crime writing

The past is never dead: Kingston Libraries mystery and mayhem month

Hauntingly, events of the past can often infiltrate the here-and-now with fatal consequences. Kingston Libraries and Sisters in Crime present newly-minted Melbourne crime novelists Amy Suiter Clarke, Suzanne Frankham and Ruth McIvor as they talk to award-winning author Leigh Redhead about such events that refuse to stay dead and buried.   Amy  Suiter Clarke hails

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How to get away with murder

We investigate murder within crime literature and take a humorous stab at revealing what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to making a killing. The advantages – and disadvantages – of poison, bullets, a push off a tall building or cliff, or the Strangers on a Train scenario will all go under

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Rescheduled: Body in the Library: readings and 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards launch

Rescheduled due to Covid restrictions: This year, the Scarlet Stiletto Awards offer $11,910 in prize money for the best crime or mystery short stories. Since 2012, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ Award, offering a $1250 prize to the winner and $750 to the runner-up. This partnership has seen the

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Robin Gregory – Author talk with Darebin Libraries

Hear from Robin Gregory about her novel, Traffic, the  first  in a series featuring Melbourne Private Investigator Sandi Kent. Sandi has her hopes for an easy December dashed when two complicated cases crash into her lap. First, she is hired by her sexy but volatile ex-girlfriend to rescue a young South Korean woman from an illegal brothel.

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Sarah Bailey: Author, advertising executive and managing company partner

This month’s Murder Monday interview by Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore is with Sarah Bailey whose debut novel, The Dark Lake, is a best seller in Australia, the USA and Canada and won both the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Crime Debut and the 2018 Ned Kelly award for Best First Crime. (Click on

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Rural Crime Writing Festival!

The New England Writers’ Centre is proud to be hosting the very first of its kind, Rural Crime Writing Festival! Finishes off with a panel discussion with Emma Viskic, J P Pomare, Yumna Kassab, Benjamin Stevenson, Maryrose Cuskelly, and Dan Box, moderated by Carmel Shute from Sisters in Crime. Zoomed on Saturday 12 June. Tickets

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NOW ONLINE – in conversation with Jacqueline Bublitz

Join Readings and Sisters in Crime as we celebrate the release of Before You Knew My Name (Allen & Unwin) by Jacqueline Bublitz. This is an extraordinary, unputdownable debut novel that explores trauma, connection, and our cultural obsession with dead girls. However this is not just another novel about a dead girl. Before You Knew My

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New rules apply! Sisters in Crime’s Annual General Meeting – Carmel Shute (secretary) reports

Sisters in Crime held its much delayed Annual General Meeting yesterday (30 May) by Zoom. Thanks to the pandemic, it has been a long year since its last AGM – 19 months, in fact – but financial members rallied to the call for a big turnout (a quorum of 10%) to pass the new rules

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Launch of the 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards – with a body or three in the library

Sisters in Crime Australia is joining forces with its long-time supporter, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, to launch its 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories by Australian women. A record $11,910 is up for grabs this year. The Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ Award since 2012,

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Everyday psychopaths: Kelli Hawkins

Writing a crime thriller marks the author as a slightly suspicious person; perhaps even a downright shady one – or so I’ve recently discovered. My debut novel, Other People’s Houses, was released in March and I’ve lost count of the number of friends and family – even strangers – who’ve asked how, and why, I

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