Upcoming Meetings

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly to support the work of women crime fiction writers. Readers and writers, male and female–all are welcome.

What’s in Your Toolbox?


Laura Bush Community Library
9411 Bee Cave Road
Austin, Texas 78733

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.


MAY 19, 2019
(Third Sunday) 

“Crimes of Greed”
Det. Matt Conley and Det. Mike Morgovnik , both in APD’s Financial Crimes Unit and on the US Secret Service’s Central Texas Financial Crimes Task force


MoneyAre you writing about bank fraud? Money laundering? Cybercrimes? We are honored to have two veteran APD officers speak at our Sunday, May 19 Sisters in Crime Meeting.  These two public servants have plenty of stories to tell, and incredible amount of experience in Financial Crimes.  They’re the guys who can answer your questions with authority.

Detective/TFO Matt Conley has been with the Austin Police Department since 2001. After five years of working patrol in Central East Austin, Detective Conley was promoted to Detective. For the last ten years he has served in the Financial Crimes Unit, and eight years ago was assigned to the US Secret Service’s Central Texas Financial Crimes Task Force.  Due to that assignment, he is also deputized as a Federal Agent by the US Marshal’s Service as a Deputy Marshal.

Detective Mike Morgovnik has been with the Austin Police Department since 1997. He cut his teeth working patrol in Central West Austin and the Downtown Area Command for nine years. He has been a Detective in the Financial Crimes Unit for nine years, and also served the last four years with the US Secret Service’s Central Texas Financial Crimes Task Force.

This is your chance to hear from the pros on these ever-growing crimes.


JUNE 9, 2019

“Investigating Murder” – APD Homicide Detectives Rae Egan and Dave Fugitt of the Austin Police Department


JULY 14, 2019

Sisters in Crime Computer and Resource Workshop — BRING YOUR LAPTOPS!


AUGUST 11, 2019

Author Ron Franscell—Hard Truth: Writing the Facts of Real Crimes and Investigations
Ron will also be selling and signing his latest release, Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story



Sarah Stone of Alamo Search and Rescue. Cadaver dog demonstration. Want to volunteer???


OCTOBER 13, 2019

Monica Ballard, author, researcher, guide and investigator—Ghosts of Austin


NOVEMBER 10, 2019



DECEMBER 8, 2019

Sisters in Crime, Heart of Texas Chapter
Christmas Party—featuring excerpts from your stories and culinary samples of what your characters eat!

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

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Theme: What’s in Your Toolbox?

3rd Floor of BookPeople
Second Sunday of the Month @ 2:15pm

January 8: What Happens When You Shoot Someone?, presented by Dave Ciambrone

February 12: Interdiction – A Way of Keeping Children Safe, presented by Sgt. Cody Mitchell, Texas Rangers

March 12: Drones, presented by Andrew Maximov

April 9: Cyber Security, presented by Richard Taylor

May 21: Audiobooks, Marketing, & Short Story Submissions, presented by Helen Currie Foster

June 11: Hypnosis, presented by Dr. Douglas Derrer

July 9: The Military Justice System, presented by CPT Mike Winn

August 13: Austin Police Department Bomb Squad

September 10: The U. S. Marshals Service, presented by Supervisory U. S. Marshal Hector Gomez

What are you writing? Readings by HoTXSinC Members

November 12:  Texas Highway Patrol, presented by Staff SGT Robbie Barrera

December 10: Holiday Party, and Original Radio Play by KP Gresham

**We will also have a booth at the TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL on November 4-5.