Next Monthy meeting

May - Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Baby Book Birthday Party!
Have Your Ticket Punched by Frank James is one day old!
Our own Fedora Amis will take us back to 1898 St. Louis.  Sarahlynn will bring cupcakes and non-alcoholic bubbly to share.  Congrats, Fedora!  
Grand Glaize branch of the St. Louis County Library, in meeting room 2.  1010 Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO 63021. 314-994-3300 (Off Big Bend just east of 141))

Saturday - February 23 - 10: a.m. - Noon. 

Have you ever given a character a tough backstory they’re still overcoming as adult?  Have you wondered what psychological scars might be left behind by foster care, abuse, neglect, or loss of a parent too young?  Social worker and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Grace Lester will help us understand how childhood traumas effect the people we become. 


Ringing in the New Year!

Welcome to the first meeting of 2019 from 7-9 pm on the fourth Thursday at the Grand Glaize branch of the St. Louis County Library, in meeting room 2.  
1010 Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO 63021. 314-994-3300 
(Off Big Bend just east of 141)

Our speaker will be Kenny Scala, child abuse detective with the St. Louis County Police Department.  He'll talk about what he does, walk us through one of his biggest cases, and do a Q&A.

A Very special members only GREATER ST. LOUIS SISTERS IN CRIME event

A Taste for Wine and Murder

Sisters and Misters in Crime had a murderous good time on Friday, October 5, 2018 for a fun evening of murder, mystery, wine and dinner!

 6:00 p.m at Laine and Bryan Boyd’s home


September 5, Wednesday 7:00 p.m. - Meet lie detector expert Lee Boyd  in the lower level meeting room at the Kirkwood Public Library, 140 East Jefferson, 63122. 

Lee Boyd is a retired St. Louis County Police Officer who worked during the mob days as a Bomb and Arson Squad Detective. After retiring, he underwent extensive training all over the United States, and now works as a licensed certified polygraph examiner frequently called upon to perform polygraphs for the Missouri Department of Corrections, businesses, as well as private individuals and attorneys wanting to get to the truth of a matter. He has performed thousands of polygraphs.

Members John Frain and Gary Miller saw to it that our participation in the 2018 Gateway Con writers' conference and book fair was a great success.
Special Event

On April 11 - Wednesday President Fedora Amis Presented SinC's We Love Bookstores check to Shane Mullen.Left Bank Books. Amis interviewed Columbia, Missouri author Jill Orr about her new book
The Bad Break.

Congratulations are rolling in for our own Claire Applewhite, winner in the
Post-Dispatch's "Best of" list St. Louis list.
She came in second none other than Tennessee Williams!
Here's the list from the April 26 edition and the link to see all categories.

1 • Tennessee Williams
2 • Claire Applewhite • Steven LaChance
3 • Laurell K. Hamilton
4 • Glen Cook

April 11 - Wednesday Presentation of We Love Bookstores check to Left Bank Books (399 N. Euclid in the Central West End.) President Fedora Amis will interview Columbia, Missouri author Jill Orr about her new book The Bad Break. See Left Bank Books' promo at 
A Members Only Celebration - July 26

For more than a quarter century, Sisters in Crime has been inspiring and promoting sister crime writers—and misters, too. It’s been a great ride and an impressive success. We celebrated with a champagne luncheon at the home of our Secretary, Claire Applewhite on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.



 Champagne Toast to Sisters in Crime--Thirty Great Years and More to Come!


On Wednesday March 15, The Kirkwood Library is presenting two special programs of interest to writers. 
 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Adult Event: Mystery Readers will discuss Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody in the Bay Window Area
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Adult Event: Historical Fiction Roundtable in Bay Window Area
A group discussion of historical fiction! Talk about your favorite historical book and learn about some new ones.
November 16th, 2016
Topic: The Oldest Profession Is Telling The SHORT STORY
Presenter: Louella Turner, publisher & editor, High Hill Press
Not only is short fiction the perfect vehicle in this busy society to tell a story, it's also the perfect way for a writer to hone their craft. Louella will talk about the craft of short story writing, and tell you how it can be both a learning tool, and help you create a valuable publishing history.
October 19th speaker:
Topic: Inside Book Reviewing
Presenter: Ann Chandonnet
New to the St. Louis area, Ann Chandonnet grew up on a Massachusetts farm, earned her master's degree in English literature at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and lived for 34 years in Alaska. She is a published poet, children's author and food historian. Her books include "Write Quick" (based on 150 Civil War letters) and Barn Raisings, Cemetery Cleanings.
Chandonnet will discuss book reviewing, which she practiced for more than 20 years for publications including The AnchorageTimes, the Juneau Empire and Small Press Review.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016 

 Bradley D. Watson
Director/Vice President
Saturday Writers
Do the Twist

A fan of imagination, Brad began writing in grade school to please his
teachers, then moved on to pleasing himself. He is currently a Director
and Vice President of Saturday Writers in St. Peters, MO. With over two
dozen award winning short stories published, he still enjoys trying to
surprise himself. Join him to talk about twisting your ending.


Saturday, August 27, 2016
from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 Please join Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime at Celebrate Wildwood

Jo Allison, Author of Julia Nye Mysteries
Fedora Amis
, Author of Jemima McBustle Mysteries
Claire Applewhite, author of Nam Noir Mysteries
P.A. DeVoe, author of Judge Lu, Ming Dynasty Mysteries
Jo Hiestand, author of the McLaren Mysteries
Judy Moresi, author of Laura Chandler Mysteries


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Please Note Special Time and Place

11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

at the home of Claire Applewhite

It's Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime Summer Shindig

Guests and People Who Want to Find a Great Group of Mystery Fans Are Welcome


         Meet and Greet  Greater St. Louis Sisters on Wednesday July 20th for a gala luncheon at 13074 Starbuck Rd, Town & Country, 63141. From I-64 exit at Mason Rd & go south to Starbuck Rd on your right. Drive to the end of the road. Claire's house is on the cul de sac. 
This is a special party to introduce our Sisters in Crime chapter to new people and to enjoy a get-together with our members. Bring a guest or two! Everyone is welcome! 
Please RSVP (so we're sure to have enough food) to Claire at or Pam De Voe at Put "July SinC meeting" in the subject line. 
Brush up on your mystery--We're going to  play MYSTERY TRIVIA for cool prizes and bragging rights!




Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7-9 p.m. at Thornhill Library


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P.A. De Voe

Title: Writing the Short Story

P.A. De Voe writes historical mystery and crime stories set in Ming Dynasty China. In the past two years, she has published 9 short stories, five in anthologies, 3 in an e-magazine, and 1 indiepublished. If you’ve been thinking about writing short stories, but were hesitant to attempt it, come and hear what she has to say. If you like reading short stories, come and share what you most like about this style.

P.A. De Voe will discuss various aspects of writing a short story, as well as:

 how writing the short story differs from writing a novel.

 the basic element of writing a short story.



May 18th

Elaine Abramson

Elaine is an award-winning author who also writes under the pen

name “E.S. Abramson. She recently received a “From Fat to

Fabulous Day” proclamation from Mayor Richard Berry in

Albuquerque, NM and a “From Fat to Fabulous Week”

proclamation from Mayor Javier Gonzales of Santa Fe, NM. She’s

also received 10 (!) other proclamations from the state of Texas

and the city of Fort Worth for her art, stories, and children’s

cartoon characters. Her From Fat to Fabulous: A Diet Guide for

Restaurant Lovers was nominated twice for a Pulitzer and a Nobel

Prize. Her 4th book in the From Fat to Fabulous: A Diet Guide for

Restaurant Lovers series is the due out this fall.

Title: Garnering Proclamations for You and Your Writing

Elaine will describe what it takes to get a proclamation and conduct a mini-workshop in

proclamation writing. Attendees are asked to bring pen and paper to practice writing their own



Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7-9 p.m. at Thornhill Library



 Confessions of a Digital-First Author: Why it worked for me. 
Lynn Cahoon's sixth book in the popular Tourist Trap series just released in February and more are contracted. Come and listen as the New York Times best selling author talks about the advantages of starting with an e-book publisher, even in today's volatile market. She'll also talk about her writing process--focusing on getting things done and writing multiple series.


                                                     murder on wheels

This meeting will be held at Thornhill LIbrary, 12863 Willowyck, St. Louis, MO 63146 (314-994-3300) with business meeting at 6:45 and progam from 7-9 p.m.. West of 270 on Page, exit at Bennington and drive south. Turn right on Fee Fee and right on Willowyck.  At the library, go past the auditorium into the library proper. The meeting room is on the far right. The meeting is free and open to the public 




February 17, 2016

This meeting will be held at Thornhill LIbrary, 12863 Willowyck, St. Louis, MO 63146 (314-994-3300). West of 270 on Page, exit at Bennington and drive south. Turn right on Fee Fee and right on Willowyck.  At the library, go past the auditorium into the library proper. The meeting room is on the far right.


Discover the Five Secrets Which Hold the Key to Terrific Historical Mystery

 I won't keep you entirely in suspense until our next meeting--February 17--which also just happens to be the release date of my new Jemima McBustle Mystery--Mayhem at Buffalo Bill's Wild West. The first and foremost secret of historical mystery is that it is the same secret as every other mystery. To find out more about Secret #1 and the other four, come to our February meeting and join in the champagne celebration of my new Victorian Whodunit published by Five-Star Cengage.

Fedora Amis author of Mayhaven Award winner and St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Seller,
Jack the Ripper in St. Louis.  





January 20, 2016
The Facts about Forensics-what forensics can and cannot tell us about crime.

This meeting will be held at Thornhill LIbrary, 12863 Willowyck, St. Louis, MO 63146 (314-994-3300) with business meeting at 6:45 and progam from 7-9 p.m.. West of 270 on Page, exit at Bennington and drive south. Turn right on Fee Fee and right on Willowyck.  At the library, go past the auditorium into the library proper. The meeting room is on the far right. The meeting is free and open to the public

Dr. Thomas Spudich, Coordinator Forensic Science Program Development/Associate Professor of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Maryville University, conducts seminars in crime scene forensics.  He co-founded Spectrum Perception LLC, a company with patents pending. He is a serious scientist. For example, at Creighton University and San Diego State, he spoke on the topic “The Development and Characterization of Micro-Vis Spectrometers with Wireless Communication for UV-Vis and Fluorescence Applications” (Whew!.) He is also light-hearted. He has examined the interface of science and pop culture at the St. Louis Science Center on countless “First Fridays.” He can discuss anything from the batmobile to superman’s cape to deductive reasoning and the science of Sherlock Holmes. Come loaded with your forensics questions. Dr. Spudich is the answer man.




Holiday Gala

Hi sisters and misters!  Time to deck the halls and make merry at our Members Only holiday party.

Mary Lou Merkel has most graciously offered her home once again. Mary Lou’s decorations are so beguiling that you can’t help finding your own inner Christmas spirit. This is a time when we can relax, unwind and share our Works in Progress along with lots of good cheer, nifty presents, games and holiday goodies--a time for us to get to know each other. We’ll celebrate on our regular meeting night, Wednesday December 16, from 6:30. Bring a contribution to our pot luck and a wrapped book for our mystery swap. We’re seeking wine and any festive goodies that say ‘Tis the season. Wives, husbands or pals are welcome, too, so don’t hesitate to bring a guest.


NOVEMBER 18, 2015 - Scenes that Leave You Panting for More.

7-9 p.m. Come to the small meeting room at Mid County Library 7821 Maryland Avenue in Clayton, Mo 63105  314-994-3300

In our quest to get acquainted with librarians throughout the area, we will invade Clayton for our November meeting--and drop by one of the swell watering holes nearby afterwards for a little jovial networking as members share the best of the best. To celebrate their 70th anniversary, Mystery Writers of America is compiling a list of the 100 greatest mysteries of all time. St. Louis SinC wants to delve even deeper. I call to all mystery readers and writers--bring in a favorite scene--two pages maximum--to read at our November meeting. What does it take to create unforgettable scenes?  Is it humor, drama, suspense, snappy dialogue, spot-on word choice, sentences that spin pure gold? Let’s discover together what makes a scene something to shout about.

And here’s a very special eye-opener. Who wrote the first American detective novel? Betcha don’t know. Betcha didn’t know this 1878 book was the first true American best-seller. Betcha didn’t know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a devotee of this writer. Betcha think it was a man.

Find out by clicking this link...
 ...and bring a scene from any mystery to our November meeting for a chance to win a Make Mine Mystery T-shirt.
Here's another poser. Can you name the book and the author of the 1934 noir classic suggested by this picture?  (Answer: The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain.)

OCTOBER 21, 2015 - DIY -- A Crash Course on Creating Your Own Audio Books

T.W. Fendley, author of The Labyrinth of Time and Zero Time Chronicles will explain the why’s and how to’s of using an audio book service such as ACX.  Matt McGraw will take us along on his journey to create audio for the internet, step by step. For already established or not-yet-published writers, creating a short audio for the web might be the single best way to find your audience and craft your own brand. It’s never too early to get yourself out to the mystery-loving public.


T.W. Fendley

  Matt McGraw  

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 Self-Editing Tips, Tricks and Techniques With Mandy Schoen

This meeting will be held at Thornhill LIbrary, 12863 Willowyck, St. Louis, MO 63146 (314-994-3300). West of 270 on Page, exit at Bennington and drive south. Turn right on Fee Fee and right on Willowyck.  At the library, go past the auditorium into the library proper. The meeting room is on the far right.

During this 2-hour program, freelance editor Mandy Schoen will share tips, tricks and techniques for revising your manuscript into a tighter, more engaging story. Topics will include point of view, characterization, showing and telling, proportion, pacing, dialogue, tension and more.

 Mandy Schoen is a freelance editor and a senior acquisitions editor with Georgia McBride Media Group (home of Month9Books, Swoon Romance and Tantrum Books).  She has edited over 50 books in a variety of genres including contemporary, romance, fantasy, thriller and horror.  She earned a BA in History from St. Louis University (a major she chose for the stories, of course), and her JD from St. Louis University School of Law.  She lives in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and Boxer in a house full of books.



JULY 15, 2015 - LITERARY SALON - HOW GERTRUDE STEIN CAN WE GET?  Many thanks to Claire Applewhite for hosting this event on short notice. When she learned that the city of Chesterfield ripped up the street in front of Fedora’s house, she offered her own lovely home in Town and Country.

                *** Members Only Event***

Literary salons are all the rage in New York, Chicago and LA. SinC is making sure that St. Louis will not be left behind. Join us for wine, cheese, and readings at the home of Claire Applewhite. We invite you to read a page or two and bring a few of your own books to sell. This is a perfect time to stock up on books by those closest to us--our own Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime.    

We'll celebrate our 4 for 40 contest winners and enjoy fun and camaraderie. Claire and I will have a variety of cheeses, wine and non-alcoholic punch. You may find directions to Claire’s home in the members only section of our website under Announcements or send requests for directions to This is an occasion for celebration. We'll celebrate our 4 for 40 contest winners and each other as we enjoy fun, food and drink.



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

Bring your laptops, tablets, phones--your Dick Tracy wristwatch if you have one.

Social media has proved its worth in getting authors known by the public—even BEFORE they have any books in print. Kelly Cochran, Pam DeVoe and Fedora Amis pass the word about member use of our website, blogging and facebook. Special guest speaker Meredith Tate, who has 2000 Twitter followers, will direct you through the maze of tweets and tumblrs to your best bets for making yourself known in the brand new world of hashtags and electronic communication. Check out Meredith’s website








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 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 and on Facebook

7-9 p.m. at Sachs County Library, 1640 Burkhardt Place (just off Chesterfield Parkway West, south of I-64)
If agents and editors don't seem to warm up to your characters, it's time to add that human touch. Award winning romantic suspense author Claudia Shelton will help you learn how to develop your characters through their unwritten back story. Hear how you can discover their secrets, flaws, hopes and desires which make them all the more exciting. And romance? Adding a little romance might be just the spice that's missing in your story.

Learn more about Claudia Shelton and visit her on Facebook


7 - 9 pm - Daniel Boone Library, 300 Clarkson Road (just south of Clayton Road in Ellisville) on the lower level.

O’Fallon Chief of Police Roy Joachimstaler has served more than 40 years as a police officer in every capacity from inner city beat cop to Chief of Police in the suburbs. As Commander of the Vice-Narcotics Division, he was responsible for enforcing all vice and narcotics laws within the City of St. Louis. He commanded the Bureau of Patrol Support (Mobile Reserve Unit, Canine, Traffic Safety, Mounted Patrol, Hostage Response Unit, Public Transportation, and Operational Planning).  He served as Chief of Detectives in charge of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations. In short, the breath and depth of his vast experience is simply unsurpassed. He is an excellent presenter who can speak to any phase of police work you could name. 

Colonel Joachimstaler is a member of the Board of Directors for the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis; is Chair of the Executive Board for the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association (SLAPCA); he serves on the Boards for the Law Enforcement Policy Advisory Committee of REJIS (Regional Justice Information Services) and the Regional Computer Crimes Education and Enforcement Group (RCCEEG) for the metropolitan area.

Chief Joachimstaler has a Master’s Degree in Management from Lindenwood University. He attended the Dignitary Protection School of the United States Secret Service and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum (P.E.R.F.), in Washington D.C. Joachimstaler has received numerous police department and community awards for his work, including three Resolutions from the Board of Aldermen and two Proclamations from different Mayors of the City of St. Louis.

FEBRUARY 18, 2015 - CELEBRATE THE MAGIC OF ELECTRONICS WITH OUR ROLLOUT PARTY FOR OUR BRAND NEW WEBSITE! **This meeting was canceled due to the weather and rescheduled to June 17**



Bring your laptops, tablets, phones -- your Dick Tracy wristwatch, if you have one, because we'll be exploring the website, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and the world of blogging. Kelly Cochran will show off our great new features--and take requests for additions that will make our sleek, new site even better. Fedora Amis and Kelly pass the word about blogging and Facebook. Best of all, Meredith Tate who has 2000 Twitter followers, will direct you through the maze of tweets and tumblrs to your best bets for making yourself known in in the world of hashtags and electronic communications. Check out Meredith's website






Shirley Kennett AKA Dakota Banks is a founding member of Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime. Over the years she's held many offices and continues to support the chapter and our members. Shirley writes everything from Dark thrillers to Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy. Her success shows that she knows how to put readers on the edge of their seats in many genres. She promises to share a few of her techniques for creating suspense as well as her knack for reinventing herself. Shirley truly knows how to build a long-term career in writing--and writing secrets that work in all types of fiction. Deliverance was the USA Best Book Award Winner for 2012.