The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter

An Organization for Writers, Readers, and Fans of Crime Fiction and Mystery 

Welcome to Desert Sleuths, the Phoenix Chapter of Sisters in Crime. We promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.

There are thousands of Sisters in Crime members, both female and male, in nearly 50 chapters across the country.

Upcoming Event: Donald Maass Workshop–Writing the Breakout Novel

Saturday, May 14, 2016
CLICK HERE for more details and to register. Seating is extremely limited.

February 2016 Meeting

When: February 17, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Grimaldi’s, 4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

The third Wednesday of each month Desert Sleuths convenes at the Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (Wallstreet Room) in Old Town Scottsdale. Member-authors are welcome to bring their books to sell at meetings. No RSVPs needed. Attendees pay for their own meals.

6p-6:30p Dinner, Networking
6:30p-7p Business Meeting
7p-8p Speaker



PresidentRoni Olson
Vice-President – Merle McCann
SecretaryKatherine Atwell Herbert
TreasurerShannon Baker


Membership – Susan Budavari
Anthology/Bylaws – Yvonne Corrigan-Carr
Member Relations/Ombudsman – Tim Moore
Webmaven – Dharma Kelleher
Social Media – Denise Ganley
Publicity – Denise Todd

Immediate Past President – Isabella Maldonado
Advisor – Deborah J Ledford