SINC LA – What’s New – May 2022


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.