Inside the FBI

On November 6, our guests were two FBI agents, Michael Dehncke and Amy Whitman. Agent Dehncke has a background in white collar crime and counterterrorism. Agent Whitman works on violent crime and coordinates with local law enforcement. They give background information on how the FBI functions and answered questions.

Gay Totl Kinman read from her new book, Mystery at the Rodeo Ranch.



On October 2nd, Laurie Stevens shared her thoughts on “How to Avoid Annoying Your Die Hard Thriller Fan”. She talked about adding paranormal elements to thrillers without annoying your current fans.

Laurie Stevens is the author of the Gabriel McRay thriller novels, a series that has won twelve awards, among them Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 and a Random House Editors’ Book of the Month. Laurie’s latest, In Twilight’s Hush, was named to Killer Nashville’s Top 6 Books of 2021 and Kindle Book Review’s 2021 Top 10 Mystery/Thrillers. In regards to writing thrillers, Suspense Magazine says Laurie is “the leader of the pack,” while International Thriller Writers claims she’s “cracked the code” of writing psychological suspense. An active member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime, Laurie co-edited the SinC anthology, Fatally Haunted. She loves the natural world and serves on the board of the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, which inspired her to write her latest novel, The Return, a finalist for this year’s Claymore Award.

For more on the author please visit her website at

Nancy Cole Silverman read from her latest book, The Navigator’s Daughter, which centers on a daughter’s promise to her dying father to go to Hungary, where he was shot down during the Second World War, to find his rescuers. Nancy spent nearly twenty-five in Los Angeles Talk Radio, beginning her career on the talent side as one of the first female voices on the air and then moving into the business side. She retired as one of two female general managers in the nation’s second-largest radio market. After her radio career, Silverman turned to write fiction. Her crime-focused novels and short stories have attracted readers throughout America. For more on Nancy, please visit her website at


Hosted by the NorCal Chapter of Sisters in Crime

Live From Paris! Cara Black

Om September 24, the Northern Cal chapter arranged for a scintillating program featuring New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cara Black talking about “Doing Research in Another Land.”

Ms. Black knows whereof she speaks: she is the author of the Aimee Leduc series, set in Paris. The series has sold over 400,000 books in print, has received multiple awards, and has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, Norwegian, and Japanese.

In case you missed it, you can access the recording here:


July 21, 2022
Studio City Library
Via Zoom; 6 p.m.

Mystery on the Menu: SinCLA Authors Discuss All Things Mystery

On Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 5p.m., the Studio City Library will host a Zoom panel of SinCLA authors who will discuss the mystery writing process. The featured authors are Beverly Graf, Linda O Johnston, Paula Bernstein, Ellen Byron, August Norman ,and moderator Jacqueline Vick.

To join the Zoom event, click the link below to register:

In celebration of Bouchercon 2023, Partners in Crime: The San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime welcomes members of the San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles chapters to submit a short story to their second anthology titled CRIME UNDER THE SUN. Submissions are free and open! Due June 15th.

crime under the sun

Stories will be chosen in a blind-read process and edited by Matt Coyle, best-selling author of the Rick Cahill crime novels; Naomi Hirahara, best-selling author of several mystery series and short stories; and Tammy Kaehler, award-winning author of the Kate Reilly mystery series.

CRIME UNDER THE SUN will be an official Sisters in Crime Anthology. Partners in Crime will market the anthology with press releases and social media. In addition, Partners in Crime will host an anthology signing party at Bouchercon 2023, which will take place August 30-September 3, 2023 in San Diego.

All proceeds from the sale of the anthology will support the ongoing efforts of Partners in Crime to bring workshops of interest to crime writers and readers.

Why CRIME UNDER THE SUN? Southern California offers a wide variety of settings. Beaches, mountains, deserts. We’re urban. We’re rural. We have something for everyone. All under the sun. We’d love to see stories set in SoCal that reflect the California experience. Mysteries of all genres, suspense, thrillers and true crime are encouraged.

Requirements and more info available here:


Calls for Submission
New Releases
The Next Chapter Meeting
Author Appearances
Festivals & Fairs
Upcoming Webinars
Writers’ Conferences
and More!


1) The deadline to submit a short story to Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime for its 2023 anthology, “Entertainment To Die For,” is May 31, 2022. The judges of this blind contest will consider stories up to 7500 words in any sub-genre of crime. Guidelines here:

2) Partners In Crime, the San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime, seeks stories of up to 5000 words for its 2023 short story collection, “Crime Under The Sun.”
The deadline is 6/15/22. Stores will be chosen blind and edited by none other than SinCLA’s own Matt Coyle, Naomi Hirahara, add Tammy Kaehler!

3) Bouchercon’s 2023 anthology, tentatively titled Peril Under The Palms, is open for submissions. The deadline is October 15, 2022

4) The Writer’s Digest 91st Annual Writing Competition is now open for submissions. The early bird deadline is May 6, 2022. Winners of the 2021 competition will be announced in the Nov / Dec issue of the magazine. For categories and guidelines, see

5) Check out the Calls for Submission on “Published To Death,” a website for authors. There aren’t any calls specifically for mystery/crime stories, but these outlets, with deadlines in May, could be appropriate for your work: Riddlebird, Dark Recesses, Lamplight, Alphabet Box, Chicken Soup for the Soul (true stories), Prairie Fire, Split Lip Magazine, One Story.

New Releases !

Vanessa Ryan’s latest novel

The Trouble with Murder book cover image V A Ryan

The Trouble with Murder
has hit the shelves!

Hetty Carson was once one of the upwardly mobile of the Los Angeles jet-set. Then her husband walked off with millions of embezzled funds and all of Hetty’s credibility.
What began as a search for the ex has turned into a new career: detective.

Amazon ebook:
Amazon paperback:


… the first in a new series by Agatha award-winning authorEllen Byron

Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James leaves Los Angeles to start a new life in New Orleans. Her career dream comes true when she joins the quirky staff of Bon Vee Culinary House Museum, the spectacular home of late bon vivant Genevieve “Vee” Charbonnet. Ricki is excited about launching the museum’s gift shop, Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware, but then, digging through a trunk of vintage cookbooks, she discovers the body of a cantankerous Bon Vee employee who was fired for stealing books.

The skills Ricky has developed ferreting out hidden vintage treasures come in handy for investigations. But both her business and Bon Vee could wind up as deadstock when Ricki’s past as curator of a billionaire’s first edition collection comes back to haunt her.

Will Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware be a success… or a recipe for disaster?


He’ll Steal Your Heart!

Oswald the Thief J Westerson

A medieval thief and conman attempts the ultimate crime: stealing the Crown Jewels from The Tower of London.
It’s Ocean’s 11 in the Middle Ages!

Jeri Westerson’s new novel Oswald the Thief comes out May 28. It’ll be available on Amazon in ebook, hardcover, and paperback, Google Play Books, Smashwords (that includes Apple and Overdrive), Kobo, and Nook.


Tori Eldridge’s latest novel,

Dance Among the Flames Tori Eldridge
Dance Among the Flames,
will be released May 24

A “stunningly original novel” (F. Paul Wilson) about a desperate mother who rises from the slums of Brazil to become a powerful wielder of Quimbanda magic.

“Astonishing and challenging… An emotional powerhouse!” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)


Mike Befeler’s mystery novel,

Old Detecives Home by M Befeler

Old Detectives Home, the first book in the Omnipodge Trilogy,

was published April 27 by Encircle Publications in both print and e-book editions. Imagine a retirement home populated with residents including an aging Hercule Poirot and a dementia-suffering Sherlock Holmes and run by staff including E. A Poe, Art Doyle, Dot Sayers and Dash Hammett. In this light-hearted spoof, every character is either a namesake of a person from the mystery writing world or a character from a mystery novel.

Print: e-book


Connie Di Marco’s newest novel,

Serpent's Doom C di Marco

Serpent’s Doom, was released on April 26.

“A missing mother, a desperate child, a terrified wife, all bound within the coils of a serpent.”

Amazon: Barnes & Noble: Indiebound: Bookshop: Bookbub:



Privacy - N Sadowsky

due out on June 14 from Penguin / Random House
is the latest novel from Nina Sadowsky

Nina explains: “Privacy was conceived at the height of Southern California’s Covid lockdown. I was asking myself: ‘How much can I take before I break?’ and watching as others all around me reached their limits. Racial tensions were heaving, fear seemed to lurk everywhere. The psychological stress of human isolation and a reliance on technological connection permeated every interaction. We are all dangerously exposed, I realized. We live in a constant cycle of sharing and gathering information, and all that data is a form of currency. These whirling thoughts led to a thriller in which I tested the limits of all of my characters against these topical themes.”

See below for invite to an interactive workshop with the author on “From Film to Books and Back Again”


Anne Louise Bannon’s newest novel,

My Sweet Lisa - A L Bannon

My Sweet Lisa, is now out.

Finally, it’s real love… Now what?

Lisa Wycherly’s surprise birthday party ends in disaster when she’s kidnapped off the street. Her partner, Sid Hackbirn, is so devastated that he loses his interest in sleeping around – the one thing keeping the two of them apart. It turns out the kidnappers got the wrong target. There’s also a defecting KGB agent playing games with the CIA, who are involved with the Colombian kidnappers. Then Lisa’s recovery sets in motion a whole other set of challenges as she and Sid deal with her trauma and try to get the KGB agent under control, only to find that Sid’s randy past will continue to haunt them. The only thing worse? Figuring out how to be a couple.


The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets, and the Hollywood Story that Shocked America,

Alaskan Blonde J Bartlett

a true crime tale by James Bartlett

The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets, and the Hollywood Story that Shocked America was released in March and can be purchased on Amazon and at local bookstores.

Wealthy businessman Cecil Wells was killed in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1953, and his younger, blonde wife Diane – and her lover, Black musician Johnny Warren – were indicted for the crime, though it remains unsolved to this day. This book reexamines the FBI/police investigation, interviews living family members, uncovers new evidence, and looks again at a case that was a huge scandal in Jim Crow America, made the pages of Life, Newsweek, Jet and the pulp magazines, and was a rare story from then-territorial Alaska that hit the headlines around the world.

“All the nail-biting suspense and secretive plot of a thriller …” — Looks at Books


Burials Gay Kinman

Gay Toltl Kinman’s new novel Burials

is out now from Mysterious Women press. You can find it on Kindle and in trade paperback on Amazon.

Judge Macklin of the Los Angeles Superior Court is on administrative leave. He and his wife go on a sailing trip—and he comes back alone. Then his goddaughter disappears. Kidnapping is suspected, but the ransom request does not come right away and is a strange one when it does. Macklin can’t save his wife, but he is determined to save his goddaughter. Cover Art by Peggie Chan


Mystery at the Stables Gay Kinman

Gay Toltl Kinman’s The Mystery at the Stables

is the first in a middle reader series featuring three 11-year-olds in the summer before they go into the sixth grade. They live near a racetrack in Southern California. In this story, a valuable racehorse is missing. Horsenapped? It’s a mystery that the young detectives investigate—and solve. On Kindle and in trade paperback Cover Art by Peggie Chan


Congratulations to Naomi Hirahara for her Edgar Award / Mary Higgins Clark Award, given by Mystery Writers of America, for her novel,
Clark and Division

We also congratulate Naomi for her
Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel , given by Left Coast Crime, for her novel,
Clark and Division


Congratulations to Ellen Byron for her Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, given by Malice Domestic, for her novel,
Cajun Kiss of Death.
Pending Nominations

CONGRATS to Matt Coyle and Naomi Hirahara for their Barry Award nominations for Best Novel.

Matt’s nominated book is Last Redemption.
Naomi’s nominated book is Clark and Division.

Their fellow Barry Award nominees include Michael Connelly, S.A. Crosby, and Stephen King. The winner will be announced at the opening of Bouchercon in Minneapolis on September 8, 2022.

Upcoming Webinars
Other Online Resources

1) DANA RIDENOUR, award-winning author and retired FBI Agent, will be the guest speaker at the May 5th meeting of the Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Program begins at 3:30 pm Pacific Time. Attendance is free but you must register in advance.

2) TESS GERRITSEN, author of Rizzoli and Isles, will join the Gand Canyon Chapter of Sisters in Crime on the evening of May 5 to talk about “Building a Blockbuster Career One Step at a Time.” Begins ad 5 pm. Attendance is free but you must register in advance.

3) NINA SADOWSKY, author, fillmaker and educator, will be the featured speaker at a virtual workshop “From Film to Books and Back Again — Craft, Industry Tips, Adaptations” on June 7 at 8pm. The price is $17, which gets you not only the workshop but also a copy of her latest novel, Privacy. Register here:

3) SISTERS IN CRIME WEBINAR ARCHIVES Free to Sisters in Crime Members:

4) JANE FRIEDMAN’S WRITING ADVICE ARCHIVES Free. Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for Writer’s Digest and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World; her newsletter was awarded Media Outlet of the Year in 2020.

Monthly Meeting
Sisters in Crime Los Angeles
Summer Sizzle!

Our Sizzling Summer Series is a collaboration between the Sisters in Crime Chapters in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Northern California. During the months of June through September, each chapter takes a turn hosting a zoom meeting for the four chapters. The combined audience builds a broader community and wider perspective.

The next meeting will be hosted by the San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime
Saturday June 11 at 2 pm on Zoom
link to follow
Matt Coyle will interview special guest, author Allison Brennan.

Upcoming Author Appearances & Events:

Tori Eldridge celebrates the release of Dance Among the Flames

at Stokercon (Denver — early release sales),
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore (Scottsdale) on May 25, 7pm PT (in-store/FB live),
Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego) on May 28, 2pm PST (in-store) with Jonathan Maberry, and
Book Soup – Tori Eldridge! (West Hollywood) on May 31, 6pm PST (virtual) with Cynthia Pelayo.

Visit for all book-launch May and June events.

     Every year, Sisters in Crime LA has a booth at LATFOB. Our members have the opportunity to sign and sell their books at this huge event. You must be a member to sign at our booth. We contact our members by email a few months prior to the festival so that they can participate.

Join SinC/LA for the
April 3rd, 2022 Hybrid Meeting
DATE: Sunday, April 3rd, 2022

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We are thrilled to announce that, for the first time since the pandemic, we will be meeting in person at our new venue,

The Hollywood Women’s Club.

Members who can’t make the in person meeting are welcome to join us on Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting:

If you wish to participate by Zoom, use this link.–tqjoiH9UYOnvBbZn-o0K2tM6h_mBs

If you are coming in person, please send an email to so we know how many to expect.

Location: The Hollywood Women’s Club
1749 N. La Brea Ave. (just South of Franklin)
Los Angeles CA 90046
Parking: The club has its own parking lot, which we are welcome to use. Enter using the driveway just South of the building.
Entry: The club does not use the front entrance. Please enter the side door from the driveway. Our meeting room is the lounge.

Covid Precautions:

Although LA County has relaxed its indoor masking requirements, we want everyone to feel safe and comfortable, and no one to get sick. We will be requiring proof of vaccination at entry and ask that you wear a mask during the meeting unless you are a speaker. We continue to follow the case counts and will revise our requirements when indicated.

Featured Speaker

Dennis Palumbo

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Dennis Palumbo

Dennis Palumbo's Panic Attack book cover image

Writer’s Block: What it Means—and What it Doesn’t

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is a licensed psychotherapist and author. His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press). His series of award-winning mystery thrillers (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors, Phantom Limb, Head Wounds, and the latest, Panic Attack) feature Daniel Rinaldi, a psychologist and trauma expert who consults with the Pittsburgh Police.

About Panic Attack: Psychologist Daniel Rinaldi is no stranger to trauma. A survivor of not one, but two attempts on his life by a deranged killer, the therapist also counsels trauma patients in his private practice, and contracts with the Pittsburgh Police to help victims of violent crime cope with their experience.

For more information about Dennis Palumbo, visit

Readers: HJ & Alexia Forman

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Readers: HJ Forman (our Corresponding Secretary, Henry Jay) was born and raised in New York City. In the latter part of a long and successful career as an award-winning academic biomedical scientist, he began writing mysteries. He is willing to admit that a small percentage of the inhabitants of academia are unworthy of admiration.

Alexia Forman, a proud Philadelphian, went from painting pictures with oils to painting them with words. In her long history as an academic librarian, she also discovered how academia mirrors the rest of society.
The Formans live in Southern California. They have one daughter of whom they are extremely proud and a tiny Yorkshire Terrier who is delighted to be the only real character in the book.

HJ and Alexia Forman's book cover Toxic Vengeance

In Toxic Vengeance, bodies of respected, highly educated men and women are dropping in different parts of the country. Why are all the victims poisoned even when they die by different means? It takes fiery redhead police detective Cindy Firestone from a Washington, D.C. suburb to spot a connection. She brings the case to the attention of FBI Special Agent Steve Jude, who recognizes her intelligence and enjoys her packaging. Together, they investigate the many suspects and learn about the world of academic science, which most outsiders assume to be sedate. How wrong is that!

MARCH 2022


1) The Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime announces its 2023 anthology, “Entertainment To Die For.” Submissions open March 1 and close May 31, 2022. The judges of this blind contest will consider stories up to 7500 words in any sub-genre of crime. Guidelines will appear here soon:

2) Partners In Crime, the San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime, seeks stories of up to 5000 words for its 2023 short story collection, “Crime Under The Sun.”
The deadline is 6/15/22.

3) The International Crime Writers Association (CAA) is accepting submissions of traditional mystery short stories for its 2022 Margery Allingham Prize until February 28

4) New Arc Books, an imprint of Level Best Books, is actively seeking new
novel-length fiction in the categories of Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Literary Fiction, Romantic Suspense, etc.

5) Tempered Tales Magazine, a paid outlet, will be open to short story (up to 1500 words) submissions on the theme of “Medusa” between March 1 and March 15, 2022

6) Bouchercon’s 2023 anthology, tentatively titled “Peril Under The Palms” is open for submissions. The deadline is October 15, 2022

7) The Writer’s Digest 91st Annual Writing Competition is now open for submissions. The early bird deadline is May 6, 2022. Winners of the 2021 competition will be announced in the Nov / Dec issue of the magazine. For categories and guidelines, see


8) Sisters in Crime National is accepting applications for the Eleanor Taylor Brand Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award given annually to emerging writers of color in the genre. Deadline: March 31, 2022.


UnderLockandSkeletonKey Cover

An impossible crime. A family legacy. The intrigue of hidden rooms and secret staircases. Known for her wonderfully addictive characters, multiple award-winning author Gigi Pandian introduces her newest heroine in this heartfelt series debut. Under Lock & Skeleton Key layers stunning architecture with mouthwatering food in an ode to classic locked-room mysteries that will leave readers enchanted. Out March 15 from Minotaur Books:

Out Now!
by our very own Prez,
Paula Bernstein

Murder is a Hate Crime novel cover


Mike Befeler has a short story in the new anthology Eccentric Circles

The Wages of Sin: The ballad of Margie and Dale,” by Joan Renner, appears in The Best New True Crime Stories by Partners in Crime


Committing Suicide,” a short story by Gay Kinman, appears in the January 2022 edition of the online magazine, King’s River Life.

Lori Dillman’s story “Just One” appears in the Bould Awards Short Story Anthology 2021, Volume 2, available in print and e-book.


Gay Kinman’s new short story, The Burglaries, is out on Kindle. The wonderful cover art is the creation of Peggy Chan.



CONGRATS to Matt Coyle for his Barry Award nomination for Best Novel. His book, Last Redemption, has also been nominated for a Lefty Award. His fellow Barry Award nominees include Michael Connelly, S.A. Crosby, Stephen King, and Naomi Hirarara. (Nice company!) The winner will be announced at the opening of Bouchercon in Minneapolis on September 8, 2022.

Previously Announced Nominations:


Congrats to Gigi Pandian for her Edgar Award nomination for Best Short Story.
The Locked Room Library” appeared in the July / August issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Edgar awards in this and other categories are given annually by Mystery Writers of America. The winners will be announced at the Edgars Banquet in NYC on April 28.


Congratulations to Wendall Thomas for her nomination for a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel for her 2021 book, Fogged Off. Winners of Lefty Awards will be announced at the Left Coast Crime convention in Albuquerque in April.


CONGRATULATIONS to Ellen Byron for her nomination for the Best Contemporary Novel Agatha Award for Cajun Kiss of Death. Her fellow nominees include Louise Penny and Hank Phillippi Ryan. Winners of Agatha Awards will be announced at the Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda in April. The book has also been nominated for a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel.

Mimi Lee Cracks the Code

And we congratulate Jennifer Chow for her nomination for the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel for Mimi Lee Cracks the Code. Winners of Lefty Awards will be announced at the Left Coast Crime convention in Albuquerque in April

Upcoming Webinars and Other Online Resources

March 5, 2022, 9 am
Free to Sisters in Crime members
Register here:

This webinar is part of the SinC into Great Writing series. The event will take place on March 5, 2022 at noon ET/11am CT/10am MT/9am PT. The seminar includes three panels: Things I Wish I’d Known: Jennifer J. Chow, Jennifer Hillier, Ausma Zehanat Khan , moderated by Wanda M. Morris Publishing in the Present Tense: Michelle Addo, Jenny Chen, Samantha Fabien, moderated by Kellye Garrett Structures for Success: Gigi Pandian, Alex Segura, moderated by Sandra S.G. Wong

March 3, 2022, 3:30 pm
Free to Sisters in Crime members

The March meeting of the Upstate South Carolina chapter will feature guest speaker Carmen Amato, mystery and thriller author, who will talk about her 30 years in the CIA, her police procedural series, and her recent foray into historical fiction. Carmen has traveled the world, surviving multiple earthquakes, a persona-non-grata expulsion, a train derailment, and a Givenchy fashion show. Networking at 3:30 pm pacific time; presentation starts at 4 pm pacific time.

Free to Sisters in Crime Members


Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for Writer’s Digest and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World; her newsletter was awarded Media Outlet of the Year in 2020.


NominationsNew Releases, Author Appearances, Coming Up, Call for Submissions, Invitation to Nominate, and A Gripping Experience!

Nominations! Congratulations to:

Gigi Pandian for her 2022 Edgar Award nomination for Best Short Story. Her piece “Locked Room Library” was published last year in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. The winner of the Best Short Story Edgar Award and other Edgars will be announced at the MWA banquet in New York City on April 28, 2022


Jennifer J. Chow for MIMI LEE CRACKS THE CODE, her third Sassy Cat Mystery which has been nominated for Left Coast Crime’s Best Humorous Mystery Novel Lefty Award. It was also chosen as one of Kings River Life’s Favorite Books of 2021.

Mimi Lee Cracks the Code


Ellen Byron for her nomination for the Left Coast Crime Best Humorous Mystery Novel Award for her book, Murder In The Bayou Boneyard.


Matt Coyle deserves kudos for his nomination for the Left Coast Crime Best Mystery Novel Award for his book, Last Redemption.


Wendell Thomas for her nomination for the Left Coast Crime Best Humorous Mystery Novel Award for her book, Fogged Off. Fogged Off also made The Reading Room’s “Best of 2021” list.

New Releases:


Peggy Rothschild’s A DEADLY BONE TO PICK comes out this February! Visit her site for more information and other places to purchase her book!

Deadly Bone to Pick Cover image

When Molly Madison, dog-wrangler extraordinaire, stumbles upon a murder in her new hometown she must track down a killer and sniff out the suspects in order to save the day. 

Don’t miss Nancy Raven Smith’s latest book BUSHWHACKED IN THE OUTBACK: a Land Sharks Cozy Mystery Adventure!

Lexi loves her job as a Beverly Hills bank fraud investigator. It lets her pursue scam artists and con men – known in the business as land sharks. Yet she risks everything when she follows a dead embezzler’s casket to Coober Pedy in the Australian outback. She knows it’s a desperate gamble, but it’s her last hope to recover the bank’s stolen money. Unfortunately, she’s persona non grata in that country. She needs to get in, find the money, and get out before the Australian police discover her presence. But will the unexpected appearance of an ex-lover make her linger too long?

Available on Amazon at

Author Appearances:


Laurie Stevens will be a guest February 11 on the Corks and Conversations podcast on YouTube found here: Pour yourself a glass and join the party!

Game of Books – YouTube
Christie and Cathi host a wine-filled weekly podcast book club where they speak to award winning and best selling authors of mystery books.
More appearances …


Sheila Lowe will be traveling south to her old stomping grounds (Anaheim) to speak to the California Writers Club, Orange County chapter, on February 5.

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“Reading between the lines on your path to publication” is the title of her talk. All are welcome. 9:00-11:30.


Coming up:

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the next Left Coast Crime Conference, an annual gathering of mystery readers and writers.

Registration is open. Check out

Call for submissions:


Run Amok Crime is seeking submissions for a new crime-fiction anthology to be entitled Jacked. They are looking for both genre and non-genre pieces. The only criteria is that somewhere in there, a law needs to be fractured. “We will be considering short-shorts, novelettes of up to 10,000 words, and everything between. While we will lean towards unpublished works, reprints will be considered so long as you, the writer, retain copyright. (In the case of reprints, please provide complete publication information.)” The Submission window will close on Feb. 15, 2022. Include a one-paragraph bio and submit your story to Jacked editor Vern Smith via the Submittable button on the runamokbooks website. Authors whose stories are accepted will receive a modest payment and book copies.


For more information about contests and publishers seeking submissions in the crime genre, check out these websites:,,

Invitation to Nominate:

The Shamus Awards
The Private Eye Writers of America

for private eye novels & short stories first published in 2021

Submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2022.
No extensions can be given.

Eligible works must feature as a main character a person PAID for investigative work but NOT employed for that work by a unit of government. These include traditionally licensed private investigators; lawyers and reporters who do their own investigations; and others who function as hired private agents. These do NOT include law enforcement officers, other government employees, or amateur, uncompensated sleuths. Independently published books (“Indies”) may be submitted to the Best Original Paperback PI Novel category.

Here are the categories:

See for details on categories and submissions.

And now, for a truly gripping experience ….

The Hillside Strangler True Crime Historic Tour
Saturday, February 12, 2022 2 – 5 pm
See eventbrite for tickets

Hop on a tour bus and be taken back to 1977-78 when the Hillside Stranglers terrorized Eagle Rock, Highland Park and the surrounding communities. Local Crime Historian Joe Walker (ERHS Class of ’78) will take you to see the scenes of the crimes, from abduction sites to body dump sites to the house of horrors where the Hillside Stranglers tortured and murdered their victims.

Drinking will be allowed on the bus! BYOB, NO GLASS BOTTLES (pour that booze into a plastic container.) We will supply the ice, cups and mixers. Pace yourself, we will be drinking a toast/tribute to each of the victims. All CDC gathering guidelines will be followed.

Buy your tickets NOW — the event is sure to sell out!

If you know of an enticing call for submission, an intriguing webinar, or an opportunity to nominate one of our talented sisters or misters for an award, please let us know so that we may spread the word. This column comes out on or about the 25th of every month. You may contact us at

SinC/LA Members: Have a new book coming out? Find details on how to submit your upcoming releases in the Members Only section of the chapter website: