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We are 4200 members in 51 chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore.  

We celebrated our 30th anniversary year between the 2016 and 2017 Bouchercon conferences, marking the year with many celebrations at the local chapter level. Our board spent many hours developing new programs and plans to better serve and support our members and mission. In 2018 members can take advantage of education grants, participate in the new Book Club Central, and our local chapters can apply for speakers as part of an expansion of our speakers bureau program.

Our mission?

Promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.


Our Vision

To serve as the voice for excellence & diversity in crime writing.


What do we offer our members?

Please take a few minutes to explore the many facets of our website. If you're new to Sisters in Crime and want to become part of our dynamic organization, you'll find a link to the membership form in the header by the search box - Become a Member.

  • Our monthly SinC Links — a digest of "news you can use" about the mystery business.
  • Our inSinC, the Sisters in Crime Quarterly magazine.
  • Sisters in Crime National Listserv where members connect and share experiences, advice and information.
  • Discounts for Members (see Special Member Offers).
  • An institutional presence at national and regional book events, mystery conferences and festivals with opportunities for individual author participation and/or distribution of promotional materials.
  • Regional chapters, including The Guppies, an online support and critique group for unpublished writers.
  • Reports from our annual publishers summit. Each year we tackle a new issue in the business, 2016 was diversity in publishing.
  • An on-going mystery review project that monitors media coverage of female and male authors, the Monitoring Project.
  • Networking, mentoring, and fun!


Reach out to the camaraderie for which Sisters in Crime is famous; and keep reading, keep writing, keep recommending mysteries to everyone, everywhere.


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