FREE and open to the public!

Meet SinC Desert Sleuths

Anthology authors

and hear them speak about writing their stories


11:30-12:50 p.m. Sat., July 12 

Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road, Mesa, Arizona  85205: 480-644-3253

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths authors will discuss their stories in recent anthologies and books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors, Light refreshments. 

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter page

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Next Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter monthly meeting:

  “Writers helping writers”

Wed., July 16

Come with a writing question to pose to the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter meeting attendees and be ready to offer your writing expertise and publishing industry know-how as well. Finished a manuscript, signed with an agent/publisher, have a book launch date, looking for a critique group? Share your good news. It’s the annual roundtable discussion about all aspects of writing at the Wed., July 16 meeting of SinC Desert Sleuths Chapter at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in downtown Scottsdale.

In addition, this month’s introductions will also include your current writing project, as well as a description of your career specialties – such as law, computers, science, journalism, etc. – so people can get to know you better.

Networking starts at 6 p.m., with a short business session at 6:30 and the roundtable at 7. No RSVPs are needed; attendees pay for their own meals.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Downtown Scottsdale – Wall Street Room

             4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251



Bob Dukelow

on Army counterintelligence, espionage

“Spies I’ve Known, Helped Catch and Who Almost Got Away”

6-8 p.m., Wed., June 18, 2014

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Downtown Scottsdale – Wall Street Room

             4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251



Betty Webb

on writing the “Arc of Action”

6-8 p.m., Wed., May 21, 2014

Webb is author of the nationally best-selling Lena Jones mystery series

and the humorous Gunn Zoo mysteries


one-day workshop at Scottsdale Library

Nuts & Bolts:

“So You Want to Write Crime Fiction”

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., April 26, 2014


10:05 – 12:00 – “Scene of the Crime: An Interactive Investigation”

With Phoenix Police Detective Timothy Moore;

Private Investigator and former Chicago Police Officer Paul Huebl;  and Defense Attorney Richard Gierloff

12:05 – 1:00 – “Partners in Crime (Writing): Doing Time with a Cohort”

Sally Smith and Jean Steffens

1:05 – 2:00 – “Arrested Development: Locking Up Your Characters”

Donis Casey

2:05 – 3:00 – “Elements of a Crime: Mining a Gem from Your Research”

Susan Cummins Miller

3:05 – 4:00 – “Romancing Your Crime: Spicing Up Your Story”

Marsha Sandoval & Pamela Tracy

4:05 – 5:00 – “Contract Killing: Publishing Under the Scope”

Deborah J Ledford

Scottsdale Civic Center Library - 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale


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Previous Desert Sleuths’ events:

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter Monthly Meeting


Dr. John Piakis

​ ​on

Forensic Dentistry

6 – 8 p.m. Wed., April 16

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Downtown Scottsdale – Wall Street Room

                                                               4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251


We had a fun time at

Tucson Festival of Books

March 15-16

On and around the University of Arizona campus

Thanks to all of you who visited our Desert Sleuths booth at TFOB, where we had book signings,

promoted Sisters in Crime, and raffled baskets of books.

Thanks to our members for donating new or gently-used recent  crime fiction books for raffle prizes.

And thanks to all of our volunteers who made it a fun and successful weekend!

 Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter Monthly Meeting

Debbie Shaw and Ginger Sanabria

on Property Room, Evidence Management and Crime Scene Analysis

6 – 8 p.m. Wed., March 19

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Downtown Scottsdale – Wall Street Room

                                                               4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Entertainment Attorney Megan D. ScottDS Megan Scott

with Kleinman Law Firm PLLC

Legal issues facing writers, including copyright, intellectual property and more

 Wed., February 19, 2014 – 6 – 8 p.m. 

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Downtown Scottsdale – Wall Street Room

                                                    4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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S.O.P. Apprehension and Booking

 Wed., January 15, 2014 – 6 – 8 p.m. 

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Downtown Scottsdale – Wall Street Room

4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

S.O.P. Apprehension and Booking topic of January meeting

A 27-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department will be guest speaker at the Wed., Jan. 15, 2014 meeting of Desert Sleuths at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Wall Street Room, 4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale.

DS Tim MoorePhoenix Police Detective Tim Moore, also a Desert Sleuths member, will talk about “Standard Operating Procedures: Apprehension and Booking.”

Following several years as a patrol officer, Moore has been a detective for 23 years, working a wide range of detective assignments beginning in the Property Crimes Bureau, Airport Investigations Unit and Family Investigations Bureau, where he investigated domestic violence and assault cases. He was then assigned to the Violent Crimes Bureau and Homicide Detail before an appointment as a Court Liaison to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, after which he was selected to work in the Laboratory Services Bureau. There, Moore’s team established guidelines for the department’s Cold Case investigations.

Moore is currently the Administrative Detective in the Reserve Division where he processes applications from retired officers and from citizens in the community wanting to become Reserve Officers.

Moore has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. He has taught Crime Scene Management, Crime Scene Photography, Collection and Preservation of Evidence, Interview and Interrogation Techniques along with Specialized Crimes and Death Investigation at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in Phoenix.

He has been married to his wife, Laurie, for 27 years and they have two grown daughters.

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Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter Monthly Meeting




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PREVIOUS EVENTS – Guest speakers at SinC Desert Sleuths Meetings:

November 2013: Kästle Olson presented the workshop, “Fundamentals of Facebook, Twitter and Blogs for the Author.”

October 2013: Current SinC Desert Sleuths President Deborah J Ledford presented the workshop “Creating Killer Characters.”

August 2013: Body language expert Renate Mousseux M.A. ED, presented “Body Language: Study of Lying and Deceit.”

June 2013: Former journalist Laurie Fagen, presented “From a reporter’s perspective”

May, 2013: Award-winning author Kris Neri presented the workshop, “Making Them Laugh.”

PREVIOUS WORKSHOP: February 9, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The SinC Desert Sleuths Chapter 3rd Annual Mystery Writers Workshop “NUTS & BOLTS: Fine-Tuning Your Mystery for Publication”
Scottsdale Civic Center Library - 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale

Featured workshops by members of the Desert Sleuths:
Plots That Kill” – Kate Herbert
“The Writer’s Voice” – Nancy McCurry
“Creating Memorable Characters” – Kris Neri
“Scene of the Crime” – Connie Flynn
“Hostage Negotiating” – Isabella Maldonado
“First Lines, Queries and Synopsis” – Deborah J Ledford &Pascal Marco

April, 2013 Chief Sherry Kiyler of the Chandler police force presented the workshop, “Police Work From a Police Chief’s Perspective.”

March, 2013: Detective Sergi Droban presented the ins and outs of the investigation of the murder that took place in Hillcrest Ranch, a/k/a the Langrall vs Keefer case.

February, 2013: Criminalist Lisa Peloza presented “A Comprehensive Firearms Workshop” Firearms Identification as a discipline of Forensic Science.

January, 2013: Kris Tualla presented the workshop “The 4 (and-a-half) Paths to Publishing”

November, 2012: Award-winning author, Marcia Fine, presented the workshop, “Manuscript Mystery: What to Do in a Tough Market or How I Survived Publishing Mania!”

October, 2012: Desert Sleuths member, Arthur Kerns, former FBI and CIA agent presented the workshop, “Just the facts, Ma’am – On Writing About the FBI and CIA”

September, 2012: Psychotherapist, JoAnn Richi presented the workshop, “Psychology for Writers: The Myths, The Truths and Why Schizophrenics Are Some of My Favorite People”

July, 2012 monthly meeting was devoted to our annual “Roundtable Discussion.”

June, 2012 David Chorlton spoke about and read from his fictional book The Taste of Fog, based on a true murder in Vienna in the 1960s.

May, 2012 Kris Neri presented “The Whole Truth About Being a Published Author”

The April 2012 speaker was Officer Michael Seemiller of the Scottsdale Police Department. He’s been an ISO (Investigative Services Officer), OIC (Officer in Charge), a CIT (Crisis Intervntion Trained), DT (Defensive Tactics Instructor), IMPACT (Community Policing Program, and recently SWAT.