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Twenty-five crime books shortlisted for Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced a shortlist of 25 books for its 19th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women – nine adult novels, five Young Adult (YA) novels, five children’s novels, and six non-fiction books. Twelve titles are also battling it out for the best debut book award. Jacqui Horwood, the

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The Life and Crimes of Vikki Petraitis

Vikki Petraitis, true crime writer and regular Dicks V Dames debater, will be interrogated about her 25 years of crime writing by Emily Webb, fellow true crime writer and co-presenter of the Australian True Crime Podcast. Vikki Petraitis took to writing true crime because, unlike crime fiction, it was so raw and it told the

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The joys of writing a courtesan sleuth: Q&A with M.J. Tjia

Brisbane author M.J. Tjia talks to Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton, about her books She Be Damned (Pantera, 2017) and A Necessary Murder (Pantera, 2018) Hello, M.J. Sisters in Crime Australia got to know you in 2017 when you won the History and Mystery category in our annual short story competition, the Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

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Melbourne Rare Book Week – Charlotte Jay

The Knife is Feminine: Discovering Charlotte Jay Hosted by Melbourne Library Service The inaugural winner of the  Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe award in 1953 was an Australian woman, Charlotte Jay, for Beat Not The Bones , a mystery set in Papua New Guinea. In 2019 who has heard of Charlotte Jay in this her

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Beating a different drum: Rediscovering Charlotte Jay, Australian mystery writer

In 1992 Sisters in Crime co-convenor, Carmel Shute, was fortunate to interview pioneering Australian crime writer, Charlotte Jay, on the eve of the re-issuing of her 1952 novel, Beat Not the Bones, which had the rare distinction of winning the inaugural Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Writers of America Award. (Raymond Chandler won the following year.)

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The virtues of “bum glue”: Carmel Reilly

I’m a children’s educational writer by trade, but recently I’ve just released a crime-ish adult book, Life Before. People ask me how the two types of writing mesh together? Has being an educational writer been a help or a hindrance to writing for adults? My answer to that is that my background is probably more

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NZ author, Joanne Drayton, to present Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime is delighted to announce that award-winning New Zealand author, Joanne Drayton, will present its 19th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The Davitts will be awarded at a gala dinner at Saturday 31 August, 6.30 for 7.00pm, at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel. The hotel, Sisters in Crime’s

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Felonious communities and fractured families

The murderous intertwining of love, family secrets and the broader society informs the latest novels by Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Spence and Joanna Baker. The authors confessed all under the humorous but incisive interrogation of fellow author Vikki Petraitis in Melbourne on April 12. Under Vikki’s probing, they explained what inspired them to write their novels

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Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival announced

MURDER SHE WROTE HUON VALLEY, 31 October to 5 November 2019 A NEW TASMANIAN WRITERS FESTIVAL INSPIRED BY AGATHA CHRISTIE “Incredibly beautiful Hobart, with its deep blue sea and harbour, and its flowers, trees and shrubs. I planned to come back and live there one day.” Agatha Christie “In honour of the Queen of the

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New cover revealed for Livia Day’s, A Trifle Dead

Ahead of the launch of the next volume of Livia Day’s Cafe La Femme series, Keep Calm and Kill the Chef, Twelfth Planet Press has redesigned the covers for the whole series. Sisters in Crime has agreed to do the first cover ‘reveal’. It was shortlisted for Best Debut Book in the Davitt Awards. About

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