Your guide to who’s who at Sisters in Crime

Meet the authors and artists of the 2016 criminal adventure of the Sisters in Crime by the National Co-convenor, Janice Simpson, and a Bloody Mary. Our very own Mystery with History by Geoffrey Giuffre.
Books are listed under each author so you can get reading…

Sulari Gentill BnWAward-winning author Sulari Gentill set out to study astrophysics, ended up graduating in law, and later abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts. Sulari is author of award-winning Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, a series of historical crime fiction novels set in the 1930s about Rowland Sinclair, the gentleman artist-cum-amateur-detective.

  • A Few Right Thinking Men (2010), shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book
  • A Decline in Prophets (2011), won the Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Fiction
  • Miles Off Course (2012)
  • Paving the New Road (2012), shortlisted for the Davitt Award for best crime fiction 2013
  • Gentlemen Formerly Dressed (2013)
  • A Murder Unmentioned (2014), shortlisted for the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards “Best Crime Novel” and the 2015 Davitt Awards “Best Adult Book”
  • Give the Devil His Due (2015), nominated for 2016 Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

candice-fox02 cropCandice Fox is the child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney’s western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers. After failing to conform to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy she turned her hand to academia. Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism.

  • Hades (2013), winner of the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel
  • Eden (2014), winner of the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel of 2015
  • Fall (2015)
  • Black and Blue (2016)
  • Never Never (2016)

Dorothy Johnston 2016 croppedDorothy Johnston is the author of ten published novels, including a quartet of mystery novels set in Canberra known as the Sandra Mahoney quartet. The first of these, The Trojan Dog, was joint winner ACT Book of the Year and runner-up in the inaugural Davitt award. The Age gave it their ‘Best of 2000’ in the crime section. The Trojan Dog and the second book in the quartet, The White Tower, were published in the United States by St Martins Press.

Two of Johnston’s literary novels, One for the Master and Ruth, have been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award. This year, Johnston began a sea-change mystery series. The first book, Through A Camel’s Eye, was published in April by For Pity Sake Publishing.

  • The Trojan Dog (2000) joint winner ACT Book of the Year and highly commended Davitt Award
  • The White Tower (2003)
  • Eden (2007)
  • Through a Camel’s Eye (2016)

LJM OwenL.J.M. Owen escapes dark and shadowy days as a public servant by exploring the comparatively lighter side of life: murder, mystery and forgotten women’s history.

A trained archaeologist and qualified librarian with a PhD in palaeogenetics, L.J. published her first novel, Olmec Obituary, in 2015. Book One in the Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series, Olmec Obituary has been described as “the thinking person’s cosy mystery”. In a world of archaeology, forensic science, libraries, food and cats, the young Dr Elizabeth Pimms contends with ancient murder and family secrets.

Book Two in the series, Mayan Mendacity, will hit shelves in November 2016.

L. J. spends as much time as possible creating Dr Pimms’ world to provide refuge for bookworms everywhere. Recipes in the series are tested under strict feline supervision.

  • Olmec Obituary (2015)

Ilsa Evans credit Panmcmillan croppedIlsa Evans is the author of 12 books in a variety of genres, including four novels in the Nell Forrest Mystery series. The mysteries star Nell Forrest, widowed mother of five and newspaper columnist, who finds herself investigating all manner of crimes in the sleepy town of Majic – murder and mayhem, arson and adultery, dungeons, death threats and disappearance, not to mention the odd skeleton in her backyard.

Evans enjoyed a blissful childhood in the Dandenongs that provided absolutely no material for writing purposes. Fortunately adulthood served her better in this regard. From the military to health promotion to seaside libraries, she returned to tertiary studies and completed a doctorate on the long-term effects of domestic violence in 2005. She spends her most of her time teaching, public speaking and writing.

  • Nefarious Doings (2013) shortlisted in Sisters in Crime’s 2014 Davitt Awards
  • Ill-gotten Gains (2013)
  • Forbidden Fruit (2014)
  • Dastardly Deeds (2016)

Janice SimpsonJanice Simpson grew up in rural Victoria on a sheep farm. Miles away from friends during weekends and holidays, she spent a lot of time imagining other worlds through the many books she found on the shelves at home and in the shire library, housed in a silent and dusty hall. Her first crime novel ‘Murder in Mt Martha”, published by Hybrid Press, engagingly blurs the line between crime fact and crime fiction. Taking as its source material the still unsolved 1953 murder of teenager Shirley Collins.

  • Murder in Mt Martha

Kay Schubach credit ABCKay Schubach has worked primarily in media and philanthropy, and lived in the United States, France and Laos. She has managed the business affairs of several high-profile film and music identities and now manages a successful art gallery in Sydney.

Currently completing a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics, she is an intrepid explorer and likes to travel to faraway places.

  • Perfect Stranger (2012) is a brutally honest cautionary tale, this is a true story of obsession and desire.

Caroline de Costa credit Cairns PostCaroline de Costa is author of the Double Madness set in Cairns. As local residents and authorities in Far North Queensland assess the damage in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi, a woman’s body is found in bizarre circumstances deep in the rainforest. Cass Diamond, an Indigenous detective with Cairns CIB is on the team investigating the murder of fashionista Odile Janvier and it’s not long before she uncovers a disturbing connection between the victim and the local medical profession. Da Costa takes us into a sordid underbelly of psycho-sexual depravity, all in an exotic and evocative locale…

Da Costa is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the College of Medicine at James Cook University, Cairns Campus.

  • Double Madness (2015)

logo_sisters_in_crime CROPSisters in Crime  have been celebrating Women’s Crime Writing Since 1991.

The Plot: To celebrate women’s crime writing on the page and screen and bring a collective critical eye to the field.

The Motive: To share our collective passion for women’s crime writing.

Usual suspects: A 550 strong membership with chapters in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane  Events are open to members of the public. Men or ‘brothers in law’ are welcome to attend events and join.

Visit the Sisters in Crime Australia website…

Kiri and Michael Sollis

The Griffyn Ensemble are described as “akin to a religious experience” (The Australian), and “Canberra’s premier chamber ensemble” (CityNews). The Griffyn Ensemble are a theatrical chamber ensemble, who break down the barriers of genre and recontextualise music from around the world – whether it’s Mexican avant-gardist Silvestre Revueltas; legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach; folk hero Mikis Theodorakis; and other living composers across Australia and around the world. Appearing at the Sisters in Crime festival are: Kiri Sollis (flutes), Holly Downes (double bass), Chris Stone (violin), Susan Ellis (voice), Michael Sollis (plucked strings/director).


Red Note Ensemble performs the established classics of contemporary music; commissions new music; develops the work of new and emerging composers from around the world; and finds new spaces and new ways of performing contemporary music to attract new audiences. Red Note’s performing ensemble is drawn from the deep talent pool of Scottish new music expertise, and counts amongst its players some of the very finest performers working in the UK today. Red Note is also extensively involved in the education sector, particularly at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and the sound Festival in Aberdeen. The company is now also developing collaborations and new work with companies abroad, such as Canberra’s Griffyn Ensmble. Joining us from Scotland are: Jackie Shave (violin) and Robert Irvine (cello).

“Red Note Ensemble is a Scottish success story” Anna Picard, The Times

“(Red Note’s pianist) Simon Smith knocked off outrageously elaborate figuration as though a tune on a pub piano” Paul Driver, Sunday Times