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.

Dec 15 Holiday Party

Dec 15, 6:30p-8:30p
In Person. Masks are required. Indoor/Outdoor. One of our members is graciously hosting us at her Phoenix home and the location will be emailed out to all members.
Please join us for a some drinks, snacks, a [Coffee/Tea] Mug Exchange, and FUN!

Jan 12* Meeting: Hank Phillippi Ryan

***Please note January’s Member Meeting is being held on the 2nd Wednesday of January and not the standard 3rd Wednesday of the month.***

You have a rocking first act to your novel, and you even have an idea of how to end your story with a twist and a bang and a shot at certain bestsellerdom. But now what? How will you get from that great beginning to the kickass ending? You’ve hit the muddle in the middle. Hank Phillippi Ryan will show you how these central pages can be made to intrigue and delight your readers–and have them turning pages as fast as they can. With practical advice and specific tips, Hank will show you how to make the magic in the middle.

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the USA Today bestselling author of 13 thrillers, winning five Agathas, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and 37 EMMYs for investigative reporting. THE FIRST TO LIE (2020) garnered a Publishers Weekly starred review and is an Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee. Her newest is HER PERFECT LIFE, a chilling psychological standalone about fame, family, and revenge with starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, which called it “A superlative thriller.”

See you on Zoom January 12th! Meeting details will be in the monthly newsletter and 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.


6:30p-7:00 pm AZ Time –  Business meeting and chapter check-in
7:00-8:00 pm AZ Time –  Speaker
Meetings are currently being held via Zoom. All members receive an email with the details in the monthly newsletter and a day or two before the meeting.

(Nonmembers please email desertsleuths at Gmail dot com to request a one-time guest pass.)

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