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Petronella McGovern: writer, marketing and communications expert

Sydney-based writer Petronella McGovern is this week’s guest of honour in the Murder Mondays interview conducted by Sisters in Crime national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore.  (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)           Petronella is fascinated by people – what makes us tick, how we view the world,

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Heather Rose: award-winning writer, public speaker & writing mentor

Sisters in Crime Australia is delighted that Tasmanian award-winning writer Heather Rose, was available to speak to national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays interview.  (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)       Heather is also a public speaker, writing mentor and a teacher of creativity and

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Fabulous supporting females

Like many of us, Sydney author, Natalie Conyer,  has been watching a lot of TV crime during the pandemic and it has prompted her to reflect on the wonderful women appearing in supporting roles. _________________________________________________________________ When it comes to women in TV crime, we’re spoilt for choice. From Vera to Veronica Mars, female leads shine.

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Dive deep into watery graves

Authors Megan Goldin and Shona Husk talk with Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, about the watery graves which feature in their novels and why it can be so hard to prove a murder has occurred if it has, and how it can be even harder to solve. (Click on the image below to view.)

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Malla Nunn: award-winning writer and filmmaker

Malla Nunn is the honoured guest for this week’s Murder Monday. National co-convenor, Karina Kilmore, put Malla through her paces. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)                    Malla has an exotic background. Born and raised in Swaziland, Malla attended a boarding school

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Ann Cleeves: award-winning writer & the author behind the TV series Vera and Shetland

Sisters in Crime Australia was totally delighted that Ann Cleeves, whose books have brought Vera and Shetland to the screen, could speak from the UK to national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays interview. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)              Ann has

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Tara Moss: writer, broadcaster, activist, UNICEF Ambassador & vintage clothes creator

Tara Moss is back in Australia on a book tour and Sisters in Crime was lucky to catch up with her for this week’s Murder Mondays interview with national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)            Tara has been part of our sisterhood

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Vale Goldie Alexander

St Kilda author, Goldie Alexander, died of cancer this week at the age of 84. Goldie’s first four books were YA novels for Dolly, published under the pseudonym of Gerri Lapin. After that, she wrote more than 90 books, plus many short stories and articles – and garnered an impressive number of awards. Goldie, who

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Sara Paretsky: award-winning writer & founder of Sisters in Crime

Sisters in Crime Australia is thrilled that Sara Paretsky, the founder of Sisters in Crime in the US and the creator of V. I. Warshawski series is our guest for this this week’s Murder Mondays interview with national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore.  (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)       

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Solving the mystery of International Women of Mystery

Crime and mystery know no borders and neither do the protagonists of Prey, Cutting the Cord and The Lost Jewels: one is pursued by an assassin, another is an assassin and the third is an historian of jewellery. But what defines these women throughout their adventures, which take them to the US, the UK, Europe and South Africa, is

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Judith Rossell: award-winning writer, illustrator and former scientist

Judith Rossell may often spend the day in her pyjamas (just like Sulari Gentill!)– and like Sulari, her output is prodigious. She talks about the special skills required to write (and illustrate) children’s crime books to Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays interview. (Click on the image below to go to

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Sulari Gentill: award-winning writer, truffle grower & cattle breeder

Sulari Gentill may often write in her pyjamas – from her bed – but she is no slouch when it comes to the art of crime writing, as she tells Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays interview. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)   Sulari,

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Davitt Awards shortlist for best crime & mystery books announced

Twenty-four books crime and mystery books by Australian women are battling it out for Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards – seven adult novels, three Young Adult (YA) novels, five children’s novels and nine non-fiction books. Nine books from all categories are competing for the debut award. Judges’ wrangler, Moraig Kisler, said that the judges

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Sarah Epstein: award-winning writer, illustrator, designer & crafter

Melbourne-based writer, Sarah Epstein, dives deep with Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays’ interview on the craft of crime writing. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)   Sarah spent her childhood drawing, daydreaming and cobbling together picture books at the kitchen table. By her teens

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Mirandi Riwoe: award-winning writer, PhD and university tutor

Brisbane-based writer, Mirandi Riwoe talks about issues that novels or history might ignore or elide, such as racism and gender bias, with Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays interview on the craft of crime writing. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)           Mirandi

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Kerry McGinnis: crime writer, shepherd, droving hand, gardener, and stock-camp and station cook

Saddle up with Bundaberg-based writer, Kerry McGinnis , as she talks to Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays, about the craft of crime writing. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)   Kerry has been writing since she was nine but what happened since then has been

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In the Dead of Winter

Break out in a cold sweat with authors Krissy Kneen, Lee Christine and Sarah Barrie as they talk about their chilling tales with Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President. (Click on the image below.)                               Wintering (Text Publishing), the fourth novel by

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Kathy Reichs: Crime writer, forensic anthropologist and TV producer

Bone up on the craft of crime writing with US author Kathy Reichs who spoke to Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays, talking about the craft of crime writing. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)              Sisters in Crime Australia

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Ellie Marney: Writer for Young Adults, obsessive reader, criminal mastermind

For this week’s Murder Mondays, award-winning author, Ellie Marney, waxed lyrical about the craft of crime writing to Karina Kilmore, a debut crime writer, journalist and national convenor for Sisters in Crime. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)    On her website Ellie Marney describes herself as a “writer for

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Anne Buist: Crime-writer, psychiatrist, researcher, professor and erotic novelist

Melbourne-based author, Anne Buist, was on the (metaphorical) couch for this week’s episode of Murder Mondays, talking about the craft of crime writing to Karina Kilmore, a debut crime writer, journalist and national convenor for Sisters in Crime. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)    Anne is the Chair of

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Candice Fox: Crime-writer, crafter, animal-lover and wine drinker

Sydney-based international best-selling author, Candice Fox, was grilled for this week’s Murder Mondays by Karina Kilmore, a debut crime writer, journalist and national convenor for Sisters in Crime. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)  Candice’s career has had an astonishing trajectory since her first novel, Hades, was published in 2014.

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Katherine Kovacic: author, art historian, dog trainer & sometime tango dancer

For this week’s Murder Mondays, Melbourne author Katherine Kovacic is put through her paces by Karina Kilmore, a debut crime writer,  journalist and national convenor for Sisters in Crime. (Click on the image below  to go to the YouTube recording.) Katherine has three crime novels under her belt, all featuring art dealer Alex Clayton –

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Now on YouTube – Sisters in Crime@Law Week: The ABC of DNA

Sisters in Crime’s 14th Law Week event is now online (click on image below). Forensic specialists Anna Davey and Dadna Hartman together with true crime author Julie Szego  talked to award-winning  journalist and true crime author Liz Porter about how DNA profiling has revolutionised criminal investigations since the 1980s. The panel also canvassed the limitations of DNA profiling, the impact of DNA

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Murder Mondays: Dervla McTiernan

Dervla McTiernan, who won last year’s Davitt Award for Best Adult Novel plus a Neddie for her debut crime novel The Rúin (HarperCollins), is the second guest on the Sisters in Crime new video series, Murder Mondays, where talented women authors are interrogated by Karina Kilmore about the craft of crime. The Irish-born Dervla now

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Murder Mondays kick off with Val McDermid

Val McDermid, Queen of Tartan Noir, is the first guest on the Sisters in Crime new video series, Murder Mondays, where talented women authors are interrogated about the craft of crime.    A very good friend of Sisters in Crime, Val McDermid has starred in six events with us here in Australia and we can’t

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Coming to you via YouTube – Sisters in Crime@Law Week: The ABC of DNA

Sisters in Crime’s 14th Law Week event is going online. It will be available for free viewing worldwide on YouTube at 6.3opm Friday 22 May. Details will be posted on Sisters in Crime website and Facebook page and will also be sent to members and supporters via the e-newsletter, A  Stab in the Dark, on Friday 29 May. Sisters in

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Deadline for the 20th Davitt Awards entry extended

The deadline for Sisters in Crime Australia’s 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women has been extended to Friday 15 May. This year the Davitts are again sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology. New judges’ wrangler, Moraig Kisler, said that the pandemic had created problems across the board, across

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Val McDermid first guest for Murder Mondays

Sisters in Crime is thrilled to announce that Tartan Noir Queen, Val McDermid, will be its very first guest on its new weekly crime craft session, Murder Mondays, which premieres on YouTube at 6.00pm 11 May. McDermid will be interrogated by Sisters in Crime national convenor, Karina Kilmore, to kickstart its free weekly Q&A video

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Crime writers blaze a new trail: Burning Issues now on YouTube

Now on YouTube!  In Burning Issues, writers Chloe Hooper, Kimberley Starr and Leisl Leighton talk with Maggie Baron about how their crime books get up close and personal with arson and bushfires and confront some of the most uncomfortable realities of life in a sunburnt country. Great ideas, great insights and lively discussion. Chloe Hooper’s acclaimed

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Now on YouTube: Deadly, dangerous, dazzling: the allure of South African crime fiction

Deadly, dangerous, dazzling: the Allure of  South African Crime was the official launch of the newly-established Sisters in Crime NSW Chapter on 23 April. Introduced by convenor Catherine du Peloux Menagé, it featured crime writers Natalie Conyer and LA Larkin in conversation with fellow author Malla Nunn.  The event, originally scheduled for Gleebooks, can now

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Soon online – Burning issues: crime writers blaze a new trail

The live event is cancelled, but the ‘in conversation’ is being recorded and will be available for free viewing worldwide on YouTube on Sunday 26 April. Details will also be sent to members and supporters via the e-newsletter, A  Stab in the Dark, on Sunday 26 April. Writers Chloe Hooper, Kimberley Starr and Leisl Leighton talk

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ZOOM, ZOOM! Watch “Flawed Heroes” online

        Thanks to the miracles of modern technology, you can now watch Sisters in Crime’s panel discussion, Flawed Heroes, originally scheduled as a live event for Friday 3 April in Melbourne, on Sisters in Crime’s brand-new YouTube channel. For 45 minutes, authors Emma Viskic, Karina Kilmore and Natalie Conyer talked to Jacqui

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Books in the time of coronavirus

There aren’t many upsides to living in the time of coronavirus but catching up on good crime books (by women, of course) is one of them. Sisters in Crime asked its author members what they could recommend. And don’t forget, if you don’t want to buy any of these books from your local bookstore (whilst

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65 women’s crime books on offer for new & re-joining members

Like many arts and literary organisations, Sisters in Crime faces a future of no income from our usual sources due to the coronavirus pandemic. Where possible, we will be hosting events online. One way that you can help us survive in these uncertain times, is to join or re-join. The first 65 to do so

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Events in the time of coronavirus

Sisters in Crime hopes its members and supporters (and everyone else) are all staying safe and healthy in these challenging times. Our live events have been suspended for now but at least some will be going online – which means that anyone, anywhere in the world and at any time can enjoy hearing what authors,

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Entries for the 20th Davitt Awards for Women’s Crime Books now open

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women are now open. Publishers have until Thursday 30 April to enter. Self-published books are eligible. Books co-authored or edited by men are not. This year the Davitts are again sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology. Six Davitt Awards

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“Flawed Heroes” goes online

Sisters in Crime’s panel discussion event, Flawed Heroes, originally scheduled as a live show for 8pm Friday 3 April at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel, will now be Zoomed to the world. Authors Emma Viskic, Karina Kilmore and Natalie Conyer will talk to Jacqui Horwood about the flawed heroes of their crime novels as they grapple with an equally flawed world. We’ll

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Hindsight and history

Sulari Gentill, Kirsten Alexander and Kirsty Manning dissected their most recent historical mysteries with Kelly Gardiner at Sisters in Crime’s Melbourne event, The Past is Never Dead, on 21 February. It was wonderfully successful – big crowd, big ideas and big laughs. Since then, we asked all panellists to comment on how writers use readers’

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Live event cancelled: Flawed heroes with Emma Viskic, Karina Kilmore, Natalie Conyer & Jacqui Horwood

The live event is cancelled but Sisters in Crime is exploring online options featuring the authors. Stay posted.   Emma Viskic, Karina Kilmore and Natalie Conyer explore the flawed heroes of their crime novels as they grapple with an equally flawed world. Chaired by author Jacqui Horwood. Their protagonists – a deaf private detective, an investigative journalist

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Sisters on Crime screening of Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears Sunday March 1 @ 4:00 for 4.30pm – 6:45 pm Join Sisters in Crime for a special screening of Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, the stand-alone action-adventure feature film that picks up the story from the end of the third television series of the acclaimed Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

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Kerry Greenwood gets a gong!

Sisters in Crime is thrilled to announce that founding member Kerry Greenwood was awarded the Order of Australia medal today, 26 January, for her service to literature. And what a service that has been! Kerry’s greatest gift to the cultural life of Australia – and the world – has undoubtedly been the 20 novels in

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The past is never dead: mysteries that challenge history

Sulari Gentill, Kirsten Alexander and Kirsty Manning dissect their most recent historical mysteries with Dr Kelly Gardiner and detail what light these books shed on concerns of the present and of earlier eras at 8pm Friday 21 February at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel  Sulari Gentill is the award-winning author of 14 books including the Rowland Sinclair series set

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What women’s crime writing tells us about the world: Carmel Shute

The Boys’ Book Club asked Carmel Shute, the secretary of Sisters in Crime, to address its end of year dinner on 11 December.  She chose the topic “What women’s crime writing tells us about the world” and here is what she said, after seeking the views of a lot of very generous members, mostly authors: 

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Best holiday reads for 2019/2020

Sisters in Crime asked convenors and speakers at its 2019 events what they would recommend for holiday reads and this is what they said: Kirsten Alexander (author)  Tana French, The Trespasser (Viking Press, 2016): This book will be familiar to many of you, but it was new to me. And I’d recommend it over the

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Blanche Clark wins Sisters in Crime’s 26th Scarlet Stiletto Award

Blanche Clark (Preston, Vic), a former Book Editor at the Herald Sun, won Sisters in Crime’s 26th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award presented at a gala dinner on Saturday night (23 November) at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel by actor Geraldine Hakewill (pictured below), star of Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries and Wanted. Hakewill first

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All Phrocked Up for Peregrine

Crime fans attending Sisters in Crime’s 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards were invited to come in sixties’ outfits as the awards’ presenter, Geraldine Hakewill, stars as Peregrine Fisher, Phryne Fisher’s niece, in Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries set in 1964. Almost all of the 90 fans ‘Phrocked Up for Peregrine’ and it gave the occasion a

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The Art of Fashioning Peregrine in Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries

In the lead-up to the 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards on 23 November, Carmel Shute, Secretary of Sisters in Crime, spoke to designer Maria Pattison about the costuming of Peregrine Fisher for Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries. Geraldine Hakewill, who plays Peregrine, is presenting the awards. The series is set in 1964 when Peregrine Fisher, the

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Geraldine Hakewill (Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries) to present the 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Sisters in Crime is delighted to announce that Geraldine Hakewill, star of Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries and Wanted, will present its 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short stories – 6 for 6.30pm Saturday 23 November at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel. This year, 185 short stories written by Australian women compete for $10,060

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Sisters in Crime’s AGM elects new committee

Sisters in Crime held its Annual General Meeting on 19 October in Melbourne following an informative and hugely entertaining panel on the challenges of taking crime books to the screen. In a meeting with lasted 17 minutes (brevity is always the mission), members elected a new committee for the next year. Eight existing committee members

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Sisters in Crime announces the shortlist for its 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia is proud to announce that 29 stories by 24 authors have been shortlisted for its 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short stories. This year 185 stories short stories written by Australian women compete for $10,060 in prize money. Geraldine Hakewill, star of Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries and Wanted, will

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The Dark Adapted Eye: The challenges of taking crime books to the screen

Fiona Eagger, Dee McLachlan and Vikki Petraitis talk to Senior Professor Sue Turnbull about staying true to the source as it is adapted to the medium of film or television. What strategies are involved?  How do pictures, music, sound, and colour combine to tell a complex story that was originally told only in words? What stays and what goes? And is there

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Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards triumph women crime writers

Perth-based author Dervla McTiernan won the best adult novel award for her debut Irish police procedural, The Rúin (HarperCollins Publishers Australia) at Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women on Saturday night (31 August). McTiernan is one of the many Australian women’s crime writers enjoying massive popularity and attracting

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Domestic noir goes bush@8pm Friday 27 September, Rising Sun Hotel

Kylie Kaden, Petronella McGovern and Felicity McLean will talk to Karina Kilmore-Barrymore  on Friday 27 September at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel about how home and family can be a cauldron for crime, bringing with it abductions, incarcerations, infidelity and missing children – even in the apparent safety of small rural and coastal towns. Come along early and

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“High adventure”: Joanne Drayton’s interview with Arts Alive

New Zealand author Joanne Drayton spoke to Arts Alive’s Vincent O’Donnell when she was in Melbourne to present Sisters in Crime 19th Davitt Awards on 31 August 2019. The program was syndicated to 40+ community radio stations across Australia. The interview goes for around 20 minutes. Credits: Vincent O’Donnell and Joanne Drayton  

Deadbeat brothers: The challenges of creating a fictional family

Sisters in Crime events have had many weird and wonderful titles over the past three 28 years but never one so engaging and amusing as “Deadbeat Brothers and the trouble they cause,” which was conceived by Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President. By amazing coincidence the protagonists in three new crime books by JM Green,

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The 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards close on 31 August

A record $10,060 is up for grabs in Sisters in Crime Australia’s 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories by Australian women. “It’s worth killing for – at least on the page,” said Tara Mitchell, a Sisters in Crime national convenor. “And for the very first time there is an award

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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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NZ author, Joanne Drayton, to present Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime is delighted to announce that award-winning New Zealand author, Joanne Drayton, will present its 19th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The Davitts will be awarded at a gala dinner at Saturday 31 August, 6.30 for 7.00pm, at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel. The hotel, Sisters in Crime’s

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Felonious communities and fractured families

The murderous intertwining of love, family secrets and the broader society informs the latest novels by Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Spence and Joanna Baker. The authors confessed all under the humorous but incisive interrogation of fellow author Vikki Petraitis in Melbourne on April 12. Under Vikki’s probing, they explained what inspired them to write their novels

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How writing changed these authors’ lives

Sisters in Crime held a fascinating and often hilarious event in Melbourne on 14 June  – Doctors, Danger and Death where three debut crime writers, Susan Hurley, L M Ardor Sue Ingleton, talked to Maggie Baron about the blood-tingling scenarios and scenes of the crime offered by the worlds of science and medicine. We asked

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A tsunami of crime – 127 books contend for Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

  A record 127 books are in contention for Sisters in Crime Australia’s 19th Davitt Awards for best crime and mystery books by Australian women. This figure tips last year’s record by 16. An astonishing 73 adult crime novels have been entered. Almost  half – 49 books in total – are debut offerings. This year

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Law Week: Women are still being targeted online “at their weakest point”

Over 120 crime fans turned up for Sisters in Crime’s 13th Annual Law Week event on Friday 17 May, Stalking, Trolling and Cyber-Bullying, organised in partnership for the fourth year running with  the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University.  Special thanks to Professor Kathy Laster and her wonderful team for helping make this all happen. Thanks also

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Stalking, Trolling & Cyberbullying under the microscope at Sisters in Crime’s 13th Law Week event

Trolling, now a Federal election issue, will be also under the microscope at Sisters in Crime’s 13th Law Week event the night before (Friday May 17, 6.30pm) at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University. Authors Ginger Gorman, Emma A. Jane, and Rachel Cassidy will be talking to The Age journalist Wendy Tuohy about the

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Mysteries with history: The pleasures – and many perils – of setting  books in the past

Some of the most interesting crime writing these days has an historical bent. A large and appreciative crowd packed South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel to hear Toni Jordan, M J Tjia and Kirsten Alexander talk to Alison Goodman about why digging into the past provides such deadly themes and characters for crime writing. (Interestingly, all three

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The Davitt Awards: Making space for Australia’s women crime writers: Jess Byrne

Sisters in Crime member, Jess Byrne, is currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. It includes a 20,000 word exegesis which she has chosen to write on Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards.  (Jess is is pictured here with 2017 Davitt Award winner, Jane Harper.) Here is the paper she presented

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Entries for the Davitts Women’s Crime Book Awards now open

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 19th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women are now open.  The deadline has been extended so publishers now have until Friday 10 May to enter. Self-published books are again eligible. Six Davitt Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne, probably in late

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Best holiday reads for 2018/2019

Sisters in Crime asked its author members and convenors what they would recommend for holiday reads and this is what they said:  Anne Buist (author) Louise Luna, Two Girls Down (Text publishing, 2019): I was lucky enough to get an advance copy— dynamite kick-butt heroine and a believable softer make side kick. Keeps the pages

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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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Turning Pages: Best foot forward – in scarlet stilettos

Jane Sullivan, The Age literary columnist,  attended the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards ceremony on 24 November and featured the awards in her Turning Pages column in Fairfax Media on 8 December. There’s  something kick-arse about red shoes. No wonder Julie Bishop donated her Cabinet resignation footwear to the Museum of Australian Democracy. And then there’s

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Vale Judith Rodriquez (1936-2018)

Sisters in Crime mourns the death of  poet  and member, Judith Rodriguez, on 22 November at the age of 82. Judith was a fixture at Melbourne events over the past few years and was usually accompanied by her daughters Bec and Sibila, and, if she was down from Sydney, Zoë. Her warmth, wit and perspicacity attracted

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“These shoes were made for writing”: Cate Kennedy wows the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards ceremony

Cate Kennedy, who won the first two Scarlet Stiletto Awards in 1994 and 1995, gave an hilarious and subversive keynote address entitled  “These heels are made for walkin’”, to the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards ceremony on Saturday night (24 November) at  Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. Cate  came up with an alterative to the award – the Scarlet Scuff

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Killing it – Australia’s deadliest female writers

The Sunday Age and Sydney Morning Herald published a feature  by Thuy On on Sisters in Crime, Australian women’s crime writing and the Scarlet Stiletto Awards in M Magazine (18 November). Pictured is Sally Browne and scarlet stilettos in 2009. The body of evidence is mounting and the verdict is conclusive: Australian women writers are deadly. For

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Digging out the truth about justice

Authors Rachael Brown, Kate Wild, and Maryrose Cuskelly spoke to fellow true crime author Vikki Petraitis at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel on 19 October about how persistence and perspicacity pay off when it comes to investigating crime. It was a very serious topic and the ensuing debate was both illuminating and profound. But, as

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25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards:  A Milestone in Women’s Crime Writing

Sisters in Crime Australia will celebrate its 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short stories with a gala ceremony at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 24 November, 6 for 6.30pm. Almost $10,000 is on offer in prize money with the first-prize winner also taking home a spectacular scarlet stiletto trophy. The awards will be presented

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New Sisters in Crime Committee

Sisters in Crime Annual General meeting on 19 October elected a new committee for the next year. Seven existing committee members were re-elected: Caz Brown, Lindy Cameron (President), Lesley Gillis (Treasurer), Moraig Kisler, Pauline Meaney, Carmel Shute (Secretary) and Robyn Walton (Vice-President). Michaela Lobb did not re-stand. Two new convenors were elected: Tara Mitchell and Maryann

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Celebrating the life of Rose Stone, Sisters in Crime’s oldest member

The life of Rose Stone, Sisters in Crime’s oldest member and one of its most long-standing, will be celebrated on Wednesday 14 November, 1.00 pm, at the Kadimah, the Jewish Cultural Centre & National Library, 7 Selwyn Street, Elsternwick, Melbourne. Everyone is welcome to attend. Rose, 96, died peacefully on 23 October in a nursing

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Delusion and deception writ large

On 7 September, Megan Goldin, Susi Fox and Pip Drysdale talked to Janice Simpson at Sisters in Crime in Melbourne about deception and delusion, revenge and retribution, and how Sun Tzu’s The Art of War helps if you’re hellbent on making him pay. The debate on this topic was in turns serious and hilarious. Who

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Killer reads and deadly women@St Kilda Writers Week – Sunday September 30 -Sunday October 7

Sisters in Crime Australia is proud to announce that it will be producing three events for the St Kilda Writers Week, which is running at various venues from Sunday September 30-Sunday October 7. Carmel Shute, a national co-convenor, said it would be like old home week for the organisation which was founded in 1991 to

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Women call the shots in this year’s Ned Kelly Awards

Sisters in Crime authors, Sulari Gentill and Sarah Bailey, took out two of the top awards at Ned Kelly Awards presented in Melbourne tonight (26 August) by the Australian Crime Writers Association. Sulari Gentill won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime novel, Crossing the Lines (Pantera Press), which she describes as her love letter

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Emma Viskic wins again at Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women

Melbourne author Emma Viskic won the Davitt (Best Adult Novel) for And Fire Came Down (Echo Publishing) at Sisters in Crime’s 18th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women on Saturday night (11 August). It tops off a stunning award-winning run for Viskic, who won an unprecedented three Davitts and a Ned Kelly

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Sisters in Crime Australia’s 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards close 31 August 2018

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards offer almost $10,000 is on offer in prize money. For the first time, Swinburne University of Technology is sponsoring the first prize. There are two brand-new awards on offer this year: Writers Victoria Crime and Punishment Award ($660) for the story with the most satisfying retribution (the winner

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Bookings for the 18th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women now close 8.30pm Thursday 9 August

  Sisters in Crime – 18th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women – 6pm Saturday 11 August   Swinburne University of Technology The George Building, Level 2, 34 Wakefield Street, Hawthorn Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication and the Danish Arts Foundation  Frock up and join us for

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Vale Mary-Ann Metcalf, a founder of Sisters in Crime Australia

It is with great sadness that Sisters in Crime Australia notes the death of Mary-Ann Metcalf on 22 July, at the age of 61. Secretary and National Co-convenor, Carmel Shute, said Mary-Ann’s shared enthusiasm for crime writing was critical to the formation of the organisation. “Mary-Ann and I knew each other from the lefty International

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The scene of the crime moves to the country in Sisters in Crime’s 18th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime has announced a shortlist of 27 books for its 18th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women – six adult novels, three Young Adult (YA) novels, four children’s novels, four non-fiction books and 10 debut books. All bar three of the books contending for the best debut book are also

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25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards launched – with a body or two in the library

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards were launched by Dr Angela Savage at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Library on 27 April. Almost $10,000 is on offer in prize money. The event included dramatic readings of three winning ‘body in the library’ stories – ‘Jane’ by Narrelle M Harris (read by Jane Clifton), ‘Caught on Camera’

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Danish crime writer Sissel-Jo Gazan to present Sisters in Crime’s 18th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime is delighted to announce that Danish crime writer Sissel-Jo Gazan will present Sisters in Crime’s 18th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women on Saturday 11 August, 6pm at Melbourne”S Swinburne University of Technology. (2018 Davitt Awards Long List) After talking about  her ‘life in crime’ with author Leigh Redhead,

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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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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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Entries for the Davitts Women’s Crime Book Awards now open

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 18th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women are now open. Publishers have until Friday 20 April to enter. For the first time, self-published books are eligible to enter. Six Davitt Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne, probably in late August or

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Dervla McTiernan, Sisters in Crime and the new golden age of crime writing

Sisters in Crime gets big coverage in Fairfax Media today (12 February). It’s all thanks to a full-page article by Linda Morris about Dervla McTiernan whose debut novel, The Ruin, is out in April. Dervla credits being shortlisted in the 2015 Scarlet Stiletto Awards with giving her enough confidence to go through five drafts of

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Sydney writer Rowena Harding-Smith takes out Sisters in Crime’s 24th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award

Sydney writer Rowena Harding-Smith (Annandale, NSW) took out the 24th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award presented on Saturday night (18 November) at Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology by actor Sigrid Thornton (below). A hundred crime fans braved the tempest to attend the ceremony. Harding-Smith was awarded The Bonnier Publishing First Prize ($1500) for “Locked In,

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Body in the Library winning Scarlet Stiletto Stories

For the past six years, the Body in the Library Award offered by the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has been one of the most popular categories in Sisters in Crime’s annual Scarlet Stiletto short story competition. The winner takes home $1000 in prize money with $500 going to the runner-up. This partnership has seen the number

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The quality of mercy: Portia interviews Ruth Wykes on the Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Portia, the annual journal and report of Victorian Women Lawyers, published an interview late last year with Ruth Wykes, winner of the 2016 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, for her story “Stone Cold”. The story also won the ScriptWorks Great Film Idea Award. Ruth is also co-author of two true crime collections: Women Who Kill, written with

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Another big year for Sisters in Crime

Sisters in Crime held its 2017 Annual General meeting on 27 October. Four convenors did not stand again: Ann Byrne, Robyn Byrne, Sandra Nicholson, and Janice Simpson. The following members were elected as National Convenors: Lindy Cameron (President), Robyn Walton (Vice-President), Carmel Shute (Secretary), Carmel Boyce (Treasurer – photo featured), Caz Brown, Moraig Kisler, Michaela

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How to avoid the Second Novel Syndrome

On 27 October at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun, authors Emma Viskic, Anna Snoekstra and J. M. Green had fun discussing how to triumph over the second novel with Maggie Baron. Here’s a summary of their advice Emma Viskic, author of the multi-award winning Resurrection Bay and, in August, And Fire Came Down (both Bonnier Publishing)

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Best holiday crime reads

Sisters in Crime asked authors and convenors which two books they’d recommend for holiday reading. Here’s what they said: ANN BYRNE (Sisters in Crime Life Member) The Long Drop – Denise Mina (Penguin Books Australia – 2017) : The Long Drop is Denise Mina’s first foray into true crime. It is the story of Peter

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Ann Byrne awarded a Sisters in Crime Lifetime Membership

Retiring Sisters in Crime convenor, Ann Byrne, was presented with a a Lifetime Membership at Sisters in Crime’s AGM on 27 October. Secretary Carmel Shute awarded the Lifetime Membership yo Ann along with a framed ‘book cover’ designed by fellow convenor, Caz Brown. Carmel said: “This means Ann’s notched up 10 year service as a

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Announcing the presenter – and shortlist – for the 24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

 Sisters in Crime in delighted to announce that Sigrid Thornton, icon of Australian screen, television and stage, will present its 24th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards on Saturday 18 November at Swinburne University of Technology, following champagne and canapés at 6pm. Before presenting the awards, Sigrid Thornton will discuss her ‘life in crime’ (and much

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Become a Partner in Crime for the 24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia is appealing to members and supporters to donate towards its 24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards Short-Story Competition celebrations. “Back in 1994, Sisters in Crime believed the Scarlet Stiletto would be a dagger with a difference – and so it has proved,” says national co-convener Michaela Lobb. “To date, 3084 stories have been

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Sea Change or Tree Change?– Negotiating the Scene of the crime

The role that place occupies in the crime novel was centrepiece of the debate held by Sisters in Crime in Melbourne on 27 July. Sisters in Crime convenor and author, Janice Simpson put three crime authors through their paces – Leigh Straw, Sarah Bailey and Dorothy Johnston. Dorothy Johnston has set her new crime series

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Jane Harper’s The Dry double winner at Sisters in Crime’s 17th Davitt Awards for best crime books

The Dry (Pan Macmillan) by Melbourne author Jane Harper took out two awards at Sisters in Crime’s 17th Davitt Awards for best crime books by women on Saturday night (26 August) at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. Her debut novel won Davitts for Best Adult Novel and Readers’ Choice, as judged by the 600 members of Sisters

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Podcast of Sisters in Crime’s 11th Law Week event: (Sex) Crime and Punishment

Sisters in Crime’s Law Week event was again booked out. This year, our 11th Law Week attracted 160 people to the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University which again partnered with us. Entitled (Sex) Crime and Punishment, the event explored Victoria’s trail-blazing approach to how sex crimes are treated and how they are monitored through

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Heels dig in: Scarlet Stiletto Awards Crime Short Story Competition turns 24

Bonnier Publishing Australia, home to Five Mile and Echo imprints, is now the proud sponsor of the $1500 first prize in the 24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards, Sisters in Crime Australia’s annual short story competition. Publishing director Kay Scarlett said it was not just the similarity in names that had spurred her and Bonnier Publishing Australia

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Hitting the target: Swinburne University of Technology’s Media and Communication Department to sponsor Sisters in Crime’s 17th Davitt Awards

Swinburne University of Technology’s Media and Communication Department is to sponsor Sisters in Crime’s 17th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women. Dr Carolyn Beasley, the acting department chair, declares it is a neat fit. “The Davitt Awards have become an institution on the crime writing scene and are an essential recognition of

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Nordic Noir gets a red-hot reception

A huge crowd packed the Rising Sun Hotel on 30 June for Sisters in Crime’s Nordic Noir event which was totally booked out. It seems that we just can’t get enough of authors such as Anne Holt, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Mari Jungstedt, Karin Alvtegen, Camilla Läckberg, Åsa Larsson, Liza Marklund, Agnes Ravatn, Kati Hiekkapelto, and Karin

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Sisters in Crime’s 17th Davitt Awards shortlist announced

  Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlist for its 17th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women. Jacqui Horwood, the Davitt Judges wrangler, said that judges faced the monumental task of reading nearly 100 books, many of them books by first time authors. ‘Overall, the judges have been impressed with the quality

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Become a Partner in Crime for the 17th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia is appealing to members and supporters to donate towards its 17th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women. This year, 99 crime books are in contention for the awards, due to be presented in Melbourne in late August. “Become a partner in crime and give Australian women crime writers

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Nordic Noir: the new cool

Sisters in Crime is marking winter with an event devoted to Scandinavian creative output of the criminal kind – “Nordic Noir: the new cool” – 8pm Friday June 30; The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road, South Melbourne Over the past decade, the icy winds of Nordic Noir have swept through the worlds

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99 books of murderous intent in contention for Sisters in Crime’s 17th Davitt Awards

A record 99 books of murderous intent are in contention for Sisters in Crime Australia’s 17th Davitt Awards. Sixty-three are adult crime novels. Davitt judges’ wrangler, Jacqui Horwood, said women’s crime writing had exploded over the past 17 years. “When the Davitt Awards were set up back in 2001, there were only seven books competing,

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Vox pops from SheKilda3, Sisters in Crime’s 25th anniversary convention

Hear what participants at SheKilda3, Sisters in Crime’s 25th anniversary convention, held on 19 November 2016 had to say about Sisters in Crime, the convention and much much more. Late President Vivienne Colmer is first off the rank and she’s joined by former convenors Phyllis King and Kelly Marshall plus authors Melanie Myer, Fin J Ross and Bronwyn

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Plunging into treacherous waters

Authors Candice Fox , Tania Chandler  and Fiona Capp  joined Jacqui Horwood in Melbourne on 31 March to discuss their new books – all with water as the scene of the crime. (Featured photo (l-r) Jacqui Horwood, Fiona Capp, Tania Chandler and Candice Fox.) The authors just didn’t dip their toes – they plunged in!!

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Celebrating the life of Vivienne Colmer, Sisters in Crime’s late president

Over a hundred people from all over Australia came together on Saturday 8 April at Melbourne’s  St Kilda Bowling Club to celebrate the life of Vivienne Colmer. Vivienne, who was Sisters in Crime’s first Life Member,  became its second President in October. She sadly died of cancer in January. Vivienne, who was born in Khartoum

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Entries for the Davitts – Women’s Crime Book Awards – Close Friday 28 April

Publishers have until Friday 28 April to enter Sisters in Crime Australia’s 17th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women. Six Davitt Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne in late August: Best Adult Novel; Best Young Adult Novel; Best Children’s Novel; Best Non-fiction Book; Best Debut

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Sandra Nicholson – Sisters in Crime’s new President

Long-time Sisters in Crime member and convenor, Sandra Nicholson, was endorsed at Sisters in Crime’s annual planning day on 4 February to replace Vivienne Colmer as President. Vivienne died of cancer on 16 January after being elected President in October. Sandra says, “I want to lead Sisters in Crime adhering to the same values that

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Sisters in Crime mourns President Vivienne Colmer

Sisters in Crime is sad to announce the death of its President, Vivienne Colmer, who died at home on Monday 16 January, at the age of 61, from cancer. In October, Vivienne became Sisters in Crime’s second National President. She made a wonderful welcoming speech to SheKilda3, Sisters in Crime’s 25th anniversary convention held on

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Hot reads for summer

Sisters in Crime asked SheKilda3 speakers what they’d recommend as a holiday read – it didn’t matter if it was by an Australian or overseas author, fiction or true crime, new or old. Note if you order books from Booktopia via the Sisters in Crime website here , a percentage of the payment goes to

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Sue Turnbull awarded Life Membership & ‘Ambassadorship’

After presenting her keynote address to SheKilda3 on 19 November, Professor Sue Turnbull was faced with a presentation of her own when Sisters in Crime’s President, Vivienne Colmer, awarded her a Life Membership and then anointed her as Sisters in Crime’s first Ambassador. Here’s what’s Vivienne had to say: “Sisters in Crime is very pleased

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SheKilda3…where a criminally good time was had by all

Sisters in Crime celebrated its 25th birthday in style at SheKilda3: One-day Crime Spree at St Kilda Town Hall on 19 November. The verdict has been unanimous: SheKilda3 was outstanding – top level panels and discussion, a great Great Debate, inspiring Scarlet Stiletto Awards , a warm and inclusive atmosphere, productive networking, fabulous  food, and

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Announcing the results of the 23rd Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards & the special Silver Stiletto Award

True crime author Ruth Wykes (Mornington Peninsula, Vic) took out the 23rd Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award presented on Saturday night (19 November) at SheKilda3: One-day crime spree, Sisters in Crime’s 25th anniversary convention. To mark the silver anniversary, a special silver stiletto trophy was presented – the winner, Jacqui Horwood (left), a librarian from

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Update on SheKilda3 – starts Friday 18 November

All day and half day ticket sales to SheKilda3: One Day Crime Spree,  Sisters in Crime’s 25th anniversary convention, have now closed. Tickets for Individual Sessions are still available online and at the door on Friday night at St Kilda Library Community Room or Saturday at St Kilda Town Hall. Click here to book online. And hear all about SheKilda3 from Melina Marchetta

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Get a taste of SheKilda3 with Sue Turnbull on the TV crime drama

It criminal how early a girl has to get up to promote Sisters in Crime and its SheKilda3 25th anniversary convention on 19 November. Professor Sue Turnbull, a convenor of Sisters in Crime from 1994-2016, got up at 4am Friday 11 November to speak to Rod Quinn on ABC Radio Overnights, about the TV crime

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Shooting it out at St Kilda Town Hall. SheKilda3: One-Day Crime Spree – Sisters in Crime Australia’s 25th Anniversary Convention, 19 November

Three hundred crime fans from all over Australia are expected at SheKilda3: One-Day Crime Spree – Sisters in Crime Australia’s 25th anniversary convention on Saturday 19 November. The One-Day Crime Spree – which will actually run for A-Day-and-A-Bit – will involve 50 leading novelists, true-crime writers, screenwriters, lawyers, producers, publishers, and scholars. The ‘scene of

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Another big year for Sisters in Crime: Report on the Annual General Meeting

Sisters in Crime held its Annual General Meeting in Melbourne on 7 October 2016, following its well-attended Antarctic Noir event.  The meeting elected the following national convenors: Caz Brown, Ann Byrne, Robyn Byrne, Lindy Cameron, Vivienne Colmer, Moraig Kisler, Michaela Lobb, Pauline Meaney, Sandra Nicholson, Carmel Shute, Janice Simpson and Robyn Walton. Vivienne Colmer, a

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Chills and Thrills with Antarctic Noir

A capacity crowd turned out at Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel on 7 October 2016 to hear Ann Turner (Out of the Ice) and L.A. Larkin (Thirst and Devour) talk to Hazel Edwards about their new thrillers, both set in Antarctica, and why the landscape provides such an appealing, if chilling, scene of the crime.  Hazel

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Cobargo Crime Convention: Friendly, fun and refreshing

Sisters in Crime National Co-convenor, Janice Simpson, reports on the hugely successful Cobargo Crime Convention from 7-9 October. Sisters in Crime partnered with Well Thumbed Books and Four Winds to produce a weekend of women’s crime and music. Janice also gave a keynote address on behalf of Sisters in Crime. Cobargo is nestled into the

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SheKilda 3: A one-day crime spree

Sisters in Crime announces its 25th Anniversary Convention  St Kilda Town Hall ~ 19 November 2016 SheKilda3 will celebrate a quarter of a century of reading, watching, promoting and loving women’s crime writing on the page and screen. Our third national convention – for readers, writers and fans of Australian women’s crime writing – will be held in the

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A trifecta for Emma Viskic at Sisters in Crime’s 16th Davitt Awards for best crime books

Melbourne author Emma Viskic won the trifecta at Sisters in Crime’s 16th Davitt Awards for best crime books on Saturday night (27 August) at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. Her debut novel, Resurrection Bay (Echo Publishing), won Davitts for Best Adult Novel, Readers’ Choice (as judged by Sisters in Crime’s 600 members) and was joint winner for

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16th annual GALA Davitt Awards Dinner

Tickets are selling fast to our premier frock-up event on Saturday 27 August, 7 pm. Liane Moriarty – global literary sensation and winner of the 2015 Davitt Award for Best Adult novel – is our special guest presenter.   She will be interrogated about her six international bestsellers by Vikki  Petraitis. The Davitt Awards, proudly supported by Booktopia, Australia’s No. 1

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Booktopia deal on Davitt Books

Booktopia, Australian pre-eminent online bookseller,which is sponsoring this year’s Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards for Best Crime Books, is offering a discount for most books on the Davitt long-list below. Part of the sale price goes to support Sisters in Crime. Just click here so that Booktopia knows we sent you. Davitt Awards – Long List 2016

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Death in the Faculty: Crime & Academia

This Melbourne Sisters in Crime event on 22 July 2016 was a sell-out – and included a big turn out from the academy, with at least five professors in attendance. The debate about the long-standing relationship between crime fiction and academia was led by Sue Turnbull, a Professor in Media and Communications, University of Wollongong

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A ‘long shortlist’ for Sisters in Crime’s 16th Davitt Awards for best crime books

Sisters in Crime has announced its shortlist for its 16th Davitt Awards for best crime books but, at 28 books, the list is rather long. “The reason for such a long shortlist is simple,” says Jacqui Horwood, the Davitt Judges wrangler. “There are just so many outstanding debut books. The crime writing sorority is bursting

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Booktopia to sponsor the 16th Davitt Awards for best crime books

“Women’s crime writing is on a huge wave and we should all be catching it,” says CEO Tony Nash. Booktopia, Australian pre-eminent online bookseller, has announced it will sponsor this year’s Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards for Best Crime Books. CEO Tony Nash says it’s a natural fit. “A sizeable proportion of the four million

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Record $10,000 on offer for the 23rd Scarlet Stiletto Awards Crime Short Story Competition

Text Publishing, which won the Australian Book Industry Awards Small Publisher of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014, has added another arrow to its bow – sponsorship of the $1500 first prize in the 23rd Scarlet Stiletto Awards, Sisters in Crime Australia’s annual short story competition. Publisher Michael Heyward said that Text Publishing was

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The real life version of CSI – experts open up on the secrets of the dead

Get a taste of Sisters in Crime’s 10th Law Week event on Friday 20 May, 6pm. John Silvester interviewed two of the speakers  – Soren Blau, a forensic  anthropologist, and Yeliena Baber, a forensic pathologist – for his Naked City column in Saturday’s Age, 14 May. Soren and the third speaker, Lyndall Smythe, a forensic

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Deadly Debuts with Janice Simpson and Aoife Clifford

Newly-minted crime authors Janice Simpson and Aoife Clifford enthralled (and amused) a large audience talking about their books, Murder at Mt Martha (Hybrid press) and All These Perfect Strangers (Simon & Schuster) to Sisters in Crime in Melbourne on 29 April. Under the gentle interrogation of Sisters in Crime national convenor, Maggie Baron, they revealed

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By the Book: The WA Chapter of Sisters in Crime

Convenor Val Marsden provided this recent update on Sisters in Crime WA. Our chapter is a reading group that began not long after Sisters in Crime Australia was established in Melbourne. We first met in Perth in 1993 and have been meeting regularly, on the last Friday of every month, ever since. We meet in

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Launch of Janice Simpson’s Murder in Mt Martha by Leigh Redhead

An enthusiastic crowd turned up at Readings Carlton on 6 April to usher Janice Simpson’s debut novel, Murder in Mt Martha, into the world. Steeped in Melbourne’s past and historically accurate, Murder in Mt Martha is inspired by a real-life unsolved murder. Janice Simpson is a Melbourne based writer with a background in university teaching

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Sulari shortlisted

For the second consecutive year, Sisters in Crime member, Sulari Gentill, has made the Australian Book Industry Awards shortlist for the Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year, this time with Give the Devil His Due. Her publisher, Pantera Press, is understandably excited. “Given that this particular award is associated with non-fiction titles, it is

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Red Shoes by Angela Savage (2013)

Red shoes according to the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale were the ultimate vanity and cursed the wearer. In the Tom Waits’ song, Red Shoes by the Drugstore, Little Caesar gets caught stealing a diamond ring for his baby all because “he loved the way she looked in those red shoes”. Red shoes, it seems, bring

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Entries For The Davitts Women’s Crime Book Awards Close Friday April 29

Publishers have until Friday April 29 to enter Sisters in Crime Australia’s 16th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women. Six Davitt Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne in August : Best Adult Novel; Best Young Adult Novel; Best Children’s Novel; Best Non-fiction Book; Best Debut

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Launched: Invisible Women: Powerful and Disturbing Stories of Murdered Sex Workers

Sisters in Crime’s first event in Melbourne for 2016 – An Event launch with Kylie Fox and Ruth Wykes for their book, Invisible Women: Powerful and Disturbing Stories of Murdered Sex Workers (Echo Publishing) – sold out in a day. A capacity crowd – including a group of local street sex workers – packed out

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T. J. Hamilton, cop-turned-crime writer, takes out Sisters in Crime’s 22nd Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards

T.J. Hamilton, a cop-turned-crime writer from regional Queensland, has won the Every Cloud Productions First Prize ($1500) in Sisters in Crime Australia’s 22nd Scarlet Stiletto Awards for her short story “Hard Knox” about a woman who has apparently jumped from a high-rise housing commission block in Redfern. Hamilton also won the coveted stiletto trophy, a scarlet

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The ‘shot list’ for Sisters in Crime’s 22nd Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards

A record 27 stories have made it to the ‘shotlist’ for Sisters in Crime’s 22nd Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards. Danielle Cormack, star of Wentworth will present the awards at a gala dinneron Saturday 28 November at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. The ‘shotlisted’ authors come from all over Australia and compete for a record $9,350 in

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A record year for Sisters in Crime Australia: AGM Report

Sisters in Crime Australia held its Annual General Meeting on Friday 23 October after a well-attended event at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel – First Time Offenders where debut authors (and members) Tania Chandler, Emma Viskic and J M Green where interrogated by national co-convenor, Janice Simpson (pictured below). Elected unopposed as national convenors were Maggie

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Wentworth star, Danielle Cormack, to present the 22nd Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia is proud to announce that Danielle Cormack, star ofWentworth, will present its 22nd Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards at a gala dinner from 6.30pm, Saturday 28 November at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. This year 191 stories compete for the national awards which offer a record $9,350 in prize money plus the coveted trophy, a scarlet

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Announcing the 15th Davitt Awards’ Results for Best Crime Books

Pan Macmillan’s Sophie Anderson accepts Davitt (Best Adult Novel) for Liane Moriarty New York Times best-seller, Big Little Lies (Pan Macmillan Australia) by Sydney writer, Liane Moriarty, has won Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Award (Best Adult Novel). Moriarty told the packed audience at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre by video on Saturday night (29 August), “P.D James said ‘we

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Launch of Good Money by J.M. Green

Open invitation to the launch of Good Money by J. M. Green Start Date: 5 November 2015 – 6:00pm Join Sister in Crime J. M. Green for the launch of her debut crime novel, Good Money, by Toni Jordan”. Good Money introduces Stella Hardy, a social worker out to solve the murder of a boy

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First Time Offenders – Tania Chandler, Emma Viskic, & J M Green

First Time Offenders – Tania Chandler, Emma Viskic, & J M (Jenny) Green – discuss why they turned to crime with such a passion with Janice Simpson Start Date: 23 October 2015 – 8:00pm Chandler, Viskic and Green all have different backgrounds, all took different routes to crime writing and all have created wildly different

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Sandi Wallace & Honey Brown in line-up of 2015 Coal Creek Literary Festival

Start Date: 3 October 2015 (All day) Sandi Wallace and Honey Brown in line-up of 2015 Coal Creek Literary Festival Sisters in Crime authors Sandi Wallace and Honey Brown are among a line-up of nine authors talking about their books and writing at this year’s Coal Creek Literary Festival, Coal Creek Complex, Korumburra 11.00am-6.30pm Saturday

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