Men’s jocks hold the crucial clue in the winning story for Sisters in Crime’s 29th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

A capacity crowd gathered on Saturday night (3 December) to celebrate Sisters in Crime’s 29th Scarlet Stiletto Awards at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel. Nicole Chamoun, star of Troppo, based on the book, Crimson Lake, by long-term member, Candice Fox, presented the awards, after first discussing her life in crime with award-winning author and podcaster, Vikki Petraitis.

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Crime Without Borders

VICTORIAN EVENT: Three Victorian authors – Ellie Marney, Louise Bassett, and A M Stuart – explore with Janice Simpson – the joys and pitfalls with setting crime novels in more than one country. What are the challenges in getting the cultural differences right, in crafting the language, and, in making it accessible to a diverse readership. And then there are all the issues in involved in publishing, distribution, promotion and appearances . . .

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Vise Le Coeur (Aim for the Heart): TV Review by Siobhan Mullany

Popular French police procedural. Captain Julia Scola (played by Claire Keim) is a proud police officer, like her father. She’s experienced and efficient and, at home, supported by her partner Daniel. At work, she’s in the bad books with some colleagues for reporting corruption and she has a new boss, Novak Lisica. He was a defence lawyer, is now a fast-tracked senior police officer, and he was her childhood friend and teenage boyfriend. She cannot work with him.

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The times are a-changin’

Sisters in Crime’s Chair of Communications, Sara Hood, is standing down to travel the world so we have taken the opportunity to re-think our structure and press gang (!) more people into our team. Please welcome: Ani Allbutt, who joins as the new Chair, Communications. and Gill Thomas, who joins in the new role of Administration and Membership Manager.

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Appearances can be deceptive: Suzanne Frankham

Suzanne Frankham, author of Shadow Over Edmund Street (Journeys to Words Publishing), told Maggie Baron that the collision of the past and present pushes her story into the thriller genre and towards its ultimate climax. The story is set in Ponsonby, a Victorian-era neighbourhood, close to the city centre, and the harbour in Auckland, where Suzanne grew up.

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Meet The Authors – South Australia

Everyone is welcome to the first Sisters in Crime SA event for 2023. Wednesday 8 February at the Seven Stars Hotel. Meet the authors Vikki Wakefield, Mercedes Mercier and Nina Campbell and hear about their latest books and the writing process in a panel Q and A event. There will be a networking opportunity prior to the panel session, with finger food and a beverage upon entry.

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The Crime Stack: The Only Suspect by Louise Candlish

For the February Crime Stack, Simon and Schuster has kindly offered 20 copies of The Only Suspect by Louise Candlish. To be in the running you need to be a member of Sisters in Crime. Why not join now?

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Why I write when the wolf of failure howls outside my window: Erina Reddan

If you’re any kind of creative person sitting at your desk in your metaphorical attic, then your days are tinted by whatever colour you give to failure. . . like all creative people daring and failing to spin gold from straw I strive to find ways to tame that wolf of failure, and to go forward, as Richard Flanagan says – in terror, smiling!

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Scarlet Stiletto: The Fourteenth Cut

Need a good book for the festive season? You can’t go past Scarlet Stiletto: The Fourteenth Cut, a collection of winning stories from this year’s competition, edited by Phyllis King.

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Best Holiday Reads, 2022-2023

It’s been a bumper year for women’s crime. And what better time to catch up than over the festive season. Sisters in Crime asked convenors, author members, Davitt Award judges, and winners to nominate their best holiday reads by women crime authors. We hope you enjoy the books they’ve nominated. Most are fairly recent but some are golden oldies.

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New Reviews

Every month Sisters in Crime brings you new reviews from women who write criminally good books.

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