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

Jan. 24, 2021 meeting featuring Thomas Perry and Jo Perry

Our next meeting is on Sunday, January 24 at 3:00 pm PT. (Take note of our new meeting time.)

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Readers’ Forum – Capitol Crimes moderated by Pat Broeske

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Best first line. Write a line, best first lines (voted on live by those present) wins books by Thomas Perry and Jo Perry.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Thomas Perry and Jo Perry will be our featured authors.

In EDDIE’S BOY, Thomas Perry new book, the Butcher’s Boy is back and deploying the violent ways of his youth to escape a new reward on his head. 

Michael Shaeffer is a retired American businessman, living peacefully in England with his aristocratic wife.  But her annual summer party brings strangers to their house, and with them, an attempt on Michael’s life. He is immediately thrust into action, luring his lethal pursuers to Australia before venturing into the lion’s den – the States – to figure out why the mafia is after him again, and how to stop them. 

“Perry makes the distant past as vivid and immediate as the relentlessly paced present.”  Kirkus Review 

Perry is the author of 28 novels including the Jane Whitefield series with PURSUIT being the first recipient of the Gumshoe Award for best novel.  He was the Bouchercon Guest of Honor at Bouchercon in 2007 and won the Edgar for THE BUTCHER’S BOY.   


Jo Perry is the author of 4 novels, DEAD IS BETTER, DEAD IS BEST, DEAD IS GOOD, and her latest, DEAD IS BEAUTIFUL. 

In DEAD IS BEAUTIFUL, Charlie must stop a cruel and exploitative scheme and protect his beloved Rose. 

 “Splendid — the best book yet in one of today’s best-written and most imaginative series. There’s nothing like it.”  –Timothy Hallinan 

“… wickedly entertaining, hardboiled supernatural deftness.”-Gary Phillips, author Treacherous: Grifters, Ruffians and Killers* 

Jo Perry earned a Ph.D. in English, taught college literature and writing, produced and wrote episodic television, and has published articles, book reviews, and poetry. 

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, novelist Thomas Perry.     

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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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