Orange County Sisters in Crime 5th Annual Ladies of Intrigue 

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Ladies of Intrigue flyer, 2018

Ladies of Intrigue

Featuring Remarkable Women Mystery Writers

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Mesa Verde Country Club

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Our 2018 Headliners:

Carola Dunn

Carola Dunn is the author of more than 60 books, most set in England where she was born and raised. Her Daisy Dalrymple series is set in the 1920s, and the 23rd in the series, The Corpse at the Crystal Palace, was just recently released. Her Cornish mysteries now number four. She has also written more than 30 Regencies. After many years in Southern California, she now lives in Oregon with her dog Trillian, but often visits the grandkids in Carlsbad.

Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron is the New York Times bestselling author of Never Tell a Lie, Come and Find Me, There Was an Old Woman, Night Night, Sleep Tight and You’ll Never Know, Dear. She is a five-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and her Writing & Selling Your Mystery Novel was an Edgar Award finalist. For twelve years she was the crime fiction book reviewer for the Boston Globe. She grew up in Beverly Hills, the daughter of Hollywood screenwriters, and currently lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

Our Host:

   Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett’s first book, Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within, made the L.A. Times best-seller list and received an ASJA Best Book Award. Her fiction is anthologized in Orange County Noir and USA Noir (Akashic). She hosts Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM, Weds. at 9:00 a.m. PT. She is OC Sisters in Crime chapter president.


Lisa Brackmann, Janelle Brown, Ellen Byron, Anne Cleeland, Hannah Dennison, Daryl Wood Gerber, Naomi Hirahara, Rachel Howzell Hall,
Maddie Margarita, Ivy Pochoda, Amy Stewart and Wendall Thomas.

Bios of Our Panelists:

Ladies of Intrigue bios, 2018


Host: Orange County Sisters in Crime (nonprofit organization)

Registration Fee:  $70


More info: or Debbie at Mystery Ink, 714 743-6127


To register by mail, print the following form:

LOI Registration

Please send check and registration information to:

OC Sisters in Crime, P.O. Box 53132, Irvine, CA 92618


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For additional information, please contact Debbie (Mystery Ink) at 714 743-6127 or



This site is dedicated to promoting our local mystery writers in Orange County, and adjacent California regions.

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


Sunday, September 23, 2 p.m.

Our speaker will be Marcia Talley

Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of sixteen Hannah Ives mysteries, including DAUGHTER OF ASHES and MILE HIGH MURDER. She is editor/author of NAKED CAME THE PHOENIX, a star-studded, tongue-in-cheek collaborative serial novel about murder in a fashionable health spa. A second collaboration, I’D KILL FOR THAT, is set in an upscale gated community. Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections including With Love, Marjorie Ann and Safety First, both Agatha award nominees, and the multi-award-winning “Too Many Cooks,” a humorous retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth from the viewpoint of the three witches, from Much Ado About Murder, edited by Anne Perry. Her story “Driven to Distraction” won the Agatha Award, was nominated for an Anthony, and selected for reprint in two major collections including The Deadly Bride and 21 of the World’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories. Another story, “Can You Hear Me Now,” appeared in Two of the Deadliest: New Tales of Lust, Greed and Murder from Outstanding Women of Mystery, edited by Elizabeth George. Marcia is a past national President of Sisters in Crime, Inc., serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and is a member of the Authors’ Guild. Marcia and her husband, Barry, divide their time between Annapolis, Maryland and a quaint Loyalist cottage on Elbow Cay in the Bahamas.

Meeting place:

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

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

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