SISTERS IN CRIME MISSION STATEMENT: To promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.

Do you love reading a good mystery novel? Do you write mysteries or suspense? We meet on the fourth Sunday of every month to learn about, and discuss, all things crime fiction. 

Our next meeting is on Sunday, November 22, with guest speaker Shannon Laren

Shannon Laren worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department from 1985 to 2018.  He worked three years as a Custody Deputy and eight years as a Patrol Deputy at four different patrol stations in a variety of assignments, including four years as a Station Detective. During this time he was involved in multiple Deputy Involved Shootings (D.I.S.) and Officer Involved Shootings (O.I.S.), and responded to countless other acts of violence. He also authored and served numerous high risk entry search warrants.

Laren was promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and worked as a supervisor for three years. During this time, he responded to numerous violent incidents and assisted in serving numerous high risk entry search warrants. Then he was transferred to the Homicide Bureau where he worked as an Investigator for fourteen years until he retired.

During his career, he investigated more than fifty D.I.S. and O.I.S. incidents, hundreds of murders, suicides, accidental deaths, industrial accidents, natural and suspicious deaths, as well as a variety of other violent and nonviolent crimes.    

He authored and served hundreds of search warrants, arrest warrants and court orders, as well as testified as an arresting and investigating officer, and expert in the fields of narcotics and firearms in the Los Angeles Superior and Juvenile Courts.  He received extensive classroom training from a variety of colleges and experts, along with on the job experience in homicide, officer involved shootings, crime scene investigations, interviewing, gang behavior, domestic assaults, elder abuse, firearms, theft, fraud, sexual assault, possession/transportation/sales and manufacturing of narcotics, arson, explosives, and domestic and international terrorism.

The meeting will take place November 22, 2020

2:00 p.m. PT Reader’s Forum

3:00 p.m. Shannon Laren will speak on “Officer Involved Shootings A-Z”

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Due to COVID-19, Ladies of Intrigue will not be taking place in 2020. Check back for more information.

Membership is open to all who have an interest in mysteries. This includes, but is not limited to, authors pursuing a career in crime and mystery writing, booksellers, publishers, librarians, editors, fans and readers.

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.

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*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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