women crime writers

Joanne Drayton: Award-winning biographer with a criminal bent

New Zealand-born Melbourne based author and reviewer, Lucy Sussex, turns her gaze back across the ditch to Joanne Drayton who is presenting Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards on Saturday 31 August in Melbourne. (Click here to book.)  New Zealand writer Joanne Drayton is primarily a biographer, her interests ranging from art to true crime,

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Sisters in Crime@Phillip Island Festival of Stories

Hear from a fabulous Sisters in Crime panel – Ellie Marney (compere), Anna Snoekstra and Olivia De Lesantis: 11-11.45am, Saturday 27 July Room 1, Cowes Cultural Centre,  91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes ELLIE MARNEY Ellie Marney is a teacher and a highly-awarded author of crime fiction for Young Adults.A long-term member of Sisters in Crime, she

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Deadbeat brothers and the trouble they cause

Proving the adage ‘You can choose your friends, but not your family’, trouble befalls the protagonists in three new crime books. J M Green, Carmel Reilly and Sherryl Clark have created women who have to clean up messes created by their deadbeat brothers. They will confide all to fellow crime writer Toni Jordan: are the brothers

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The power of the podcast – Rachael Brown

Rachael Brown was one of the crime writers who spoke at Hitlist on 3 July, the Wheeler Centre event about the current state of crime writing. Serial Davitt winner Emma Viskic compered the session which also included fellow Sister in Crime, Sulari Gentill, plus, Laura Elizabeth Woollett, Garry Disher, and Mark Brandi. I want to

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Brisbane – Ashley Kalagian Blunt in conversation re My Name is Revenge

Hear Sydney Sister in Crime Ashley Kalagian Blunt in conversation with Ashley Hay re My Name is Revenge, her literary thriller novella set in 1980s’ Sydney and drawn from true events, including a series of international terrorist attacks. Wednesday, July 24, 6-8pm Ticket $10.00, Book (My Name Is Revenge) $24.99 Tickets available until 24 July

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Open invitation launch of J.M. Green’s, Shoot Through

Scribe Publications is delighted to invite you to the launch of  J.M. Green’s, Shoot Through,  to be launched by Imbi Neeme: 6.30pm Monday 22 July  – The Night Heron, 228 Nicholson St., Footscray Shoot Through is the 3rd in J.M. Green’s Stella hardy series set in Melbourne’s  West. Free but RSVP: danielle@scribepub.com.au      

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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