Sisters In Crime News

Felonious communities and fractured families

The murderous intertwining of love, family secrets and the broader society informs the latest novels by Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Spence and Joanna Baker. The authors confessed all under the humorous but incisive interrogation of fellow author Vikki Petraitis in Melbourne on April 12. Under Vikki’s probing, they explained what inspired them to write their novels

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How writing changed these authors’ lives

Sisters in Crime held a fascinating and often hilarious event in Melbourne on 14 June  – Doctors, Danger and Death where three debut crime writers, Susan Hurley, L M Ardor Sue Ingleton, talked to Maggie Baron about the blood-tingling scenarios and scenes of the crime offered by the worlds of science and medicine. We asked

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A tsunami of crime – 127 books contend for Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

  A record 127 books are in contention for Sisters in Crime Australia’s 19th Davitt Awards for best crime and mystery books by Australian women. This figure tips last year’s record by 16. An astonishing 73 adult crime novels have been entered. Almost  half – 49 books in total – are debut offerings. This year

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Law Week: Women are still being targeted online “at their weakest point”

Over 120 crime fans turned up for Sisters in Crime’s 13th Annual Law Week event on Friday 17 May, Stalking, Trolling and Cyber-Bullying, organised in partnership for the fourth year running with  the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University.  Special thanks to Professor Kathy Laster and her wonderful team for helping make this all happen. Thanks also

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Stalking, Trolling & Cyberbullying under the microscope at Sisters in Crime’s 13th Law Week event

Trolling, now a Federal election issue, will be also under the microscope at Sisters in Crime’s 13th Law Week event the night before (Friday May 17, 6.30pm) at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University. Authors Ginger Gorman, Emma A. Jane, and Rachel Cassidy will be talking to The Age journalist Wendy Tuohy about the

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Mysteries with history: The pleasures – and many perils – of setting  books in the past

Some of the most interesting crime writing these days has an historical bent. A large and appreciative crowd packed South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel to hear Toni Jordan, M J Tjia and Kirsten Alexander talk to Alison Goodman about why digging into the past provides such deadly themes and characters for crime writing. (Interestingly, all three

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The Davitt Awards: Making space for Australia’s women crime writers: Jess Byrne

Sisters in Crime member, Jess Byrne, is currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. It includes a 20,000 word exegesis which she has chosen to write on Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards.  (Jess is is pictured here with 2017 Davitt Award winner, Jane Harper.) Here is the paper she presented

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Entries for the Davitts Women’s Crime Book Awards now open

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 19th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women are now open.  The deadline has been extended so publishers now have until Friday 10 May to enter. Self-published books are again eligible. Six Davitt Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne, probably in late

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Best holiday reads for 2018/2019

Sisters in Crime asked its author members and convenors what they would recommend for holiday reads and this is what they said:  Anne Buist (author) Louise Luna, Two Girls Down (Text publishing, 2019): I was lucky enough to get an advance copy— dynamite kick-butt heroine and a believable softer make side kick. Keeps the pages

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Philomena Horsley takes out the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Award

Philomena Horsley (Northcote, Vic), a medical anthropologist who specialises in autopsies, took out the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award presented on Saturday night (24 November). Actor Kate Atkinson and author Cate Kennedy presented the awards before a hundred crime fans at a gala ceremony at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. “It was a night of magic and

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