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Five TV series to watch (or re-watch) over Christmas – Natalie Conyer recommends…

You’ve come to the end of The Queen’s Gambit. You’ve sat through The Crown with your jaw on your knees. And you listened to what I said before so you binged the whole four seasons of Le Bureau (I was right, wasn’t I?) And now the question is, out of the fifty gazillion shows streaming

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Mirandi Riwoe wins the ARA Historical Novel prize of $50,000

Congratulations to Queensland Sisters in Crime member, Mirandi Riwoe, for winning the ARA Historical Novel prize of $50,000 for her novel, Stone Sky Gold Mountain (UQP). The  award ceremony on 10 November, was hosted by Brooke Boney, and held by both video broadcast and live stream video. It included illustrated readings by Mirandi (pictured here

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2020 Danger Prize goes to Tanya Bretherton

Congratulations to Sydney Sisters in Crime member, Tanya Bretherton, for winning the BAD Sydney Crime Writers’ Festival’s 2020 Danger Prize for The Killing Streets (Hachette). Walkley Award–winning investigative journalist Kate McClymont is the winner of the 2020 Danger Lifetime Achievement Award. Tanya was interviewed by Stephen Romei, the literary editor for The Australian. Click HERE

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What I like about Why Women Kill: Natalie Conyer

Why Women Kill (SBS On Demand) has had some damning reviews. For example: “can’t settle on a tone” (Roger Ebert); “clichéd characterisations” (Hollywood Reporter), and “lack of a solid voice” (vulture.com). I enjoyed Why Women Kill (WWK) very much, and wondered why my experience differed so much from the critics. I’ve come to think they

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Present Tense (Clan Destine Press) wins a Neddie

It was a dead cert that a member of Sisters in Crime would win this year’s Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Fiction announced on Wednesday 14 October – all six shortlisted authors were members of Sisters in Crime – Susan Hurley (Eight Lives); Karina Kilmore (Where the Truth Lies); Sarah Thornton (Lapse); RWR

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Sisters star in the Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

Victorian Sisters in Crime members – Kerry James (Ballarat) and Richenda Rudman (Kensington) – have won two of the major prizes in the 2020 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing.   Kerry won the Fiction Prize ($500) for “True Blue” and Richenda won the Poetry Prize ($500) for “The River”. Both Kerry and Richenda

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CONGRATULATIONS! Sisters in Crime member, Dinuka McKenzie, wins Banjo Prize

HarperCollins Publishers Australia has announced that the winner of its 2020 Banjo Prize –  a publishing contract, with an advance of $15,000 – is Dinuka McKenzie for her unpublished manuscript Flood Debris. Dinuka is a Sisters in Crime member from Heathcote (NSW). Here’s what HarperCollins had to say: Flood Debris is the first novel in

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Crime, Desire and Passion – Turkish and South Korean Style. Marie Manidis reports

I am a television tragic, sadly one with a penchant for crimes that take place in other cultural milieux. So far, geographically, I am a victim of Turkish and South Korean tele novellas, each reflecting the cultural overtones of those two countries. Are the crimes there very different from those that take place closer to

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20th Davitt Awards – what The Sunday Age said

There’s a plague about and it’s making crime pay by Jason Steger, Books Editor, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. In 1852 an outbreak of typhus on the Ticonderoga as it sailed from Britain to Melbourne killed 100 people and led to the establishment of the Point Nepean quarantine station at the head of the

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Val McDermid to present 20th Davitt Awards

Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication   Sisters in Crime Australia is thrilled that Val McDermid, Tartan Noir Queen and long-time Sisters friend, will present its 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women and published in 2019. In a special online ceremony, Val will announce the

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Finding the right publisher – Kirsty Ferguson reflects

From the beginning of my writing career, I have paid close attention to all the successful women in this industry. If I wanted to improve, what should I do? Look to those who led the way. So when the opportunity arose for my writing to be put in front of London publisher Boldwood Books, I

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Crime does pay: $10,460 on offer with the 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

A record $10,460 is up for grabs in Sisters in Crime Australia’s 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories by Australian women. Cate Kennedy, whose literary career was kick-started by winning the first two Scarlet Stiletto trophies back in 1994 and 1995, launched the awards online. (Click on the image below

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Youth writing awards: $1000 up for grabs in two Sisters in Crime’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards

It could be worth killing for…  This year Sisters in Crime is offering not one but two Scarlet Stiletto Awards for short stories by young women crime writers – the long-running Best Young Writer Award ($500) for under 19s, offered for the first time by Affirm Press, and the brand-new New Writers’ Award, open to

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Women’s crime wave continues – Davitt Awards longlist announced

Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women have 124 books in their sights. According to judges’ wrangler, Moraig Kisler, the total is three less than last year “but it’s still a hell of a lot. Even with the social isolation imposed by the pandemic, the six

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Book Clubs Hub: Mapping the nation’s book-loving community

For the first time, a national survey of book clubs around Australia is being conducted as part of a wider campaign to celebrate and recognise their value, reach and combined brainpower. The organisers of the annual Clunes Booktown Festival in regional Victoria have established the Book Clubs Hub, a free platform where book club members

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Murder Takes a Holiday

During the pandemic lockdown, overseas travel is out of the question and we’re lucky to take a walk in the local park even whilst observing social distancing. One of crime fiction’s many virtues is that it allows us to travel to exotic locations from the safety and comfort of the couch or bed. Sisters in

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Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears available for download via Village Roadshow

Are you stuck inside and in need of some fun? Are you unable to travel the exotic lands of adventure to take in Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears in cinemas? If so, don’t fret. #MissFisherMovie is now available for premium digital download. Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears can be hired, purchased

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Leisl Leighton: Blazing Fear: The pathology of fire-setting

Leisl Leighton together with Kimberley Starr and Chloe Hooper will talking with Maggie Baron for Sisters in Crime’s Burning Issues event scheduled for Friday 24 April. The live event is cancelled but the ‘in conversation’ is being recorded and will be available for viewing worldwide on YouTube on Sunday 26 April. Here Leisl talks about what

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Sue Turnbull – Miss Fisher and her fans: how a heroine on Australia’s small screen became a global phenomenon

Sue Turnbull, Sisters in Crime’s Ambassador, introduced the recent screening of Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears. Here, wearing her professorial hat, she writes about Phryne fandom for The Conversation. A heavily disguised Phryne (Essie Davis) is racing through the streets of Palestine, pursued by armed men. Excitement mounts. Having athletically eluded all attempts to

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Celebrating Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears in style

On Sunday 1 March Sisters in Crime booked out a 98-seat theatre at Yarraville’s Sun Theatre for a special screening of  Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears, inspired by the 20 novels in the Miss Fisher murder mystery series, written by founding member, Kerry Greenwood (now OAM). The event was sold out and no wonder! Fans

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Congratulations to Ursula Dubosarsky, Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–21

Sisters in Crime salutes author Ursula Dubosarsky who has been chosen as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–21. Ursula replaces Morris Gleitzman. Ursula was highly commended in Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards in 2012 for The Golden Day, a poetic novel set in the late 1960s in a girls’ school. The judges reported that the

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Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2020

The Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships are back for 2020 – once again made possible by the generous support of the Readings Foundation. Twenty writers will be offered fellowships throughout the year. For the fourth year, an additional Playwright Hot Desk Fellowship will be offered to an emerging female or non-binary playwright supported by the generosity of

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Travel stipends competition for the American University of Paris Summer School

The American University of Paris has alerted Sisters in Crime to two of its 2020 Summer Schools. The first is its Creative Writing Institute, which offers participants the opportunity to write and share poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in a workshop-style format working with our accomplished faculty members, Siân Dafydd, Biswamit Dwibedy, and Amanda Dennis.

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Call for papers: Captivating Criminality 7: Crime Fiction: Memory, History and Revaluation  2020

7th Annual Conference of the International Crime Fiction Association, in association with Bath Spa University – Captivating Criminality 7: Crime Fiction: Memory, History and Revaluation Newton Park campus, Bath Spa University, Bath UK –  2-4 July 2020 Call for Papers The Captivating Criminality Network is delighted to announce its seventh conference, which will be held in

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Vale Liz Cameron (1937-2019)

Liz Cameron, a long-time member and supporter of Sisters in Crime died suddenly last week at the age of 82. She was one of the unsung heroes that has helped build Sisters in Crime. In 1968 Liz became matron at Tintern Girls’ Grammar. Her two daughters, Lindy and Fin, boarded there but did not live

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Bloody Scotland – A great place for Sisters

Sisters in Crime Melbourne member, journalist Jacquie Byron, reports on Bloody Scotland, not an insult conjured up by the Sassenachs but a crime writing festival in Stirling north-east of Glasgow. For writers and readers alike, Bloody Scotland, the international crime writing festival in the Scottish city of Stirling, is well worth a visit. Founded fairly

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Announcing the results of the 2019 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

The New England Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce the results of the 2019 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing. The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing is a national award for unpublished short-form crime writing in three main categories: Fiction, sponsored by the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education at

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The lady most certainly did not vanish: Terror Australis Readers & Writers Festival

Sydney Sister in Crime, Ann Penhallurick, reports on the Murder She Wrote, part of the festival at the Huon Valley, Tasmania, 31 October-5 November, 2019.     “I have been utterly shameless,” declared Shamini Flint, author of the Inspector Singh series, and shoot-from-the-hip speaker at Murder She Wrote. Flint was referring specifically to sending her

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Perth author Sara Foster@Melbourne Athenaeum Library, 6pm, Wednesday 13 November

What happens when shame and secrets meet? Find out when acclaimed Perth crime writer Sara Foster talks to Dr Robyn Walton about her latest mystery,  You Don’t Know Me, out November with Simon & Schuster. Sara’s stunning new thriller revolves about the burden of shame and the disastrous consequences of hiding secrets. Sara Foster was born and raised

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Review feature: All That Remains: A Life in Death by Professor Dame Sue Black

Sisters in Crime member, Dr Philomena Horsley, who specialises in medical autopsies, caught up with Professor Dame Sue Black at the recent Bath University conference on death, dying and disposal. Black is the model for River Wilde, the Dundee forensic anthropologist featured in Val McDermid’s Karen Pirie cold case series. Her book All That Remains: A

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Is crime Melbourne’s hottest export?

Sisters in Crime  member Jacquie Byron has just returned from the Bloody Scotland crime convention in Stirling and has concluded that crime (fiction) is one’s of Melbourne’s top exports. (Her feature published in The Sunday Age M Magazine on 20 October follows.) Crime sells, just ask authors such as Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid

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Close-knit communities are hotbeds for (fictional) crimes!

Friday 27 September was a public holiday for the ALF Grand Final in Victoria but discriminating women (and men) found themselves at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel listening to Kylie Kaden, Petronella McGovern and Felicity McLean talk to Karina Kilmore-Barrymore about how home and family can be a cauldron for crime, bringing with it abductions,

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Marta Dusseldorp joins Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival

Marta Dusseldorp, star of Janet King and Jack Irish, is joining Murder She Wrote, the new Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival in the Huon Valley,  Tasmania, 31 Oct to 5 November.  Marta (shown here presenting the Scarlet Stiletto Awards in 2014)will appear in panel sessions in Cygnet Town Hall on Saturday 2 and

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History Repeats: 2019 Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference

A major event celebrating writers and readers of historical fiction will be take place on 25-27 October 2019 at the historic Parramatta campus of Western Sydney University . The weekend of interviews, panels, discussions and historical weapons re-enactments will be a celebration of all forms of the genre. Historical crime writers, Janet Lee, Catherine Jinks,

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Murder She Wrote: A Tasmanian literary festival inspired by Agatha Christie

The Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TAF2019) is Tasmania’s newest biennial literary festival and the first writers’ festival in the Huon Valley. The festival’s theme, Murder She Wrote, is inspired by Agatha Christie, the Queen of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. Festival director, crime writer (and Sister in Crime member) Dr L.J.M. Owen,

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Women crime writers clean up at the Ned Kelly awards

Breaking news from Jason Steger,  The Age Literary editor, re the Ned Kelly Awards presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association on Friday 6 September. Women writers have made a killing at the Ned Kelly crime-writing awards, taking out all three prizes for the first time. The Neds were presented on Friday as part of BAD: Sydney

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Become a Partner in Crime for the 19th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia is appealing to members and supporters to donate towards its 19th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women.  (Click here to donate,) This year, a record 127 crime books are in contention for the awards, due to be presented at a gala dinner on Saturday 31 August, 6.30 for

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Joanne Drayton: Award-winning biographer with a criminal bent

New Zealand-born Melbourne based author and reviewer, Lucy Sussex, turns her gaze back across the ditch to Joanne Drayton who is presenting Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards on Saturday 31 August in Melbourne. (Click here to book.)  New Zealand writer Joanne Drayton is primarily a biographer, her interests ranging from art to true crime,

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The power of the podcast – Rachael Brown

Rachael Brown was one of the crime writers who spoke at Hitlist on 3 July, the Wheeler Centre event about the current state of crime writing. Serial Davitt winner Emma Viskic compered the session which also included fellow Sister in Crime, Sulari Gentill, plus, Laura Elizabeth Woollett, Garry Disher, and Mark Brandi. I want to

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Hit list: Sulari Gentill on optimism

Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre presented a brilliant session on the current state of crime writing on 3 July. As the official notice said: “It’s no mystery that Australian crime writers are on some kind of a rampage – some kind of a spree– filling bookshops, racing up bestseller lists and taking over big and small screens

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Beating a different drum: Rediscovering Charlotte Jay, Australian mystery writer

In 1992 Sisters in Crime co-convenor, Carmel Shute, was fortunate to interview pioneering Australian crime writer, Charlotte Jay, on the eve of the re-issuing of her 1952 novel, Beat Not the Bones, which had the rare distinction of winning the inaugural Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Writers of America Award. (Raymond Chandler won the following year.)

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Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival announced

MURDER SHE WROTE HUON VALLEY, 31 October to 5 November 2019 A NEW TASMANIAN WRITERS FESTIVAL INSPIRED BY AGATHA CHRISTIE “Incredibly beautiful Hobart, with its deep blue sea and harbour, and its flowers, trees and shrubs. I planned to come back and live there one day.” Agatha Christie “In honour of the Queen of the

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New cover revealed for Livia Day’s, A Trifle Dead

Ahead of the launch of the next volume of Livia Day’s Cafe La Femme series, Keep Calm and Kill the Chef, Twelfth Planet Press has redesigned the covers for the whole series. Sisters in Crime has agreed to do the first cover ‘reveal’. It was shortlisted for Best Debut Book in the Davitt Awards. About

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A Gong for Sigi

Congratulations to Sigrid Thornton who was awarded an AO in this week’s Queen’s Birthday Awards. Sigi has been a great supporter of Sisters in Crime. Back in the nineties, she spoke to an event about her role in Whipping Boy (1996) where she played a female lawyer heads a government taskforce investigating a suspected paedophile

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Get a taste of the 2019 Williamstown Literary Festival – The ‘anti true-crime podcast’ with Claire Halliday

Claire Halliday, journalist and author, talks to Tara Mitchell, Sisters in Crime National Convenor, about her new podcast and upcoming True Crime Panel at the Williamstown Literary Festival, Saturday June 15.   You’re launching a new podcast later in 2019, which is connected to one of Australia’s most infamous unsolved crimes, the disappearance of the

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Ellen Davitt reincarnated at Geelong Cemetery

Sisters in Crime is thrilled to discover that Geelong Cemeteries Trust has created a unique walking tour of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery, called History Alive, which features Ellen Davitt, author of Australia’s first full-length mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in 1865. Visitors are guided around by actors playing the parts of ‘residents’ of the cemetery,

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Crime across the ditch: Lucy Sussex reports on Rotorua Noir

New Zealand is a country of firsts, and Rotorua Noir was its debut crime fiction convention, held over the Australia Day weekend, 2019. The venue, appropriately the Shambles Theatre, was small, but a perfect confab resulted. Writers appeared from NZ, but also Australia (Michael Rowbotham), Iceland, Finland and the North of the British Isles. Rotorua

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Sisters in Crime Queensland Chapter

Hi Sisters, we’d love to welcome all Queensland crime writers, readers, and enthusiasts to our group. We plan to have a few activities during the year that Sisters outside of Brisbane can hopefully attend, we’ll keep you posted. Connect with us on Facebook and our Google group email for notices (details below). 2019 Meeting dates:

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A criminal conspiracy? Join the Crime Fiction Book Club@The Melbourne Athenaeum Library

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library, a great supporter of Sisters in Crime, runs a crime-fiction book club each month on Monday evening at 5.45pm. New members are very welcome. The group, which selects the titles each year, is comprised of hard boiled fans of the crime fiction genre and the discussion is led by crime fiction insider

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Sign up for Sisters in Crime’s newsletter

Click here  if  you would like to sign up for Sisters in Crime’s e-newsletter, A Stab in the Dark, which comes out every two months or so.  Please also add your state to your name and email address. Apologies  if you signed up at the old newsletter form at the bottom of the  website front

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Announcing the results of the 2018 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

The New England Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce the results of the 2018 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing. The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing is a national award for unpublished short-form crime writing in three main categories: Fiction, sponsored by the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, University

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The Davitt Awards: Have they wounded the masculinity of Australian crime fiction?

Jessie Byrne, a  Sisters in Crime member from South Australia (pictured here with Davitt Award winner  Jane Harper in 2017), is doing a creative PhD which involves her writing a crime novel plus a 20,000 word exegesis on Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards. Jessie has published an article about the Davitts in Writing From Below, 3.2

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Registrations open for Rotorua Noir: New Zealand’s first-ever crime festival

Seventy-five years ago Dame Ngaio Marsh crafted one of the Golden Age’s most startling deaths, with the victim lured to his end in a thermal mud pool. Next January, crime writers from several countries will be gathering near the crime scene on New Zealand’s volcanic plateau for Rotorua Noir, the inaugural New Zealand crime and thriller writing festival. Rotorua Noir will

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The Fabulous Ms Fisher MODern Set To Swing Onto Television Screens

The Seven Network, Screen Australia and Every Cloud Productions today announced that Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries, a glamorous new television series set in swinging 60’s Melbourne, will go into production in October. Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries is the spin-off from one of Australia’s most loved and successful television series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Set in 1964, audiences

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Small Towns, Big Crowds

Almost 100 crime fans crammed into South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel for Sisters in Crime’s Small Towns, Big Secrets, Criminal Intentions event on 20 July. The theme obviously struck a chord and writers Sue Williams, Kerry McGinnis and Aoife Clifford certainly knew how to play it. Under the gentle probing of compere and fellow author,

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Be brought to book: new publisher calls for crime

Elephant Tree Publishing, a new addition to Australia’s somewhat beleaguered publishing industry, has put out the call for more crime – and lots of it. Mother and daughter team Dr Kathryn Spurling and Jennifer Brown-Leslie decided to launch Elephant Tree Publishing and Missing Pages Books because they were inspired by the expressive stories from popular

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Slips of the tongue (& pen): How forensic linguistics is transforming crime detection

Georgina Heydon, Associate Professor in Criminology and Justice Studies at RMIT, was the star attraction at Sisters in Crime 2013 Law Week event. Now the President of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, Georgina organised the sponsorship of the inaugural award for the Best Forensic Linguistics Story in the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Here she

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A criminal conspiracy? Join the Crime Fiction Book Club@The Melbourne Athenaeum Library

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library, a great supporter of Sisters in Crime, runs a crime-fiction book club each month on Monday evening at 5.45pm. New members are very welcome. The group is comprised of hard boiled fans of the crime fiction genre and the discussion is led by crime fiction insider Rose Blustein. The group selects the

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The alphabet ends with ‘Y’: Sisters in Crime mourns the death of Sue Grafton

Sisters in Crime Australia mourns pioneering US crime writer, Sue Grafton, who died on 29 December. Grafton is best known for creating the private eye Kinsey Millhone in her ‘alphabet mystery’ novels, starting with A is for Alibi in 1982. Her books were translated into 26 languages and regularly topped best-seller lists. Her latest, out

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Have a criminal 2018

Wondering what to read in 2018? The answer is easy: Scarlet Stiletto: The Ninth Cut, the collection of winning stories from this  year’s short story competition, edited by Phyllis King. It’s a superb collection of page-turning crime and mystery stories in which fabulous female protagonists solve – and sometimes perpetrate – all kinds of crimes. It is a thrilling

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Announcing the results of the 2017 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

The New England Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce the results of the 2017 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing. The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing is a national award for unpublished short-form crime writing in three main categories: Fiction, sponsored by the School of Arts, University of New England; Non-Fiction, sponsored

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A Gold Dagger for Jane Harper

Sisters in Crime sends its warmest congratulations to Jane Harper who yesterday won the Crime Writers’ Association of Britain’s top crime writing award, the Gold Dagger.  Jane won  two Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards  (Best Adult Novel and Readers’ Choice) in August and then a week later took out the Ned Kelly Award for Best First

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Emma Viskic & Angela Savage stories feature in Deadlier 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women

Stories by two Sisters in Crime members, Emma Viskic and Angela Savage, were selected by Sophie Hannah for the new collection, Deadlier 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women. They are the only Australians an star alongside such luminaries as Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, Val McDermid and Margaret Atwood. Emma and Angela are both mystified as

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Congratulations to Liane Moriarty and Our Nicole

All power to Liane Moriarty, who won Sisters in Crime’s Davitt (Best Adult Novel) with her novel Big Little Lies in 2015, and saw the TV series, produced by and starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, walk away with five Emmys on 17 September, including an Emmy for Our Nicole. Nicole won outstanding actress award

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Help bring Miss Fisher to the big screen!

Every Cloud Productions are appealing to Miss Fisher’s fans everywhere to help kickstart Miss Fisher the Movie. The feature film  will build on the successful Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries television series. Every Cloud  has turned to a  Kickstarter campaign to raise a portion of the production budget for the film. Set in the late 1920s, Miss Fisher &

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Congratulations to Angela Savage the new director of Writers Victoria

Long-time Sisters in Crime member, Angela Savage, was announced today as the new director of Writers Victoria. The chair, Nicolas Brasch, said:  “Angela is a highly respected figure within the Victorian writing community, being a published author of note, and someone who has run many workshops for us. Most importantly, she has had extensive experience running similar-sized organisations

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The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge: Crime Appeal

The Australian Women Writers’ (AWW) Challenge was set up to help overcome gender bias in the reviewing of books by Australian women. The challenge encourages avid readers and book bloggers, male and female, living in or outside Australia, to read and review books by Australian women throughout the year. You don’t have to be a writer

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Another Stella performance by Heather Rose

Congratulations to Heather Rose who won the Stella Prize and $50,000 on 18  April. Heather won Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Award for best adult novel in 2006 with The Butterfly Man (University of Queensland Press). It was based on a fictional Lord Lucan ending up in Tasmania. The ending brought many to tears. Click here to

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Footy, feminism and Phryne Her Place: Women in the West exhibition has it all

Lawyer-turned-writer Kerry Greenwood is of one ten women featured in the Her Place: Women in the West exhibition running at VU at MetroWest Gallery which runs until 31 March. One of Australia’s most prolific and successful writers, Greenwood grew up in Footscray, daughter of a father who was a wharfie as well as a storyteller and

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Watch out for Newton’s Law

Sisters in Crime was delighted to be invited to attend the launch on Sunday of the new ABC drama, Newton’s Law, which starts on Thursday 9 February and runs for the next eight weeks (repeated Saturdays 10.30pm and Tuesdays 1pm). Described as the ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ of legal dramas, it follows Josephine Newton (Claudia Karvan) as

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Never, never, ever say your book can’t debut as No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list

Never Never by Sydney Sister in Crime member, Candice Fox, and James Patterson’s debuted at #1 on the New York Times Print Hardcover Best Sellers List and the Combined Print & E-Book Best Sellers List for the week commencing 5 February. Released in Australia in August 2016, Never Never sees Sydney detective Harriet ‘Harry’ Blue

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Australian women crime writers taking Hollywood by storm

Rosemary Neill reports in The Australian Weekend Review 24-25 December 2016 on how Australian women crime writers are all the rage in Hollywood. Oz writers hot in Hollywood: Moriarty, Brierley, Snoekstra A scene from HBO’s Big Litlle Lies, based on Liane Moriarty’s nove “It is kind of like a second coming; a bit of a frenzy goes on in

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Fallen Angel: Phoebe Handsjuk

Robyn Walton reports on an event with Robin Bowles where she discussed her latest crime book, Into the Darkness: The Mysterious Death of Phoebe Handsjuk (Scribe, October 2016). The book was launched by Susanna Lobez at SheKilda3. Robin Bowles, a long-time Sisters in Crime member, has been researching and writing about mysterious deaths and disturbing crimes

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Six Scarlet Stiletto e-books launched!

One of the highlights of SheKilda3 was the launch of six e-book collections of winning Scarlet Stiletto stories by Clan Destine Press, 2011-2016. Author and 2011 Scarlet Stiletto winner, Angela Savage, did the honours. Here’s what she had to say To help celebrate 25 years of Sisters in Crime, it’s my pleasure today to launch

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Vale Frances Sutherland

Frances Sutherland, winner of the  Kerry Greenwood Malice Domestic Award in the 2014 Scarlet Stiletto Awards for her story Murder On A Triple Score, has died. (Frances is pictured with Marta Dusseldorp (r).) Sutherland, who lived in Surrey Hills in Melbourne, was a psychologist who worked in disability and aged care services. She succumbed to

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Murder at the Town Hall

All SheKilda3 convention-goers had the opportunity to exercise their creativity by writing the best opening paragraph for a murder mystery story inspired by the ‘body’ and clues in the St Kilda Town Hall Foyer. Prizes were to die for – a bag of crime books donated by Sisters in Crime plus a tea towel and

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Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction goes to Sister in Crime member, Maryanne Ross

Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction goes to Sister in Crime member, Maryanne Ross Sisters in Crime member Maryanne Ross has won the prestigious New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction” in both the overall Fiction and Emerging Author categories. Maryanne said, “Prizes like the Thunderbolt and the Scarlet Stiletto help emerging writers feel less like

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Miss Fisher movie trilogy announced!

The best way to celebrate is to join other Sisters in Crime – and Kerry Greenwood – at SheKilda3 at St Kilda Town Hall this Saturday. After all, that’s where Phyrne was involved in a famous shootout in Murder on Montparnasse. Catch up here.

The Mystery of Agatha’s Disappearance

  Sisters in Crime national co-convenor Robyn Walton gets on Christie’s ‘Blue Train’ at Readings Hawthorn: Sisters in Crime member and literary historian Lucy Sussex interviewed Australian-Vogel award-winning author Kristel Thornell about her new novel, On the Blue Train, on 18 October at Readings Hawthorn. Thornell creates a fictionalised account of the mysterious ‘lost days’

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Hidden Depths with Tania Chandler

Q&A. Sisters in Crime Australia national co-convenor, Robyn Walton, caught up with Tania Chandler about her second crime novel, Dead in the Water (Scribe, Melbourne, 2016, being launched at Readings Carlton on 13 October. Hi, Tania. Congratulations on having your first novel, Please Don’t Leave Me Here, shortlisted for the 2016 Davitt and Ned Kelly

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5 Ways To Be Famous Now with Maurilia Meehan

A big crowd turned up on 7 September at Readings Carlton to hear Gabrielle Carey, author of Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family and most famously co-author of Puberty Blues, launch 5 Ways to be Famous (Transit Lounge) by Hepburn Springs Sisters in Crime member, Maurilia Meehan. Maurilia describes it as “a wickedly

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Getting iced with L A Larkin

Q&A. L A Larkin talks to Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime Australia national co-convenor, about Devour (Constable, London, 2016), the first novel in her new Olivia Wolfe thriller series. Hello, L A and thanks for taking our questions. First, let’s get oriented with some “when and where” information. Then we can look at some of

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Mad, bad and dangerous to know – Q&A with Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Q&A. Sisters in Crime Australia national co-convenor, Robyn Walton,spoke to Laura Elizabeth Woollett about The Love of a Bad Man (Scribe, Melbourne and London, 2016), her collection of twelve short pieces recreating real-life crimes from recent history. In each one a woman gives her account of becoming deeply involved with a man drawn to vicious

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And the Neddy goes to…

On Sunday August 28 ACWA – the Australian Crime Writers Association – presented their 21st annual Ned Kelly Awards. The Neddy for Best First Fiction went to Emma Viskic which made it a quadrella for her novel Resurrection Bay, after winning three Davitt Awards the previous night. The Ned Kelly for Best Fiction went to Dave Warner

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Crime with a ‘Mid-West’ Gothic edge: Q&A with Tiffany McDaniel

Q&A. Robyn Walton, national co-convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia, quizzed US author Tiffany McDaniel about her new novel, The Summer that Melted Everything (Scribe, Melbourne, 2016). Hi Tiffany. Congratulations on the publication of your extraordinary novel. As our website readers are fans of crime fiction, I’m going to direct our email conversation towards the

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Carmel Shute to be honoured at Ned Kelly Awards

  The NED KELLY AWARDS shortlist has been announced along with the news that this year the Australian Crime Writers Association will honour our very own Carmel Shute with a Lifetime Achievement Award. As we all know, Carmel – a founder and longest-serving National Co-Convener of Sisters in Crime Australia – has spent a quarter of a

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Solved! The case of Mary Fortune, the pioneering crime writer who vanished

Lucy Sussex, a literary historian, novellist and a long-time member of Sisters in Crime, has solved the mystery of where pioneering crime writer, Mary Fortune, is buried. Jason Steger, The Age’s literary editor, reports: (Courtesy of Fairfax Media.) Sometimes the biggest mysteries have the simplest solutions. That’s certainly the truth in the case of the

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Tinder dry fiction: Q&A with Jane Harper

Q&A. Jane Harper has had a meteoric rise as a crime novelist. Last year, she won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and, The Dry, her first novel, was published by Pan Macmillan in June. Rights have already been sold to over twenty territories and it has been optioned for a film

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Chiller Thriller: Q&A with Ann Turner

Q&A. Ann Turner, author of Out of the Ice (Simon & Schuster) tells Robyn Walton, a Sisters in Crime Australia national co-convenor, what makes her Antarctic thriller so chilling. Hi Ann. There’s a lot going on in your second novel, Out of the Ice, and a number of wide-ranging, serious issues are raised. I can’t

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Lucky Me! Q&A with Saba Kapur

Q&A. National Co-convenor Robyn Walton talked to Saba Kapur, author of Lucky Me (Amberjack Publishing, New York, 2016). Lucky Me is a crime mystery for Young Adult readers and a debut novel for Saba, a Melbourne university student. It was launched at Readings bookstore in Hawthorn Melbourne in June 2016. Hi Saba. Let’s look at the

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Dead Men Don’t Order Flake – Deep Fried Crime

Dead Men Don’t Order Flake by Sisters in Crime member Sue Williams was launched by author Angela Savage, another member, before a large and enthusiastic crowd of family, friends and fans on 7 June at Readings Hawthorn. Here’s what Angela had to say: If there was a prize for best book title of the year,

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A force to be reckoned with in Australian bookselling

Congratulations to Deb Force (pictured right with Alana Tailby), Sun Bookshop owner and Sisters in Crime ‘s regular bookseller at Melbourne events, who was recently named joint winner of the 2016 Australian Book Association’s Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year Award. Deb wasn’t able to be at Sisters in Crime’s last event but we entrusted

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A winter launch – Out of the Ice by Ann Turner

What better way to mark the beginning of winter on 1 June (and the return of nippy weather to Melbourne after a long Indian summer) than with the launch of Ann Turner’s new Antarctic thriller, Out of the Ice (Simon & Schuster. Ann joined Sisters in Crime when her first novel, The Lost Swimmer, was

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The violence simmering under the surface of everyday life – Q & A with Emily Maguire

Q&A. Emily talks to Robyn Walton, a national co-convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia, about her novel An Isolated Incident (Picador, March 2016), her first foray into crime. Hi Emily and thanks for your time. An Isolated Incident explores the aftermath of the vicious killing of a woman, Bella, with the focus often on the

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More than smoke and mirrors: The latest from ‘True Crime Queen’, Robin Bowles

After a break of a couple of years, Robin Bowles True Crime Queen (and Sisters in Crime Life Member), has been pounding the keyboard with her single arthritic finger, wearing down her blue acrylic nail and writing three books since June last year! The first, Smoke and Mirrors, released in August 2015, deals with the

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Putting flesh on Sydney’s Ghost Girls: Q&A with Cath Ferla

Q&A. Cath Ferla spoke to Robyn Walton, a National Co-convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia, about her debut novel, Ghost Girls (Echo Publishing, 2016). Spoiler alert: Cath speaks openly about her book so if you haven’t read it, maybe wait to read this until you have… Hi Cath. Let’s start with some questions about appearances

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Her novel may be Missing but Melanie Casey is right here

Melanie Casey speaking at Sisters in Crime in Melbourne in 2013 Q&A. South Australian Melanie Casey is the author of the Cass Lehman psychic sleuth series with Hindsight, Craven and now, Missing, all published by Pantera Press. She spoke to Robyn Walton, national co-convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia, about what makes her and her

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Emily Maguire in conversation with Clementine Ford

Carmel Shute from Sisters in Crime caught up with Emily Maguire who was in conversation with feminist commentator Clementine Ford at Readings Carlton on 14 April. Emily is a well-regarded novellist but An Isolated Incident is her first foray into crime – and let’s hope it’s not her last. It is a crime book with

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Donna Leon talks to Phillip Adams, a great fan, on Radio National

Watching the Detective: Commissario Guido Brunetti cherishes his food, his glass of wine, his smart and acerbic wife, Paola, and many of the sceptical detectives he works with. He’s an intensely civilised character steering his way through the bureaucracy and corruption of Venice – and solving the occasional crime along the way. With Brunetti, author

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Flicks4Chicks International Film Contest

Enter the Flicks4Chicks international film contest and you can literally change the script and write your own. The contest is part of the Different Faces/Different Voices Film Festival developed by Harvard Square Script Writers in collaboration with Women in Film and Video/New England. The contest invites anyone from anywhere in the world to make a

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Aoife Clifford on Radio National

Can’t wait to hear Aoife Clifford speaking to Sisters in Crime about her debut novel All These Perfect Strangers at the Rising Sun Hotel in South Melbourne, 8pm Friday 29 April? Then catch up with her interview with Anna Frey Taylor on Radio National: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksplus/all-these-perfect-strangers-by-aoife-clifford/7311188

Ann Cleeves, Shetland

Ann Cleeves might be best known for her Vera novels made in to the wonderful series starring Brenda Blethyn. But she has also created another terrific series set in Shetland with a male detective, Jimmy Perez. In 2006 she won the inaugural Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the richest crime-writing prize in the world, for a novel

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Davitt winner appointed Associate Editor to The Australian

Congratulations to Caroline Overington, winner of Sisters in Crime’s 2015 Davitt Award (Non-Fiction) for Last Woman Hanged (Harper Collins) http://www.harpercollins.com.au/9781460703625/last-woman-hanged on her new job as Associate Editor for The Australian. The appointment is another achievement in Caroline’s already stellar career. She is currently the Associate Editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly and based in Santa

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Deadly debut for Aoife Clifford

A big crowd jammed into Readings Carlton on 2 March for the launch of Aoife Clifford’s debut novel, All These Perfect Strangers, which is being published in March in Australia and in August in the United Kingdom in by Simon & Schuster and in July in the United States by Penguin Random House. Aoife credited

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Donna Leon and the madness of Venice

In case you missed Jane Cadzow’s wonderful article from Good Weekend, on 16 January 2016, here it is: “Donna Leon and the madness of Venice” Millions of readers, including our own PM, have fallen for mystery novelist Donna Leon’s blockbuster Commissario Brunetti series. But it’s not her proudest achievement. Donna Leon steps out of the

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Sisters on the airwaves & screen

Liane Moriarty, who won Sisters in Crime’s 15th Davitt Award (Best Adult Novel) this year for Big Little Lies, has a new role – producer of the  series of her book which has Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon as executive producers at HBO, following a bidding war with Netflix. The two actors also have starring roles

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Radio National interview: Ex-cop turns from erotic to win crime prize

Catch up with Michael MacKenzie’s interview with Scarlet Stiletto winner T J Hamilton on Radio National’s RN Afternoons on 1 December: Crime writing continues to be a growth industry in publishing, as our appetite for fictional violence, murder and torture seems insatiable, however it’s a pretty big leap from writing erotic bodice rippers to Jack

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Fairfax Media feature: Crime novelist Sulari Gentill sees the present in our right-wing past

Sulari Gentill was interrogated at Readings Hawthorn on 9 November by fellow author and Sister in Crime Angela Savage for a gripping and often hilarious 40 minutes about her latest book, Give the Devil His Due, the 7th Rowland Sinclair mystery. If you missed the event (and lots did), catch up with Marc McEvoy article

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A is for Arsenic: RN program about Agatha Christie & poison

A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie is a new book, exploring the science behind the poisons used in the novels of Agatha Christie. Over the course of her writing career, Christie killed-off over 300 of her characters. Some were drowned, others were stabbed, but the vast majority were poisoned. Arsenic, Cyanide, Hemlock and

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The Lost Swimmer optioned by Film Art Media Pty Ltd

The Lost Swimmer, the debut novel by Sisters in Crime member, Ann Turner, has been optioned by Film Art Media Pty Ltd to be made into a film. Sue Maslin, the producer of the adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s, The Dressmaker , starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis and Liam Hemsworth, will produce, and Ann Turner will write the

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Provocare: A New Digital Story Exploring Female Agency and Violence Against Women

Recently launched, ‘Provocare’ is a multimedia verse thriller created by Sisters in Crime member, Meg Vann, writer; Mez Breeze, interaction designer; and Donna Hancox, research lead for Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). It is the first work to be commissioned and produced for ‘Queensland Writers on the International Stage’, an Arts Queensland funded programme created

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Lucy Sussex wins a 2015 Victorian Community History Award for Blockbuster

Lucy Sussex, a long-time member of Sisters in Crime, has won the History Publication Award for Blockbuster! Fergus Hume and the Mystery of a Hansom Cab (Text Publishing). The award is one of several Victorian Community History Awards presented in Melbourne on 19 October by the Public Record Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal

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The Guardian: How Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries conquered America

Hooray!! It’s now official – Phyrne has won the hearts of America, as well as Australia, according to an article published in The Guardian on 14 October. Read on. With its sumptuous interiors, beautiful clothes and badass feminist heroine who is neither an ingenue nor matron, the Australian show has won a cult following Move

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Full Results for the 2015 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

The New England Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce the results of the 2015 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing. The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing is a national award for unpublished short-form crime writing. In its third year in 2015, the Prize attracted a strong field of entries from all over

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Hear Caroline Overington Davitt (Non-Fiction) winner & others on women who kill

Three writers  joined Natasha Mitchell (RN Life Matters ) at the Sydney Writers’ Festival to discuss women who kill: Caroline Overington, who won the 2015 Davitt (Non-fiction) for Last Woman Hanged: The Terrible True Story of Louisa Collins, Kellinde Wrightson, author of The Notorious Frances Thwaites: The Story of the Brunswick Baby Farmer  and Xanthé

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The Australian Women’s Weekly features the Davitts!

Last Woman Hanged takes out 2015’s Davitt Award The Australian Women’s Weekly’s Associate Editor, Caroline Overington, has taken out the top prize in the non-fiction category at this year’s Davitt Awards. The Australian Women’s Weekly’s associate editor Caroline Overington has won the 15th annual Davitt Award for non-fiction crime writing. Caroline, who is based in

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Welcome to the Phryneverse – Paddy McCorry

Are you part of the growing phenomenon we call ‘fandom’, a term that refers to a subculture of fans who behave as if the object of their admiration is a real human being. The latest bit of fandom to hit crime lovers is the ‘Phryneverse’, based of course on the gorgeous Phryne Fisher.

Vale Ann Rule, pioneering true crime writer

Sisters in Crime mourns the death of Ann Rule whose book on serial killer Ted Bundy changed the face of true crime writing. William Grimes from the New York Times reported: Ann Rule 1931-2015 Ann Rule’s 1980 study of serial killer Ted Bundy, The Stranger Beside Me, set her on the road to writing dozens

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Shortlist for Sisters in Crime’s 15th Davitt Awards announced

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced its shortlist for its 15th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women. Leading UK crime writer, Sophie Hannah, will present the awards at a gala dinner at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre at 7pm, Saturday 29 August. Prior to the presentations, she will discuss her own life in crime

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Out in time for Davitt Awards ceremony: Clan Destine Press e-book, Force and Fraud by Ellen Davitt

Clan Destine Press announces the ePublication of the historic crime novel, Force and Fraud by Ellen Davitt. Outback Australia in the mid-1800s When rich, domineering squatter Angus McAlpin is murdered, the obvious suspect is the penniless artist, Herbert Lindsey – who wants to marry his daughter, Flora. McAlpin may have proclaimed that Flora would marry Herbert

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Catch up on The Age article: Sisters in Crime hunting for junior writers with grisly tales to tell

Kate Nancarrow, the Education Editor, for Melbourne’s Age newspaper, has published an article about Allen & Unwin’s Youth Award in this year Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Entries are open in the 22nd Scarlet Stiletto Awards and organisers, Sisters in Crime, are looking for young female writers with a passion for murder and mystery to enter the

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Serialised suspense romance, Lethal in Love, starts July 15

On July 15, Penguin Random House begins publishing Lethal in Love, a six-part serialised suspense romance e-book by Michelle Somers, with subsequent episodes released fortnightly after that. The book is available for pre-order so if you order all in advance each episode will download directly to your device on publication. Click here. Sandi Wallace interviewed Michelle

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Simon & Schuster debut book deal for Scarlet Stiletto winner, Aoife Clifford

Congratulations to Scarlet Stiletto winner Aoife Clifford (above at the 2013 Awards’ ceremony) has her debut novel coming out next year with Simon & Schuster in Australia and then in the UK. Aoife won the top Scarlet Stiletto Award in 2007, came second in 2009 and has won numerous other category awards. She also won

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Read the 2014 winning ‘Body in the Library’ Scarlet Stiletto Awards stories

Melbourne’s Athenaeum Library, which has sponsored the ‘body in the library’ prizes in Sisters in Crime’s annual Scarlet Stiletto Award short story competition for the past three years, has published the winning stories from 2014 in e-book format: Winning story: Natalie Conyer – The Book Club             read it here!

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Record $9350 on offer for the 22nd Scarlet Stiletto Awards Crime Short Story Competition

Every Cloud Productions, the producers of the internationally-acclaimed crime drama,Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, has just added another feather to its cloche: sponsorship of the $1500 first prize in the 22nd Scarlet Stiletto Awards, Sisters in Crime Australia’s annual short story competition. Fiona Eagger, who producesMiss Fisher’s Murder Mysterieswith Every Cloud’s co-founder Deb Cox, said that

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BuzzFeed: 18 Reasons Phryne Fisher Is The Badass TV Detective You Need In Your Life

According to Adam Davis from BuzzFeed, Phryne Fisher is a flawless human being who must be celebrated endlessly. It’s not often we run male opinion pieces on the Sisters in Crime website, but Adam does put forward 18 compelling arguments as to why we should all love Phryne and the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, based on

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Crime novel by St Kilda writer wins $15,000 prize

Sisters in Crime offers its warmest congratulations to St Kilda author Jane Harper who has won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Harper took out the $15,000 prize for her crime novel, The Dry, set in rural Australia. The Age reported the judges saying that Harper “weaves together themes about belonging, loyalty

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A record 96 crime books to shoot out for Sisters in Crime’s 15th Davitt Awards

Davitt judges’ wrangler, Jacqui Horwood, said that there had been an explosion of women’s crime writing over the past 15 years. Hannah Kent won the 2104 Davitt (Readers’ Choice) for Burial Rites “When the Davitt Awards were set up back in 2001, there were only seven books competing , though admittedly non-fiction crime books weren’t

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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries to be a movie filmed in the UK

Submitted by Carmel on 9 May 2015 – 4:10pm The first episode Series 3 of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries screened on ABC1 on 8 May. The series is based on the novels by founding Sisters in Crime member, Kerry Greenwood, and has a huge following amongst Sisters in Crime members.  The even better news is

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New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

Submitted by Carmel on 3 May 2015 – 5:01pm New England Writers Centre is proud to announce an exciting new national literary award, the New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing The prize is for unpublished short-form crime writing in three categories: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. It has been inspired not only by New England’s

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Vale Ruth Rendell

Submitted by Carmel on 3 May 2015 – 5:22pm UK crime writer Ruth Rendell, creator of the Inspector Wexford series, has died at the age of 85, following a stroke in January. Rendell, who also wrote psychological thrillers under the name of Barbara Vine, was the author of more than 60 novels. Her rival and

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Mayday! Entries for the Davitts women’s crime book competition close May 1

Submitted by Carmel on 24 April 2015 – 6:58pm Publishers have to Friday May 1 to enter Sisters in Crime Australia’s 15th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women. Honey Brown – 2014 Davitt (Best Novel) winner Six Davitt Awards will be presented at gala dinner in Melbourne on Saturday

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Lifetime Membership Awards presented to Vivienne Colmer, Robin Bowles and Phyllis King

Submitted by Carmel on 24 April 2015 – 7:11pm Sisters in Crime Australia has presented its first Lifetime Membership Awards –  to Vivienne Colmer and Robin Bowles on 13 March and to Phyllis King on 17 April. Each recipient received a red Sisters in Crime Lifetime Membership card and a framed pulp-style book cover designed by

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Bring out the beads! Festival of Phryne

Submitted by Carmel on 17 April 2015 – 5:13pm Series 3 of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries starts 8.30pm Friday 8 May on ABC1 – and it’s part of a much wider Festival of Phryne. Hooray! Returning to Rippon Lea House & Gardens in Melbourne on Friday 1 May is with a major new exhibition featuring

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Launch of Ellie Marney’s, Every Move

Submitted by Carmel on 15 February 2015 – 2:22pm Sisters in Crime members and supporters are warmly welcomed to the launch of Ellie Marney’s, Every Move, the 3rd (and final) book in her Every Young Adult crime series – 6-8pm Monday 16 March – Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St, Carlton Adele Walsh, the Program Coordinator

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Phryne Fisher and Other Fantasies: The Female Detective in History

Submitted by Carmel on 15 February 2015 – 2:46pm The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) is offering a 10% discount to Sisters in Crime members to attend its inaugural conference at Balmain Town Hall in Sydney on 21-22  March. It is also offering the opportunity to submit an academic paper to a special edition of

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Tribute to Phyllis King and Tanya King-Carmichael from Sisters in Crime Australia

Submitted by Carmel on 24 December 2014 – 4:48pm In late November Sisters in Crime Australia paid tribute to recently retired national co-convenor, Phyllis King, and retiring Davitt Judges wrangler (and former convenor), Tanya King-Carmichael. Fellow convenor, Jessica Fichera, designed pulp-style book cover certificates to honour the mother-daughter team who devoted so much time, energy

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Davitt winner Anna Krien takes out $41,000 UK sports writing award

Submitted by Carmel on 30 November 2014 – 7:33pm Anna Krien, who won the 2014 Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Award for True Crime has won the UK William Hill Sports Book of the Year, only the second woman to do so in the 26-year history of the award. Her book Night Games: Sex, Power and

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Death Comes to P D James

Submitted by Carmel on 28 November 2014 – 10:37pm Sisters in Crime Australia mourns the death of British crime queen, P D James, who died at the age of 94 on Thursday (27 November 2014) at her home in Oxford. James, a public servant, had her first book published at the age of 42 and

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WA writer strikes gold in 21st Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards

Submitted by Carmel on 22 November 2014 – 4:37pm Judith Bridge (centre), a Perth-based short story writer, singer, songwriter, playwright and actor has won the HarperCollins First Prize ($1500) in Sisters in Crime Australia’s 21th Scarlet Stiletto Awards with her short story, “Amy’s Sandal”, an unusual crime tale about a ‘girlwoman’ with mental health issues

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Phryne has a future after series 3

Submitted by Carmel on 22 November 2014 – 6:30pm Good news – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has a future after series 3 (currently in production). At last year’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards, Sisters in Crime members were all busy signing a petition to the ABC calling to commission for a 3rd series ofMiss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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Announcing the shortlist for 21st Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Submitted by Carmel on 11 November 2014 – 7:14pm Twenty-seven short stories by 23 women authors vie for Sisters in Crime Australia’s 21stScarlet Stiletto Awards to be presented by Marta Dusseldorp, star of Janet King andCrownies, at a gala dinner,6.30pm, Friday 21 November at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. This year a record 207 short stories competed

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2014 Scarlet Stiletto Awards Night – Book your Tickets now

Submitted by Karen on 20 October 2014 – 10:04pm Marta Dusseldorp, star of Janet King and Crownies, to present the 21st Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards – 6.30pm, Friday 21 November Sisters in Crime Australia is proud to announce that Marta Dusseldorp, star of Janet King and Crownies, will present its 21st Scarlet Stiletto Short

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Brought to book: Journalists turn to crime (writing)

Submitted by Carmel on 13 October 2014 – 11:57am What are the challenges – and joys – of moving from journalism to true crime? Journalists Belinda Hawkins, Suzanna Lobez and Meg Norris cut to the thrust with crime author and former journalist Lindy Cameron at an event hosted by crime buff’s organisation, Sisters in Crime

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Double Trouble: Event launch with Sandy Curtis & Sandi Wallace

Submitted by Carmel on 18 September 2014 – 3:59pm Sisters in Crime Australia and the Port Phillip Library Services have joined forces to present Double Trouble, a free ‘event launch’ with crime writers Sandy Curtis andSandi Wallace about their books Grievous Harm and Tell Me Why, both published byClan Destine Press. Sisters in Crime Australia

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Val Down Under: Tartan Noir Queen Val McDermid tells all to Angela Savage

Submitted by Carmel on 6 September 2014 – 5:46pm Tartan Noir Queen Val McDermid will be in wild and wonderful conversation with Australian crime author, Angela Savage, about her latest psychological thriller, The Skeleton Road, at  Melbourne’s Comedy Club, 6 for 6.30 pm Wednesday 24 September. In The Skeleton Road, McDermid, the creator of ITV’s

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“Promiscuous hybridity”: Announcing Sisters in Crime 14th Davitt Awards for Best Crime Books

Submitted by Carmel on 1 September 2014 – 5:10pm Ellie Marney, Lauren Beukes, Karen Foxlee, Felicity Pulman, Jen Storer (l-r) & Honey Brown (front) Burial Rites, Hannah Kent‘s multi-award winning crime novel about the last woman to be executed in Iceland, has two more prizes to its credit – the Davitts for Best Debut Novel

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