Happy OctoberHappy Thanksgiving and Halloween, Dear Readers!

October is one of the busiest times of the year for authors – and readers. As the days and nights get colder, what could be better than to cozy up to our latest anthology? Join us for our launch of In the Key of 13: 19 stories of music and murder.

In the Key of 13 Book Launch

In the Key of 13Get ready to rock’n’roll, croon, hymn sing or sink into the lush sounds of classical music: the perfect background to murder and mayhem.

The Mesdames of Mayhem’s fourth anthology, In the Key of 13 book launch is just around the corner.

So mark your calendars for a wonderful afternoon on Saturday, October 26th from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sleuth of Baker Street, 907 Millwood Rd. Come chat with the Mesdames and enjoy the fun!

Admission is free. Treats are included.



Nothing Without UsOn Saturday, October 19th, Mme Madona Skaff will be at the first book launch of Nothing Without Us (Renaissance Press).

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

The launch takes place at 3 p.m. at The 3 Brewers pub, 240 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON.

Madona’s story “Backbone” is part of this anthology composed of 22 own-voice, multi-genre stories where the protagonists are disabled, deaf, neuro-diverse, and/or they manage mental illness.

Nothing Without Us is available for order on Amazon and from the Renaissance Press online bookstore!

Cover of Crime ClubOn Saturday, October 19, 2-3:30 p.m., come to Different Drummer Bookstore in Burlington for a criminally good time at the launch of Crime Club, Mme Melodie Campbell‘s 15th book, a treat for young adults.

Melodie Campbell

Free refreshments, contests, and fun! Sharing the stage will be Lynn McPherson’s new mystery, The Girls Dressed for Murder.

Children welcome! Different Drummer Bookstore, 513 Locust St., Burlington ON

Sixteen-year-old Penny has moved with her huge dog Ollie to a small town pub owned by her great-aunt. It’s a relief to start over in a place where no one knows her father is in prison. When Ollie digs up a human bone in the back yard of the pub, police are called. Who can the dead person be? Penny and her new friends decide to investigate. And before long they discover one thing: if you’ve killed before, you can kill again.


Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff


Huge congratulations to Mme Madona Skaff’! Her sequel to her Naya Assad mystery, Journey of a Thousand Steps, was sold to Renaissance Press. It will  be released Spring 2020.




Melodie Campbell


Further congratulations to  Mme Melodie Campbell! Her young adult mystery, Crime Club, received a great review from Kirkus Reviews and in August, was the most gifted book on Amazon!




On Wednesday, October 2nd, Mmes Cathy Dunphy, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay and Rosemary McCracken will be visiting the Bracebridge University Women’s Club. This is a private event.

Cathy Dunphy, Lisa de Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Rosmary McCracken

Cathy Dunphy

Cathy Dunphy


Mme Cathy Dunphy will be appearing on Sharon Crawford’s  Crime Beat Confidential, her interview show on ThatChannel, Wednesday, October 9th.


M.H. Callway, Lisa de Nikolits, Rosemary McCracken, Lynne MurphyThursday, October 10th, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Mmes M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Rosemary McCracken and Lynne Murphy will be at Toronto Public Library, Mt. Pleasant Branch, 599 Mt. Pleasant Rd. They will present In the Key of 13 and discuss how to create an anthology.


Lisa de Nikolits


On Friday, October 18th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., Mme Lisa De Nikolits will be giving a workshop on “Self-Editing and How to Become a Better Writer “at Toronto Public Library, Beaches Branch, 2161 Queen St. East.





M. H. Calway

M. H. Callway

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken









On Saturday, October 19th, Mmes M. H. Callway and Rosemary McCracken will be at the Flamborough Heritage Society Book Fair, St. James Church, 306 Parkside Dr., Waterdown, Flamborough ON, L0R 2H0, 9:30 to 2:30 pm.

On Tuesday, October 22nd, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., Mme Rosemary McCracken will be giving a “First Page Critiquing Workshop (Novels)”  at Toronto Public Library, Beaches Branch, 2161 Queen St. East.


Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Award






Autumn is here and it’s time for all you light mystery authors to think about submitting your 2019 books to the 2020 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award. The prize for the best light mystery of the year is a cheque for $1,000 and a jolly award plaque. Visit for the Bony Blithe submission rules. And for authors and readers alike, mark your calendars for the 2020 Bloody Words mini-con and Bony Blithe award galaFriday, May 22, 2020, in Toronto. Visit or our Facebook page /bonyblithe for more information.






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