The biggest event of the Mesdames’ year will take place Saturday, Oct. 28th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. when we launch the print copy of our new anthology, 13 Claws, published by Carrick Publishing, at our favourite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street, 907 Millwood Rd.

There will be readings, signings, not to mention drinks and good things to eat. There is a rumor that the authors will be costumed as the animals in their stories—come and check it out.  Admission is free!

In the run-up to our print launch, Carrick Publishing is holding the 13 Claws Pre-launch Party  with prizes.  Simply send us an email: MesdamesMayhem @ gmail . com (Remove spaces.) Subject Line: 13 CLAWS PRE-LAUNCH PARTY

Each week, we’ll give away:
two e-copies (Kindle or e-pub) of Thirteen, our 1st anthology; two e-copies of 13 O’Clock, our 2nd Crime Anthology; and one Print Edition of 13 O’Clock


As we steam forward to the October 28 launch of 13 Claws, the Mesdames of Mayhem have teamed up with Carrick Publishing to present a series of special promotions!

Be sure to visit our Facebook Event 13 Claws Pre-Launch Party
often to enter for your chance to win books and e-books by the Mesdames of Mayhem.



Last Sunday, Sept. 24th, Mmes Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Cathy Dunphy,  Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Lynne Murphy and Rosemary McCracken  ran the Mesdames of Mayhem booth at  Toronto’s biggest literary event at Harbourfront. Mme Caro Soles, a veteran WOTS participant, was back to promote the Bony Blyth and her latest novel, A Friend of Mr. Nijinsky.

Mad and Cathy did set up! Lisa designed the fab poster!

Lynne captained the booth!

Lisa beating the sun looking fab and mysterious!

We survived record breaking 40 degree temperatures to introduce 13 Claws to the public.  Sales were great and the Mesdames reported good sales of their novels. Several of us helped out at the Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime booths as well.

The photos show what a fun day it was for us and our fans: we beat the heat but stayed hot!

Rosemary at CWC

Caro and Mr. Nijinsky


At the end of the long, hot day, Mmes Sylvia and Mad got a little crazy with the neighbouring Vikings!


This year Bouchercon is in Toronto! North America’s biggest conference of crime writers and fans takes place at the downtown Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen St. W. Wed. Oct.11 to Sun. Oct.15. The Mesdames will be taking part in panels and other events so if you see us there, please say hello.


The fun starts Wednesday, October 11th, when Mme. M. H. Callway will be reading with renowned author Hilary Davidson at Noir at the Bar, 9 pm, The Rivoli Bar, 334 Queen St. W.  The Rivoli, a Toronto icon, is a short walk from the Sheraton. In addition to writing two novellas and publishing her collected short stories, Glow Grass and Other Tales, Madeleine is completing the sequel to her first novel, Windigo Fire.

Thursday, October 12th

8:00 to 10:00  Mme M. H. Callway is part of Author Speed Dating (by invitation). This event proved so popular remaining spots were assigned by lottery.

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Mme. Caro Soles  takes part in the panel, “Recent History”. Caro’s new novel is A Friend of Mr. Nijinsky.

4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mme. Jane Burfield moderates the panel, “The Best Medicine”.

Friday, October 13th

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mme. Catherine Astolfo moderates the panel, “Mixed Media.”

10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Mme. Lisa de Nikolits moderates “Urban Noir.” Lisa’s newest novel, No Fury Like That, launches on Oct. 5. See details below.

Also at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Mme. Melodie Campbell takes part in the panel, “A Symbiosis”. Melodie’s newest book, Worst Date Ever! launched in September.

12 noon to 2 p.m. Mmes M. H. Callway and Rosemary McCracken head up the lunch for members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society at Shopsy’s Deli in the Sheraton.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mme. Rosemary McCracken takes part in the “Location, Location” panel. Rosemary’s short story, “The Queen Sized Bed”, was chosen for this year’s Bouchercon anthology, Passport to Murder.

6:00 to 7:30 pm  The International Authors Reception. Several Mesdames attending.

7:00 pm The Nero Wolfe Banquet. Mme Rosemary McCracken and M. Ed Piwowarczyk are attending.

9:30 pm Mmes. M. H. Callway and Lynne Murphy will be among the competing team leaders for the CWC Pub Quiz. Expect a pitched battle!

Saturday, October 14th

7:30 to 9:00 am   Several Mesdames are attending the Sisters in Crime breakfast.

8:30 to 9:30 am Mme. Sylvia Warsh  moderates the panel “Creative History”.

10:30 am to 4 pm CWC hosts a day-long Meet The Author event in the lounge area with several Mesdames taking part.

7:00 to 8:00 pm  Mme Rosemary McCracken signs copies of Passport to Murder with the contributing authors.

Sunday, October 15th

11:00 am to 12 pm  Bouchercon Brunch followed by the Anthony awards. Several Mesdames are attending.


Thursday, Oct. 5th: Mme. Lisa de Nikolits will launch her newest novel, No Fury Like That, Inanna Publications, at the Women’s Art Association, 21-23 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 17th Mme. Melodie Campbell  joins two fellow authors on a panel discussing “Ten Secret Ways Writers Use Libraries” at the Burlington Library, 6:30 pm.

And the Bony Blithe Award is now accepting entries. More details in Mesdames on the Move for November!



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