Welcome to Sisters in Crime Los Angeles



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 mystery lovers from anywhere, who share an interest in the Los Angeles mystery community.

Next Chapter Meeting Sunday, May 7

 Featured Speaker:

Joan Renner—“Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Real L.A. Noir”

Los Angeles has inspired writers of crime fiction since the Golden Age in the 1930s.  The reason is simple, the City of Angels has been home to the most depraved killers and deranged crimes ever recorded. In her presentation, “Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Real L. A. Noir”, writer and social historian, Joan Renner, will introduce you to a few of L.A.’s grittiest true tales and most fascinating real life characters, and offer tips on how to research them.

Joan Renner is a social historian and writer specializing crime. She’s been an invited speaker at the California Association of Criminalists, and has appeared in over 20 episodes of numerous Investigation Channel programs including Deadly Women. Her blog, Deranged L.A. Crimes, tells true tales of murder and mayhem from the 20th Century.


Featured Reader: Anne Louise Bannon

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Freddie and Kathy series of mystery books set in the 1920s, as well as the Operation Quickline stories. A freelance journalist, her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, WineMaker magazine, Ladies Home Journal and in newspapers across the country. In addition to writing, she is a specialist in Oral Interpretation and has taught how to read aloud in several churches in Southern California. She’ll be reading from her latest Freddie and Kathy mystery, The Last Witnesses, available online at Barnes and Noble.com and Amazon.com.


New SinC/LA Workshop!

Networking for Writers

Saturday, May 20, 1-3 p.m.

We hate it, we love it, but we do it because we have to—but how can writers make the most of networking opportunities to promote themselves? LAURA BRENNAN, host of Destination Mystery, will guide you to and through the doors to effective networking success. $10 for SinC/LA members; $25 for non-members. Time, place, and registration details here.


NY Times Best-selling Edgar Award-Winning Author of ORDINARY GRACE and the Cork O'Connor series.

NY Times Best-selling Edgar Award-Winning Author of ORDINARY GRACE and the Cork O’Connor series.

Speaker, Writing Teacher, and NY Times Best-Selling Author of 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Finalist NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT

Speaker, Writing Teacher, and NY Times Best-Selling Author of 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Finalist NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT

The 2017 Writing Conference You Don’t Want to Miss!


June 10-11, 2017 


Space is Limited—Register Now! 

Details in the California Crime Writers Conference Section

2017 Sisters in Crime/LA Educational Grant Recipients Announced!

SinC/LA warmly congratulates Laura Hernandez, Heather Smart, and Yodassa Williams, the recipients of our 2017 Educational Grant to attend the 2017 California Crime Writers Conference. And our sincerest thanks to all who submitted for the grant.

We’re proud of the accomplishments of our members and can’t wait to spread the word!

Book Release Coming?


Each month hundreds of InBoxes sizzle with the exciting new SinC/LA NEW RELEASE email. As part of our ongoing mission to add to the value of your membership, we compile information on the latest hot releases by our author members for an email to the hundreds of mystery lovers on our contact list. If you’re releasing a new mystery soon, go to the MEMBERS ONLY section and follow the instructions to fill out your submission form.


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