women’s crime writing

Getting away with murder: 101 books contend for Sisters in Crime’s 18th Davitt Awards

A record 101 books are in contention for Sisters in Crime Australia’s 18th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women.  This figure tops last year’s record by two. An astonishing 71 are adult crime novels and more than a third – 37 books in total – are debut offerings. Davitt judges’ wrangler, Jacqui

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The perils of publishing overseas – Liz Porter reports 

It was early February this year and I had Readings St Kilda booked for a May launch of my third forensic science book Crime Scene Asia: when forensic evidence becomes the silent witness. Then it all went to hell. I found out that my Singapore publisher’s deal with their Australian distributor, Penguin, had died quietly

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BOOKED OUT!! Crime’s other victims: The professionals who deal with Australia’s most horrific murders

For its 12th Law Week event, Sisters in Crime Australia is joining forces with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University to explore the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to keep society safe – police officers, homicide detectives, paramedics, doctors, forensic scientists, a trauma cleaner – and an author who writes about murders.

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KYD Podcast: Past Imperfect with Sisters In Crime

Kill Your Darlings joined Sisters in Crime last month for our event Past Imperfect with three authors of celebrated the debut novels of Dervla McTiernan (The Rúin), Sarah Schmidt (See What I Have Done) and Katherine Kovacic (The Portrait of Molly Dean). Listen in as they discuss the mix of historical facts and speculation that fuelled their criminally good reads with chair Robyn Walton. This event was recorded

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Slips of the tongue (& pen): How forensic linguistics is transforming crime detection

Georgina Heydon, Associate Professor in Criminology and Justice Studies at RMIT, was the star attraction at Sisters in Crime 2013 Law Week event. Now the President of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, Georgina organised the sponsorship of the inaugural award for the Best Forensic Linguistics Story in the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Here she

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Dads Who Kill: Q&A with Megan Norris

Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton talked to Megan about her true crime book, Look What You Made Me Do: Fathers Who Kill (Echo, 2016) which won the 2017 Davitt (Non-Fiction). Hello, Megan. First, a trigger warning to readers. The matters mentioned in our Q&A may be distressing, especially for anyone who has lost a

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Ellie Marney@the Clunes Booktown Festival

Author talk – Ellie Marney on her latest crime novel, No Limits. Boozer, brawler, ladies’ man – nineteen-year-old Harris Derwent is not a good guy. Injured and unemployed, he’s about to find out what he’s really made of when he agrees to narc within a rural drug cartel… Eighteen-year-old Amita Blunt is the perfect police sergeant’s daughter

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Crime in the Country@Clunes Booktown Festival

Sisters in Crime members Anna Snoekstra, Ellie Marney, and Emma Viskic, and ‘brother-in-law’ Mark Brandi are in conversation about crime  in the country. Presented by the Ballarat Courier. 2.30pm Saturday 5 May CLUNES FREE LENDING LIBRARY, Templeton Street, Clunes Bookings: http://www.clunesbooktown.com.au/the-festival/clunes-booktown-festival  

Emma Viskic@The Clunes Booktown Festival

Featured Author Talk The Clunes Booktown Festival is delighted to announce that its author talk with award-winning Australian crime writers Emma Viskic and Mark Brandi will have Australian sign language (Auslan) interpretation. You may recognise Emma Viskic’s name from the critically acclaimed Caleb Zelic series, with Resurrection Bay (2015) which won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and

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Bookings open til 4pm Friday: ‘Body in the Library’ readings to launch the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

This year, the Scarlet Stiletto Awards offer more than $10,000 in prize money for the best crime or mystery short stories. Since 2012, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ Award by offering a $1000 prize to the winner and $500 to the runner-up. This partnership has seen the number of

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