Mesdames on the Move: June 2020


June kittenThis June, the Mesdames continue to connect with you online and in print despite the challenges of social distancing. With the sun shining, we hope to add a bit more light and magic to your day.




Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Award


First, a few words from Mme Cheryl Freedman, organizer extraordinaire of the Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award.

Cheryl Freedman

Congratulations to the winner of the 2020 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award, Liz Freeland, for Murder in Midtown, published by Kensington Books.

The Bony Blithe is an annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries. Now in its sixth year, the award is for a “mystery book that makes us smile” and includes everything from laugh-out-loud to gentle humour to good old-fashioned stories with little violence or gore – in short, books that are fun to read.

Murder in Midtown, the second book in Liz’s Louise Faulk historical mystery series, is set in 1913 New York City. The story brings together the highest and lowest of NYC’s denizens as Louise works to solve a particularly nasty murder, all the while risking her newly acquired position as a novice NYC policewoman.

Want to get a feel for Liz’s book? Visit the Bony Blithe Website to see the jolly winning-book video produced by Mme Caro Soles.


Blair Keetch’s short story ‘Deadly Cargo’ is part of the mystery short story anthology Heartbreaks and Half-Truths – edited by Judy Penz Sheluk of Superior Shores Press, with a release date of June 18. Check out the Publication countdown clock on Judy’s site.

Blair Keetch


Have some fun with Marlo the Merculian discovering the joys of coffee and whipped cream. Mme Caro Soles reads from her latest book in her Merculian series, Marlo’s Dance.

Melodie CampbellMme Melodie Campbell is one of the featured authors at the TELLING TALES FESTIVAL (for children’s books) this year. Crime Club is the book being featured in September of 2020 and she will be talking about mystery and suspense writing.



Submissions Closed for A Grave Diagnosis

Carrick Publishing Seeks Story SubmissionsSubmissions to Carrick Publishing’s newest anthology, A Grave Diagnosis, are now closed as of June 1, 2020.





Spotlight on Bad Girl Blog

Our June spotlight is on Mme Melodie Campbell’s Bad Girl Blog. See it on June 2, 2020.


Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa De Nikolits

In case you missed it, Mme Lisa De Nikolits interviewed two of our members on her Goodreads blog, Interview with an Author.

On May 2nd, Lisa chatted with M. H. Callway and on May 17th with Kevin Thornton.

Be sure also to check the archives in The Minerva Reader for  Lisa’s reviews of books by the Mesdames.

Madeleine Harris Callway

M.H. Callway

Kevin Thornton

Kevin Thornton





Donna Carrick announces a new podcast, Story Stocking, where she reads a short story reading from a favourite author.

This month, Donna reads from Caro Soles’ story, “A Moonlight Sonata”, the first story in the Mesdames’ new anthology,  In the Key of 13.

All music featured on Story Stocking, a production of Dead to Writes, is brought to you courtesy of songwriter, composer and performer Ted Carrick. Keep up with all of his new music at his YouTube Channel.


Dead to Writes, the Video Podcast


Check out Mme Donna Carrick’s Dead to Writes Podcasts and Videocasts! There are over 70 unique interviews posted, including several with the Mesdames of Mayhem!

Be sure to check out Donna’s interviews with M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Blair Keetch and Rosemary McCracken.


On Sunday, May 31st, it’s Mme Lynne Murphy with tips on succinct prose writing

On June 14th, Donna interviews  Mme Madona Skaff. Other amazing Canadian authors, like best-selling thriller writer Rick Mofina,  are also in this month’s line-up.

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

For a complete listing of these wonderful weekly video/podcasts, available on YouTube as well as wherever you get your Podcasts. Please be sure to hit Like and Subscribe!





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