The Whole She-Bang 3 !


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The Sisters in Crime are so thrilled that THREE of our members' short stories in The Whole She-Bang 3 anthology were short-listed for the prestigious Arthur Ellis Awards!

Congratulations to the winner, Susan Daly, for her story "A Death at the Parsonage". The other two stories short-listed are:

cover of Whole She-Bang 3This is the third mystery anthology published by the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and it is better than ever!

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From cozies to downright thrillers, there is something in there for every taste! Electronic copies are now available from Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Smashwords.

Print copies are available from your local bookstore, including our favourite mystery bookstore Sleuth of Baker Street and (at a higher price) on If you happen to know one of the contributing writers, they may have a small stash from which you could purchase a hard copy!

The early reviews are in! The third anthology is scoring highly on Goodreads!

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When you've devoured your own copy, please feel free to add your rating to the website.

From The Toronto Star:

In one story, we get a wild riff on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. And in another, set in very rural Saskatchewan, the author whips the rug from under our feet in fiendishly original fashion. Among further small treasures, there‘s a quaint variation on an O. Henry Christmas story, plus not one but two stories placed in museums, which are apparently locales that invite homicide.

Then we have Susan Daly, the prize of the collection, who presents a clever and funny take on Jane Austen. The plot gets started diabolically with a clergyman who plagiarizes his sermons and proceeds, with verve, to murder and some very sensible deducing.

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A little-known fact about our anthologies: 50% of our net proceeds goes to the Children's Book Bank. So, in addition to getting a diverse sampler of mystery authors to try out, you are also supporting a worthy cause: childhood literacy!

Thank you to all the veteran and nascent authors for making our judges' jobs even harder with the diversity and quality of your submissions!

Download a Sampler [PDF] with the Table of Contents, Introduction by Lesley Mang, and one (and a bit) of the short stories.


The Whole She-Bang 2

cover of Whole She-Bang 2We are so excited about the tremendous positive reception our second anthology has received.

From The Globe and Mail:

...The Sisters in Crime anthologies showcase some known and many (as yet) unknown writers. This new one includes a great piece by the late much-loved Lou Allin, as well as a batch of good stories from writers Catherine Astolfo, Melodie Campbell and Jill Downie. There’s humour, plenty of suspense and some real drama here and it’s great for filling in those moments while you’re waiting for the gravy to thicken or the potatoes to boil and you don’t want to get too involved in a long book.

From The Toronto Star:

In the 24 stories ... we get countless small pleasures. A story by Linda Wiken gives us a Toronto Police DI named Anne Mason whose understated but shrewd style would make her welcome in a whole novel. Susan Daly presents a juicy story of confrontations between characters based on Rob Ford and Margaret Atwood. Elizabeth Hosang’s story examines the possibilities of justifiable homicide in the case of two neighbours who have different ideas about gardens. Enough other treats along similar lines make the collection a Sisterly success.

A big Thank You goes out to the fantastic award-winning authors who have blurbed our book: Louise Penny, Scott MacKay, and Elizabeth Duncan.

If you missed your chance earlier, you can buy copies here:

Below are the 21 members of Sisters in Crime in Canada who have contributed to create this exciting collection of 24 stories, ranging from noir to cozy, funny to thrilling and everywhere in between. Contains Arthur Ellis Finalist, "First Impressions" by Madona Skaff.

Download a Sampler [PDF] with the Table of Contents, Introduction by Lesley Mang, and three of the short stories.


The Whole She-Bang! An Anthology

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Created to celebrate Toronto Sisters in Crime's twentieth anniversary, The Whole She-Bang contains 20 stories ranging from noir to cozy, locales from Canada to Vietnam, and protagonists from cops to amateur sleuths. There's something here for every mystery lover.

Our chapter published our first anthology (see below) in October 2012. We sold over 600 copies, paid our authors and donated over $800 to the Children's Book Bank with our efforts. It was also thrilling not only to have established authors like Edgar Award winner Sylvia Maultash Warsh, and novelist Vicki Delany in the collection, but we provided several authors with their first publication credit. Having the anthology reviewed in the Toronto Star was a highlight, too.

Are you looking to discover a new voice in mystery fiction? Or read a new entry from one of your favourite authors? This short story collection is an opportunity to dabble in the diversity of our Sisterhood's creativity.

Purchase your own copy in e-book or print format through the following vendors:

Download a Sampler [PDF] with the Table of Contents, Introduction by Helen Nelson, and three of the short stories.


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