It’s a March to Spring, Dear Readers!

While the last of winter ebbs to spring, things are definitely opening up again. On offer is a yummy potluck of Lynne Murphy’s stories, an eye-opening discussion of the pros and cons of Indie publishing with Madona Skaf, Melodie Campbell’s witty and wise workshop on humour in crime fiction and M. H. Callway in-person at Left Coast Crime.


Carrick Publishing is publishing Lynne Murphy‘s collection of short stories. Potluck and Other Stories will be coming out in March.

Lynne Murphy
Lynne Murphy


Madona Skaff

Join Madona Skaff and Mike Martin on Wednesday, March 9th, at 7pm for their presentation to Capital Crime Writers: Indie Publishing: A Fun Adventure or Evil Torture? Mike is the author of the award-winning Sgt Windflower mystery series set in Grand Bank, Nfld. If you’re interested in attending, please email Madona at for the Zoom link.

Self or Indie Publishing is growing in popularity among authors. With so many publishing platforms available, how do you choose one? Should you do print, e-books, or both? How much time and money are you willing to invest on the road to success? And what does success mean to you? Our speakers tonight will explain how they did it. They will take you through a few essential steps to creating the best book that you can.

Melodie Campbell Workshop Over My Dead Body: Humour in Crime Fiction

Melodie Campbell gets called names! The Toronto Sun called her “Canada’s Queen of Comedy,” and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine dubbed her the “Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake.” We just call her awesome.

On March 17th, members of Toronto Sisters in Crime host Melodie Campbell for her workshop Over My Dead Body: Humour in Crime Fiction.

Join Melodie as she shows you how she does it (with examples) and breaks down the various types of humour you can include in your own work or merely enjoy in your reading. So whether you’re a reader or a writer, Melodie‘s presentation promises to be filled with wit and wisdom.

Note: The workshop is for members only. Visit Toronto Sisters in Crime website for information on how to join.

Winner of 10 awards, including The Derringer (US) and the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence, she has multiple bestsellers and was featured in USA Today. Her publications include over 100 comedy credits, 16 novels, and 60 short stories, but she’s best known for The Goddaughter mob caper series.

Left Coast Crime 2022: Southwest Sleuths

Madeleine Harris Callway

M.H. Callway will be attending Left Coast Crime in Albuquerque, New Mexico from April 7 to 11th. She is honoured that LCC has asked her to moderate a leading panel and to be a panelist on another in prime time.

Madeleine is moderating the Noir panel, What’s Noir Got To Do With It? on Saturday, April 9th at 1:30 pm.

She is also on the panel, Let’s Keep It Short: Cozies to Noir, Friday, April 8th at 2:45 pm.


Capital Crime Writers is once again sponsoring the Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest – Open to Ottawa and surrounding area residents. The story must include a crime.

Deadline April 1, 2022.

For more details please see:

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