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December 2018

Jane Harper in conversation with Angela Savage about The Lost Man

December 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Upstairs at the Athenaeum , Level 2, 188 Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$15 – $20

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library and Sisters in Crime Australia take pleasure in presenting Jane Harper and Angela Savage as they discuss Jane’s latest best-seller, The Lost Man (Pan Macmillan, 2018), a stand-alone thriller set in outback Queensland. Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun. They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, it is their middle brother Cameron who…

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February 2019

BOOKED OUT – A Black Saturday Crime

February 14 @ 6:00 pm
St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street
StKilda, VIc 3182 Australia
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Sisters in Crime Australia and the Port Phillip Library  Service present… 6 for 6.30pm, Thursday 14 February: A Black Saturday Crime Award-winning author Chloe Hooper talks to Robin Bowles about her latest book, The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire ( (Hamish Hamilton). What kind of person would deliberately set a firestorm? Hooper asks. What kind of mind? On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, then sat…

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The past is never past: New mysteries with history

February 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia
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$12 – $20

Toni Jordan, M J Tjia and Kirsten Alexander talk to Alison Goodman about why digging into the past provides such fertile themes and characters for crime writing. Award-winning Melbourne author Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. Her latest, The Fragments, is her first foray into the mystery world. Set in 1930s’ New York and 1980s’ Brisbane, The Fragments concerns author Inga Karlson who died in a fire, leaving behind three things: a phenomenally successful first novel, the scorched…

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March 2019

Learned Crime with Dervla McTiernan

March 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Athenaeum 2 Theatre, 2nd Floor, 188 Collins St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$15 – $20

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library and Sisters in Crime Australia take pleasure in presenting Dervla McTiernan in conversation with Robyn Walton re Dervla’s latest book, The Scholar (out February). After several hotly contested publishing auctions, Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Rúin (Harper Collins, 2018), became an instant bestseller which soared up the Australian charts and became one of the top five bestselling Australian crime novels for 2018, as well as hitting the bestseller charts in the UK and Ireland. Hugely acclaimed…

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Crime Writing Workshop with Vikki Petraitis

March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Geelong Courthouse Youth Arts, 60 Little Malop St
Geelong, Victoria 3220 Australia
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$35

Ever thought about writing a crime novel? Or perhaps writing a short crime story to enter into Sisters in Crime Australia's Scarlet Stiletto competition or submit to the Geelong Writers Anthology? This 3 hour Crime Writing workshop with best-selling author Vikki Petraitis will give you plenty of tips on where to start, what to include, and how to engage your audience. Vikki is a well-respected teacher and the author of over a dozen books. Her workshops are interactive and include opportunities to plan and share writing. This workshop…

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April 2019

Felonious communities and fractured families

April 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rising Sun Hotel, 2 Raglan St
South Melbourne, Vic 3205 Australia
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$12 – $22

Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Spence and Joanna Baker talk to Vikki Petraitis about the murderous intertwining of love and family secrets, and its place in broader society.   All Our Secrets (Rosa Mira Books, 2017; Clan Destine Press, 2018), by ex-patriate Jennifer Lane, is set in the small fictional NSW town of Coongahoola where hundreds of ‘Believers’ arrive and start to win souls. In the aftermath of the town’s infamous River Picnic, four times more babies than usual were born the following October…

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Open invitation – Brisbane launch of Caroline de Costa’s, Blood Sisters (Wild Dingo Press)

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Avid Reader, 193 Boundary Street
West End, Qld 4101 Australia
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Sisters in Crime Cairns member, Caroline de Costa, will be in conversation with author and Sisters in Crime member, Christina Lee, for the launch of Blood Sisters, Caroline’s third novel in her Cass Diamond series set in FNQ. 6-8 pm, Tuesday 30 April, Avid Reader, 193 Boundary Street, West End. Blood Sisters explores sex trafficking and abortion, teenage emotions and adult mischief, in a story as densely branched as the rainforest itself. Caroline de Costa was born and brought up in Sydney. After…

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May 2019

Stalking, trolling and cyberbullying

May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University City Queen Street Campus, Lecture Theatre G02, 295 Queen Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$12 – $22
Law Week event # stalking # trolling # cyberbullying with image of computer mouse and Victoria Law Foundation

Sisters in Crime is again proud to join forces with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University, to present its 13th Law Week event, kindly sponsored by Victoria Law Foundation. Ginger Gorman, Emma A Jane, and Rachel Cassidy talk to The Age journalist Wendy Tuohy about the newish crime of cyberhate and the not-so-new crime of stalking, and the devastating, sometimes deadly, effects these crimes can have on people’s lives. Bookings for this event are essential, so to avoid disappointment…

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CANCELLED Brisbane Chapter Meeting – Writing a Good Synopsis!

May 18 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St
Brisbane, Qld 3000 Australia
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Free

Writing a Good Synopsis RSVP is essential please as we may not have the numbers due to election day. sistersincrimeqld@gmail.com Date: Saturday 18 May 2019 Time: 10.30am to 1pm Location: The Community Meeting Room, Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St, Brisbane City. The meeting room is on the ground floor. As you enter, walk towards the large escalator and it is to the left before you hit the escalator! Please bring if inclined, a small snack to share with the…

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June 2019

Doctors, danger and death: new medical thrillers

June 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia
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$10 – $22
Pair of hands snapping on latex gloves oveerlaid with a red cross outline filled with fingerprint

Authors Susan Hurley, Sue Ingleton and L M Ardor talk to Maggie Baron, former forensic scientist and inaugural President of Sisters in Crime, about the blood-tingling scenarios and scenes of crime they have encountered in the divergent worlds of science and medicine.   Susan Hurley has drawn on her thirty years in medical research and the pharmaceutical industry for her debut thriller, Eight Lives (Affirm Press, 2019). Featuring former refugee David Tran, Golden Boy of Australian medical research, the book explores power, class and…

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