women authors

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

Join former corporate lawyer (and Sisters in Crime member) Sarah Thornton as she launches her second novel, White Throat (Text Publishing). Saturday 9 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 Kelly nominated Lapse. Free event. Bookings required*. Signed copies of Sarah’s book

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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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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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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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Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition (International)

Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition.  Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the

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Mirandi Riwoe wins the ARA Historical Novel prize of $50,000

Congratulations to Queensland Sisters in Crime member, Mirandi Riwoe, for winning the ARA Historical Novel prize of $50,000 for her novel, Stone Sky Gold Mountain (UQP). The  award ceremony on 10 November, was hosted by Brooke Boney, and held by both video broadcast and live stream video. It included illustrated readings by Mirandi (pictured here

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Astrid Scholte: crime writer and artist

This week’s Murder Mondays interview by Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore is with Astrid Scholte, the winner of the 2020 Davitt (Best Young Adult Crime Novel) for her debut novel, Four Dead Queens, (Allen & Unwin). (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)            

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Nadine Garner to present the 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Nadine Garner, star of City Homicide, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, and, most recently, The Forgotten Mysteries podcasts, will present Sisters in Crime’s 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards in collaboration with crime author and performer, Jane Clifton. This year, a record 241 short stories written by Australian women compete for a record $10,460 in prize money in

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Never too late: Rose Carlyle

A few years ago I met Chris Cleave at a writers’ forum in Auckland. He had just published Everyone Brave is Forgiven and had opened the forum with a beautiful speech about the power of fiction in the age of hate. Sitting in the auditorium beside novelists Catherine Robertson and Vanda Symon, I felt like

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