Mesdames on the Move, October 2022

Happy Thanksgiving and Halloween!

This month the Mesdames and Monsieurs have much to be thankful for, including you, dear readers. We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with our anthology book launch at our fave bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street, and so much more!


 In the Spirit of 13, is set to release on October 30, 2022! Join us at our favourite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street in Toronto, on October 30 at 2 p.m. ET!

The Mesdames and Messieurs of Mayhem’s fifth anthology, In the Spirit of 13, celebrates our 10th anniversary! Ghosts and demons and booze, oh my!

For this special book, we’ve let our imaginations run wild. Does “spirit” mean a ghost – or a debunked ghost? A demon or the evil harbored in twisted hearts? Or a delusion brought on by alcohol or madness – or merely alcohol itself? Dive in and read our 23 stories to find out!

To counter the world’s dark and turbulent, times our authors have slanted their stories to the lighter side, but darkness does creep into a few of them.

We invite you to laugh, shed a tear and be thoroughly and deliciously frightened.

The ebook, In the Spirit of 13, will be available for download and purchase on Amazon, Smashwords, etc. on October 15th.


Art Taylor has a three-part series of essays featuring stories in In the Spirit of 13 on his The First Two Pages blog.

Mme Lisa’s de Nikolits’s essay about her story, “In a Land of Fear and Denial” was published on September 27th.

Mme Rosemary McCracken‘s essay about her story “The Fur Coat Conundrum” was published on October 4th.

And watch for Mme M.H. Callway‘s essay on her story “Amdur’s Ghost” on October 11th.

Lisa de Nikolits
Rosemary McCracken
Rosemary McCracken
M.H. Callway


Old woman or little girl, woman in a dirigible or woman on her death bed, woman in history or the girl next door—we know them because their experiences are ours. Well, maybe not all their experiences…

This second anthology from members of the Canada West Chapter of Sisters in Crime finds women and girls at perilous points in their lives. From real estate agents to house cleaners, school girls to exterminators, you will find a delicious array of women, some with outrage in their hearts—and some with murder—but all of them committing or solving crimes in new and imaginative ways.

The sixteen short stories in Crime Wave: Women of a Certain Age range from light-hearted to heart-breaking, and from romantic to treacherous. All of them deal with courageous women of a certain age.

The e-book can be pre-ordered now at a discounted price.

SinC West’s second anthology, Crime Wave: Women of a Certain Age, will be published on October 15th. Mme Jayne Barnard is both an editor and a contributor.

Jayne Barnard
Jayne Barnard

Mme Lisa de Nikolitis‘ new novel, Everything You Dream is Real will be published by Inanna on Monday, October 17th.

Eleven years after a world war destroyed the consumer-driven, plastic-based existence of 2055, a new order of players jostles for power. Streaky electricity, ravaging drought, a scarcity of food, and deadly Monarch butterflies make for an increasingly desperate situation.


Two of Lisa‘s novels are now audiobooks on Audible: The Rage Room and The Nearly Girl.

You can watch Lisa’s interview with the narrator/reader of The Rage Room on Innana Publications’ YouTube channel.

A Conversation with Lisa de Nikolits and Scott Pietrangelo.

Mme Melissa Yi has been very busy!

Surgery, ghosts, and murder, oh my! Dr. Hope Sze faces the sin of wrath.

Melissa’s medical thriller and debut of her Hope’s Seven Deadly Sins series, The Shapes of Wrath features Dr. Hope Sze vs. the world’s deadliest surgeon at a haunted hospital.

Check it out at Kickstarter, Sept 20-Oct 18th only!

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine’s September/October issue has Melissa’s story My Two-Legs.

Sharp Point Press has bought the Chinese language rights to her Dr. Hope Sze crime novel Scorpion Scheme.

And, Melissa was profiled in the New York Times in August for their “6 Ways You’re Coping With a Roller-Coaster Market” finance article.


Cat Mills

Mme Cat Mills’ new documentaries, The Billboard Squad and Me, Mahmoud and the Mint Plant are blazing along the festival circuit including Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Lunenberg Documentary Festival and most recently, St. Johns International Women’s Film Festival.

She is pleased to announce that not only are both films programmed in the upcoming Planet in Focus Film Festival but she has been asked to host this year’s Master Class on October 21st at the Centre for Social Innovation on Spadina.

More information:

If you haven’t seen these two outstanding short docs, you can see them here or on YouTube.

Me, Mahmoud and the Mint Plant
The Billboard Squad


The Zoom launch for the Mesdames new anthology, In the Spirit of 13, will be on Sunday, November 13th at 2 pm. The event is free but you must pre-register at

Sisters in Crime Toronto are celebrating SinC’s 35th anniversary with a hybrid event on Thursday, September 20th, 7 pm. Members only and pre-registration is required. For more details, visit the website here.

Maple Leaf Mystery Virtual Mini-Conference takes place on December 3rd, 9 am. Registration is now open.

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