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FATALLY HAUNTED Available Everywhere Now!

FATALLY HAUNTED, the anthology from Sisters in Crime/LA, released on April 29, 2019! Get it at independent bookstores like Vroman’s and Mysterious Galaxy, or from other major booksellers such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon.  Also, be sure to check with your own local bookseller, as they may be able to stock it! 

The anthology contains stories from fourteen Sisters and Misters that belong to the Los Angeles chapter, with their different takes on what “fatally haunted” might mean.


FATALLY HAUNTED could be a great fit for local book clubs too. See our suggested Discussion Questions on our Anthologies page. Los Angeles County area libraries with Book Clubs can also inquire with our Speakers Bureau about bringing some of the authors to the library as part of an event.

Get yours today!


Thanks to All Who Were a Part of LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS!

Sisters in Crime/LA sends appreciation to all Sisters and Misters who were a part of the LA Times Festival of Books event.


This year proved specifically exciting as we offered the chapter’s new anthology, FATALLY HAUNTEDfor sale on pre-release before its wide availability on April 29th of this month. Several anthology authors, including A.P. Jamison and Tony Chiarchiaro pictured below (right side of each photo), were on hand to actually sign the anthology and make the experience even more special for purchasers.






Whether you took advantage of a signing appearance, volunteered at the booth, or just came by to support, we thank you.





Photo credits: member Shannon Muir Broden with assistance from Kevin Paul Shaw Broden

Come See Sisters of Crime/LA at LA Times Festival of Books 2019!

Come visit Sisters in Crime/LA at Booth 367 at the LA Times Festival of Books 2019 at the USC Campus on April 13 and 14, 2019. Below is our full signing schedule (subject to change):


SATURDAY, April 13


10 a.m. to Noon:

Catharine Riggs

Gay Totl Kinman

Linda O. Johnston

John Mullen

Tony Chiarchiaro


Noon to 1 p.m.:

Shannon Muir

Janet Lynn

Will Zelinger


1 to 2 p.m.:

Cyndra Gernet

Nancy Cole Silverman

Ellen Byron

Naomi Hirahara

Catherine Pelonero


2 to 4 p.m.:

Veronica Cline Barton

Patricia Smiley

Julia Bricklin

Matt Coyle

Bonnie MacBird

SUNDAY, April 14


10 a.m. to Noon:

Anne Louise Bannon

Peter Sexton

Travis Richardson

Stephen W. Buehler


Noon to 1 p.m.:

Wendall Thomas

Sheila Lowe

Claire Naden

Jacqueline Vick

AJ Llewellyn


1 to 2 p.m.:

August Norman

Alice Zogg

Laurie Stevens

Alexandra Sokoloff


2 to 4 p.m.:

Rosalind Barden

Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

BJ Graf

Sherri Leigh James

Jeri Westerson

Check out Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles on Pinterest!

Did you know that our local chapter is on Pinterest? Check it out and follow the page at  for book covers by members and other items of interest to spark the creative inspiration!

Sisters in Crime LA Members Eligible to Submit to San Diego Chapter Anthology


THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 15, 2019 for members of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles who are also in good standing with National to submit to the anthology for Partners in Crime (San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime) called CROSSING BORDERS.

Stories will be chosen and edited by Lisa Brackmann, NYT best-selling author of Black Swan Rising and more, and Matt Coyle, best-selling author of the Rick Cahill crime novels, in a blind read process.

Find out more at the Partners in Crime chapter website.


The cover reveal for Sisters in Crime Los Angeles’ upcoming anthology, FATALLY HAUNTED, took place on December 2, 2018, as part of the festivities for the organization’s combined holiday party with the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.



Chapter President Anne Louise Bannon unveiled the cover to a crowd which included some of the authors featured in the anthology, as well as editors Laurie Stevens and Sheila Lowe.

The Sisters in Crime Los Angeles chapter also provided coverage of the reveal via a Facebook LiveStream .

In addition to the cover reveal, authors and editors in attendance received certificates of recognition in person.

Follow the Latest News page of the Sisters in Crime Los Angeles chapter website, as well as the chapter’s Facebook and Twitter social media, for updates about FATALLY HAUNTED and its release in 2019!

For Your Consideration List 2018 Now Available!

The preliminary For Your Consideration 2018 list of awesome books 
by SinC/LA members is now up.   These are books published in 2018 eligible for consideration for 2019 awards categories.

You can find the list on the website menu under Books > For Your Consideration.

To learn how to be added to the list, find full details by logging into the Members Only section.

An Interview With FATALLY HAUNTED Anthology Author Micheal Kelly

Micheal Kelly is one of the authors that will appear in Fatally Haunted, Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles’ upcoming 2019 anthology.
STORY TITLE: “Palimpsest”

When an antique dealer buys the estate of an art history professor, she draws the attention of a man obsessed with a lost treasure.

Q: What intrigued you about the theme of FATALLY HAUNTED that led to the story you wrote?

A: I interpreted the anthology’s theme as a laser focus on motive.  Specifically, some powerful emotion that compels a character to commit a terrible crime. I struggled to imagine a scenario that would make me feel obsessed enough to commit a crime.  Then I read something in the news that carried me away to fantasyland. I was off and running.

Q: Is your story a who-dunit, a how-dunit, or a why-dunit?  Why did you make this choice?

A: My story is a why-dunit. It’s a tale of covetousness. Why do people commit crimes over mere things? I was interested in creating a story built around the most desirable and mysterious object I could imagine. Something that would provoke my own covetousness.

Q: What is different about writing a short story?  What did you learn from this experience?

A: There are fewer characters, fewer complications, and fewer locations in my short story compared to my novel. There’s a slow reveal of character arc for the key characters in my novel, while there’s a slow reveal of the mysterious object in my short story.  The emphasis in my story is the palimpsest itself, while the mystery in my novel revolves around whether each new character is friend or foe.

What I learned from this experience is how much an editor can improve a story.

Q: How did your editor help you improve your story? What insights did you gain from working with her?

A: My writing goal was to craft a story that increased the tension with each new scene, and I thought I did a pretty good job – until I read Rachel Howzell Hall’s advice.  Her suggestions put the reader inside my character’s skin.  She also encouraged me to weave the multiple meanings of “palimpsest” throughout the story. I was surprised and intrigued by her suggestion, and I added that layer to the story.

Having a well-published author serve as the editor for our anthologies is a benefit of membership in Sisters in Crime / Los Angeles.  The value of such an editor is immense.

Q: What’s next for you?  What are you working on?

A: I’m working on a historical thriller set in 19th century America. My new year’s resolution is to finish the first draft.

Q: What does your writing space look like?

A: It’s an enclosed porch that gets pretty warm in the summer and pretty cold in the winter. But it’s the only space that’s off limits to my pets. On two sides are windows looking towards the yard, where a pomegranate is currently dropping gold leaves. On the other two sides are French doors which look into the house. When I’m in there working, my two dogs and three cats camp outside the door. I have two bookcases and a desk in this space, which are covered with my collection of minerals and the treasures I find on the ground while walking my dogs.

Sisters in Crime Orange County presents LADIES OF INTRIGUE October 7th!

The following event is being presented by our sister chapter in Orange County:

5th Annual Ladies of Intrigue
Featuring Remarkable Women Mystery Writers

Mesa Verde Country Club

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit


And the stories for Fatally Haunted are…

We are pleased to announce the authors and stories included in the new Sisters in Crime/LA anthology Fatally Haunted. The anthology will be published in the spring of 2019.

“Resurrection” by Jennifer Younger

In 1948 Los Angeles, a woman is forced to confront her past when the man who left her for dead years earlier unexpectedly reappears in her life.

“Cat Walks into a Bank” by Gobind Tanaka

A Marine Corps veteran must overcome PTSD flashbacks to thwart a violent bank robbery crew and protect her prospective new girlfriend.

“Darkness Keeps Chasing” by Peter Sexton

LAPD Detective Bill Laswell’s worst fear begins to unfold when he receives an early-morning call informing him that his thirteen year old daughter has been abducted.

“King Hanuman” by Alison McMahan

The first Khmer-American police officer on the LBPD has plenty to contend with, but she never expects the simple arrest of a child car thief to lead to a gang war.

“Palimpsest” by Micheal Kelly

When an antique dealer buys the estate of an art history professor, she draws the attention of a man obsessed with a lost treasure.

“Death of the Hollywood Sign Girl” by A.P. Jamison

Haunted by bad news, a young man hikes up to the Hollywood Sign and is forever changed by what he witnesses there.

“Coincidence” by Mark Hague

The murder of a young man pushed from a train platform haunts a light rail train engineer. A year later, when confronted with a similar scenario, what does he do?

“Blood Shadows” by B. J. Graf

Haunted by his slip-up at a crime scene, a serial killer learns he has no idea of the real mistakes he’s made.

“The Funnel of Love” by Cyndra Gernet

A twenty-something carney worker accused of a crime in Arizona flees to the assumed safety of California.

“Tick-Tock” by Lisa Ciarfella

Lulu joins Sammy in one last heist, only to find she can’t escape her demons in the City of Angels.

“The End Justifies the Means” by Tony Chiarchiaro

An abused employee seeks vengeance against his tyrannical employer, only to be faced with the ultimate question: is sweet revenge worth the ultimate toll?

“Strands of Time” by Roger Cannon

Rev left his hometown ten years ago, but an old grudge lives on. Too late to save an old flame, he’s on a mission to find her killer.

“Auble’s Ghost” by Julia Bricklin

At the dawn of the twentieth century, Captain Hurman Auble of the LAPD is obsessed over bizarre clues left by a serial killer—and vows to find him before he strikes yet again.

“Shifting Reflections” by Julie G. Beers

A woman is haunted by her missing twin sister – who’s crying out for justice from beyond the grave.


The Board of Directors wishes to thank the Fatally Haunted editors for their hard work in sharpening and strengthening the stories in this anthology.

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