(Rough) diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 8:00pm

Crime writers debate what makes for sparkling prose, sharp plots and much much more with Tanya King-Carmichael, Sisters in Crime National Co-convenor

All three authors have new books out:

Jaye Ford: Jaye’s latest psychological suspense novel, Blood Secret (Random House Books) is out September. Her first book, Beyond Fear, was the highest selling debut crime novel in Australia in 2011 and won Sisters in Crime’s 2012 Davitt Award (Debut Novel) and the 2012 Davitt Award (Readers Choice). This year it was translated into seven European languages. Her second, Scared Yet?, is in contention for the 2013 Davitt Awards. Jaye is a former print, radio and television journalist and broadcaster and lives in the NSW Hunter Valley.

Special offer: The first 20 members to email Sisters in Crime  will receive send a e-book of Blood Secret via NetGalley. Kindly donated by Random House Books.

Ellie Marney: Ellie is the author of Every Breath (Allen & Unwin), the first in the Every series, a new YA crime thriller trilogy. Ellie, a Brisbane-born writer who lived in Indonesia, Singapore and India before finally settling on a ten acre property near Castlemaine, Victoria, won the 2010 Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Award. Her adult short stories have won other awards and been published in various anthologies, including Scarlet Stiletto: the Second Cut and Award Winning Australian Writing 2009/2011.

Kathryn Ledson: Melbourne-based Kathryn is the author of Rough Diamond, published in March by Penguin Books Australia, the first in a series of funny, romantic, action-packed novels.In 2006, Kathryn abandoned her corporate career and returned to study with relief and a great sense of home-coming.

Rough Diamond introduces Australia’s own Stephanie Plum – the unforgettable Erica Jewell, unsuspecting anti-bad-guy recruit. The shock ending to Erica’s marriage has left a huge hole in her bank balance and a bigger one in her heart. And now her life goals make a very short list: no surprises, no debt and, definitely, no men. That is, until she finds one bleeding to death in her Melbourne garden one stormy Friday night...

Followed by (a brief) Sisters in Crime’s Annual General meeting. Open to all financial members Australia-wide. Nomination forms for positions of national co-convenors will be accepted on the night of 25 October 2013.

The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan St & Eastern Rd, South Melbourne Mel Ref: 57, H2.Try 1, 55, 112 or St Kilda Road trams. Free on-street parking after 6pm.

$5 (members/concession )/$10 (non-members). Dinner upstairs from 6.30pm (no lift). Men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome. 10% discount for members from Sun Bookshop stall.

Info: Carmel Shute: 0412 569 356