HoTXSinC February 10, 2019: Jan Burke


Westbank Community Library
1309 Westbank Dr
Austin, TX 78746

Sunday, February 10, 2019
2:00 p.m.

All HoTXSinC meetings are free, and the public is invited.


Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement






Jan Burke is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has won the Edgar for Best Novel, and the Agatha, the Macavity, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award for Best Short Story, among other honors.

Her books have been published internationally and have been optioned for film and television. She is the author of over thirty short stories.

Her work in nonfiction includes serving as the associate editor (with Sue Grafton) for MWA’s Handbook, Writing Mysteries. Her forensic science and criminal justice columns appear in Sisters in Crime’s InSinC Quarterly.


Edgar® Winner, Best Novel, 1999: Bones

Agatha Winner, Best Short Story, 2000: “The Man in the Civil Suit

Macavity Winner, Best Short Story, 2001: “The Abbey Ghosts

Macavity Winner, Best Short Story, 1994: “Unharmed

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers’ Award Winner: “Unharmed

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Suspense/Thriller: The Messenger

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Contemporary Mystery: Bloodlines

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Contemporary Mystery: Bones



Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. The February 10th meeting will be held at Westbank Community Library, 1309 Westbank Drive, Austin, TX 78746.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at

For information contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at

Having people talk about you
is an indication of
how much more exciting your life is than theirs. ~ Jan Burke

Upcoming Programs

And for 2019:

February: Jan Burke, Guest Speaker from SinC National Speaker’s Bureau
March: TBA
April: Colleen Ellis, Marketing Plans for Books
May: TBA
June: TBA
July: TBA
August: Ron Franscell, True Crime Writer


If the Internet has given us anything,
it’s some idea of how much psychosis goes undiagnosed. ~ Jan Burke

Review: Jan Burke’s Dear Irene

by Helen Currie Foster

Jan Burke’s Dear Irene presents Irene Kelly, indefatigable reporter for the Las Piernas, California, newspaper. Her new fiancé Frank, a Las Piernas cop, says the police are baffled by the horrific murder of a woman professor. Then a letter hits Irene’s newsroom desk: a mysterious letter from “Thanatos,” who  teases, with hints from Greek and Roman mythology, as to why the professor died, and who the next victim will be, and why. Irene and Frank must battle over how private communications to the paper, or to the police, are handled between them as both follow separate leads. Irene desperately searches for clues to Thanatos’s motives as another victim dies. Meanwhile Thanatos stalks her; unseen, the killer lets her know she is seen, even entering her house while she sleeps.

The plot turns on a long-ago event during World War II at a daycare center run by an aircraft manufacturer. Irene homes in on a pattern, in the process meeting a series of remarkably vivid characters in abandoned houses, run-down diners, and elegant villas, while she narrows down the suspects. The ongoing domestic battle as Frank tries to protect his fiancée while she demands professional freedom provides comic relief and tenderness but also adds tension. I read this creatively plotted, fast-moving mystery by Jan Burke on the couch, in the tub, and in bed until I finished it, then was sorry it was over.


Helen Currie Foster is the author of the Alice MacDonald Greer mysteries. She is immediate past president of Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter.





Someone was telling me
that no more applications were being accepted
for the position of God. ~ Jan Burke



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