Anthologies

Angel City Beat

Angel City Beat

Since 1997, Sisters in Crime Los Angeles has proudly published biennial anthologies of original short stories written by members and chosen by blind selection. The latest edition, Angel City Beat, is scheduled to be published in December 2024.

Angel City Beat is open to members for submissions until May 31, 2024.

Cops on their beats. Reporters on their beats. Screenwriter’s beats. The beats of LA’s music scenes. If it’s an LA mystery and it’s got a beat, write to it. Only members of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles can submit to our 2024 anthology, so update your membership and write your 5,000 word mystery with a connection to the beats of LA. Deadline for your blind submission is May 31, 2024. 

Full submission rules here. 


Entertainment To Die For

Entertainment To Die For

Published December 14, 2022

Are a famous director and an illustrious screenwriter best buddies or vindictive rivals? Why does an all-Black cast shooting a vampire movie find their star a bit…lethal? Can revenge last in the entertainment world even into the retirement home? How does a glamorous bartender in a Hollywood tiki bar track the clues in a murder when it looks like a natural death? In Entertainment to Die For, a Sisters in Crime Los Angeles anthology, you will find stories by first-time authors and stories by multi-published authors—all are killers (on the page, anyway). Sleuth along with the sleuths in these 18 suspenseful tales and solve the mysteries. Each story is a gem. Edited by Gay Toltl Kinman, Meredith Taylor, and Susan Rowland, with an introduction by Sisters in Crime founder and best-selling author, Sara Paretsky.

Entertainment to Die For includes original stories by Kim Keeline, Melinda Loomis, Nancy Cole Silverman, James Bartlett, Frankie Bow, Cyndra Gernet, Carrie Voorhis, Mary Keenan, Lisa Morton, Laurie Fagen, Yolanda Reid, Lynda Palmer, Diana Gould, Sherri Leigh James, Avril Adams, Laurel Wetzork, Anne Louise Bannon and L.H. Dillman.


Fatally Haunted

Fatally Haunted

Published April 27, 2019

Fatally Haunted, a Sisters in Crime Los Angeles anthology, includes original stories by Julie G. Beers, Julia Bricklin, Roger Cannon, Tony Chiarchiaro, Lisa Ciarfella, Cyndra Gernet, B. J. Graf, Mark Hague, A. P. Jamison, Micheal Kelly, Alison McMahan, Peter Sexton, Gobind Tanaka, and Jennifer Younger. Haunted. This word lurks within our deepest emotions. It’s a fear we can’t let go of, or that won’t let go of us. It’s a place we dream of going, or a place we can never leave. An LAPD detective is haunted by the case she never solved. A Century City financial advisor is haunted by the greed he cannot escape. A bridge is haunted by ghosts of despair. In a city of 10 million people, the haunted could be the man waiting to cross the street, or the memory that keeps you awake at night. 


LAst Resort

LAst Resort

Published April 17, 2017

LAst Resort, a Sisters in Crime Los Angeles anthology, includes stories by Avril Adams, Paula Bernstein, Lynne Bronstein, Stephen Buehler, Sarah M. Chen, Anne David, Gay Degani, L.H. Dillman, Wrona Gall, Cyndra Gernet, Georgia Jeffries, Melinda Loomis, GB Pool, Laurie Stevens, Wendall Thomas, and Mae Woods. Edited by Matt Coyle, Mary Marks, and Patricia Smiley, with a special thank you to Michael Connelly for the introduction. The misdeeds and downfalls of characters drawn to the cultural panoply that is Los Angeles. The sun-kissed city of high hopes and second chances, where everyone seems to be from somewhere else. A siren’s call to dreamers, misfits, mystics and freaks, lost souls and purveyors of sin. They roll in on their last tank of gas, their suitcases bulging with secrets of pasts better forgotten. They stay for a few days, a month, a year, a lifetime. The determined and the desperate, careening and colliding toward trouble, and their last resort.


LAdies Night

LAdies’ Night

Published May 11, 2015

From Valley Girls to Valley of the Dolls, the LA Woman has captured our imagination and redefined the fairer sex. CJ Parker is our lifeguard, Lucy Arnaz, our studio executive, Angelyne, our reality star, and the Black Dahlia, our murder victim. LA neighborhoods have spawned the Beverly Hills housewife, the Hollywood starlet, the Van Nuys dominatrix, the Santa Monica Surf Betty and the Manson girls, to name a few. LAdies’ Night, an anthology by Sisters in Crime Los Angeles, includes stories by Julie G. Beers, Julie Brayton, Sarah M. Chen, Arthur Coburn, L.H. Dillman, Bengte Evenson, Cyndra Gernet, Andrew Jetarski, Micheal Kelly, Susan Kosar-Beery, Jude McGee, Gigi Pandian and Wendall Thomas. The anthology was edited by Naomi Hirahara, Kate Thornton and Jeri Westerson. Award-winning LA crime novelist Denise Hamilton wrote the introduction.


Last Exit to Murder

Last Exit to Murder

Published June 17, 2013

From the Low Riders that nightly cruise the Sunset Strip, to the infamous Dead Man’s Curve immortalized in song, Southern Californian’s fascination with their cars has long been the fodder of legend and has defined a culture known for its fast-paced and sometimes reckless lifestyle. Now, sixteen tantalizing stories from L.A. authors take us on a joyride through the darker streets of Los Angeles. At the signpost, just ahead, your… Last Exit to Murder. Original stories by: Avril Adams, Lynn Allyson, Julie G. Beers, Laura Brennan, Stephen Buehler, Bonnie J. Cardone, Sally Carpenter, L.H. Dillman, Beverly Graf, Andrew Jetarski, Miko Johnston, Nena Jover Kelty, Paul D. Marks, Donna May, Laurie Stevens, Eric Stone.


Murder in LA-LA Land

Murder in La-La Land

Published January 1, 2010

The anthology features stories that reflect a Los Angeles experience rarely depicted by Hollywood, much less witnessed by the casual visitor. Los Angeles, the City of Angels, is home to Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It’s where everyone is auditioning for a part, and where lies and deceit come veiled as glitz and glamour. Join us, if you dare: view a vampire movie in our Forever Hollywood Cemetery, or take a walk along the concrete banks of the LA River. But watch your step. Murder brews within the micro-cosmic homeless communes that call it home and sometimes riffs on melodic waves from the jazz street musicians just down the block. Twelve stories of mystery, murder, and mayhem, from the authors of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles will send you scrambling for a bus ticket home. But watch your back. As they say… “Nobody leaves LA.”


LAndmarked for Murder

LAndmarked for Murder

Published September 30, 2006

There is far more to the city of Los Angeles than can be discovered through the ordinary guidebooks, much of it dark, dangerous, even deadly. To find those hidden, shadowy corners of the L.A., wherein reside the less-than-angelic denizens of the City of Angels, you need LAndmarked for Murder, the 2006 anthology by members of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles. LAndmarked for Murder is a fictional travelogue through some of LA’s most notable natural and manmade landmarks, each of which serves as the setting for ten tales of dark passions and murder.


Murder on Sunset Blvd.

Murder on Sunset Boulevard

Published January 1, 2002

The third Sisters in Crime Los Angeles anthology. “Sunset Boulevard, the almost mythical street that runs from downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean, is the setting for all of the stories in this anthology by members of the L.A. chapter of Sisters in Crime. Each story is set in a different neighborhood, providing an overview of the city. Beginning with Dana Kouba’s ‘Closing Time,’ set in a downtown, working-class bar, and continuing west through Echo Park, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills to the exclusive Malibu estates, the stories are full of hopeful future stars, arrogant directors, lawyers, and police detectives. There is even a cameo appearance by Philip Marlowe. Paul D. Marks writes ‘L.A. Late @ Night’ as a screenplay, while Gabriella Diamond offers the ultimate in irony and revenge in ‘Black and Red and Dead All Over.’ Short story fans will enjoy this trip down Sunset Boulevard.” –Barbara Bibel, Booklist


A Deadly Dozen

Published January 1, 2002

Tales of Murder from Los Angeles. The second mystery anthology featuring crime fiction from members of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles. They’re seedy or glamorous … Hollywood or Malibu … cool, enraged, or totally fed up—meet a collection of fascinating culprits plotting deadly deeds in this anthology of gripping crime fiction from a thrill-minded group of Los Angeles writers.

Includes “Sentence Imposed” by Kris Neri, “Wifely Duties” by Cory Newman, “Push Comes to Shove” by Nathan Walpow, “Fatal Tears” by Ekaterine Nikas, “Miss Parker & the Cutter-Sanborn Tables” by Gay Toltl Kinman, “Driven to Kill” by Jamie Wallace, “Touch of a Vanish’d Hand” by Phil Mann, “Ai Witness” by Kate Thornton, “Over My Shoulder” by Lisa Seidman, by “The Cats and Jammer” Gayle McGary, “Copycat” by Joan Myers, and “Midnight” by Dorothy Rellas.


Murder x 13

Murder x 13

Published November 1, 1998

Murder x 13 is SinCLA’s first published collection of mystery shorts, many of them award winners. It offers a wide variety of lengths and styles, but all exhibit polish and skill that exceed what is often found in typical mystery magazine pages. It is a potpourri of offerings that span the spectrum of the mystery genre.