February is a busy month for the Mesdames with the year’s first new book launch, lots of readings and events – and of course,  the Ontario Public Library Association’s annual superconference.



Melodie Campbell

Mme Melodie Campbell, our Queen of Comedy, launches her first new book of 2018, The B Team, this month.

They do wrong for all the right reasons…and sometimes it even works.’

Perhaps you’ve heard of The A-Team? Vietnam vets turned vigilantes? They had a television show a while back.

The B-Team’s not them.

But if you’ve been the victim of a scam, give them a call. They deal in justice, not the law.

Celebrate the launch of The B-Team with Melodie on Sunday, February 18th, 1:30 pm at our favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street.  Mel will be joined by fellow cozy authors, Alison Bruce and Ginger Bolton  AKA Janet Bolin!



On Friday, February 2nd, Mmes M. H. Callway, Melodie Campbell, Lisa De Nikolits and Caro Soles join forces at the Ontario Library Association’s annual super-conference. It’s become a tradition for the Crime Writers of Canada to pitch their new Canadian crime publications at a conference lunchtime event. A challenge to tell all about your new books in a strictly timed two minutes!


M. H. Callway

Lisa De Nikolits

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Mme M.H. Callway will introduce 13 Claws, our third anthology, featuring crimes stories with mostly evil animals.  Toronto Public Library has already ordered our book so this is a great opportunity to tell librarians throughout the province about our work.

Mme Lisa De Nikolits will present her critically acclaimed literary thriller, No Fury Like That and  Mme Caro Soles will introduce her Golden Age thriller, A Friend of Mr. Nijinsky.   Mme Melodie will tell the crowd about her new book,  The B-Team. 









A big thank you to Mme Rosalind Place for placing 13 Claws at Picton Public Library.





Marilyn Kay

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

On Thursday, February 15th, Toronto Sisters in Crime hosts an authors’ reading night at  7:00 p.m. in Room 200 at the Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd.

Ten Sisters in Crime will read from their new or upcoming work, including Mmes M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay and Rosemary McCracken. The meeting is free to members of SinC and non-members are welcome for a $5 admission fee.

Mme Lisa De Nikolits is doing a blog tour with Partners in Crime for all of February and would love fellow crime writers and fans to drop by to say hi and to repost or anything at all :))) Here’s the link:


Melodie Campbell

Mme Melodie Campbell joins four other leading crime fiction writers on Thursday, February 22nd, 7 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Community Centre Theatre in Oakville.

The Women of Crime Panel features, in addition to Melodie, Janet BolinJoy Fielding, Barbara Fradkin and Maureen Jennings, five bestselling authors representing the many genres of crime fiction (mystery, cozy, suspense, historical, capers). The authors will discuss the industry and read from their latest books.  Cost: $15 



Be sure to check out the Dead to Writes podcast featuring a different Deadly Friend and crime short story every week.

Interested in becoming a Deadly Friend and appearing on the podcast? Email Mme Donna Carrick at The email subject line should say Schedule Me for an interview.


Mme Madona Skaff asks: Do you keep getting in trouble because of your insatiable need to make up stories? Use your talents for good instead of evil and write those stories down. Then enter them in Audrey Jessup 2018 Award short story contest. 

Open to everyone living in the National Capital Region as well as all members of Capital Crime Writers.


And a final reminder to members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. The February 3rd deadline for submissions to the 2018 Derringers is coming up fast. You must be a member of SMFS to enter or ask a SMFS member to enter your story on their behalf. Check out the rules here.








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