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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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Place in crime – Sandi Wallace

When we pick up a crime novel, we have expectations. Perhaps we anticipate that it will have a serious crime, or a memorable, possibly larger-than-life central character … or two or three. We may want high stakes, something surprising yet credible, or a story packed with rising conflict, making it powerful and urgent. But what

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The joys of mystery with history: Q&A with Tea Cooper

Tea Cooper, the award-winning author of historical fiction, spoke from regional NSW to Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton, about her latest novel, The Cartographer’s Secret (HQ Fiction). Welcome to Sisters in Crime, Tea. Your historical novels have a big fan base. I thought keen consumers of mystery and crime who haven’t yet read you

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Crime waves

The beach is filled with possibilities as the scene of a crime: the tide washes up and washes away clues and there is plenty of open sand for the detective to traipse along and brood. Escape routes are many – sometimes perilous – and nature’s terrible force is never far away. And then there’s the

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Crime waves – the beach awash with possibilities

Not had enough of the beach over the holidays? Catch up with Sisters in Crime’s first event for 2021 with authors Belinda Alexandra, Sarah Thornton and Lisa Walker as they explore the appeal of salt-laced mysteries with Tara Mitchell. Click  below to view the event on YouTube:   Belinda Alexandra’s latest book, The Mystery Woman (HarperCollins Publishing), is set in

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Singapore jewels: Q&A with A. M. Stuart

Melbourne author A. M. Stuart spoke to Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime Australia’s Vice-President, about her Harriet Gordon mystery series and the sources of her inspiration. Hi, A. M., and congratulations on your new historical crime series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, an imprint of Penguin Random House in New York. Some readers will already

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Crime Scenes: B.M. Allsopp

Fictional detectives find bodies in weird places: in trains, on cliffs, at bus stops, on altars, in kitchens, libraries, washed up on beaches, even in the guts of predators. The murder’s wider setting often surprises readers too. When detectives hunt criminals in exotic locations, the landscape can even become the star of the story. Just

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Best holiday reads, 2020-2021

What a year it has been and what a solace (and diversion) reading – especially reading crime books – has proven. Now, oh joy, we can throw off our masks in most places and enjoy a holiday (or at least a small break) and, of course, more reading. Sisters in Crime asked convenors, author members,

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Sue Turnbull: My favourite detective: why Vera is so much more than a hat, mac and attitude

In a new series in The Conversation, writers pay tribute to fictional detectives on the page and on screen. Here Sisters in Crime’s Ambassador, Sue Turnbull, pays homage to Vera.  Vera stands on a windswept headland contemplating the disgruntled North Sea. She’s clad in her usual garb; the battered hat, the annoying scarf and the tent-like

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Miss Fisher: The Exhibition@ Ripponlea Estate (3 December-late May 2021)

Miss Fisher returns to Rippon Lea estate in Melbourne on Thursday 3 December with brand new costumes from her big screen adventure. The exhibition would have opened on 9 July but for the pandemic lockdown. Following the cinematic debut of the internationally successful feature film Miss Fisher and The Crypt of Tears earlier this year, the

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