women’s crime writing

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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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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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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27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards: women’s crime and mystery short story competition

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 competed for $10,460 (another record) in prize money. Twenty-seven

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Tanya Bretherton: true crime writer, sociologist and researcher

For this week’s Murder Mondays interview, Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore talked with Sydney true crime author, Tanya Bretherton, who won the BAD Sydney Crime Writers’ Festival Danger Prize earlier this month. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)             Tanya is a respected

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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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