Workshop: Building Unforgettable Stories from Compelling Characters

  • David Corbett Workshop
    March 3, 2018
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Date and Time: March 3, 2018 – 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Phoenix College – Phoenix, Arizona
Registration Fee: $50.00 for Desert Sleuths Chapter Members, $75.00 for non-members (snacks and lunch included).

We accept credit card and check payments.
Please mail check payment to:
Mailing Address:
SinC Desert Sleuths Chapter
7349 N. Via Paseo Del Sur #515-194
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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Crime Lab Tour

  • Crime Lab Tour
    October 21, 2017
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

**This is a Members Only event. Space is limited to the first 25 registrations cleared by a background check. Registration due by Oct 15.**

Come tour the Crime Lab with the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter.

You learned how the police process crime scenes at our Crime Scene Investigation Workshop with Detective Timothy Moore (Retired). This is the next step. See how the police process the evidence gathered from a crime scene. Personnel from the Phoenix Police Department will facilitate a tour of the Laboratory Services Bureau, AKA the Crime Lab.

The Crime Lab is a nationally accredited forensic laboratory that provides technical assistance and training, evaluates and analyzes evidence, interprets results and provides expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.  Some of the scientific procedures utilized by the laboratory have the potential for linking a suspect to a crime, victim, or a scene.

The Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau consists of over 140 professional staff working in specialized sections which include Evidence Processing, Latent Prints, Crime Scene Response, Forensic Biology, Controlled Substances, Questioned Documents, Trace, Toxicology, and Firearms. Information on specific disciplines can be found on the PPD website.

Writers will have the opportunity to ask questions for each discipline to learn how the police process various types of evidence and crime scenes. This information is valuable in articulating realistic crime scenes.

This is a secure facility. All attendees will have their identification confirmed. By registering, you are authorizing the PPD to conduct a background/criminal history check.

When: Saturday, October 21st, 2017
10am to Noon
Where: Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau (Crime Lab)
621 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Cost: $20

Registration due by October 15, so the background check has time to be completed.

Please do not bring: Firearms.

There is no onsite parking. Carpooling is heavily recommended. Parking will be limited in downtown Phoenix. Garage facilities are located several blocks from the Crime Lab in addition to streetside meter parking.

You must be a Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter Member at the time of registration. Click here to Join/Renew.

See you there!

WriteNow! 2017 Annual Conference

  • Conference
    August 12, 2017
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter 2017 registered members are able to purchase tickets at a discounted rate. You must be a registered member of both Desert Sleuths Chapter and Sisters in Crime national. Membership will be verified.

2017 registered members of other Sisters in Crime chapters are able to purchase tickets at a less discounted rate. You must be a registered member of Sisters in Crime national. Membership will be verified.

Students (Restricted to 14-20 years old) SATURDAY REGISTRATION ONLY – Must be 21-years-old to attend Friday evening reception.


Credit card and debit card payments are due at the time of registration. If paying by credit card or debit card DO NOT PUT IN A ZIP CODE for shipping fees as nothing will be shipped and the shipping charge cannot be refunded.

If you are registering after August 2nd and prefer to pay by cash or check, please present it at the time of check-in for the first WriteNow! 2017 Conference event you attend.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by email (at no later than May 12, 2017 – OR – postmarked no later than May 12, 2017 and received at the Desert Sleuths mailing address, will receive a full refund minus $20.

No refunds after May 12, 2017.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Book Drive

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuth Chapter has partnered with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) with the goal of providing books and magazines for inmates. On March 15, 2017 DS members are encouraged to bring used books and magazines to our monthly meeting. A donation bin will be available at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Please note, MCSO … Continue reading “Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Book Drive”

Crime Scenes for Writers with Detective Timothy Moore

  • Crime Scenes for Writers
    March 18, 2017
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

**This is a Members Only event with Limited Seating.**

Detective Timothy Moore (Retired) will walk us through a mock crime scene where YOU will determine what crimes occurred, what the best evidence that leads to the suspects is, and what the motivation was for these crimes.

Writers will learn how the police process a crime scene and how to write realistic crime scene investigation.

This presentation will also include an introduction to handguns. Learn to articulate what gun was used, whether it was a revolver or semi-automatic, and what the most popular calibers used in murders are.

When: Saturday, March 18th, 2017
10am to 2pm
Where: Fraternal Order of Police Phoenix Lodge #2
3520 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85014
Cost: $20

Includes: Coffee, water, and light snacks.
Please bring: A brown bag lunch.
Please do not bring: Firearms.

Seating is limited to the first forty members.

You must be a Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter Member at the time of registration.
Click here to Join/Renew.

See you there!

Hank Phillippi Ryan & Linwood Barclay Mingler Hosted by MWA/SinC

  Come celebrate great mystery writing and mingle with members of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime on Sunday November 6 in Scottsdale, AZ. Join us at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore as Hank Phillippi Ryan reads and signs her newest Jane Ryland Mystery, Say No More, starting at 2p. Joining her is Linwood … Continue reading “Hank Phillippi Ryan & Linwood Barclay Mingler Hosted by MWA/SinC”

February Savvy Sleuth Newsletter

In the February issue of Savvy Sleuth, the Desert Sleuths’ newsletter, we learn what Denise Ganley has been doing to improve our chapter’s social media presence. Suzanne Flaig writes about the importance of subplots in your stories. We have a recap from our February meeting of Connie Flynn’s presentation on adding “heat” to your novels. … Continue reading “February Savvy Sleuth Newsletter”