Our Upcoming Events

Location and time

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Noir: How dark is too dark for you?

Prolific author Lisa de Nikolits has been called a fresh voice in the neo-noir ethos. Her award-winning standalone novels include No Fury Like That, The Nearly Girl, Between The Cracks She Fell, The Witchdoctor’s Bones, among others. In addition, she has published short stories in several mystery anthologies, including The Whole She-Bang, Thirteen O'Clock, Thirteen Claws, and Stories from our Black Book.

In her most recent book, Rotten Peaches, (4.4 on goodreads) de Nikolits has masterfully written two protagonists that are both thoroughly unsympathetic and utterly compelling. It’s impossible to look away as these two women do very bad things in the pursuit of love, happiness and meaning. And we do mean "very bad"—which makes this book a wild, weird ride, but one that’s very worth taking.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

One of the Super Duper benefits of Sisters in Crime, is that we get funded access to a internationally renowned author speaking at our meetings. For 2019, we have the honour to be hosting Marcia Talley. An Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of sixteen Hannah Ives mysteries, including Daughter of Ashes and Mile High Murder, Talley is also the editor/author of Naked Came the Phoenix, a star-studded, tongue-in-cheek collaborative serial novel about murder in a fashionable health spa. A second collaboration, I'd Kill For That, is set in an upscale gated community. Her latest, Tangled Roots comes out this Spring.

Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections including With Love, Marjorie Ann and Safety First, both Agatha award nominees, and the multi-award-winning story "Too Many Cooks,” a humorous retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth from the viewpoint of the three witches, from Much Ado About Murder, edited by Anne Perry. Her story “Driven to Distraction” won the Agatha Award, was nominated for an Anthony, and selected for reprint in two major collections including The Deadly Bride and 21 of the World’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories. Another story, “Can You Hear Me Now,” appeared in Two of the Deadliest: New Tales of Lust, Greed and Murder from Outstanding Women of Mystery, edited by Elizabeth George.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Our annual Field Trip! This year we're planning a little twist on an old favourite. Stay tuned for details once plans are locked down.





Thursday, September 19, 2019

Traditional Mysteries: The Christie Legacy

Rosemary McCracken, author and novel writing teacher at George Brown College, will be taking us through the history of "traditional" mysteries (aka cozies) and the deep debt today's mystery authors owe to Agatha Christie. Christie’s books follow 22 elements of traditional novel structure. Do you know what they are? As a reader, do you (intentionally/unintentionally) choose books based on some of these elements? As a writer, do you consider each of these when deciding what type of story to write? Come hear a lively discussion of the history of the mystery.

McCracken's short stories have appeared in many mystery anthologies, including The Whole She-Bang and the upcoming Malice Domestic's Mystery Most Edible. Safe Harbor, the first in the Pat Tierney mystery series, was shortlisted for Britain’s Debut Dagger award in 2010. Its sequel, Black Water, was released in 2013, followed by Raven Lake in 2016.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Is reading a historial mystery fiction novel good way to find out about events in history? Find out the answer to this and many other questions as we convene a panel of authors writing in the genre:

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Location and time:

We meet on the THIRD THURSDAY every month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in Room 200 at the Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd (just a block north of Eglinton subway station on Yonge, or half a block west of Yonge). Once inside the first set of doors, immediately turn right, and take the elevator to the second floor.

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Everyone is welcome to attend. Please note: a $5 fee is charged for non-members.

Join Us!

Interested in supper before the meeting? Starting at 5:00 p.m. some of us will get together for dinner at The Pickel Barrel, 2300 Yonge St. It’s just around the corner from the library. There is a wide variety of food, salads, and healthy options, and the prices are very reasonable.


The Whole She-Bang 3, our chapter's most recent anthology is available in ebook and print format.


Crime Beat Confidential is a bi-monthly TV series has guests in various areas of “crime” being interviewed by mystery author Sharon A. Crawford.


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