women authors

Crime across the ditch: Lucy Sussex reports on Rotorua Noir

New Zealand is a country of firsts, and Rotorua Noir was its debut crime fiction convention, held over the Australia Day weekend, 2019. The venue, appropriately the Shambles Theatre, was small, but a perfect confab resulted. Writers appeared from NZ, but also Australia (Michael Rowbotham), Iceland, Finland and the North of the British Isles. Rotorua

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BOOKED OUT – A Black Saturday Crime

Sisters in Crime Australia and the Port Phillip Library  Service present… 6 for 6.30pm, Thursday 14 February: A Black Saturday Crime Award-winning author Chloe Hooper talks to Robin Bowles about her latest book, The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire ( (Hamish Hamilton). What kind of person would deliberately set a firestorm? Hooper asks. What kind of

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Mountain mystery: Q&A with Sandi Wallace

Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, spoke to long-term member, Sandi Wallace, about her latest rural crime novel, Into the Fog (Taut Press, 2018).  Sandi, congratulations on the third novel in your Georgie Harvey and John Franklin series. For your setting you chose the Dandenong Ranges, about an hour’s drive east of Melbourne CBD. And

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Women Writing Crime: What drives them to it? Featuring Sandi Wallace, Michelle Somers and Sarah Bailey

Three award-winning authors explore the compulsion of crime writing. Sandi Wallace, Michelle Somers and Sarah Bailey are authors of three different specialties: rural crime thrillers, romantic suspense novels, and police thrillers. Join them as they discuss what drew them to the genre and what drives them do what they do. Free event but please book

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Philomena Horsley takes out the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Award

Philomena Horsley (Northcote, Vic), a medical anthropologist who specialises in autopsies, took out the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award presented on Saturday night (24 November). Actor Kate Atkinson and author Cate Kennedy presented the awards before a hundred crime fans at a gala ceremony at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. “It was a night of magic and

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Open invitation: Castlemaine launch of A Body of Work by Janice Simpson (Hybrid Publishers)

Castlemaine-based crime writer, Annie Hauxwell, will launch A Body of Work after an in-conversation with author Janice Simpson on Thursday 6 December, 5 for 5.30pm, Castlemaine Library, 212 Barker St, Castlemaine.  A Body of Work, Simpson’s contemporary crime novel set in Melbourne and Ballarat, tells the story of socialite and author Deborah Dangerfield’s murder at a

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A mug’s game? Janice Simpson on the profession of writing

A Body of Work, my second crime novel, is a police procedural with social twists, although there is scant in-depth detail about police methods. Rather, the novel focuses on the interactions of the people in the investigating team. Social themes explored include secret adoption as a way of dealing with an unwanted pregnancy; the personal

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Jane Harper in conversation with Angela Savage about The Lost Man

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library and Sisters in Crime Australia take pleasure in presenting Jane Harper and Angela Savage as they discuss Jane’s latest best-seller, The Lost Man (Pan Macmillan, 2018), a stand-alone thriller set in outback Queensland. Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun. They are at

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Revenge is a dish best served cold:Q&A with Anna Snoekstra

Melbourne crime writer, Anna Snoekstra, spoke to Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton, about her latest thriller, The Spite Game (HQ Fiction, 2018). Hi, Anna. You sold the film rights to your first novel, Only Daughter. How’s that all going? Great! I’ve just gotten back from LA, where I was catching up with everything that

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Open invitation: Launch of A Body of Work by Janice Simpson (Hybrid Publishers)

Coroner Audrey Jamieson will launch A Body of Work, the first book in Janice Simpson’s series featuring Detective Constable Angela Micelli and Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan O’Leary – Sunday 2 December, 5.30pm in the pop-up park outside the Younger Sun, 28 Murray Street, Yarraville, weather permitting, or inside the bookshop, if not. A Body of

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