13 Claws launched with great success at Sleuth of Baker Street on Sat, Oct 28th.  A big thank you to our friends and fans who came out to celebrate with us. A full report and lots of pics next week. Our launch coincides traditionally with Halloween and also with the birthday of our newsletter editor and webmistress, Lynne Murphy!


Happy Birthday, Lynne!


Welcome to  our new Mesdames, Madona Skaff, Marilyn Kay and Roz Place.

Madona Skaff

With a degree in cell biology, Madona Skaff somehow ended up working in mining research. Her scientific background has always inspired her science fiction stories and frequently sneaks into her mysteries.

Her story, “Night Out” was published in the Ladies Killing Circle anthology, Menopause is Murder and four of her crime stories are featured in the Toronto Sisters in Crime anthologies, The Whole She-Bang and The Whole She-Bang 2. Her story, “First Impressions” was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Short Story award in 2015.

Her debut novel, Journey of a Thousand Steps (Renaissance Press), was published in 2015. She is working on the sequel.

Marilyn Kay

Marilyn Kay’s story, “That Damn Cat”, was a finalist in the Mesdames’ contest for new crime fiction authors and is one of our stories the 13 Claws anthology. Her second debut story, “Journey into the Dark”, was part of the 2017 Bouchercon anthology,  Passport to Murder.

Marilyn started writing as a contributor to the Dictionary of the Middle Ages, before turning to business journalism, social media coaching and government communications! She is an executive member of Sisters in Crime – Toronto.

Rosalind Place

Rosalind Place was born in England and emigrated to Canada when she was five years old. An interpreter by profession, she is a published writer of short stories and has just completed her first novel. “Dana’s Cat”, which is written entirely in dialogue, was her first foray into the mystery genre and was one of the finalists in the contest for 13 Claws.




Big congratulations to Mme Sylvia Maultash Warsh whose story, “The Cabin in the Woods”, will appear in the 2018 Malice Domestic Anthology, Murder Most Geographical. Sylvia’s work has won and been nominated for several prestigious awards, including MWA’s Edgar Award and the Arthur Ellis.




Lisa De Nikolits

Fans of Noir take note: Mme Lisa De Nikolits is Writer in Residence for Open Book for November.  Lisa’s post begin November 2nd  with Domestic Noir featuring a lovely quote from Rosemary McCracken. Here is the link.

The series will be running for 16 posts and will be featuring Crime writers of Canada,  The Mesdames and Sisters in Crime. There is a nice piece on Short Story Noir featuring M. H. Callway coming up.


M. H. Callway

Rosemary McCrackenOn Saturday, November 4th, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, M. H. Callway and Rosemary McCracken will be representing the Mesdames at the Flamborough Heritage Society’s 27th Annual Bookfair. You can visit them at the Fellowship Hall, St. James United Church, 306 Parkside Drive, Waterdown.


Melodie Campbell

On the same day, Saturday, Nov 4th, Melodie Campbell will be giving a workshop on crime fiction writing at the Oakville Public Library, Central Branch from 1 to 4 pm, 120 Navy Street, Oakville.




Lisa de Nikolits

On November 11th, as part of the Crime Writers of Canada 35th Anniversary celebrations, Lisa De Nikolits heads up a team of eight authors, including M. H. Callway for an afternoon of readings, snacks, wine and music at our favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street, 907 Millwood Rd.  With special guest, singer / satirist, Kari Maaren.



Rosemary Aubert

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

On Thursday, November 16th, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Mmes Rosemary Aubert, M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Rosemary McCracken and Caro Soles, will be at Mt. Pleasant Library, 599 Mt. Pleasant Rd, to share their new work, including stories from 13 Claws.


Rosemary McCracken

Mme Rosemary McCracken is giving a workshop on novel writing on Saturday, November 18, 1-4 p.m at Annette Street Library, 145 Annette Street, Toronto. Workshop is suitable for all levels. Participants need to register by submitting the first page of their novel-in-progress at the library. The second half of the workshop will be devoted to critiquing first pages, as they can be crucial in getting a novel published.



And on Thursday, November 23rd, as part of CWC’s ongoing celebrations, Whitby Library will be hosting An Evening of Crime, with historical crime fiction writer, Mel Bradshaw and three Mesdames: Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway and Rosemary McCracken. Readings and discussions at 7 pm, Central Branch, 405 Dundas St. West, Whitby.



Deadline for submission to Bony Blithe is December 15th. For submission rules, please check the website. More details later this month.

And the deadline for submissions to the Arthur Ellis Awards is also on December 15th. For submission guidelines, please check the CWC website.






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