A stellar threesome!  Mesdames Donna Carrick, M. H. Callway and Rosemary Aubert have each collected their most successful short stories and novellas into anthologies, published by Carrick Publishing.  The books will be launched on Sunday, November 6th at our favourite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street, 907 Millwood Road, East York from 2 to 3:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served!

Friends and fans will be delighted to be able to read Mme. Aubert’s Arthur Ellis award winning story, The Midnight Boat to Palermo, once again, in her eponymous anthology. Mme. Carrick’s  story, Watermelon Weekend, and Mme. Callway’s novella, Glow Grass, were Arthur Ellis nominees in 2014 and 2015.

Sisters in Crime Launch New Anthology! 

One book, two launches! On November 17th The Whole She Bang 3 will be launched at the monthly meeting of Sisters in Crime, Orchard Park Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto, at 7:00 p.m. Three members of the Mesdames, Mme Lisa de Nikolits,  Mme Lynne Murphy and M. Ed Piwowarczyk have stories included in the anthology.


Lynne Murphy

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits


Ed Piwowarczyk

Then on Sunday, November 27th, a second launch will be held at Sleuth of Baker Street, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be refreshments. Our thanks to Sleuth’s owner, Marian Misters, for hosting the launch.

Book Readings and Events!

November is a very busy month for the Mesdames!

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Jane Burfield

Cathy Astolfo

Cathy Astolfo

On Saturday, November 5th, 2 pm, Mmes Catherine Astolfo, Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits and Rosemary McCracken will be discussing crime fiction and meeting readers at Leaside Branch, TPL, 165 McCrae Drive, Toronto.


51nexm-TziL__SX332_BO1,204,203,200_The busiest of us all in November is  Mme. Lisa  Her newest book, The Nearly Girl, published by Inanna Books,  was launched last month to excellent reviews.

On Tuesday, November 15th,  Lisa and Mme. Rosemary McCracken will be part of an author’s panel at the Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St. Toronto, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Other authors taking part are John Oughton, Heather Babcock and Terri Favro.

M. H. Callway

M. H. Callway

On the same day, Tuesday, November 15th, 2:00 pm, Mme M. H. Callway will be joining other members of Crime Writers of Canada for an author’s panel at Bendale Branch, TPL, 1515 Danforth Road, Scarborough.


Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

Thursday, November 17th, Mme. Rosemary McCracken will conduct a Writing Mysteries Workshop, hosted by Scarborough Arts, at the Kennedy/Eglinton Library, 2830 Eglinton E., Toronto, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Rosemary is the author of three books in the Pat Tierney series, including the latest, Raven Lake, so she knows what she is talking about.



Thursday, November 24th, Lisa will be at the Urban Folk Art Salon, 599 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for an evening featuring poets, singers and songwriters.

On Tuesday, November 29th, 2:00 pm, M. H. Callway again joins members of Crime Writers of Canada for an authors visit to Eatonville Branch, TPL, 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd., Etobicoke.


SHAKE DEM BONES, FOLKS! The deadline for submissions to the 2017 Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (aka the Bony Blithe Award) is creeping up on us. We must have your submission in hand by December 15, 2016.

If you’re (a) an author with a light mystery published in 2016, and (b) a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you can submit your book. The award consists of a lovely colourful plaque…and a cheque for $1000!

Your novel must be at least 60,000 words long and published between January 1 and December 31, 2016. No YA or noir please. We welcome submissions from both authors and publishers.

Light mysteries include cozies, capers, satires, and humorous books; in short, anything from laugh-out-loud books to gentle humour to good old-fashioned stories with minimal overt violence or gore. We’re not looking for books with gravitas that make us think; we’re looking for fun-read books that make us smile.

For more detailed info on how to submit your book, visit

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