Mesdames on the Move: May 2020


May puppy and kitten

May is awards season for the Mesdames. And we have three Mesdames’ nominees for awards. Although physical events aren’t taking place, we are looking forward to some exciting online announcements coming up.

Our Mesdames have also kept busy in other ways with books and blog posts coming out in May.


Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

Mme Sylvia Warsh’s story from In The Key of 13, “None Shall Sleep”, is a finalist in the 2020 Derringer Awards. Winners will be announced on May 1, 2020.

In the Key of 13 Cover


Melodie Campbell

Goddaughter Does Vegas

Mme Melodie Campbell’s The Goddaughter Does Vegas, Orca Book Publishers, is a finalist for the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novella. The winners will be announced across Canada on or soon after Thursday, May, 21, 2020

Cat Mills

Cat Mills

Congratulations to Mme Cat Mills for her two film award nominations from the prestigious Yorkton Film Festival, the longest running film festival in North America. The nominations are for Best Documentary POV (Point of View) for Biker Bob Posthumous Adventure and the CBC Doc The Mesdames of Mayhem!

Thank you again, Cat and Felicity Justrabo, for your remarkable look into our special writers’ world.


Caro Soles

Marlo's Dance








Mme Caro Soles‘ new book Marlo’s Dance, a Merculian mystery, is coming out May 19, 2020 from Crossroad Press in e-book form. The print version will be available at a later date.

Merculian. A planet of sensuous fun-loving hermaphrodites. A planet where major crime consists of the 3 Ds–drugs, drunk, and disorderly.

Marlo Dasha Bogardini, a senior investigator with the Cap City regulators, is shocked when he is called backstage on the final day of a high-profile dance competition. The mangled body of a young dancer has been wedged beneath the set. As he investigates, the trail leads directly to Merculian’s greatest dancer!

Soon Marlo’s life and the investigation spin out of control and an unrelenting campaign to discredit him costs him his job. He forges ahead anyway, only to discover that the murder may be connected to a sinister criminal consortium. With two unlikely allies by his side, he uncovers a tangled web of violent crime. Marlo puts it all together but before he can reveal the devastating truth, he’s forced to fight for his life!

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

Mme Madona Skaff‘s new book Death by Association is coming out on May 15, 2020 from Renaissance Press. This is the second book in the series.

Computer expert and former marathon runner Naya struggles to recover from a serious multiple sclerosis attack, and settles into a routine of daily workouts at the gym. Frustrated by her lack of progress, she’s in no mood for wheelchair user Larson Rask and his endless prying questions.Death by Association

Noticing that his legs still look muscular, Naya guesses that he’s only been in the chair for a short time. She puts aside her annoyance to patiently listen to him. To her horror, a police Tactical Unit raids the gym and arrests Larson Rask – on three counts of murder. Was he grooming her to be victim number four?

Reluctantly, she’s drawn into the world of sleuthing—tracking a ruthless serial killer who will stop at nothing to stay free.





Our spotlight blog this month is Mme Rosemary McCracken’s Moving Target to be featured May 15th. You can follow her blog here:


The Italian Cure


The May issue of Mme Lisa de Nikolits’s The Minerva Reader, features a review of Melodie Campbell‘s sunny romcom, The Italian Cure.


Madeleine Harris Callway


On Sunday, May 2, Lisa de Nikolits talks to our founder, Mme Madeleine Harris-Callway about writing, our Mesdames CBC documentary and Carrick Publishing’s upcoming anthology, A Grave Diagnosis.

Lisa’s blog interviews appear on Goodreads, a wonderful opportunity for all guest authors. Many Mesdames authors will be featured in upcoming months.



Mme Donna Carrick‘s Dead to Writes podcast has gone Zoom with her first interview with Mme Rosemary McCrackenRosemary chats with Donna about Uncharted Waters, the fourth novel in her Pat Tierney mystery series, to be released in September, and the other three books in the series: Safe Harbor, Black Water and Raven Lake. Rosemary also talked about a short story she’s writing for Carrick Publishing’s new crime fiction collection, A Grave Diagnosis.

June 1st is the submission deadline for A Grave Diagnosis


Watch for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Announcement of the 2020 Derringer Awards winners today, May 1, 2020.

Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Award





The winner of the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award 2020 will be announced on the Bloody Words website and on Facebook on Friday, May 22, so watch for it. Meanwhile, to distract yourselves from the distancing doldrums, why not read the books on the shortlist (all are available as both print and ebooks) and see whom you would choose as the winner.



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