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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Sarah Bailey: Author, advertising executive and managing company partner

This month’s Murder Monday interview by Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore is with Sarah Bailey whose debut novel, The Dark Lake, is a best seller in Australia, the USA and Canada and won both the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Crime Debut and the 2018 Ned Kelly award for Best First Crime. (Click on

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Launch of the 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards – with a body or three in the library

Sisters in Crime Australia is joining forces with its long-time supporter, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, to launch its 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories by Australian women. A record $11,910 is up for grabs this year. The Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ Award since 2012,

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Women’s crime (writing) spree continues – Davitt Awards longlist announced

Australian women’s crime (writing) spree shows no signs of abating. An astonishing 127 books are competing in Sisters in Crime’s 21st Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books – a record equal to 2019. Judging coordinator, Dr Philomena Horsley, couldn’t be more pleased, if somewhat daunted by the prospect of so much reading.

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Vanda Symon – pharmacist, fencer and NZ crime queen

After a six-month hiatus, Murder Mondays are back, but with a difference. The one-on-one author interviews which proved so popular during last year’s pandemic won’t be weekly this time round. They’ll be monthly but national co-convenor (and author), Karina Kilmore, will still be the one asking the tough questions. This month, Karina put fellow-Kiwi, Vanda

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Now online: Witness for the Prosecution: Supporting survivors of sexual assault

Sisters in Crime Australia was again proud to join forces with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University, to present its 15th Law Week event. An expert panel – Louise Milligan, Jane Patrick, Michele Williams QC and Rachel Spencer –  discuss the experience of survivors of sexual assault and their journey through the Australian legal system and how it make it

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Crime writers head to France!

France, renowned for delectable food and wine, art and romance, has also proved 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

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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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