Sisters in Crime Los Angeles is a chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We welcome Sisters and Misters in Crime from anywhere who have an interest in the Los Angeles mystery community.

Next Meeting: September 13

Query Critique Mini-Workshop

Query Critique Mini-Workshop
No matter what your publishing plans are, the query is at the heart of the publishing process. It forces you to think about key aspects of your work–the details that make your novel marketable. From your author bio, to word count, to your pitch, mastering the query is an essential part of selling your book, even if you intend to self-publish.

Join multi-award nominated authors Craig Faustus Buck, Rochelle Staab, Diane Vallere, Will Zeilinger and moderator Holly West for a detailed look at what makes a successful query letter, including:

  • What exactly is a query letter
  • Learn the different parts of a query letter and why you need them, even if you’re planning to self-publish
  • Hear examples of successful queries that caught the attention of an agent or editor
  • Break into groups to get feedback on your own query

All are welcome to attend, even if you’re not a writer–your feedback will help make our members query letters the best they can be and will give you a unique look into the publishing process.

Featured Reader: Kim Fay

Kim Fay_The Map of Lost Memories

Kim Fay is the author of the historical novel, The Map of Lost Memories, an Edgar Award finalist for Best First Novel, and the food memoir, Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam, a Gourmand WorldAward winner. She is also the creator/​series editor of the “To Asia With Love” guidebooks and has contributed to the The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook and Sisters in Crime’s Writes of Passage. She was born in Seattle and spent her childhood reading Nancy Drew throughout the small towns of Washington State. After working as an independent bookseller at the Elliott Bay Book Company, she moved to Vietnam in the mid-1990s. She fell in love with the country and lived in Saigon for four years, and she has been traveling regularly to Southeast Asia for more than twenty. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is working on a novel about Vietnam in the 1950s, as well as a mystery series set in L.A. in the 1970s. She is represented by Alexandra Machinist at ICM.


Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 2-4 pm.

2015 Meeting Dates: September 13, October 4, November 8, December 6

2016 Meeting Dates: Feb 14, Mar 6, April 3, May 15, July 10, August 7, Sept 11, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4

A fun time was had by all at the launch party for LADIES NIGHT, our newest chapter anthology.


Click here to see photos from the party at The Library Bar!






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