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 DS Meeting: October 16th: “IS YOUR NOVEL READY FOR ITS HOLLYWOOD CLOSE-UP?” Current Desert Sleuths President Katherine (Kate) Herbert will show us how a story can go from novel to screenplay and what you need to know before adapting your book. Whether you call it movies, film, or cinema, Kate’s career has focused on it, including working as a Hollywood screenwriter and screenplay analyst, authoring three books on screenwriting and chairing the Scottsdale Community College Film and Television Departmental. Her background also includes adapting books for audio presentation, newspaper and magazine feature articles, interviews, and criticism, as well as work as an entertainment-arts publicist. She’s been listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Entertainment, and The West as well winning various awards for her writing and poetry.