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.

Sixteen Cheers! 

The Contributing Authors for our 2017 SinC/LA Anthology, LAst Resort

13 of the 16 LAst Resort Contributors

Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles announces the contributors to LAst Resort, scheduled for release in April, 2017 and edited by  Matt Coyle, Mary Marks, and Patricia Smiley.

Congratulations to our contributing authors:

Avril Adams
Gayle Bartos-Pool
Paula Bernstein
Lynne Bronstein

Stephen Buehler
Sarah Chen
Anne David
Gay Degani

Lori Dillman
Wrona Gall
Cyndra Gernet
Georgia Jeffries

Melinda Loomis
Laurie Stevens
Wendall Thomas
Mae Woods

Next chapter meeting Sunday, August 7—

Thomas LeightonFeatured Speaker: Special Agent Thomas Leighton, “Law Enforcement Confrontations: Reality vs. Fiction”

Thomas Leighton has served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since September 1996.   Leighton has been stationed in the Los Angeles Field Office (LAFO) since graduation from the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, in January 1997.  In the course of his FBI career, Leighton has been assigned to the investigation of a wide range of cases, including Criminal, Civil Rights, Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).  Leighton is presently assigned to the Special Operations Group (SOG), which provides investigative support to FBI investigations.  As collateral duties, Leighton serves as a Firearms Instructor and as a Crisis Negotiator.

Leighton lives in the Los Angeles area with his daughter, Katherine, and has been a fan of the mystery genre since discovering the works of Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as a high school student.


BW Janet Will 01Featured Readers: Janet Lynn and Will Zeilinger

In 2014, SinC/LA board members and married authors Janet Elizabeth Lynn and Will Zeilinger released their first co-written novel, Slivers of Glass, a Noir murder mystery set in 1955. However, Janet and Will have been writing separately for over a decade. Janet’s solo novels include murder mysteries, South of the Pier, North of the Pier, West of the Pier, and East of the Pier. Her cozy mysteries include Eggnog, Crepes Suzette, and Charlotte Russe. Will’s published works run the gamut from romantic comedy to mystery. His short story Under the House, was featured in the U.K. anthology Haunted Tales: Stories from Beyond the Grave. His novels include The Final Checkpoint, Something’s Cooking at Dove Acres, and The Naked Groom.

Janet and Will will be reading from the second novel in their series, Strange Markings, that debuted in January 2016.

 Unless otherwise noted, our monthly meetings are held in the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 2-4 pm, 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena, CA 91030 *These activities are not sponsored by the City of South Pasadena or the South Pasadena Public Library. ADMISSION IS FREE.

New Orleans Bouchercon Bound in September? 

Check out the SinC/LA 2016 ANTHONY NOMINEES! 

Authors and Titles in the For Your Consideration section




Details in the California Crime Writers Conference Section



This August hundreds of InBoxes will sizzle with the exciting new SinC/LA NEW RELEASE email. As part of our ongoing mission to add to the value of your membership, each month we’ll be compiling 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 this August, go to the MEMBERS ONLY section and follow the instructions to fill out your submission form. We’re proud of the accomplishments of our members and can’t wait to spread the word!


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