Sisters In Crime News

Death in the Faculty: Crime & Academia

This Melbourne Sisters in Crime event on 22 July 2016 was a sell-out – and included a big turn out from the academy, with at least five professors in attendance. The debate about the long-standing relationship between crime fiction and academia was led by Sue Turnbull, a Professor in Media and Communications, University of Wollongong

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A ‘long shortlist’ for Sisters in Crime’s 16th Davitt Awards for best crime books

Sisters in Crime has announced its shortlist for its 16th Davitt Awards for best crime books but, at 28 books, the list is rather long. “The reason for such a long shortlist is simple,” says Jacqui Horwood, the Davitt Judges wrangler. “There are just so many outstanding debut books. The crime writing sorority is bursting

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Booktopia to sponsor the 16th Davitt Awards for best crime books

“Women’s crime writing is on a huge wave and we should all be catching it,” says CEO Tony Nash. Booktopia, Australian pre-eminent online bookseller, has announced it will sponsor this year’s Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards for Best Crime Books. CEO Tony Nash says it’s a natural fit. “A sizeable proportion of the four million

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Record $10,000 on offer for the 23rd Scarlet Stiletto Awards Crime Short Story Competition

Text Publishing, which won the Australian Book Industry Awards Small Publisher of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014, has added another arrow to its bow – sponsorship of the $1500 first prize in the 23rd Scarlet Stiletto Awards, Sisters in Crime Australia’s annual short story competition. Publisher Michael Heyward said that Text Publishing was

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The real life version of CSI – experts open up on the secrets of the dead

Get a taste of Sisters in Crime’s 10th Law Week event on Friday 20 May, 6pm. John Silvester interviewed two of the speakers  – Soren Blau, a forensic  anthropologist, and Yeliena Baber, a forensic pathologist – for his Naked City column in Saturday’s Age, 14 May. Soren and the third speaker, Lyndall Smythe, a forensic

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Deadly Debuts with Janice Simpson and Aoife Clifford

Newly-minted crime authors Janice Simpson and Aoife Clifford enthralled (and amused) a large audience talking about their books, Murder at Mt Martha (Hybrid press) and All These Perfect Strangers (Simon & Schuster) to Sisters in Crime in Melbourne on 29 April. Under the gentle interrogation of Sisters in Crime national convenor, Maggie Baron, they revealed

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By the Book: The WA Chapter of Sisters in Crime

Convenor Val Marsden provided this recent update on Sisters in Crime WA. Our chapter is a reading group that began not long after Sisters in Crime Australia was established in Melbourne. We first met in Perth in 1993 and have been meeting regularly, on the last Friday of every month, ever since. We meet in

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Launch of Janice Simpson’s Murder in Mt Martha by Leigh Redhead

An enthusiastic crowd turned up at Readings Carlton on 6 April to usher Janice Simpson’s debut novel, Murder in Mt Martha, into the world. Steeped in Melbourne’s past and historically accurate, Murder in Mt Martha is inspired by a real-life unsolved murder. Janice Simpson is a Melbourne based writer with a background in university teaching

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Sulari shortlisted

For the second consecutive year, Sisters in Crime member, Sulari Gentill, has made the Australian Book Industry Awards shortlist for the Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year, this time with Give the Devil His Due. Her publisher, Pantera Press, is understandably excited. “Given that this particular award is associated with non-fiction titles, it is

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Red Shoes by Angela Savage (2013)

Red shoes according to the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale were the ultimate vanity and cursed the wearer. In the Tom Waits’ song, Red Shoes by the Drugstore, Little Caesar gets caught stealing a diamond ring for his baby all because “he loved the way she looked in those red shoes”. Red shoes, it seems, bring

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