NEW – TEMPORARY LOCATION!
Sunday, February 10, 2019
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
SISTERS IN CRIME PRESENTS
AWARD WINNING AUTHOR
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.
AWARD WINNING BOOKS:
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 https://sinc-heartoftexas.com.
For information contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543
Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/
Having people talk about you
is an indication of
how much more exciting your life is than theirs. ~ Jan Burke
And for 2019:
February: Jan Burke, Guest Speaker from SinC National Speaker’s Bureau
April: Colleen Ellis, Marketing Plans for Books
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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