The Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime is dedicated to helping every writer achieve the dream of publication. It is a place for men and women to find camaraderie and encouragement. Our main goal is to create an active, non-competitive atmosphere for writers, readers, and other lovers of the mystery genre.


NEXT MEETING IS ON 
MAY 20, 2015   

"THE SHANNON FILES"
(A FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF SELECTED ST. LOUIS CRIME STORIES)

7-9 p.m. at Sachs County Library, 16400 Burkhardt Place (just off Chesterfield Parkway West, south of I-64)
 

Private investigator, retired Marine and ex-cop, Ray Mileur informs, inspires and entertains with his first-hand accounts of selected St. Louis crime stories.  Many characters in his Mike Shannon series are drawn from his own case files. Prior to writing his first novel, Ray was a free-lance sports writer covering the St. Louis Cardinals. After founding a website which attracted over 10 million visitors, he became affiliated with Scout.com and Fox Sports. The crowning moment of his sports writing career came in 2008, with an invitation from former St. Louis Cardinals' manager, Billy Southworth's family, to represent the manager and his family at the National Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York.

Ray is currently working contract security with the Federal Protection Service and Department of Homeland Security.  In his spare time, he is still a free-lance sports writer.

"If you like action, if you like tough detectives fighting their way out of tough situations, you're going to love Mike Shannon and the Gateway to Hell"  - Pacific Book Review

Mike Shannon is used to taking on the hard cases.  He's a private investigator and ex-cop in St. Louis, and when the authorities throw up their hands, Shannon is there to bring the guilty to justice.  But doing what's right doesn't mean keeping your hands clean: he's stacked up quite a body count over the years - something that he's not proud of - and it's beginning to take its toll on him.

Shannon's investigation of a possible runaway is shaping into one hell of a case against police corruption and drug trafficking.  As Shannon digs deeper, the danger escalates when he comes face to face with a dark figure from his past, a rogue CIA hit-man, known as the Sandman.  Shannon might be in over his head, but that's never stopped him before.  In all the confusion, Shannon is sure of one thing, he's not done killing yet.

Vist Ray at RayMileur.com and on Facebook

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About Chapter Meetings 

Our meetings feature guest speakers who provide information on interesting topics. On those evenings where there is not a guest speaker or where the speaker finishes early, we have open readings, discussions on writing issues, networking, or a book discussion.  Past meetings have included presentations on marketing, how to conduct interviews, K-9 police, the world of indie publishing, and more.

We hope to see everyone at our Upcoming 2015 meetings.  Unless otherwise noted on the website, our meetings are held

The third Wednesday of every month except August, starting at 6:45pm
Sachs Library (exceptions listed below)
off Highway 40, west of Chesterfield Mall 
16400 Burkhardt Place
314-994-3300
 
Meetings are free and open to the public. Check our meeting schedule to see what topics are being presented at the meetings.
 
May 20 - Private investigator, retired Marine and ex-cop, Ray Mileur brings us first hand knowledge of St. Louis Crime Stories
 
June 17 - Demystifying Modern Media 
 
July 15 - Members Only Literary Salon celebrating our contest winners at home of Fedora Amis
 
August - No SinC meeting, but be sure to attend the FREE Saturday workshop held by the St. Louis Writers' Guild at the Kirkwood Community Center.
 
September 16 - Deep Editing   *This meeting will be held at Thornhill LIbrary
 
October 21 -  Do-it-yourself audio books *This meeting will be held at Thornhill LIbrary
 
November 18 - Greatest mystery scenes *This meeting will be held at mid-county library in Clayton
 
December 16 - Holiday Gala
 
January 20, 2016- Forensic investigation