Sisters in Crime Mystery Writers at Venice Book Fair

On Saturday, March 16th, the Florida Gulf Coast chapter of Sisters in Crime will present award-winning crime writers in rotation throughout the day at Booth 6. Stop by their booth and receive mystery handouts and information about the Sisters in Crime national organization.

* Authors signing from 9:00am – 11:00am are Janet Heijens and Teresa Michael. Ms. Heijens is the author of the acclaimed legal mysteries Wrongful Conviction and Snook Wallow. Ms. Michael is the author of the cozy mystery, Murder in Mariposa Beach.
* Signing from 11:00am – 1:00pm are Linda Russo and Louise Titchener. Ms Russo, former federal court reporter for the U.S. District Court of Washington D.C, is the author of All is Forgiven: Memoir of a Killer. Ms. Titchener is the author of over fifty romantic suspense and historical mysteries. Her latest, Trouble in Tampa, won the Silver Royal Palm Award from Florida Writer’s Association in 2018.
* Signing from 1:00pm – 3:00pm are Lisa Ricard Claro and Kate Franklin. Ms. Claro is the author of The Fireflies Series. Her latest novel is Love to Win. Ms. Franklin’s latest novel, The Tattooed Mermaid won a Silver Medal from Florida Authors and Publishers Association.

Whether you’re a lover of traditional or cozy mysteries, thrillers, police procedurals, or true crime novels, please take time to stop by booth 6. Learn how the importance of crafting excellence in the crime writing genres is one of the main goals of Sisters in Crime. And, meet super authors at the same time, perhaps walk away with a treasured autographed book.

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!