crime fiction

Open invitation to the launch of Carmel Reilly’s novel, Life Before

Everyone is  invited to celebrate the publication of Life Before, the debut adult crime novel of Sisters in Crime member, Carmel Reilly. Author (and Sisters in  Crime member). Ann Turner, will launch the book: Thursday 9 May, 6.30pm  – Readings Hawthorn,  701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn. Life Before is a family drama with a touch of crime

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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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Murder Village: An Improvised Agatha Christie Whodunnit – Comedy Festival

Murder Village: An Improvised Agatha Christie mystery returns for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Following a critically-acclaimed sell-out run at the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne’s favorite comedic improvisers are bringing the off-the-cuff whodunnit Murder Village to Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019. The hilarious Agatha Christie-style improvised format is a chance for murder mystery lovers

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Felonious communities and fractured families

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

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

Sisters in Crime Cairns member, Caroline de Costa, will be in conversation with author and Sisters in Crime’s member, Leigh Redhead, for the launch of Blood Sisters, Caroline’s third novel in her Cass Diamond series set in FNQ. Also hear from journalist Margaret Simons on the topic of  sex trafficking.  Introduction by Carmel Shute, Sisters in Crime

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Revolutionary Disillusionment: Q&A with Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, spoke to Sydney author, Laura Elizabeth Woollett, about her book Beautiful Revolutionary (Scribe, 2018) which has just been longlisted for the 2019 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal. Hi Laura. You give your readers a fictionalized account of the rise and fall of the Peoples Temple cult, which ended with

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Crime Writing Workshop with Vikki Petraitis

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

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Open invitation: Launch of Idle Lies by Lian Knight

All welcome at the launch of Lian Knight’s debut novel, Idle Lies (Hybrid Press). Idle Lies: A deserted picnic ground. The killer, horrified and frozen with indecision, falls asleep at the scene until he mistakes a firetruck for the authorities and bolts. Kate wakes from a dream holiday to discover her husband Matt is leaving her. Matt shares

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Inviting Darkness: Q&A with Lisa Unger

Sisters in Crime President, Robyn Walton, spoke to US author, Lisa Unger, about her latest psychological thriller, Under My Skin (2018). Hello, and congratulations on your publication record: 16 novels and a novella. In 2018 Bouchercon, the annual mystery convention, was held in your US hometown. How was that? Thank you so much! Bouchercon always

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