Sisters In Crime News

Announcing the results of the 23rd Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards & the special Silver Stiletto Award

True crime author Ruth Wykes (Mornington Peninsula, Vic) took out the 23rd Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award presented on Saturday night (19 November) at SheKilda3: One-day crime spree, Sisters in Crime’s 25th anniversary convention. To mark the silver anniversary, a special silver stiletto trophy was presented – the winner, Jacqui Horwood (left), a librarian from

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Vive la France!

France, renowned for delectable food and wine, art and romance, is also a popular setting for crime authors: the art world in Pip Drysdale’s The Paris Affair, a grand country estate in Anna Downes’s The Safe Place and the Alps in Allie Reynolds’s Shiver. Each lends a certain je ne sais quoi to the intrigue.

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Deadly secrets revealed – Toxic families event now online

Families can be havens of love and affection, but they can also be crucibles of crime where abuse and resentment create an explosive mix. At the family core there are usually secrets – deep, dark secrets – as three new novels demonstrate: Nicola Moriarty’s You Need to Know, Erina Reddan’s The Serpent’s Skin and Lyn Yeowart’s The Silent Listener. Click HERE to

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Entries for Sisters in Crime’s 21st Davitt Awards for women’s crime books now open

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 21st Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books (and published in 2020) by Australian women are now open. Publishers have until Friday 7 May 2021 to enter. Self-published books are eligible. Books co-authored or edited by men or including chapters by men are not. This year the Davitts are

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Now online: The Innocents: child victims

All societies profess to love and cherish children, especially for their innocence, but this innocence is often what causes them to become victims of violence and abuse, unable to defend themselves or even speak out. Seasoned writers Caroline Overington, Katherine Kovacic and Stella Budrikis discussed these particularly evil crimes with fellow writer Emily Webb.  Click

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Sisters in Crime: Toxic families: From Friday March 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Families can be havens of love and affection, but they can also be crucibles of crime where abuse and resentment create an explosive mix. At the family core there are usually secrets – deep, dark secrets – as three new novels demonstrate: Nicola Moriarty’s You Need to Know, Erina Reddan’s The Serpent’s Skin and Lyn Yeowart’s The Silent Listener. Join

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Scorching secrets revealed at the latest South Australian Chapter event

Brid Cummings and Raelene Linden braved the Adelaide heat on 24 January for the new South Australian Chapter’s ‘Meet the Author’ event with Sonya Bates and  HR (Helmine) Kemp, in conversation with convenor, Dr Samantha Battams. Report 1 report from Brid Cummings: Despite the mercury pushing past forty degrees, a hardy group of crime fiction

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Crime waves – the beach awash with possibilities

Not had enough of the beach over the holidays? Catch up with Sisters in Crime’s first event for 2021 with authors Belinda Alexandra, Sarah Thornton and Lisa Walker as they explore the appeal of salt-laced mysteries with Tara Mitchell. Click  below to view the event on YouTube:   Belinda Alexandra’s latest book, The Mystery Woman (HarperCollins Publishing), is set in

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Best holiday reads, 2020-2021

What a year it has been and what a solace (and diversion) reading – especially reading crime books – has proven. Now, oh joy, we can throw off our masks in most places and enjoy a holiday (or at least a small break) and, of course, more reading. Sisters in Crime asked convenors, author members,

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World War II crime story wins Sisters in Crime’s 27th Scarlet Stiletto Award

Twenty-five-year-old Bermagui writer, Jessica Southern-Reid, tonight (28/11) won Sisters in Crime’s 27th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards, which were presented online by actor Nadine Garner. Garner’s crime credits include City Homicide, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories and, since the pandemic, The Forgotten Mysteries,  a series of audio murder and mystery stories.

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Tanya Bretherton: true crime writer, sociologist and researcher

For this week’s Murder Mondays interview, Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore talked with Sydney true crime author, Tanya Bretherton, who won the BAD Sydney Crime Writers’ Festival Danger Prize earlier this month. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)             Tanya is a respected

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