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.

Congratulations to our SinC/LA nominees for the 2016 Left Coast Crime Lefty Awards:

Best Humorous Mystery Novel:

  • Ellen Byron, Plantation Shudders (Crooked Lane Books)
  • Cindy Sample, Dying for a Donut (Cindy Sample Books)
  • Diane Vallere, Crushed Velvet (Berkley Prime Crime)

Best LCC Regional Mystery Novel, set in the LCC Geographic Region:

  • Matt Coyle, Night Tremors (Oceanview Publishing)
  • Gigi Pandian, The Accidental Alchemist (Midnight Ink)

Best World Mystery Novel (set outside LCC Geographic Region):

  • Lisa Brackmann, Dragon Day (Soho Crime)
  • James W. Ziskin, Stone Cold Dead (Seventh Street Books)


Congratulations to SinC/LA board member Glen Eric Hamilton on his 2016 Edgar Best First Novel nomination for Past Crimes.

Congratulations to SinC/LA’s Ellen Byron on her 2016 Agatha Best First Novel nomination for Plantation Shudders.

Way to go! We’re cheering for all of you!!!

Next Meeting: February 14, 2016

Diane VallereFeatured Speaker: Author Branding by Diane Vallere

Bestselling author Diane Vallere shares insights on how to discover your author brand and leverage it to help build your audience and sell more books. Diane is the National Vice President of Sisters in Crime and the author of four mystery series, including the Style & Error Mysteries, the Madison Night Mysteries, and the Material Witness Mysteries. A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR, the first novel in her new Costume Shop series, debuts Feb 2, 2016.

Featured Reader: Carole Sojka Carole Sojka

SinC/LA Member-at-Large Carole Sojka grew up in New York and served two years in Africa with the Peace Corps. She settled in Southern California, earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and worked as administrator in a public law office. After retirement she began to write, and published two mystery novels including SO MANY REASONS TO DIE in her series set on Florida’s Treasure Coast.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 2-4 pm, 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena, CA 91030*

2016 Meeting Dates:

February 14
March 6
April 3
May 15
July 10
August 7
September 11
October 2
November 6
December 4

Admission is free.

*These activities are not sponsored by the City of South Pasadena or the South Pasadena Public Library.

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