Dear Readers, We’re Rolling Out New Features For You!

Cat playing with paper rollsAs winter recedes we wanted to bring you something new.  Every month this year we’ll open a window into two of our members’ thoughts and lives through  fun facts about them that you’d never guess! Then mid-month, we plan to have a member share with you a  favorite bookstore.


Of course, we’ll still have our usual books, news, reviews and events in our monthly and breaking news posts. We hope you will enjoy learning a bit more about our Mesdames and Messieurs



Lynne Murphy

Lynne Murphy

The Mesdames of Mayhem: What surprises people about you?

Lynne: They are appalled at how old I am.

The Mesdames of Mayhem: What would readers never guess about you?

Lynne: I am Facebook friends with the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team. I told someone I didn’t know how this happened and they said, “Well, you could always unfriend them.” I said, “Are you kidding? Those are big guys. You don’t want to make them mad.”

The Mesdames of Mayhem: How has this influenced your writing?

Lynne: I am a lifelong fan of the Roughriders and I love Saskatchewan.  I was born and raised there and it shows up in many of my stories.

The Mesdames of Mayhem: What are you working on now? Are the Roughriders part of it?

Lynne: The Roughriders are playing in the background at one point in the novella I am now working on. I think they are going to win!



Ted Carrick

Readers, friends and family of the Mesdames will remember Ted Carrick, the young musician who entertained the crowd at the launches of our anthologies. Most recently, In The Key of 13 at Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore.


Ted also composed and performs the musical score for the podcasts Dead to Writes and Story Stocking.

On Saturday, February 21st, 1 pm, Ted showcased his talent in a concert featuring music from his three albums, Experiment 33, Ideas and Explorations and The Spotting Session as well as short films by gifted fellow artists. One of the many highlights of the launch was the song, “damnsad” performed by Ted and Shian Grace.

Click on the image to the left to hear the song! And find Ted on YouTube here.

Access more of Ted’s music through the Apple Store, Spotify,  his website or contact him at

Follow Ted on Twitter: ; Instagram:; Facebook:


The Rage Room

Lisa‘s book The Rage Room was reviewed in SFcrowsnest.

“The Rage Room is for an adult readership and has underlying political messages. These include the dangers of over-reliance on AIs to sort our problems out, the devastating effects of hyper-consumerism and what can happen if there is a stratum of society that is pushed to one side. This novel follows in the footsteps of the likes of ‘Brave New World’ and ‘1984’, but is applicable to our time.”


Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken has been invited to give a Zoom presentation to Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) on Tuesday, March 16. The topic is Writing a Crime Fiction Novel.

Since 1986, OIW has been supporting fiction and non-fiction writers in the National Capital Region with monthly presentations, workshops, networking, readings and retreats. It currently has more than 180 members.

For the past several years, it has also published anthologies of members’ short stories and poems.

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff will be the guest speaker at the next Sisters in Crime Toronto Zoom meeting on March 18th at 7 p.m. As an author of both crime and speculative fiction, she will be speaking about “When Art Imitates Life’– How do you draw from real life without turning your fiction into an autobiography?

This event is for Sisters in Crime Toronto Members only. Annual membership is $25 for monthly meetings and other benefits. For more information about membership, visit the  Toronto Sisters in Crime website.


Lisa de Nikolits Podcast InterviewLisa de Nikolits is featured in The Bookshop Podcast. Lisa explains what it was like growing up in apartheid South Africa and her life as a magazine art director before becoming an author.  You can listen to her interview here:





Madeleine Harris Callway

Madeleine Harris-Callway

Congratulations to Madeleine Harris-Callway! Madeleine’s story “The Moon God of Broadmoor”, will appear in Judy Penz Sheluk’s new anthology, Moonlight & Misadventure, to be published in June 2021.





When Words Collide

When Words Collide (WWC2021) once again will be a virtual conference running from  August 13 to 15, 2021. Attendance is free of charge, with no cap on the number of attendees, but it will require registration through Registration is being set up and should be available shortly.

Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest

The Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest open to all attendees of WWC 2021. For submission details, follow this link:  Deadline is May 1st.


For emerging writers: Sam Wiebe, an award-winning Canadian crime writer and creative writing teacher, is offering his on-line class, Beginning Your Mystery, for free. For more details, check out the link:





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