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 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.

March Meeting: James W. Ziskin

photo of James W. Ziskin
Winner of 2017 Anthony and Macavity awards

James Ziskin is the author of the Anthony® and Macavity Award-winning Ellie Stone Mysteries. His books have also been finalists for the Edgar®, Barry, and Lefty awards. A linguist by training, he studied Romance languages and literature at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his graduate degree, he worked in New York as a photo-news producer and writer, and then as Director of NYU’s Casa Italiana. He spent fifteen years in the Hollywood post-production industry, running large international operations in the subtitling/localization and visual effects fields. His international experience includes two years working and studying in France, extensive time in Italy, and more than three years in India. He speaks Italian and French. The seventh in his Mollie Stone series of historical mysteries, Turn to Stone, launched in January.

Jim will speak with us about strategies and resources to root out anachronisms and other historical errors in our fiction.

See you on Zoom March 17th! Meeting details will be in the next newsletter and sent in an email the night before the meeting to all chapter members.

To purchase James W. Ziskin’s latest book, visit IndieBound or your favorite local bookstore!

April Meeting: Art Taylor and Linda Landrigan!!!!

Updates soon. Save the date: April 21st.

Monthly Meetings

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.

6:30p-7:00 pm Business Meeting
7:00-8:00 pm Speaker
Meetings are held via Zoom. All members receive an email with the details, and we post it on the Desert Sleuths Members Only Facebook Group.

(Nonmembers please use the link to request a one-time guest pass.)