crime writing

Toxic families

Families can be havens of love and affection, but they can also be crucibles of crime where abuse and resentment create an explosive mix. At the family core there are usually secrets – deep, dark secrets – as three new novels demonstrate: Nicola Moriarty’s You Need to Know, Erina Reddan’s The Serpent’s Skin and Lyn

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U3A Talk: Carmel Shute – A Life in Crime

For thirty years come September, Sisters in Crime Australia has been celebrating women’s crime writing, running exciting events (mostly in Port Phillip), nurturing authors and having fun. Co-founder Carmel Shute will tell tall tales and true under a grilling from a fellow convenor, Tara Mitchell. Carmel Shute helped found Sisters in Crime Australia in 1991 and has been a

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Seeking justice through the crime novel : Q&A with Robin Gregory

Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton, spoke to Robin Gregory about her debut crime novel, Traffic (Clan Destine Press).  Hello Robin. Is Traffic your first publication? And what led you to choose crime fiction? Thanks for the opportunity, Robyn. In relation to the first half of your question, I self-published a thriller called Novice Death

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Truth is scarier than fiction … stories ripped from the headlines – Poppy Gee

In 2013 I was at an unusual one-off writers’ festival in the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden. The Body in the Garden Festival combined crime and garden writers – the premise being that they both required the digging up or burying of things. Between panels, I was fortunate to sit down for a coffee and a

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The Innocents: child victims

All societies profess to love and cherish children, especially for their innocence, but this innocence is often what causes them to become victims of violence and abuse, unable to defend themselves or even speak out. We hope you can join us for our upcoming author panel when our seasoned writers Caroline Overington, Katherine Kovacic and

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True Crime Writing with Vikki Petraitis

In the world of publishing, true crime books have always had a dedicated audience. Once podcasts hit the airwaves, true crime topped the listening charts. What is the fascination? True crime author Vikki Petraitis will discuss her books and podcast, The Vanishing of Vivienne Cameron, and why people are fascinated with true crime. Vikki is

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Meet the author: Sarah Thornton – Redcliffe Library (Brisbane) Rescheduled

Join former corporate lawyer (and Sisters in Crime member) Sarah Thornton as she launches her second novel, White Throat (Text Publishing). (Rescheduled now that Greater Brisbane is no longer a ‘red zone’.) Saturday 20 January, 2.30-3.30pm  Redcliffe Library, 476 Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe Disgraced former lawyer Clementine Jones returns in this tautly written thriller; follow-up to the Ned

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Scorching secrets revealed at the latest South Australian Chapter event

Brid Cummings and Raelene Linden braved the Adelaide heat on 24 January for the new South Australian Chapter’s ‘Meet the Author’ event with Sonya Bates and  HR (Helmine) Kemp, in conversation with convenor, Dr Samantha Battams. Report 1 report from Brid Cummings: Despite the mercury pushing past forty degrees, a hardy group of crime fiction

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2021 Ned Kelly Awards Now Open for Submissions

It’s that time of year again! The Australian Crime Writers Association is thrilled to announce that the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing are now open for submissions. Entries close March 31, 2021 This year, the categories are Best Crime Fiction, Best Debut Crime Fiction, Best International Crime Fiction and Best True Crime. Full

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Sisters in Crime SA “Inheritance of Secrets and Deadly Secrets” – Meet the Authors

Sisters in Crime SA next gathering will be a networking event and an opportunity to hear from recently published authors. Sisters of Crime SA convenor Dr Samantha Battams will interview Sonya Bates, author of Inheritance of Secrets (Harper Collins) and  H.R. (Helmine) Kemp, author of Deadly Secrets (self-published). Come along and meet fellow authors and

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