“The record number of short stories comes hot on the heels of the record 76 crime books in contention for this year’s Davitt Awards. We are witnessing an explosion of talent and ideas in women’s crime writing in this country,” Lobb said.

“As always, there were quite a few stories where women kill men, usually their husbands, for often surprising reasons but this time they were counterbalanced by a surge of stories entered in the “Body in the Library’ category and the new category, Best ‘Story with a Disabled Protagonist’. We were buoyed by the quality of the writing.”

To date, 2,735 stories have been entered with 18 Scarlet Stiletto Award winners.  Many Scarlet Stiletto and other category winners have gone on to have novels published: Cate Kennedy, Tara Moss, Angela Savage, Josephine Pennicott, Ellie Marney, Sara Evans, Inga Simpson, Alex Palmer, Liz Filleul, Margaret Bevege, Patricia Bernard, Bronwen Blake, Jo McGahey, Cheryl Jorgensen, Kylie Fox, Simmone Howell, Sandi Wallace and Amanda Wrangles.

At 8pm, prior to the award presentations, Dusseldorp will discuss her ‘life in crime’ (and much more) with crime author Leigh Redhead.

Dusseldorp’s criminal past includes the critically acclaimed Janet King and its predecessor Crownies (ABC), three telemovies opposite Guy Pearce in Jack Irish and the six-part Blackjack telemovies opposite Colin Friels. Other key television roles include two seasons as Sarah Adams in A Place To Call Home (Seven Network); Devil’s Dust, the award-winning mini-series After the Deluge; and Hell Has Harbour Views. Click here for info. 

Leigh Redhead is the author of the award winning Simone Kirsch private eye series. She has also contributed a chapter to the compilationIf I Tell You…I’ll Have To Kill You: Australia’s Leading Crime Writers Reveal Their Secrets (Allen and Unwin). Click here for info.

Venue: Thornbury Theatre, 859 High Street, Thornbury

Sit-down dinner: $60 ($35 concession for shortlisted authors). Drinks available at bar prices. Men or ‘Brothers in Law’ welcome.

Seats only (no dinner) from 8pm:$15 (no concession)

Bookings close Monday 17 November. Book individually or in tables of up to 10 or a seat only(without meal). 

Further information:Michaela Lobb 0409 431 397 or via email

Book stall: 10% discount for members from the Sun Bookshop stall.

Prizes kindly sponsored by HarperCollins; Pantera Press; Sun Bookshop, Athenaeum Library; Allen & Unwin; Arena Magazine; Clan Destine Press; Scriptworks; Benn’s Book Shop; Ann Byrne; Kerry Greenwood; Catherine Leppert; Josephine Pennicott; and the Queensland Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The awards are also supported by Spinifex Press.

Comment: Michaela Lobb 0409 431 397

Info: Carmel Shute, Sisters in Crime, National Co-convenor, Sisters in Crime: 0412 569 356; email 

20/10/2014 - 10:04pm

Marta Dusseldorp, star of Janet King and Crownies, to present the 21st Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards - 6.30pm, Friday 21 November

Sisters in Crime Australia is proud to announce that Marta Dusseldorp, star of Janet King and Crownies, will present its 21st Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards at a gala dinner from 6.30pm on Friday, 21 November at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre.

This year a record 207 stories competed for awards  offering a record $8,800 in prize money plus the coveted stiletto trophy for the overall winner.

At 8pm, prior to the award presentations, Dusseldorp will discuss her ‘life in crime’ (and much more) with crime author Leigh Redhead.

Dusseldorp’s criminal past includes the critically acclaimed Janet King and its predecessor Crownies (ABC), three telemovies opposite Guy Pearce in Jack Irish and the six-part Blackjack telemovies opposite Colin Friels. Other key television roles include two seasons as Sarah Adams in A Place To Call Home (Seven Network); Devil’s Dust, the award-winning mini-series After the Deluge; and Hell Has Harbour Views.

Dusseldorp has a wealth of experience on stage including three years with the Sydney Theatre Company’s Actor’s Company where she received a Helpmann Award. Her film credits include Paul Cox’s award-winning Innocence, Praise, Paradise Road and Burning Man. Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marta_Dusseldorp

Leigh Redhead is the author of the award winning Simone Kirsch private eye series. She has also contributed a chapter to the compilation If I Tell You…I’ll Have To Kill You: Australia’s Leading Crime Writers Reveal Their Secrets (Allen and Unwin). Info: http://www.leighredhead.com

Venue: Thornbury Theatre, 859 High Street, Thornbury

Sit-down dinner: $60 ($35 concession for shortlisted authors only). Drinks available at bar prices. Men or ‘Brothers in Law’ welcome.

Seats only (no dinner) from 8pm: $15 (no concession)

Bookings close Monday, 17th November.

Book individually or in tables of up to 10 or a seat only (without meal). 

Further information: Michaela Lobb 0409 431 397 or via email

Book stall: 10% discount for members from the Sun Bookshop stall.

Prizes kindly sponsored by HarperCollins; Pantera Press; Sun Bookshop, Athenaeum Library; Allen & Unwin; Arena Magazine; Clan Destine Press; Scriptworks; Benn’s Book Shop; Ann Byrne; Kerry Greenwood; Catherine Leppert; Josephine Pennicott; and the Queensland Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The awards are also supported by Spinifex Press.

13/10/2014 - 11:57am

What are the challenges – and joys – of moving from journalism to true crime? Journalists Belinda Hawkins, Suzanna Lobez and Meg Norris cut to the thrust with crime author and former journalist Lindy Cameron at an event hosted by crime buff’s organisation, Sisters in Crime Australia: 8pm Friday 24 October at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel.

Multi-award winning Belinda Hawkins, who has reported on national and international events for ABC TV and SBS TV for almost 30 years, published her first true crime book, Every Parent’s Nightmare (Allen & Unwin) last year. She takes up the case of young Australian traveller Jock Palfreeman who has been imprisoned in Bulgaria since 2009. He claimed he was defending a Gypsy being attacked by soccer hooligans but the prosecutor claimed it was an act of cold-blooded murder.

“When I took a call in mid-2008 from a young woman claiming a man I knew to a former Army Intelligence officer had suggested she call me about a friend charged with murder in Bulgaria, I was intrigued. When the accused's dad refused to take my call, I was hooked. Anyone who won’t talk to you is irresistible. Six years, two documentaries as an ABC reporter and a book later, I am still following the case of Jock Palfreeman”, Hawkins said.

“When Allen & Unwin asked me to write about the case, I jumped at the chance and made some eight trips to Bulgaria, hunting down documents, witnesses, judges, CCTV footage. I uncovered a web of corruption that was playing out among the supporting characters.

“A long career in journalism meant researching my book came naturally to me. But the act of writing and rewriting, burrowing into the mind of each character, while all the while swinging from one side to the other in my own take on the crime, was both exhilarating and exhausting.”

Actor-turned-barrister-turned-broadcaster-turned crime writer, Susanna Lobez ,was an ABC specialist legal broadcaster on RN’s Law Report and Law Matters (ABCTV). Lobez has written seven crime books with James Morton.

In Bent: Australia's Crooked Cops, just out with Melbourne University Press, Lobez and Morton present a gripping accountof police corruption in Australia. As they have illustrated, in several Gangland books Australia has almost certainly out-ganged other countries. Now their spotlight is turned on corruption within the police services and identifying which state wins the bent cop handicap.

Lobez turned to true crime after a depressing time when she had to leave an award-winning career at the ABC because it didn’t offer adoption leave.”

In Love You to Death: A Story of Sex, Betrayal and Murder Gone Wrong (The Five Mile Press), investigative journalist and author Meg Norris, author of the bestselling On Father’s Day, unearths the sobering tale of a man whose only mistake was giving his heart to the wrong woman.

Norris’s 30-odd year background in crime reporting and police rounds sparked a passion for crime which has seen her covering some of the biggest crime stories in Australia for both national and overseas media. Her stories have appeared in National Inquirer, The Mail on Sunday and US Weekly and have been syndicated in various publications around the world.

“The transition from journalism to crime writing wasn’t a particularly big leap for me – but rather a progression of the work I had already done for many years as a crime reporter for print and TV media. As a daily court reporter in both England and Australia, I was an observer writing daily updates on some of the country’s biggest crimes,” Norris said.

“Covering high profile trials, I spent just as much time observing the harrowing journey’s of the victims of crime, and their families who are the secondary victims who live with the horror of terrible criminal acts. As a result, I progressed naturally to writing their heartbreaking and often inspirational stories from court which is a theatre that showcases the absolute worst and the best of human nature for the national media.”

Lindy Cameron is a founding member and National Co-Convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia, and the publisher of Clan Destine Press. A former journalist, she writes both true crime and fiction.

Info: www.clandestinepress.com.au

Followed by brief Annual General Meeting. Open to all financial members world-wide. Nomination forms for positions of national co-convenors will be accepted on the night of 24 October 2014. National co-convenors are located in Melbourne and environs.

The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan St & Eastern Rd, South Melbourne Mel Ref: 57, H2.Try 1, 55, 112 or St Kilda Road trams. Free on-street parking after 6pm.

$10 (Sisters in Crime & Writers’ Victoria members/concession)/$15 (non-members). Dinnerupstairs from 6.30pm (no lift). Men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome. 10% discount for members from Sun Bookshop stall.

Info: Carmel Shute, National Co-convenor, Sisters in Crime Australia: 0412 569 356 carmel@shute-the-messenger.com