SISTERS IN CRIME MISSION: We promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers for equality in the industry.

If you love mystery fiction as much as we do, join us. Readers and writers make up our Orange County, California, chapter.  We meet on the fourth Sunday of every month (except for December) to learn about, and discuss, all things crime fiction. 

June 27 3:00pm

Mystery Across the Pond and to the Coast with Matt Coyle & Andrea Carter

The chapters of Sisters in Crime San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles welcome you to the first of our Sizzling Summer Speaker Series on June 27 at 3:00, Pacific Time. The theme is Mystery Across the Pond. Two outstanding crime writers, Matt Coyle and Andrea Carter, will zoom in from San Diego and Dublin to talk about their crime writing and how it differs on the two sides of the Atlantic.

Andrea Carter is the author of the Inishowen Mysteries, published in the UK, Germany and the U.S. The Sunday Times has said ‘Carter excels in re-creating the cloistered, gossipy confines of a small Irish village…the Inishowen community where everybody knows everybody else’s business,” and compares her work to Agatha Christie. Reviewers have called her books “haunting,” “atmospheric,” and “gripping.” Carter is a former solicitor and her books are full of Irish legal tidbits. At our event we’ll be talking about her book The Well of Ice.

Matt Coyle is the author of the best-selling Rick Cahill PI crime novels. His books have won the Anthony Award, the San Diego Book Award, and the Ben Franklin Award. He’s also been a Shamus and Lefty Award finalist. We’ll be talking about his latest, Blind Vigil. Jefferson Parker called it “a visceral tour de force of the P.I. tradition.”

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We have more exciting events coming up so mark your calendars.

  • On July 11 at 3:00 pm. Pacific time, we’ll be in conversation with renowned Heather Graham. A NYT bestselling novelist, she has published more than two hundred books and won from International Thriller Writers, as well as a lifetime achievement award from Romance Writers of America.
  • On July 25 at 3:00 p.m., PT, join us for a panel to celebrate the publication of Palm Springs Noir (Akashic).
  • On August 22 at 4:00 pm, Pacific time, a panel of Ed Aymar, Tara Laskowski, and Alma Katsu will give us a Mystery Tasting of the different ways they approach writing mysteries.


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We welcome sisters and misters with an interest in the mystery genre, including authors pursuing a career in crime and mystery writing, booksellers, publishers, librarians, editors, agents, and fans.

Membership Dues and Forms 

You must join the National organization to be eligible for membership in the Orange County chapter.

National dues are $40 per year, ACTIVE* and $50 per year, PROFESSIONAL**

To join national Sisters in Crime, please visit the national Sisters in Crime Website:

Orange County dues are $25 per year.

To join Sisters in Crime Orange County, please print send the completed Orange County Sisters in Crime form on our membership page and a check for $25 payable to Sisters in Crime, O.C. or join online by filling out the following form and pay using PayPal.


Meeting place (when we can again meet in person):

Irvine Ranch Water District*
15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618-3102

The usual meeting location is in the Community Room, on the far left side of the parking lot when you enter the complex from Sand Canyon Avenue.

Map for Irvine Ranch Water District

*Disclaimer: Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause nor activities of organizations which use the District’s meeting rooms that are made available as a public service

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