Welcome to the
Sisters in Crime
Desert Sleuths Chapter!

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

Our Chapter is a proud member of Sisters in Crime, an international organization that promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry, raising professionalism, serving as the voice for excellence and achieving diversity in crime writing.

The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is located in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and serves members throughout the State of Arizona. Our members include bestselling, award-winning authors as well as emerging writers, fans of mysteries and crime stories, and other genres. We are an inclusive organization – whatever your gender, level of experience, or genre, you are welcome to join us.

Monthly Meetings

The third Wednesday of each month Desert Sleuths convenes at The Newton (Same building as the Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix) 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013. Member-authors are welcome to bring their books to sell at meetings. No RSVPs needed. Attendees pay for their own meals and drinks.

Every month we meet to hone our skills, learn how to get published, promote our work, and network with other crime fiction writers. Our guest speakers include professionals in the writing and law enforcement industries, including: publishers, editors, and other authors.

6:00-6:30 pm Dinner, Networking
6:30p-7:00 pm Business Meeting
7:00-8:00 pm Speaker

Next chapter meeting:  March 18, 2020

Location: Desert Sleuths Members Only Group via Facebook Live

Please note, the March Member Meeting for Desert Sleuths will be entirely virtual. We will not be meeting at Changing Hands Bookstore/The Newton. DS Members, please join our Facebook group to join the meeting via Facebook Livestream on Wednesday night. Guests who were planning to check out our meetings, please reach out via the group or our email and we will get you temporary access.

Due to the virtual nature of the meeting, we will start Facebook Live with the Welcome and Business Meeting at 6:30p and the Speaker will start at 7p.

Guest Speaker: Jenn McKinlay
Topic: Writing in Multiple Genres: The Whys and Hows of It & What I’ve Learned from the Mystery and Romance Worlds.

We’ll get a candid look at what it takes to build a successful writing career from New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author Jenn McKinlay. Her work has been translated into multiple languages. A TEDx speaker, she is always happy to talk books, writing, reading, and the creative process to anyone who cares to listen.

Jenn McKinlay, the New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries (including Dying for Devil’s Food, Wedding Cake Crumble, and Caramel Crush), has baked and frosted cupcakes into the shapes of cats, mice, and outer-space aliens, to name just a few. Writing a mystery series based on one of her favorite food groups (dessert) is as enjoyable as licking the beaters, and she can’t wait to whip up the next one. She is also the author of the Hat Shop Mysteries, the Library Lover’s Mysteries, the Bluff Point romances, and the Happily Ever After romances. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her family.