Who We Are

Mesdames of MayhemWelcome to our site! We are les Mesdames of Mayhem, sixteen dedicated Crime Writers who share one deadly mission: to thrill readers with our passion for Crime Fiction.

Meet les Mesdames:

Catherine Astolfo Rosemary Aubert Jane Petersen Burfield Melodie Campbell

Donna Carrick Vicki Delany Lisa de Nikolits Catherine Dunphy

Cheryl Freedman Madeleine Harris-Callway Sylvia Maultash Warsh Rosemary McCracken

D.J. (Dorothy) McIntosh Lynne Murphy Joan O'Callaghan Caro Soles


Catherine Astolfo, author of the Emily Taylor Mystery Series
Rosemary Aubert, author of sixteen books, among them the acclaimed Ellis Portal mystery series and her latest romantic thriller Terminal Grill.
Jane Petersen Burfield, author of short stories (Blood on the Holly) and Communications professional.
Melodie Campbell, author of Rowena Through The Wall, The Goddaughter, and other comic crime and time travel novels.
Donna Carrick, author of 3 mystery novels: The First Excellence, Gold And Fishes and The Noon God, as well as 2 crime anthologies.
Vicki Delany, author of the popular Constable Molly Smith series (including In the Shadow of the Glacier and A Cold White Sun) from Poisoned Pen Press.
Lisa de Nikolits is a magazine art director and has worked on international titles such as Vogue Australia, Vogue Living, Cosmopolitan, marie claire and SHE. Her titles include: The Witchdoctor’s Bones, A Glittering Chaos, The Hungry Mirror and West of Wawa.
Catherine Dunphy was a staff writer at The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, for more than 25 years. She is the author of Morgentaler, A Difficult Hero, which was nominated for the prestigious Governor General’s Award in 1997.
Cheryl Freedman, former secretary-treasurer and later executive director of Crime Writers of Canada. An honorary lifetime member of the CWC, she’s also the chair of the board of directors of Bloody Words, Canada’s oldest mystery conference. Cheryl is also working on her own historical mystery series.
Madeleine Harris-Callway, founder of the Mesdames of Mayhem collaboration, whose debut novel, Gunning for Bear, was short-listed for the 2012 Unhanged Arthur award and previously for the Debut Dagger award.
Sylvia Maultash Warsh, author of the award-winning Dr. Rebecca Temple mystery series, whose historical novel, The Queen of Unforgetting, published in 2010, was chosen for a plaque by Project Bookmark Canada.
Rosemary McCracken, whose mystery novel, Safe Harbor, was shortlisted for Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger Award in 2010.
D.J. (Dorothy) McIntosh, whose debut novel The Witch of Babylon was chosen by CNN International as one of six enduring historical thrillers. In her new novel, The Book of Stolen Tales, the dark origins of famous fairy tales come to life.
Lynne Murphy, founder and past president of the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime, whose recent short story The Troublemaker appeared in the anthology The Whole She-Bang.
Joan O’Callaghan, author of three educational books as well as two e-shorts: George and For Elise. Her short story Stooping to Conquer appeared in the 2012 Anthology EFD1: Starship Goodwords.
Caro Soles, founder of The Bloody Words Mystery Conference and author of the mystery Drag Queen in the Court of Death and the sf adventure/thriller series The Merculians.


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