Desert Sleuths Chapter
of Sisters in Crime

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


Our Desert Sleuths 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. Sisters in Crime helps women achieve equality in the industry by 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 and beyond! Our members include bestselling, award-winning authors, emerging writers, fans of mysteries and crime stories, and other writers of other genres. We are an inclusive organization. Whatever your gender, level of experience, or genre, you are welcome to join us!


Current Events

July 20th: Make your Book Marketing Fun and Easy with Brook Brush featuring Kathleen Sweeney

Kathleen Sweeney
Kathleen Sweeney Marketing Manager of BookBrush

Stop dreading book marketing! Join Kathleen Sweeney for a fun live-walk through showing how to use Book Brush to create your own eye-catching marketing images, design book covers and create all things social media. We’ll explore animation tools, box set images and book trailers, too. Kathleen will share handy tips & tricks along the way and have time for Q & A, too. Learn why authors say Book Brush saves them both time and money.

Kathleen is the Manager of Marketing and Customer Service at Book Brush. She has over 20 years of marketing experience and has presented Book Brush How-To sessions to over 200 author groups. Kathleen thoroughly enjoys working with authors and helping them create eye-catching images and more with the Book Brush tools. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, three busy boys and two handsome cats. Her hobbies include eating tacos and turning socks right side out.


See more Upcoming Events for 2022.


Past Events

Josh Getzler
Literary Agent Josh Getzler
Thanks to Josh Getzler for his tips and trade talk as an agent. Josh Getzler, a partner at HG Literary in New York, represents more than 60 authors, many of them mystery writers, published by a wide variety of houses, including Flatiron Books, Penguin Random House, Pegasus, Amazon, Berkley Prime Crime, and Crooked Lane. His writers include S.A. Cosby (the multiple award-winning BLACKTOP WASTELAND and RAZORBLADE TEARS); Alex Segura (SECRET IDENTITY); Rob Hart (THE WAREHOUSE); SJ Rozan (FAMILY BUSINESS, and many of you will remember her as our April speaker on “Wrangling the Plot”); EJ Copperman/Jeff Cohen (the best-selling HAUNTED GUEST HOUSE series); EM Powell (The FIFTH KNIGHT series); and our own member, Karen Odden. Essentially, he handles everything from Dark Horror to Cat Mysteries, with police procedurals, rural noir, and historical adventures thrown in. 
In addition to his work as an agent, Josh currently teaches a Masters course in the Role of the Literary Agent at New York University. He will be speaking to Desert Sleuths about how an agent represents authors responsibly and successfully, and he will give some useful tips on querying, managing expectations, and the state of the crime fiction market in these uncertain times.
HG Literary Titles represented by agent Josh Getzler
HG Literary Titles represented by agent Josh Getzler


Covid-19 Guidelines from SinC National and AZ DHS

SinC National has published their meeting guidelines for this stage of the Covid-19 pandemic:

2021 In-Person Meetings Guidelines

The AZ DHS has as well:

Arizona Department of Health Services recommendations