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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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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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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Robin Bowles: true crime queen, Cordon Bleu cook, jeweler and dog lover

Australia’s true crime queen, Robin Bowles, spoke to Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays interview – the first one to feature true crime as opposed to fiction. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)         Robin has had a varied career. She

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Astrid Scholte: crime writer and artist

This week’s Murder Mondays interview by Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore is with Astrid Scholte, the winner of the 2020 Davitt (Best Young Adult Crime Novel) for her debut novel, Four Dead Queens, (Allen & Unwin). (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)            

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Nadine Garner to present the 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Nadine Garner, star of City Homicide, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, and, most recently, The Forgotten Mysteries podcasts, will present Sisters in Crime’s 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards in collaboration with crime author and performer, Jane Clifton. This year, a record 241 short stories written by Australian women compete for a record $10,460 in prize money in

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Twisted tales about twisted sisters – now online

It must be something in the zeitgeist. Three new novels– Rose Carlyle’s The Girl in the Mirror (Allen & Unwin), Sally Hepworth’s The Good Sister (Pan Macmillan) and Sonya Bates’  The Inheritance of Secrets (HarperCollins) – all explore sisters; sisters who are variously sinister, secretive or strange, especially when they happen to be twins, as is

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