Sisters in Crime, Inc. is an organization established to support women mystery writers. Founded in 1987, the membership is made up of women (and men) who are devoted to the mystery genre and includes authors, readers, fans, booksellers, and librarians. Their mission statement:
"The mission of Sisters in Crime is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry."
For a list of all the mystery author members, state chapter locations, and to learn more about the history, mission and activities of this organization, visit their website at:
I would like to thank Sisters in Crime for their wonderful program "We Love Libraries!" Now in its second year, the contest awards $1,000 each month to a library chosen at random from all those entered. The only stipulation for the winning library is that the grant be spent on books, but not just those in the mystery genre, or written by a Sisters in Crime author. Westlake Porter Public Library is entered and though we haven't won yet, it is nice to see the variety of libraries who have been chosen as winners.
Mysteries from Down Under
The popularity of mysteries set in Australia is rising. Here are some authors and their series from the land down under.
Corris, Peter - features Private Investigator Cliff Hardy in Sydney.
Fox, Kathryn - also in Sydney, with forensic pathologist Dr. Anya Crichton.
Greenwood, Kerry - two series, both set in Melbourne.
Phryne Fisher - Private Investigator in the 1920s.
Corrina Chapman - former banker, now running a bakery, Earthly Delights.
Hyland, Adrian - with Emily Tempest, part aborigine, Private Investigator in the Outback.
Albert, Susan Wittig - Mourning Gloria (China Bayles)
Coben, Harlan - Live Wire (Myron Bolitar)
Davidson, Diane Mott - Crunch Time (caterer Goldie Bear)
Fluke, Joanne - Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen)
McCall Smith, Alexander - The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No. 1 Ladies)
Rankin, Ian - The Complaints (new series with Malcolm Fox, policeman in Edinburgh).