Mesdames on the Move-June


The Arthur Ellis Awards were held at the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto on Thursday, May 26th. Most of of the Mesdames were there to celebrate: Mmes Cathy Astolfo, Rosemary Aubert, M. H. Callway, Melodie Campbell, Donna Carrick, Cathy Dunphy, Rosemary McCracken, Joan O’Callaghan, Jane Petersen Burfield and Sylvia Warsh.

Finalist-400Mme M. H. Callway’s story, “Glow Grass”,  in the Mesdames latest anthology, 13 O’clock, was nominated for Best Novella. This marks Mad’s third nomination for an Arthur Ellis award and  more critical recognition for fabulous Carrick Publishing, run by the equally fabulous Mme Donna Carrick and husband, Alex Carrick.


Caro Soles

Caro Soles

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Jane Petersen Burfield

Mme Caro Soles and her partner in crime, Nancy Kirkpatrick’s Poe tribute anthology, Nevermore, won the Paris Book Prize for Best Anthology. Congratulations, Caro and Nancy! Nevermore was also short-listed for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Anthology.

Nevermore contains stories by many Canadian authors, including Mme Jane Burfield whose gothic tale received very positive critical acclaim.


Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

June is turning out to be Mme Rosemary McCracken’s month! Her third Pat Tierney mystery, Raven Lake,  is being launched and her story, “Crazy” was reprinted in the new noir anthology, Black Coffee.

Raven Lake will be released in e-book on June 1st on all Amazons. Readers may access their e-copy of the book through this universal link. (It is up for pre-orders at a special low price until then).

Rosemary will be hosting the cyber launch of Raven Lake on Sunday, June 5th from 4 to 7 pm. Join in through Facebook on the events page here. Rosemary will be on hand to answer questions and to award prizes throughout the celebration!


51IDJYt589L__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Running up to the cyber launch, from June 1 to 7th,  Rosemary will be doing a blog tour, visiting Sylvia Kerslake in England; Sharon Crawford in Toronto; Imajin Books in Kelowna, B.C.; Judy Penz Sheluk in Alliston, Ont., Chris Redding in New Jersey; Madeleine Harris-Callway in Toronto; the Mesdames of Mayhem in southern Ontario; and Kristina Stanley in British Columbia.

On Saturday June 25, 2-4 pm, she will be having the print launch of Raven Lake at the Mesdames’ favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street.  Be sure to join her and several Mesdames for the party!


 51EWNWzdQtL__SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Rosemary’s story, “Crazy”, is one of the noir stories in the anthology, Black Coffee  , published by Darkhouse Books. In it, two characters play out a psychological endgame in the world of illegal immigrants. “Crazy” first appeared in a collection of Canadian cross-cultural stories entitled Mother Margaret and the Rhinocerous Café.

Darkhouse Books publishes 3 or 4 collections of stories a year. Rosemary’s story, “Plastic Paddies” appeared in the 2015 Destination Mystery anthology.

Black Coffee  is now available on Amazon.




10419501_325718907604401_7696081584635770564_nOn June 2nd, Mme Rosemary McCracken will be reading at Noir at the Bar together with authors Giles Blunt, John McFetridge, June Lorraine Roberts and several writers of noir. The readings will be at 7 pm at the Wallace Gastropub, 1954 Yonge Street, Toronto.


M. H. Callway

On June 11th & 12th, Mme M. H. Callway joins 4000+ other cyclists to bike 200+ km from Toronto to Niagara Falls to raise money for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in the 2016 Ride to Conquer Cancer.

On June 29th, 7 pm Mmes M.H. Callway and Rosemary McCracken join fellow CWC member, Sharon Crawford, to discuss the art of short story writing with the East End Writers at S. Walter Stewart Branch,  Toronto Public Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave.

And on June 30th, 1:30 pm, our Queen of Comedy, Mme Melodie Campbell,  will be reading at the Mimico Public Library, 47 Station Road, Etobicoke.

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell




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