Murder Monday: Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

For the June Murder Monday, Sisters in Crime’s Jacq Ellem spoke to Yrsa Sigurdardottir, the best-selling author who has helped put Icelandic crime writing on the world map. Yrsa Sigurðardóttir has authored a successful award-winning crime series of books based around the central character of Thora Gudmundsdottir, who is a lawyer and single mother of two children. She has also written, to critical acclaim, several stand-alone thrillers and horror novels.

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24rd Davitt Awards: Readers’ Choice Vote opens 14 June

Voting for Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Readers’ Choice Award opens to financial members from 14 June.
An impressive 152 books are competing in Sisters in Crime’s 24th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books. Six Davitt Awards will be presented at a gala dinner at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel on Saturday 31 August by award-winning author and global publishing phenomenon, Sulari Gentill. Voting closes Wednesday 31 July, 11.59 pm. The Davitts are again supported by Swinburne University of Technology.

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When crime gets tricky: WA Chapter

Panel led by Suzanne Leal, author and a member of Sisters in Crime, Sydney. It includes Melbourne-based writers, Gideon Haigh and Paddy O’Reilly, and Tasmanian writer, Katherine Johnson.  Free.

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Deep in your subconscious: Erina Reddan

Erina Reddan was writing a book on cults – the one that eventually became Deep in the Forest (Pantera Press) a crime thriller about secrets, lies and cults. Not having any first-hand knowledge of cultliving, Erina started researching. What she found was so explosive that she had to do more and more to corroborate what her brain could barely compute . . .

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Small-town secrets: Nikki Mottram

For the June Author Spotlight, Poppy Gee spoke to Toowoomba author, Nikki Mottram, about her twisty plots, the rollercoaster ride of the publishing industry, and the thrill of visiting her publisher’s office for the first time. Like her debut novel Crows Nest, her just-published novel, Killarney, is a gripping, small-town mystery with the kind of tightly crafted surprises that make you flick back the pages to see the plot mechanics with fresh eyes.

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Donna M Cameron, The Rewilding

For the June Crime Stack, Transit Lounge has kindly offered 20 copies of The Rewilding by NSW writer, Donna M Cameron. The Crime Stack is a benefit for Sisters in Crime members. Every month there are 20 books to win in a random draw of members. Join now and be in the running for a complimentary paperback copy of The Rewilding, both an electrifying cat-and-mouse-chase and an odd couple love story.

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High stakes, low morals

There are men who exploit women, men who beat women, men who abduct women, men who murder women . . . but there are also women – a lot of women – fighting back. Hosted by Janice Simpson, with Sherryl Clark (Woman, Missing), Jane Sullivan (Murder in Punch Lane), and Jess Kitching (Lucky Number 11).

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Murder Monday: Fleur McDonald

For the May Murder Monday, Sisters in Crime’s Jacq Ellem spoke to WA regional author, Fleur McDonald who has more than 20 novels to her credit and has sold more than 850,000 copies. All of Fleur’s novels are set in regional Australia and she’s often called the “Voice of the Outback”. She was writing rural noir before it was a concept. Fleur’s storylines draw inspiration from having lived and worked on farms for much of her life and she now owns 4050ha farm east of Esperance.

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Festive Murder: Tasmanian Chapter In Conversation

Don your finest hippie gear and join Alison Alexander, Jude Alexander, and Tasmanian Chapter Convenor L.J.M. Owen to explore their motives for setting dark deeds at festivals.

Alison and Jude Alexander are multi-talented Tasmanian mother and daughter co-authors of Death at a Festival: An Australian Hippie Murder Mystery (out in May 2024) featuring a devastating crime at Australia’s wildest hippie gathering.

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