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New Releases

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Mary Keenan‘s SNOWED has been shortlisted for the 2023 Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence for best unpublished novel.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.”