Sisters in Crime
Desert Sleuths Chapter

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


Desert Sleuths 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.

Desert Sleuths 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!


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Current Events

Desert Sleuths is remaining virtual only throughout 2024. Presentations are virtual unless the speaker is in the Greater Phoenix area. Then we may announce an in-person location and have a hybrid meeting.

We appreciate the use of the Tempe Public Library for the past year-and-a-half (through March 2024) for hybrid meetings and encourage our members to keep their local libraries in mind when scheduling book tour and launch events.

Member Meeting: 6:00 p.m.; Presentation: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The current month program is highlighted below. See our entire month-by-month programming under the 2024 Events page.

Wednesday, July 17th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Chapter Meeting at 6:00 p.m.; Presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
(East Coast, add 3 hours; Central, add 2; MT, add 1; Pacific, subtract 0)

A Deep Dive into the Artistry of Agatha Christie, with Kathleen Osborne

Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is often referred to as the “Queen of Crime” and “Queen of Mystery,” writing 66 detective stories and 14 short stories during her career. Even posthumously, her popularity has endured, with her works selling millions of copies worldwide, and with many of her novels being adapted for other media.

Consider this: The Murder on the Orient Express was published in 1934; it was adapted for the radio, TV, movies, and video games in various countries, including the Soviet Union, Germany, Japan, China, the UK and the US, in the years 1955, 1966, 1974, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2015, 2017, 2022, and 2023.  

What gives these works enduring popularity? What makes Christie’s themes timeless? 

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Kathleen Osborne

Kathleen Osborne has been a devoted reader of Christie’s books for many years and has viewed many TV and movie adaptations. During this workshop, Kathleen will:

    • describe twelve of Christie’s significant themes,
    • provide examples, and
    • analyze Christie’s techniques for building suspense and crafting twists.

Rather than using slides, Kathleen will provide a PDF attendees can download. She will guide the group through two exercises with a short Q & A session, and we’ll finish with our usual Q & A time.

Bio: Kathleen Osborne retired from the Air Force after serving 21.5 years. She has always had a love of mysteries, and Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are still her favorite sleuths. Kathleen is the President of the White Mountains Chapter of APW in Show Low, AZ, one of the judges for the Show Low Film Festival, President of the White Mountains Festival of Books, and the Founder of Transcendent Authors.




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Join us for an informative dive into one of the Grand Dames of Mystery!

Preregistration required. Presentations are virtual unless the speaker is in the Greater Phoenix area. Then we may announce an in-person location and have a hybrid meeting. You will receive a confirmation message with the information for attending in person or to register on Zoom.

Please register on Zoom before the event.

Members, please come to the chapter member meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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All 2024 Events

Click the link above to view all 2024 scheduled events, past and forthcoming.

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WriteNow! 2024, September 20-21, 2024

Named Best Writers Conference in Arizona (2020, The Writer magazine)

Arizona’s premiere mystery/crime writers conference for authors, readers, and enthusiasts welcomes writers from all genres. WriteNow! 2024 will again be virtual, with an in-person social event.

More details will be released soon , but here are the names in alphabetical order:

Cactus that ends in a fountain pen head with red ink dripping off the point.Michael Brackman | Elizabeth Bracht | Ellen Byron | Jane Cleland
John Connor | Jennifer Dornbush | Christina Estes
Barb Goffman | Jay Hartman | Naomi Hirahara
Shane Hawk | Stephen Mack Jones | Cole Lanahan
Deborah J. Ledford | Anna Michaels | Wanda Morris
Anne Rainbow | Melissa Rechter | Jaden Terrell

With a focus on Craft ♦ Publish ♦ Market, there’s something for writers at all stages.

We hope we have you curious about what each will do, as we have workshops, agent pitches, manuscript assessments, interviews, panels, and presentations! Crowdcast will be our online platform for everything except the agent pitches (on Zoom).

Save the dates! Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, 2024.

All our 2023 events are listed in event. order on the 2023 events page.

Did You Miss WriteNow! 2023?

See the WriteNOW! 2023 page for last year’s event. The Saturday program is available for purchase and/or replay.


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All 2022 Events


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


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