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

February 16th Member Meeting: Marketing for Writers (Who Would Rather be Writing) with Lizbeth Meredith

Lizbeth Meredith is an author, speaker, and online teacher who recently relocated to Chattanooga from her home in Anchorage, Alaska. Her memoir, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters published by She Writes Press is now adapted for television as Stolen Hearts: The Lizbeth Meredith Story on Lifetime Television (spring 2022 release). Connect with her at or on her Facebook author page for live video on Fridays.

Author Photo of Lizbeth Meredith
Lizbeth Meredith

Marketing for Writers (Who Would Rather Be Writing)

You’ve heard the statistics. More than 1 million books are published annually. The vast majority sell less than 1000 copies over their lifetime.

So in the current climate of publishing, how can we develop the right mindset to stay motivated and find our books their forever homes without spending a fortune or feeling slimy in the process? What if you’re an introvert and bad at tech? And if you’re on your way to publishing your first book, what can you do to prepare the market for your book and your brand?

Indie author Lizbeth Meredith will give you pitfalls to avoid and tips that she teaches authors who now enjoy the practice of book marketing while budgeting their time and money.

See you on Zoom February 16th! Meeting details will be in the monthly newsletter sent in an email prior to the meeting to all chapter members. Please reach out if you would like to be a guest, and check out the Desert Sleuths Chapter.


See more Upcoming Events for 2022.


Past Events

A huge thanks to Hank Phillippi Ryan for sharing her presentation, The Muddle in the Middle, with members on January 12th. View more about her presentation on our events page or watch the video (member-only access) on our Desert Sleuths Facebook page.


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