Mesdames on the Move: September!

Mesdames at Word on the Street–Sunday, Sept 25th!


September brings the most important day in Toronto’s literary year —Word on the Street. This year at Harbourfront,   we Mesdames of Mayhem will have our own booth at the event for the first time. Eight of us will be there throughout the day to introduce ourselves, chat with our fans and, of course, to sell our books.

Be sure to drop by the Mesdames Booth W11 in Writers Block anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Several Mesdames will be guesting at Sisters in Crime (Booth W12). We are neighbours in Writers Block – so readers can meet and mingle with many Canadian women crime writers. Many of us will also be helping out at the Crime Writers of Canada booth in Genre Zone, Booth 541.

Mme. Lisa De Nikolits will be on the panel, Mysteries and Maple Leaves with authors, Steven Burrows and Dietrich Kalteis,  to talk about Canadian mystery and horror writing at 12:15 pm .

For information on getting to Word on the Street, parking, events,  etc. go to the website here.

Readings and Conferences!

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Mme. Sylvia Maultash Warsh will be taking part in the first Read Local Event to be held in Midland.  The event showcases writing talent in the Georgian Bay area.  Sylvia will be reading from her historical novel, The Queen of Unforgetting, on Saturday, September 10th at 1:20pm. 41Guqsy+9LL__SX337_BO1,204,203,200_

The settings are deliberately unusual. Sylvia will be reading at Tripp’s Paint Shoppe, 259 King St, Midland.

The Queen of Unforgetting, was honoured with a plaque from Project Bookmark Canada, located in Little Lake Park, Midland.







Mme M. H. Callway is attending this year’s Bouchercon in New Orleans from September 15 to 18th. She’ll be joining fellow Canadian Crime Writers, Cathy Ace and Rob Brunet and reconnecting with many American authors and friends.

The popularity of New Orleans has drawn a huge crowd of authors from around the world. Mme Mad will be reporting back on her conference experiences – some of them may be haunting!


Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Mme. Lisa De Nikolits is going on tour in the Maritimes with her new book,   The Nearly Girl. 

If you have friends or relatives in the Maritimes they will have a  chance to meet Lisa and purchase her newest book, The Nearly Girl.  The tour starts Sept. 29th and continues to October 8th.



Cheryl Freedman

Cheryl Freedman

Mme. Cheryl Freedman reminds all light mystery authors:


Call for submissions for the 2017 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award


Do you have a light mystery published in 2016? Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident?

If you do and are, send us the contact info for your publisher (publisher name, contact person, email address) to If your book is self-published, send us your name and email address.

Note: We do have a list of publishers from last year, but it’s probably woefully out of date and incomplete (the nature of the publishing beast), and we’d hate to leave out any book that might be eligible for the award.

A light mystery can be a cozy, a caper, a humorous mystery, essentially a feel-good book that makes the reader smile. The book must be at least 60,000 words. No noir or YA please.

We will be sending out the submission rules for the 2017 contest the week of Sept 4. The rules will also be posted on our Website Facebook:

The Bony Blithe Award will be presented in late May or early June 2017 at the Bony Blithe mini-conference in Toronto. The award consists of a charming plaque and a cheque for $1000 (now there’s something to smile about J).

For more info about the contest and whether your book is eligible, email us at








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