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Best holiday reads for 2019/2020

Sisters in Crime asked convenors and speakers at its 2019 events what they would recommend for holiday reads and this is what they said: Kirsten Alexander (author)  Tana French, The Trespasser (Viking Press, 2016): This book will be familiar to many of you, but it was new to me. And I’d recommend it over the

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Sins of the past: Q&A with Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, spoke to Sydney author Ashley Kalagian Blunt, about her book My Name is Revenge (Spineless Wonders). Welcome to our Q&A, Ashley, and belated congratulations: your novella My Name is Revenge) was one of two runners-up in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2019

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True Crime Sunday with Vikki Petraitis

What better way to an arvo: True Crime Sunday Vikki Petraitis talking about her life of true crime writing True Crime writer Vikki Petraitis will take you down the mean streets in an afternoon presentation of real Australian crime. The best-selling author of 14 books will talk about two of them: The Frankston Murders and

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42 volumes of evidence nailed an horrific murderer: Q&A with Ava Benny-Morrison

Crime reporter, Ava Benny-Morrison, spoke to Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton, about her debut book, The Lost Girls (ABC Books, 2019).  Ava, thanks for taking time out from your crime reporting to tell us about your investigation. Before we go to questions, I’m going to give a trigger warning. Your book is about heinous

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Sisters in Crime’s AGM elects new committee

Sisters in Crime held its Annual General Meeting on 19 October in Melbourne following an informative and hugely entertaining panel on the challenges of taking crime books to the screen. In a meeting with lasted 17 minutes (brevity is always the mission), members elected a new committee for the next year. Eight existing committee members

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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, Pip

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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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True Crime Mysteries: Misadventure in Little Lon – MIGW Launch Event

The world’s first true crime augmented reality (AR) mobile game True Crime Mysteries: Misadventure in Little Lon, is launching on  Sunday 6 October as part of Melbourne International Games Week. Created by Victorian husband and wife team Andy Yong and Emma Ramsay from studio 10Tickles, it propels players through iconic locations in Melbourne’s CBD to solve a historic mystery;

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Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards triumph women crime writers

Perth-based author Dervla McTiernan won the best adult novel award for her debut Irish police procedural, The Rúin (HarperCollins Publishers Australia) at Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women on Saturday night (31 August). McTiernan is one of the many Australian women’s crime writers enjoying massive popularity and attracting

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Domestic noir goes bush@8pm Friday 27 September, Rising Sun Hotel

Kylie Kaden, Petronella McGovern and Felicity McLean will talk to Karina Kilmore-Barrymore  on Friday 27 September at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel about how home and family can be a cauldron for crime, bringing with it abductions, incarcerations, infidelity and missing children – even in the apparent safety of small rural and coastal towns. Come along early and

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