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In the dead of winter

June 26, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

What better way to chill out than to hunker down and hear chilling tales that take us from a snowstorm in the Australian Alps to the freezing Tasmanian wilderness?

Authors Krissy Kneen, Lee Christine and Sarah Barrie will discuss how their crime novels make their readers’ blood run cold. Robyn Walton, Vice-President of Sisters in Crime, will chair the panel. Available for viewing Friday 26 June at 6pm.

Krissy Kneen headshotWintering (Text Publishing), the fourth novel by award-winning author Krissy Kneen, is the tale of Jessica Weir, a PhD researcher and freelance science writer, whose controlling partner Matthew mysteriously disappears in the Tasmanian forest, the 13th local man to go missing in that same way. Wintering was shortlisted for last year’s Davitt Awards.

Krissy has also published an award-winning poetry collection and the deservedly acclaimed 2009 memoir – the raw, compelling and no-holds-barred Affection: A memoir of love, sex and intimacy. She has previously written and directed television documentaries for SBS and ABC TV and is currently developing a TV series with Stan/Screen Queensland, and a feature film for SBS and Madman Entertainment.

Lee Christine headshotCharlotte Pass (Allen & Unwin), the latest novel by Lee Christine, is set in an isolated, snowed-in village in the Snowy Mountains where the bones of a young woman who disappeared in 1964 are discovered. Then, with Winterfest celebrations underway, a second murder takes place …

In 2009, Lee, a former corporate trainer, decided to turn her writing hobby into a day job. She now has six romantic suspense novels to her name. A Dangerous Arrangement was a finalist in the 2015 Australian Romance Readers Awards for Favourite Romantic Suspense and the prestigious Romance Writers of Australia RUBY Award for Romantic Book of the Year. Charlotte Pass is her first crime novel.

Sarah Barrie headshotSarah Barrie’s latest novel, Deadman’s Track (HQ Fiction), features Tess Atherton. During a wild Tasmanian winter, Tess reluctantly guides a group of young hikers, which seems safer than remaining amid the violence that threatens them in Hobart. Little does she know that she has brought the danger with her … Meanwhile, Detective Senior Sergeant Jared Denham is closing in on a serial killer …

Sarah is a bestselling author who writes rural suspense novels with a generous splash of romance. Her debut novel, Secrets of Whitewater Creek, earned her a spot in the Top 10 breakthrough authors of 2014. Her next three books (the Hunters Ridge series) also reached best-seller status, and she has been a finalist in several major romance writing awards. Sarah has also worked as a teacher, a vet nurse, a horse trainer and a magazine editor.

Robyn Walton headshotRobyn Walton, Vice-President of Sisters in Crime Australia, has a PhD in English literature and cultural history and has taught in universities in Melbourne and Sydney. She has had short fictions and essays published and is a past winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award. Robyn reviews crime and other books for The Weekend Australian Review, interviews authors for the Sisters in Crime website – the Q&As – and is a judge for two short story awards.



This event will be available for free viewing worldwide through YouTube on Friday 26 June from 6pm. However, you can support Sisters in Crime by purchasing a $10 ticket HERE. Ticket sales close on Tuesday 23 June at 4pm.

Three lucky ticket holders will win a $150+ crime book pack, kindly donated by the publishers. Unfortunately, this is restricted to Australian residents – international postage is just too expensive!

The pack will include:
   • Wintering, Krissy Kneen (Text Publishing)
   • Charlotte Pass, Lee Christine (Allen & Unwin)
   • Deadman’s Track, Sarah Barrie (HQ Fiction)
   • The Fragments, Toni Jordan (Text Publishing)
plus one of these three books:
   • Little Disaster, Sarah Vaughan (Simon & Schuster)
   • Under Your Wings, Tiffany Tsao (Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House)
   • Waterhole, Fiona Bell (University of Queensland Press)

A video link will be posted on the Sisters in Crime website and Facebook page, and sent to members and supporters via the e-newsletter, A Stab in the Dark.

More information: Carmel Shute, Secretary, Sisters in Crime 0412 569 356; admin@sistersincrime.org.au


Carmel Shute
0412 569 356