crime books

Sara Paretsky: award-winning writer & founder of Sisters in Crime

Sisters in Crime Australia is thrilled that Sara Paretsky, the founder of Sisters in Crime in the US and the creator of V. I. Warshawski series is our guest for this this week’s Murder Mondays interview with national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore.  (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)       

Read more

International Women of Mystery

Crime and mystery know no borders and neither do the protagonists of Prey, Cutting the Cord and The Lost Jewels: one is pursued by an assassin, another is an assassin and the third is an historian of jewellery. But what defines these women throughout their adventures, which take them to the US, the UK, Europe

Read more

Writing short, writing long:  Q &A with Sandi Wallace

Mt Dandenong writer Sandi Wallace explores the different challenges  of writing short stories and novels with Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton – and gives lots of hot tips for the Scarlet Stiletto Awards.  Hi Sandi. In our annual Scarlet Stiletto short story competition, you’ve been a standout entrant over the years, with wins in

Read more

A Criminologist’s Role in Miscarriages of Justice: Xanthé Mallett

My background is forensic science – specifically forensic anthropology, think Dr Temperance Brennan from the TV series Bones.  I still work with the police, often focusing on image analysis these days, comparing suspect images to a person of interest, this could be a suspect or another person the police wish to identify for operational reasons.

Read more

Judith Rossell: award-winning writer, illustrator and former scientist

Judith Rossell may often spend the day in her pyjamas (just like Sulari Gentill!)– and like Sulari, her output is prodigious. She talks about the special skills required to write (and illustrate) children’s crime books to Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays interview. (Click on the image below to go to

Read more

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

Read more

Writers Victoria: online seminar – Ask… about the US Market (and how you can break in)

A Q&A session with three Aussie authors who have broken into the US market – come with your questions and learn from their experience in publishing outside of Australia and conquering an international audience: Anna Snoekstra Anna Snoekstra is a Sisters in Crime member based in Melbourne.  She is the author of Only Daughter, Little

Read more

Sulari Gentill: award-winning writer, truffle grower & cattle breeder

Sulari Gentill may often write in her pyjamas – from her bed – but she is no slouch when it comes to the art of crime writing, as she tells Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays interview. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)   Sulari,

Read more

Davitt Awards shortlist for best crime & mystery books announced

Twenty-four books crime and mystery books by Australian women are battling it out for Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards – seven adult novels, three Young Adult (YA) novels, five children’s novels and nine non-fiction books. Nine books from all categories are competing for the debut award. Judges’ wrangler, Moraig Kisler, said that the judges

Read more

Sarah Epstein: award-winning writer, illustrator, designer & crafter

Melbourne-based writer, Sarah Epstein, dives deep with Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays’ interview on the craft of crime writing. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)   Sarah spent her childhood drawing, daydreaming and cobbling together picture books at the kitchen table. By her teens

Read more