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. Whatever your level of experience, you are welcome to join us.

Monthly Meetings


The third Wednesday of each month Desert Sleuths will now convene 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 industry, 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 Member Meeting: May 15, 2019

​Back by popular demand. And we mean popular.

Tracie Paolillo is an expert in crime scene investigation and bloodstain pattern analysis who left us begging for more the last time she spoke to DS. She’s coming back as promised for our May meeting. Paolillo is currently the Quality Assurance Manager for Forensic Services Division, Scottsdale Police. She has appeared on/in Channel 3 news, Channel 5 news, PHOENIX MAGAZINE, SCOTTSDALE LIFE, and SO SCOTTSDALE! magazines. She has stories! Don’t miss this highly anticipated opportunity to go behind the scenes and beyond CSI.

See you May 15, 2019 at: THE NEWTON, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013