Sisters in Crime LA What’s New – February 2022


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!

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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 http://amazon.com/dp/B09PJTPVWR/

Author Appearances:


Laurie Stevens will be a guest February 11 on the Corks and Conversations podcast on YouTube found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Ms45kUgEpCKe66gpydkcA 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.

Sheila Lowe author image

“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 leftcoastcrime.org

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: publishedtodeath.blogspot.com, writermag.com, internationalwriterscollective.com

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 privateeyewriters.com 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 publicrelations@sistersincrimela.com

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: https://www.sistersincrimela.com/members-only/