November Speaker

Our November 2018 speaker will be the fabulous Susan “Sophie” Bierker, who is the author of Me, Too! Child and Adult Sexual Abuse and Prevention, of which she is a survivor.
Sophie was a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Pennsylvania before moving to Sarasota twenty-one years ago, where she established a life-coaching practice. Her book About Sexual Abuse, which she wrote in 1989, became a textbook as well as a college reference book on sexual abuse.

Sophie specializes in survivors of sexual and domestic abuse as well as harassment, sex trafficking of children, picking up children online, and the prevention of it.
She will speak about the three hubs of sex trafficking in Florida.
Listen to a recent interview with Sophie here.

Celebrating Agatha Christie!

Presentation at Barnes & Noble, Sarasota.

The audience had many questions for the panel.

Wendy gives a brief overview of Agatha’s life and career.

Gwen emcees the trivia contest.

Winner of the solve-it mystery!

We have a true mystery maven!


September 6-9: Bouchercon 2018

One of the world’s largest mystery and crime fiction conventions is coming to St. Petersburg. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet mystery authors from around the world!

One of the best things every said about Bouchercon! #bouchercon2018 in St Pete!

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The Vinoy Renaissance Resort (photo by @stayfoolishdreambig)

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Come to Tampa this Sunday!

Gulf Coast members will be signing books and meeting readers at the annual Oxford Exchange Book Fair. Come see Wendy Dingwall, Sarah Glenn, Gwen Mayo, Linda Russo, Susan Santangelo, Louise Titchener, and K. M. Waller.

The fair is this Sunday, April 29th, 2018 from 9am – 4pm at the Oxford Exchange, in the Commerce Club, Second Floor, 420 West Kennedy Boulevard Tampa, Florida. Parking is available for free in the Magnolia lot.

Join us!

Busy Winter

Bears may hibernate up north, but it’s warm on the Gulf Coast and the chapter is out and about!

December at Books-A-Million: Gwen Mayo, Sarah Glenn, Wendy Dingwall, Janet Heijens, and Cheryl Hollon.

Erin Mitchell shares her knowledge with the chapter.

Sisters signing: Books at Park Place. Susan Klaus, Brenda Spalding, Wendy Dingwall, and Linda Russo.

Cheryl Hollon with guest speaker Patricia Abbott.

Come to our next meeting on March 3rd to see what we’re up to next!


Sisters at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

Several Sisters attended the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on November 11th. The event was well-organized: there were volunteers everywhere to help us as
needed, and the canopy covers over the booths were welcome when the afternoon
heat struck. We appreciated the opportunity to introduce Sisters in Crime to a
new audience.

Sarah Glenn and Gwen Mayo hung out with the Florida Writers Association.

The Citrus Crime Writers – The Central Florida chapter spread the word about Sisters in Crime and their group.

Cheryl Hollon at the Bouchercon 2018 booth – preview of events to come!

September Meeting

Come to our meeting on September 2nd to meet Nancy Alloy, owner of Books at Park Place in St. Petersburg. Mary has owned her independent bookstore since 2007. She is Indy/Small Publisher friendly, and her store frequently hosts author signing events.

Once upon a time… there were magical kingdoms called “bookstores”. In these places, you could meet old friends, learn new things, and travel to new worlds. The residents of these kingdoms were called “booksellers”. They were experienced guides who liked nothing better than to help visitors on their journeys of exploration.

A place like this still exists!

Happy chapter members at a recent signing event.

Sisters in Crime: Multi-Author Event

Books at Park Place
10468 Roosevelt Blvd N, St Petersburg, FL 33716
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Writers in attendance will include:

  • Cheryl Hollon, author of Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery Series: Pane and Suffering, Shards of Murder and Cracked to Death. The stories revolve around the adventures of the new proprietor of a St. Petersburg craft-glass shop.
  • Gwen Mayo and Sarah Glenn, authors of the Florida historical mystery, Murder on the Mullet Express.
  • Wendy Dingwall, author of the Florida-based Yvonne Suarez Travel Mysteries including Hera’s Revenge, Celtic Curse and The Toxic Cruise
  • Shannon O. Esposito, author of the St. Petersburg Pet Psychic Series. Titles are: Karma’s a Bitch, Lady Luck Runs Out, and Silence is Golden

This is a great opportunity to partake of some fun, homicidal Florida fun!