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HANGING BY A THREAD, the second book in Dorothy Howell‘s Sewing Studio cozy mystery series, will be released on September 26th in hardcover, ebook, and audio from Kensington Publishing.

“When the owner of a new bakery in the quaint, touristy town of Hideaway Grove is murdered, suspicion falls on Abbey Chandler’s aunt, and it’s up to Abbey to clear her name.”

THE NINJA’S OATH by Tori Eldridge comes out September 12 from Agora/Polis Books. The fourth book in the Lily Wong series takes Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja, Lily Wong, to Shanghai in an explosive joint mission with her father’s former-triad cook and the assassin J Tran.

“Loyalty, family and martial arts take center stage in The Ninja’s Oath, a smashing thriller that climaxes with a death-filled battle royale that would make Quentin Tarantino blush.” ―Best Thriller Books

Writing as E.J. Williams, Janet Elizabeth Lynn and Will Zeilinger are debuting STONE PUB in mid-September. This fast-paced adventure thriller transports the reader to Ireland in 1962. It is the first in the International Crime Files series.

Praise, Awards and Nominations

Our members Tori Eldridge, Naomi Hirahara, and Gary Phillips have short stories in Mystery Writers of America’s 2022 anthology, CRIME HITS HOME, which won the 2023 Anthony Award for Best Anthology. Congrats!

Naomi Hirahara‘s EVERGREEN, which came out earlier this summer from Soho Crime, was included in CrimeReads’ praise for the best historical fiction of the year thus far.

CrimeReads included Winnie Li‘s COMPLICIT in its list of Best Paperback Reads of the Summer.

Book Deals

Ellen Byron has signed a deal with Severn House for two more Vintage Cookbook mysteries.

Author Appearances

 

Join Tori Eldridge in conversation with Naomi Hirahara on September 13 at 7 pm at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. They’ll be talking about the fourth book in Tori’s Lily Wong series, THE NINJA’S OATH.

Carl Vonderau and Adam Sikes will talk about money laundering, kidnapping, weapons smuggling, mercenaries, drug cartels, and their novels at the Village Well bookstore in Culver City on Sept. 21 at 7:30 pm. Carl is a former international banker and worked in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and North Africa. He just published his second thriller, SAVING MYLES. Adam spent 25 years in the military and the CIA in Central Asia, East Africa and Europe. His debut thriller is LANDSLIDE.

Read the CrimeReads interview of Edgar-nominated Winnie Li by Edgar-winner Jordan Harper, about writing mysteries set in Hollywood, the complicity of the film industry, and their journeys as crime writers:
https://crimereads.com/winnie-m-li-and-jordan-harper-on-complicity-confrontation-and-the-city-of-angels/

 

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Julia Bricklin’s RED SAPPHIRE: The Woman Who Beat the Black List, tells the true story of Hannah Weinstein who, facing persecution by Senator Joe McCarthy because of her purported communist affiliations, fled to Europe in 1950 and built a successful television studio and production company using scores of blacklisted American writers. The book comes out in September from Lyon’s Press.

The next installment in Tori Eldridge‘s Lily Wong series, THE NINJA’S OATH, comes out in September from Agora Books.

International action adventure ensues when Lily Wong—a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja—travels from Shanghai to Japan to help family friend and former triad enforcer, Lee Chang, locate and rescue his kidnapped twelve-year-old niece while, back home in Los Angeles, her father’s health wanes.

Several of our members have short stories in the forthcoming collection KILLIN’ TIME IN SAN DIEGO:

LH Dillman, “To Hell and Back”
Naomi Hirahara, “The Celestial”
Kim Keeline, “Business of Death”
Mary Keenan, “The Canadians”
Kathy Norris, “Wildfire”
James Thorpe, “Casualties of War”
Desiree Zamorano, “President- Elect”

Edited by Holly West, the volume is now available for pre-order, and will be sold at Bouchercon.


Michelle Rodenborn has a short story, “Bird of Prey,” in the lastest edition of the Santa Barbara Literary Journal.

Gary Phillips co-edited the anthology THE HEIST WAS JUST THE BEGINNING, which is the basis for a new miniseries coming from Disney+UK.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL by Gay Toltl Kinman’s has just been released as an audio book with narration by Harley Jane Kozak, actress and award-winning mystery writer. The book is the second in the series featuring Jo Peters, a part-time city attorney and private investigator. For a free audio code email gaykinman@gaykinman.com

Books Up For Awards

We should know by early September whether Gary Phillips wins the Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery (aka “Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery”) for his novel, ONE-SHOT HARRY (Soho Crime 2022) Good luck, Gary.

And, as previously mentioned, several of our members’ works are finalists for 2023 Anthony Awards: James T. Bartlett – THE ALASKAN BLONDE (Best Critical / Non-Fiction), Jennifer J. Chow – DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA (Best Humorous Novel), Ellen Byron BAYOU BOOK THIEF (Best Humorous Novel), Mysti Berry, as editor – LOW DOWN DIRTY VOTE (Best Anthology). Voting occurs and winners will be announced at Bouchercon — August 29 – September 3, 2023 in San Diego.

Two members are up for awards from Killer Nashville:

Peggy Rothschild is a finalist for a Silver Falchion Award for Best Cozy for her novel, PLAYING DEAD
Lori Dillman is a finalist or a Claymore Award for Best Unpublished Mainstream / Commercial novel,
RAGGED RUN

Author Appearances

Sheila Lowe is scheduled to appear on the CW network’s Mysteries Decoded show in August, talking about handwriting analysis as applied to an historical figure.

August is a busy month for Carl Vonderau as his latest novel, SAVING MYLES, comes out August 15 from Oceanview. He’ll be at Warwicks bookstore in La Jolla on Tuesday the 15th at 7:30. Then on Sunday the 20th at 2 pm, he’ll appear at Book Carnival in Orange, where he’ll be interviewed by Matt Coyle.

On Saturday August 12 at 2 pm, Jeri Westerson will talk about “From Historical Mysteries to Modern Marketing” by invitation of the California Writers Club of Long Beach. Find them at the Los Altos United Methodist Church (Heritage Hall) 5950 E. Willow Street, Long Beach.

Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles is supplying more than its fair share of talent to Bouchercon 2023, which will be held August 30-September 3 in San Diego. The list of  panelists at who are members includes:

Lawrence Allan, Judith Ayn, James T. Bartlett, Mike Befeler, Paula Bernstein, Mysti Berry, Ellen Byron, Craig Faustus Buck, Jennifer Chow, Matt Coyle, Connie DeMarco, Tori Eldridge, Naomi Hirahara, Georgia Jeffries, Linda O. Johnson, Sybil Johnson, Kim Keeline, Gay Toltl Kinman, Leslie Klinger, Ellen Kirschman, Melinda Loomis, Peggy Rothschild, Susan Rowland, Terry Shames, Carrie Voorhis, Jeri Westerson, Iris Yamashita, and Desiree Zamorano

The full line-up of panelists and schedule of panels is here  https://bouchercon2023.com/panels/

Alison McMahan, award winning writer and screenwriter, will be teaching a free class on “What Makes a Good Scene: Twists, Misleads and Reveals” at Nova Southeastern University on Saturday August 5 at 2 pm by Zoom. Register in advance so you can watch it in real time or later:
https://nova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqcOygqTkjHtXDTY6fhPJAuF9yxnHkQbby#/registration

Party Invitations

Join the fun at the Launch Party and Book Signing for the anthology KILLING TIME IN SAN DIEGO at Bouchercon on Thursday the at 6 pm in the Grand Ballroom.

Ellen Byron will host a “Cozies & Cocktails” event at Bouchercon on Wednesday August 30th at 8:30 pm in the hotel Grand Ballroom featuring readings, give aways, swag and a cash bar.

Come one, come all! Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of Sisters in Crime, is hosting a launch party for their 2nd anthology CRIME UNDER THE SUN at Bouchercon on Thursday August 31 at 8:30 pm in Grand Ballroom 4! Come for books, luau music, and a raffle!

Conferences and Festivals

Killer Nashville August 17-20 in Franklin TN. Guests of honor include Maureen Corrigan and Cindy Dees. https://www.killernashville.com/

Bouchercon: San Diego August 30 – September 3. Our own Naomi Hirahara is a toastmaster. Fee: $ 230. https://bouchercon2023.com

Bouchercon 2024: August 28- September 1 in Nashville TN. Guests of honor include Harlan Coben, Brad Thor, Kelli Stanley, Rachel Howzell Hall, and Heather Graham. https://www.bouchercon2024.com/

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SAVING MYLES by Carl Vonderau will be published by Oceanview on August 15. A dysfunctional family comes together when their teenage son is kidnapped and they’re forced to launder money to save him.

Mike Befeler’s THE LAST GASP MOTEL comes out in July from Encircle Publications. Retired maintenance man Frank Sinatra finds a body in the swimming pool of the Last Gasp Motel in Omnipodge, California. Frank must solve the case before the city demolishes the place he calls home and replaces it with a shopping mall.

Anne Louise Bannon‘s newest novel RUNNING AWAY TO BOSTON is available in ebook and paperback. While hunting for a missing witness to a vicious murder, Jannie Miller uncovers secrets involving computer hackers and a mega software virus. Fraught personal relationships complicate matters.

The Summer 2023 issue of MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL, “Hobbies & Crafts in Mysteries,” has articles and columns by several members: Sybil Johnson‘s “Blending My Love of Crafts and Cozies,” Daryl Wood Gerber‘s “I Love Making Fairy Gardens,” Anne Louise Bannon‘s “How My Sewing Patterns Help Me Write,” and Gay Toltl Kinman‘s “Children’s Hour: Hobbies in Mysteries.”

Gary Phillips‘ short story “OneNight in Brownsville” appears in A SAMPLING OF SLEUTHS: SHORT STORIES FROM BINGEWORTHY MYSTERY AUTHORS, now available from Amazon in e-book and in trade paperback from Thalia Press. The story features not a sleuth but Gary’s professional thief character, O’Conner, who has appeared in a previous novel, WARLORD OF WILLOW RIDGE, and a linked anthology, CULPRITS: THE HEIST WAS JUST THE BEGINNING. The latter is the basis for an upcoming miniseries from Disney+UK.

SinC-LA members Wrona Gall, BJ Graf, Kathy Kingston, Kathy Krevat, Kathy Norris, Michelle Rodendorn, James Thorpe, and Wendall Thomas all have stories in the anthology CRIME UNDER THE SUN, out now from our sister chapter in San Diego. Two of the editors, Matt Coyle and Naomi Hirahara, are also members of our chapter.

Book Deals

Carol Newhouse has signed a contract with Harlequin for a novel in appear in the publisher’s Love Inspired Cold Case line of books.

Awards, Nominations & Praise

Iris Yamashita‘s novel CITY UNDER ONE ROOF is number 2 on Reader’s Digest list of “The 25 Best Fiction Books of 2023 (So Far).”
Congratulations, Iris!!

DOOMED LEGACY, the ninth book in Matt Coyle’s bestselling Rick Cahill crime series, won the Bronze Prize in the Foreword Reviews Indie Book of the Year Award for Thriller/Suspense.
Congats, Matt!

Three stories in EDGAR & SHAMUS GO GOLDEN, a collection published by Down & Out Books and edited by Gay Toltl Kinman and Andrew McAlleer, have been nominated for a Shamus Award for Best P.I. Short Story.

BIG FAT F@!K-Up by Lawrence Allan is a Shamus Award Finalist for Best First P.I. Novel.

And, as previously mentioned, several of our members’ works are finalists for 2023 Anthony Awards: James T. Bartlett – THE ALASKAN BLONDE (Best Critical / Non-Fiction), Jennifer J. Chow – DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA (Best Humorous Novel), Ellen Byron BAYOU BOOK THIEF (Best Humorous Novel), Mysti Berry, as editor – LOW DOWN DIRTY VOTE (Best Anthology). Voting occurs and winners will be announced at Bouchercon — August 29 – September 3, 2023 in San Diego.

Author Appearances

Sheila Lowe invites all who feel like a drive to the beach to the launch of her memoir, GROWING FROM THE ASHES, on July 18th at 5:30. As this event is being held in a private home in the Ventura Keys, RSVP is required: sheila@sheilalowe.com

Crime writer Laurie Fagen will join other authors in a variety of genres at the annual Payson Authors & Artists Festival in Payson Arizona on Sat., July 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. https://paysonbookfestival.org/

Jeri Westerson continues her new release tour for her Sherlockian pastiche THE ISOLATED SEANCE on Friday, July 7 at7 pm at Vroman’s Bookstore 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA and on Saturday, July 8, at 1 pm at Gatsby Books 5535 E Spring St, Long Beach, CA. Giveaways at both locations.

Conferences and Festivals

Sleuth Fest: Boca Raton, July 6-9. Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of MWA. Fee in the range of $250. https://sleuthfest.com

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference July 2-23. Corte Madera CA. https://www.bookpassage.com/mystery

Gotham Writers Genre Fiction Conference. August 12-14. Mostly by Zoom; pitch in NYC.

https://www.writingclasses.com/genre-fiction/writers-conference/index#:~:text=The%20Gotham%20Writers%20Genre%20Fiction,eye%2Dopening%20panels%20and%20presentations.

Bouchercon: San Diego August 30 – September 3. Our own Naomi Hirahara is a toastmaster. Fee: $ 230. https://bouchercon2023.com

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PASSPORT TO SPY by Nancy Cole Silverman, the second in the Kat Lawson Mystery series, debuts June 5th from Level Best Books.

Jeri Westerson is launching her second new series this year, An Irregular Detective Mystery series, a Sherlockian pastiche. The first novel is THE ISOLATED SEANCE out soon from Severn House.

HOT POT MURDER, the second book in Jennifer J. Chow’s L.A. Night Market Mystery series, will be release on June 6th by Berkley.

Kathryn Dodson‘s debut novel, TEQUILA MIDNIGHT, comes out in July. It’s part of what will be her Southwest Suspense Series. Hardened detective Jessica Watts hunts for the missing daughter of a shady Mexican tycoon.

Dianne DeMille consulted on LIFE IS A JOURNEY BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL a new memoir by retired DEA Agent Larry Ray Hardin.

Mysti Berry’s short story, The Money Party, appears in GET UP OFFA THAT THING, a collection of fiction inspired by the titles of James Brown songs. As previously mentioned in this space, the anthology is edited by Gary Phillips and member Lisa Morton has a story in it: Money to Burn

Mysti Berry is also the editor of the three-volume series of short crime fiction entitled LOW DOWN DIRTY VOTE.

New Formats & Re-Releases

James T. Bartlett’s true crime book THE ALASKAN BLONDE: SEX, SECRETS, AND THE HOLLYWOOD STORY THAT SHOCKED AMERICA is now available on Audible.com.

Winnie M Li‘s latest novel COMPLICIT will be coming out in paperback from Atria Books on June 20th.

New Ventures

Lida Sideris has teamed up with mystery authors Jen Collins Moore, Tina deBellegarde, and Carol Pouliot to form Sleuths & Sidekicks where they share their favorite books, explore writing prompts, and host fun mystery events, including their inaugural LIVE book club on June 20th.

https://www.sleuthsandsidekicks.com/upcoming-events/the-raven-thief

Book Deals

Rachel Howzell Hall has signed a four book deal with Red Tower publishing. Her new novel is THE LAST ONE, in which a young woman with no memory learns the world is dying and that she is the only one who can save it from a destructive force — herself. Her agent is Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary.

Awards, Nominations & Praise

Mary Keenan‘s SNOWED has been named the Best Unpublished Mystery of 2023 by the Crime Writers of Canada.

Winnie Li‘s COMPLICIT was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and listed among the Best Crime Novels of 2022 by CrimeReads and The Irish Times. “Like the best filmmakers, Li draws you to the edge of your seat and keeps you there.” —The New York Times Book Review

BAYOU BOOK THIEF, the first book in Ellen Byron’s Vintage Cookbook Mystery series, has been nominated for a 2023 Anthony Award in the Best Humorous Mystery category.

Jennifer Chow‘s DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA has been nominated for a 2023 Anthony Award in the Best Humorous Mystery category.

The anthology LOW DOWN DIRTY VOTE: THE COLOR OF MY MONEY has been nominated for a 2023 Anthony Award. Mysti Berry edits and publishes the series. A story in the collection by Faye Snowden has been included in the 2023 BEST MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE (editors: Steph Cha and Lisa Unger). A story in the collection by Gabriel Valjan has been nominated for a 2023 Anthony Award.

Jeri Westerson‘s latest, COURTING DRAGONS, got a recommendation from The New York Times for good summer reading.

Author Appearances

 

There will be a launch party on June 6 at 7 pm at Book Soup for Marjorie McCown‘s debut novel, FINAL CUT. After that, her book tour continues with a stop at Mystery Ink on June 24th and then it’s on to Minneapolis, New York, Chapel Hill and more.

Jeri Westerson‘s launch for THE ISOLATED SEANCE includes these events: her online launch will be live on YouTube Sunday, June 4 at 2 pm Pacific; on Saturday, June 17 at 2 pm., she’ll appear at Book Carnival bookstore in Orange; on Saturday, June 24 at 1 pm she’ll be at Baker Street West in the Hein & Co bookstore in Jackson CA; on Friday, July 7 at 7 pm Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena will host her; and Saturday, July 8 at 1 pm you’ll find her at Gatsby’s Books in Long Beach.

Jennifer Chow will be appearing virtually on A Bookish Moment (https://www.youtube.com/@itsbookishtime) to talk about her latest release, HOT POT MURDER, on Tuesday, June 13th at 1:30pm. She’ll also appear in person at an event sponsored by Mystery Ink with debut author Marjorie McCown on Saturday, June 24th at 1:00pm at Fernhill Clubhouse in Huntington Beach

Conferences and Festivals

ThrillerFestXVIII: New York City May 30 – June 3. The fee ranges from $350 to more than $1500 depending on which of a half-dozen offerings you choose, including MasterClass, PitchFest, QueryFest, CraftFest and ThrillerFest Awards Banquet. https://thrillerfest.com

Sleuth Fest: Boca Raton, July 6-9. Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of MWA. Fee in the range of $250. https://sleuthfest.com

Bouchercon: San Diego August 30 – September 3. Our own Naomi Hirahara is a toastmaster. Fee: $ 230. https://bouchercon2023.com

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Marjorie McCown‘s debut novel, FINAL CUT, will be released in June by Crooked Lane. Launch party that eve. See below.

Mark Bruce’s short story, “Minerva James and the River God,” appears in the May-June issue of ALFRED HITCHCOCK MYSTERY MAGAZINE. It’s the third appearance of Minerva in the magazine. His non-mystery short story, “The Occasional Girl,” came out in Jerry Jazz Magazine, a website, last month.

Gary Phillips is the editor of the new short story collection GET UP OFFA THAT THING: CRIME FICTION INSPIRED BY THE SONGS OF JAMES BROWN out now from Down & Out Books. In addition to a story by Gary, the collection includes work by SinC/LA member and six-time Bram Stoker Award winner, Lisa Morton.

Out now is MAYHEM, MADNESS & STRANGE STORIES OF LOS ANGELES by James T. Bartlett, the first book in the GOURMET GHOSTS (Pocket Guides) series. Available on Amazon and at LA bookstores. More information at www.gourmetghosts.com

New Formats & Re-Releases

James T. Bartlett’s true crime book THE ALASKAN BLONDE: SEX, SECRETS, AND THE HOLLYWOOD STORY THAT SHOCKED AMERICA will be available on audiobook via Audible this month. More information at www.thealaskanblonde.com

Awards, Nominations & Praise

Congrats to Naomi Hirahara whose novel SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI (2004) was named by the Los Angeles Times last month as one of the 100 essential books about Los Angeles, alongside novels by Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, Walter Mosley, and Ross Macdonald.

PROMOPHOBIA, edited by former SinC/LA President Diane Vallere, won the 2023 Agatha Award for Best Non Fiction. The book includes essays by Mike Befeler, Ellen Byron, Matt Coyle, Daryl Wood Gerber, Sheila Lowe, Patricia Smiley, and Pamela Samuels Young. Congratulations everyone!!

Mary Keenan‘s SNOWED has been shortlisted for the 2023 Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence for best unpublished novel. Winners will be announced in late May. Good luck, Mary!

Author Appearances

Tori Eldridge, Paula Bernstein, Naomi Hirahara, Jeri Westerson, and Julia Bricklin will appear Saturday May 6 at 2 pm on a panel discussing “Not Quite Silenced Voices” at LitFest in the Dena a free event tat the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena. https://litfestpasadena.org/

Mike Befeler will talk about “Lessons Learned as an Author” with Southwestern Manuscripters on Saturday, June 3 from 2 to 4 PM at the Palos Verdes Library Community Room, 701 Silver Spur Road, Palos Verdes.

Laurie Stevens will be interviewed by The Reading Nook (https://thereadingnook.home.blog/) and The Blackbird Writers (https://www.youtube.com/@blackbirdwriters996) to discuss switching genres (suspense to humor!) Both interviews go live the first week of May.

 

There will be a launch party on June 6 at 7 pm at Book Soup for Marjorie McCown‘s debut novel, FINAL CUT. After that, her book tour continues with stops in Minneapolis, New York, Chapel Hill and more.

Gary Phillips was the recent guest on SinC national’s “Writers Podcast.” Listen here: https://www.sistersincrime.org/page/Gary_Phillips .

Conferences and Festivals

California Crime Writers Conference: The premier craft conference for crime writers is back live in the City of Angels. Two days of workshops covering everything from forensics to film option contracts. The program is finalized with a fantastic line up of workshops and speakers. See the list here: https://ccwconference.org/schedule/. Plus we’ll have lunches and networking, a bookstore and a silent auction, and more! There’s still time to register. https://ccwconference.org/registration/

LitFest in the Dena: Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7 from 12:30 to 6:00 pm each day at the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena. Admission is free. https://litfestpasadena.org/

ThrillerFestXVIII: New York City May 30 – June 3. The fee ranges from $350 to more than $1500 depending on which of a half-dozen offerings you choose, including MasterClass, PitchFest, QueryFest, CraftFest and ThrillerFest Awards Banquet. https://thrillerfest.com

Sleuth Fest: Boca Raton, July 6-9. Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of MWA. Fee in the range of $250. https://sleuthfest.com

Bouchercon: San Diego August 30 – September 3. Our own Naomi Hirahara is a toastmaster. Fee: $ 230. https://bouchercon2023.com

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Gay Toltl Kinman’s short story, “From Poodles to Pants,” appears in MORE GROOVY GUMSHOES, edited by Michael Bracken, from Down & Out Books. Due April 2023.

Malice Domestic’s newest anthology, MURDER MOST TRADITIONAL, will feature these stories:

Anne Louise Bannon – “Darby O’Malley and the Body in the Pinot Block”
Jennifer Chow – “The Fall of the Tech Titan”
Nancy Cole Silverman – “Poetic Justice”

Sheila Lowe has a short story in INFINITY, an anthology edited by Catherine Coulter that came out March 31.

Laurie Stevens has a novella out: THE DEVIL AND DANIELA WEBSTER

Illyn Welch‘s novella, SIGNS OF PAIN, is due out April 7 from Shotgun Honey books.

Although the cover isn’t yet available and the book won’t be out until August, we thought we’d mention that several members recently had their short stories selected for the next Bouchercon anthology: Lori Dillman, Naomi Hirahara, Kim Keeline, Mary Keenan, Kathy Norris, James Thorpe, and Desiree Zamarano.

Sheila Lowe has a memoir coming out in April, and it looks fascinating: GROWING FROM THE ASHES: What My Daughter’s Murder Taught Me About Life After Earth. http://www.sheilalowebooks.com

Wendall Thomas‘s article, “Vacation, Vacation, Vacation,” appears in the current issue of MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL. Her piece provides delightful insight into the inspiration and research for her first novel.

New Book Deals

Terry Shames has signed contracts for two new books, both to be published by Severn House. One is tentatively titled THE CURIOUS DEATH OF MADDY BENSON, the eleventh in the Samuel Craddock series. The other is for PERILOUS WATERS, the first in a new series.

Other Media And Formats

Craig Faustus Buck’s cold war noir story “Scorching the Back Seat,” which takes place in 1960 Berlin just before the wall went up, will be a live audio presentation with original music in a series called Mysteries to Die For, which will also be anthologized. The recording can be heard at https://tgwolffcom.wordpress.com/podcast/.

Laurie Fagen’s “Murder in the Air Mystery Theatre” podcast features author Dennis Palumbo in episode #13, to be released April 12. Portions of Fagen’s audiobook “podcast” from her crime fiction novel “Dead Air” will be featured on episode #14, which drops April 19. www.ReadLaurieFagen.com

Awards and Nominations

Congratulations to Ellen Byron for her fourth Lefty Award! Her 2022 novel, BAYOU BOOK THIEF, won the 2023 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery at the Left Coast Crime convention in March.

On April 28, Terry Shames will be inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, a distinguished honor society established in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and recognize literary achievement. Among the members are Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, and Joe Lansdale. Congrats, Terry!

Rachel Howzell Hall‘s 2022 novel WE LIE HERE is a finalist for the 2023 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Mystery Thriller category.

BAYOU BOOK THIEF by Ellen Byron and DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA by Jennifer Chow are both up for the 2023 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel. PROMOPHOBIA, with essays by Mike Befeler, Ellen Byron, Matt Coyle, Daryl Wood Gerber, Sheila Lowe, Patricia Smiley, and Pamela Samuels Young was nominated for the 2023 Agatha Award for Best Non Fiction. Agatha Awards will be handed out at Malice Domestic at the end of April.

Author Appearances

Rachel Howzell Hall will take the stage on Friday April 21st at 7 pm at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus as one of the finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Tickets to the event can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/43rd-annual-los-angeles-times-book-prizes-tickets-tickets-548047263117

Rachel is also one of the Guests of Honor at the 2023 California Crime Writers Convention, set for June 10-11 https://ccwconference.org/

Jennifer Chow and Ellen Byron will both appear at Malice Domestic on the panel of “Our Agatha Best Contemporary Novel Nominees” on Friday April 28th. Ellen will also moderate a panel: “Cozy or Traditional – What’s the Difference?”

Laurie Stevens joins authors Steve Lopez and Sandra Tsing Loh at the annual authors luncheon on April 1 benefiting the Assistance League of the San Fernando Valley

Jeri Westerson has a busy April. On Sunday April 2, she was the featured reader at the SinC/LA meeting, sharing a page from COURTING DRAGONS, book one of her King’s Fool Mysteries series set in the court of Henry VIII.

Thursday, April 6 — Jeri will appear twice at “Read the Book, Meet the Author,” a program sponsored by Ridge Writers of Ridgecrest. At 2 pm she’ll discuss OSWALD THE THIEF. At 7 pm her presentation will include books for sale.

Saturday, April 15, 8:15 am — Mavens of Mayhem, the Upper Hudson Valley Chapter of Sisters in Crime, will host Jeri in a Zoom presentation on “From Historical Mystery to Modern Marketing” and other publishing topics. Check back at https://www.jeriwesterson.com for Zoom link.

On April 30th Sheila Lowe will be moderating the panel at the Anaheim Library Mystery Author Luncheon. Panelists are George Font, Rachel Howzell Hall, and David Putnam. It’s a great event and can use your support—auction items and your presence.

Tori Eldridge, Paula Bernstein, Naomi Hirahara, Jeri Westerson, and Julia Bricklin will appear Saturday May 6 at 2 pm on a panel discussing “Not Quite Silenced Voices” at LitFest in the Dena a free event tat the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena. https://litfestpasadena.org/

Conferences and Festivals

California Crime Writers Conference: The premier craft conference for crime writers is back live in the City of Angels. Two days of workshops covering everything from forensics to film option contracts. Come learn, connect, and have fun! Register now: https://ccwconference.org/registration/

LA Times Festival of Books: Saturday and Sunday April 22-23 on the USC Campus. Sisters in Crime /LA will have a booth. Come on down! Admission is free. https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Malice Domestic: April 28-30 in Bethesda Maryland. This fan convention takes place each year in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Malice Domestic celebrates the traditional mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. https://www.malicedomestic.org

LitFest in the Dena: Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7 from 12:30 to 6:00 pm each day at the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena. Admission is free. https://litfestpasadena.org/

ThrillerFestXVIII: New York City May 30 – June 3. The fee ranges from $350 to more than $1500 depending on which of a half-dozen offerings you choose, including MasterClass, PitchFest, QueryFest, CraftFest and ThrillerFest Awards Banquet. https://thrillerfest.com

Sleuth Fest: Boca Raton, July 6-9. Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of MWA. Fee in the range of $250. https://sleuthfest.com

Bouchercon: San Diego August 30 – September 3. Our own Naomi Hirahara is a toastmaster. Fee: $ 230. https://bouchercon2023.com

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New Releases

Iris Yamashita‘s novel, CITY UNDER ONE ROOF, has been named an Reader’s Digest Book Club Pick, Amazon Editors’ Pick; has received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal; has been selected by GoodReads, Penguin Random House, Book Riot and Crime Reads as one of the most anticipated books of 2023; and has received praise from The Washington Post,The New York Times, The Sun Sentinel, Mystery Scene Magazine, Book Browse, and others.

THE RAVEN THIEF, Gigi Pandian‘s follow-up to UNDER LOCK & SKELETON KEY, comes out March 21, from Minotaur Books. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it a “brilliant homage to classic golden age authors.”

SENTENCED TO DEATH, the fourth Writer for Hire mystery by Betty Hechtman, was a February release for Severn House. Publishers Weekly says, “This cozy is good fun.”

Agatha Award-winning author Maria DiRico* returns with the fourth book in the Catering Hall Mystery Series, FOUR PARTIES AND A FUNERAL. In this novel, Mia Carina is coming to grips with being back in Astoria, Queens, and running her Italian-American family’s catering hall, Belle View Banquet Manor, but a TV casting call is about to put murder in the spotlight. Mia intends to make sure the killer gets jail time, not airtime. *aka Ellen Byron

AD Price‘s debut novel, AFTER THE BLUE BLUE RAIN, is now available in audiobook format. The narrator is Elizabeth Schmidt.
https://www.audible.com/pd/After-the-Blue-Blue-Rain-Audiobook/B0BW28JST6

Dorothy Howell‘s SEAMS LIKE MURDER, the first of her Sewing Studio series, which was originally published by Kensington, is now available in large print format from Wheeler Publishing.

Awards and Nominations

The 2023 “Lefty” Awards will be given out March 18 at the Left Coast Crime gathering in Tucson. Congrats to these members and their books for being nominated:

*Ellen Byron – Best Humorous Novel for BAYOU BOOK THIEF
*Jennifer Chow – Best Humorous Novel for DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA
*Gigi Pandian – Best Mystery Novel for UNDER LOCK & SKELETON KEY

Two of our members have been nominated for the 2023 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel:
*Jennifer Chow for DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA, and
*Ellen Byron for BAYOU BOOK THIEF.
These two novels were also among those recently named as Kings River Life Staff Favorites of 2022

PROMOPHOBIA, edited by former SinC/LA President Diane Vallere, was nominated for a 2023 Agatha Award for Best Non Fiction. The book includes essays by
Mike Befeler, Ellen Byron, Matt Coyle, Daryl Wood Gerber, Sheila Lowe, Gigi Pandian, Patricia Smiley, and Pamela Samuels Young.
The Agathas are given each year at the Malice Domestic Convention on Saturday April 29.

Rachel Howzell Hall has just been named a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in the Mystery / Thriller category for her novel, WE LIE HERE. Winners will be announced April 21, immediately prior to the LA Times Festival of Books.

Author Appearances

Shannon Muir Broden will moderate a Toastmasters 4 Writers program from 10 am to noon on March 4. The topic is “Public Speaking: An Essential Element of a Successful Writer’s Toolkit”, featuring our own Ellen Byron and Matt Coyle as panelists.

James T. Bartlett will appear at the L.A. Central Library downtown
on Saturday March 11 at noon to discuss his true crime book,THE ALASKAN BLONDE:
SEX, SECRETS, AND THE HOLLYWOOD STORY THAT SHOCKED AMERICA. James will talk about his investigation of this sensational 1953 murder, and how his discoveries of new evidence finally solved a 70-year old cold case murder.

These members will appear on panels at the Left Coast Crime convention March 16-19 in Tucson. (Name – panel title)

Anne Louise Bannon – “Mysteries With Romance”
James T. Bartlett – “True Crime: Fact & Fictionalized”
Mike Befeler – “How Do You Know What’s Funny” ,”Senior Sleuths”
Craig Faustus Buck – “Jewish Noir”
Ellen Byron – Toastmaster & Host of Movie Night & on Lefty Nominee Panel
Marco Carocari – “What Makes A Thriller Thrilling” and “Disobedient Daughters & Scurrilous Sons”
Sarah M Chen – “The Joys & Challenges Of Producing An Anthology” and “What Makes It Noir”
Jennifer Chow – “Animals” (also on Lefty nominee panel)
Dorothy Howell – “A Touch Of Romance”
Kim Keeline – “Celebrating The Short Story”, “The Joys & Challenges of Producing an Anthology”
Gay Toltl Kinman – “Packing It All In A Short Story”
Winnie Li – “Film & TV Storytelling” and “What Makes it Noir”
Melinda Loomis – “Celebrating the Short Story”
Marjorie McCown – “All Kinds of Cozies”
John Mullen — “How We Kill People”
Larry Pontius — “You’re Killing Me: Fun With Murder”
Peggy Rothschild – “Big Crime in Small Towns”
Laurie Stevens – “Suspense: Domestic or Psychological”
Meredith Taylor – “Dru Ann & Friends Talk About Books”
Wendell Thomas – “Creating Memorable Characters”
Kate Thornton – “Packing It All In A Short Story” and Moderator of Ghost of Honor Panel

Winnie Li will appear at Chevalier’s Books in Larchmont Village in a roundtable discussion with Steph Cha and Naomi Hirahara, on March 21 from 6 to 7 pm.

Iris Yamashita has had more than a dozen interviews and appearances regarding her new book CITY UNDER ONE ROOF, including with The Orange County Register, Crime Reads, California Magazine, The Big Thrill, Writers Digest, Novel Finds, and Vroman’s Bookstore.\

Winnie Li appeared recently with Jordan Harper at Book Soup. Winnie spoke about her novel, COMPLICIT, which The Guardian calls “visceral and timely” and The New York Times says “draws you to the edge of your seat and keeps you there.”

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New Releases (Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Stories)

The second book in Peggy Rothschild‘s Molly Madison dog wrangler mystery series, PLAYING DEAD, comes out from Berkeley / PRH in February. When a body is found the first day Molly Madison and her loyal dogs attend Playtime Academy and a new friend is arrested for the murder, she puts her ex-police skills to use to uncover the culprit. KIRKUS says, “A doggone good look at dog training and murder.” Find it in big box stores, at independent booksellers, and at online booksellers starting February 7.
https://peggyrothschildauthor.com

USA Today bestselling and multiple-Agatha Award winning Ellen Byron has written a second book in her  Vintage Cookbook Mystery Series.  WINED AND DIED IN NEW ORLEANS comes out February 7 from Berkley. In this novel, Vintage Cookbook and Kitchenware Shop owner Ricki James-Dias has to help solve a murder, untangle family secrets, and grow her business, all while living under the threat of a hurricane that could wipe out everything. Available at booksellers big and small and in between, or  through Ellen’s website:
https://www.ellenbyron.com/vintage-cookbook-mystery-series

In book two of Susan Rowland‘s Mary Wandwalker Mystery series, THE ALCHEMY FIRE MURDER, former archivist Mary Wandwalker tells Oxford College that their prized medieval alchemy scroll is, in fact, a seventeenth century copy. When the genuine scroll surfaces in Los Angeles, Oxford hires Mary and her three-person Enquiry Agency to retrieve it. Before she can, a young man is murdered, and the treasure is stolen. Find out more at
https://www.susanrowland-books.com/

DOC AND SALLY IN THE DEATH OF BUDDY TURNER, a mystery in Shannon Muir‘s Charles Boeckman Presents series, is out now. “In July of 1955, JUSTICE Magazine printed Charles Boeckman’s ‘A Hot Lick for Doc,’ featuring Sally Garcia and skid row bum Jim “Doc” DeFord, who in his past was known as Buddy Turner, the great jazz clarinet player. Doc buys bus tickets to take himself and Sally back to Los Angeles in hopes of reclaiming his life and career, only to learn that his wife has filed paperwork to declare him dead and get control of whatever music rights remain. Doc is determined to find out what is really going on, even as people from his past are out to kill him.”
Find out more at
http://www.shannonmuirauthor.com

Joanna Dymond‘s WOLF AT THE DOOR, the long-awaited sequel to her 2012 release, CRAZY AS A LOON, is out now. Both feature the popular realtor-cum-detective W.D. Caldwell of Erskine, Minnesota. In the second book, W.D. finds himself working on a mystery involving Hollywood and the oil industry. WOLF AT THE DOOR is available now through Birchtree Books: (218) 751-7722.
http://www.joannadymond.com

Craig Faustus Buck‘s story, Home Game, appears in the first issue of DARK YONDER, “a new literary magazine featuring short stories that focus on neo noir by some of today’s best writers.” The collection is available now in paperback and ebook formats. https://www.thaliapress.org/darkyonder

Nancy Cole Silverman‘s article “To Make A Long Story Short” appeared in last month’s Mysteryrat’s Maze column on the Kings River Life website. https://kingsriverlife.com/01/25/to-make-a-long-story-short/

Awards and Nominations

Two of our members have been nominated for the 2023 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel: Jennifer Chow for DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA, and Ellen Byron for BAYOU BOOK THIEF. The Agathas are given each year at the Malice Domestic Convention on Saturday April 29.  These two novels were also among those recently named as Kings River Life Staff Favorites of 2022

PROMOPHOBIA, edited by former SinC/LA President Diane Vallere, was nominated for a 2023 Agatha Award for Best Non Fiction. The book includes essays by current members
Mike Befeler, Ellen Byron, Matt Coyle, Daryl Wood Gerber, Sheila Lowe, Gigi Pandian, Patricia Smiley, and Pamela Samuels Young.

New Ventures

Laurie Fagen has launched a podcast, “Murder in the Air Mystery Theatre,” with new episodes dropping weekly everywhere podcasts are heard. Tune in for guest author interviews and readings plus radio theatre style segments from Fagen’s audiobooks. Upcoming guests include Dennis Palumbo, Margaret Morse, Howard Russell, Charlotte Whitney, and Cheryl Cocroft.

Author Appearances

Edgar-nominee Winnie Li will appear at BookSoup in West Hollywood  on February 28 at 7 pm speaking about her novel, COMPLICIT.
https://www.booksoup.com/event/winnie-m-li-jordan-harper

Shannon Muir Broden will moderate a Toastmasters 4 Writers program on Zoom on March 4. The topic is”Public Speaking: An Essential Element of a Successful Writer’s Toolkit”, featuring our own Ellen Byron and Matt Coyle as panelists. See “Zoom Programs” below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6509416494?pwd=R2dEYllSMkdxMk9hWGFYdEFjOGZUdz09

Larry Pontius recently did an interview –as Lawrence Allan — on the Out With Dan Podcast for his book BIG FAT F@UCK-UP. Catch the interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/0qN5zxWBRN4 And Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4kEFwQAuYhcSIYeNcAhK6R?si=n1p7vlL0QdSxyjcaFNySSw

Sheila Lowe appeared for the third time at the Hillside Book Club in Ventura to discuss her latest book, THE LAST DOOR. One of the club members, Amy Herron, who had won a character name in the book, played Beethoven’s Fur Elise for the group. That piece plays an important role in the story.

Janet Lynn and Will Zeilinger were featured speakers at a “Meet the Authors” event at the Huntington Landmark Development in Huntington Beach.

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Matt Witten‘s thriller KILLER STORY comes out from Oceanview Publishing on January 17. An idealistic journalist launches a true-crime podcast to investigate the murder of an alt-right YouTuber she loved like a little sister, despite their political differences.

Gay Toltl Kinman and Andrew McCleer are the editors of the new collection of 12 short stories about Murder, Mystery and Master Detection set in the Golden Age of Mystery: EDGAR AND SHAMUS GO GOLDEN, published by Down & Out Books in December 2022.

PROMOPHOBIA collects advice for those afraid of promoting crime fiction. A number of SinC/LA members are contributors, including: Mike Befeler, Ellen Byron, Matt Coyle, Daryl Wood Gerber, Sheila Lowe, Gigi Pandian, Patricia Smiley, and Pamela Samuels Young. The editor is Diane Vallere, former president not only of the LA chapter but also of SinC National.

The current issue of MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL focuses on the theme of Legal Mysteries, with essays by Judith Mathison (writing as Judith Ayn),
Lori Huff Dillman, and Gay Toltl Kinman.

Book and Movie Deals

Matthew Witten was hired by Hallmark to write a movie based on A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley.

Mike Befeler has signed a contract with Mystic Publishers for his historical mystery novel, MURDER IN THE MUSEO KIRCHERIANO.

Awards and Nominations

The editors of CRIME READS have named Gary Phillips‘s ONE SHOT HARRY
and Gigi Pandian‘s UNDER LOCK AND SKELETON KEY among the “notable selections” on the list of the Best Books of 2022.

Author Appearances

Diesel Books in Brentwood will host a Book Launch Party for KILLER STORY by Matt Witten on Tuesday, January 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Warwick’s in La Jolla will present a book talk with the two Matts – Witten and Coyle – on January 18 at 7:30.

The Orange County Book Launch Party for KILLER STORY will be at Mystery Ink on Saturday, January 21, at 1:00.

Jeri Westerson will be discussing the first book in her “King’s Fool Series,”  COURTING DRAGONS, at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena on Friday January 6 at 7 pm. She’ll also appear on Saturday January 7 at 2pm at Book Carnival in Orange with giveaways and signings.

She’ll be in the Barnes & Noble in Temecula Saturday, January 14, Noon – 4 pm, and at the El Sugundo Library Book Club on Mariposa Ave on Wednesday, January 25, 6:30pm.

For Online appearances with giveaways see:
(1) Friday, January 13, 9 am to 2 pm — Tattered Page Book Club.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/269414840723994
(2) Saturday, January 21, 2 pm — YouTube https://youtu.be/0CMuntNu1ks
(3) Saturday, January 28, Noon to 2 pm — Murder and Tea Mystery Book Club. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1615802298631741

Conferences, Festivals & Fairs

Registration is open for the 2023
2023 California Crime Writers Conference
which will be held at the Hilton LA (Culver City) on June 10 and 11, 2023.
Early Bird pricing ends January 15.
Hone your craft
Get a manuscript critique
Learn about marketing
and be entertained by our Guests of Honor,
Deborah Crombie and Rachel Howzell Hall

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New Releases

JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE PARANOID, book nine in ANNE LOUISE BANNON‘s Operation Quicklime series will be available at your favorite retailer December 23.

A DEADLY BONE TO PICK (Berkeley Prime Crime), the first book in PEGGY ROTHSCHILD‘s Molly Madison Dog Wrangler series, will be out in paperback on January 3.

Awards and Nominations

GARY PHILLIPS‘s latest novel, ONE SHOT HARRY, made THE WASHINGTON POST’s list of the 12 Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2022.

A DEADLY BONE TO PICK, the first book in PEGGY ROTHSCHILD‘s Molly Madison Dog Wrangler series, was #5 on Reader’s Digest’s recent list of 20 Best Cozy Mysteries in 2022.

TEA TIME magazine has named SEAMS LIKE MURDER, the launch book of DOROTHY HOWELL‘s  Sewing Studio mystery series, its selection of the month.

Author Appearances

January will be a busy month for JERI WESTERSON. She’ll be talking about her new novel COURTING DRAGONS at multiple venues, including:

Vroman’s in Pasadena – January 6 (Fri) at 7 pm
Book Carnival in Tustin – January 7 (Sat) at 2 pm
Barnes & Noble in Temecula – January 14 (Sat) at noon

Conferences, Festivals & Fairs

Registration is open for the 2023
2023 California Crime Writers Conference
which will be held at the Hilton LA (Culver City) on June 10 and 11, 2023.
Early Bird pricing ends December 31.
Hone your craft
Get a manuscript critique
Learn about marketing
and be entertained by our Guests of Honor,
Deborah Crombie and Rachel Howzell Hall

New Anthology Cover

Sneak peek at the new SinC/LA anthology cover due out next year.