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Sisters in Crime Orange County

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.

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

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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



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Orange County Sisters in Crime presents the 4th annual LADIES OF INTRIGUE event to be held on Sunday, October 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana-Orange County Airport, 201 East MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92705.

Our 2017 Headliners

Marcia Clark

Marcia Clark is the author of seven bestselling legal thrillers. Her most recent series includes Blood Defense, Moral Defense, and Snap Judgement (pub date: August 29, 2017) featuring criminal defense attorney Samantha Brinkman. A practicing criminal lawyer since 1979, She joined the L.A. District Attorney’s office in 1981, where she served as prosecutor for the trials of Robert Bardo, convicted of killing actress Rebecca Schaeffer, and most notably, O.J. Simpson. She recently re-released her 1997 #1 New York Times bestselling book on the trial, Without a Doubt, as an e-book.

Wendy Corsi Staub

Wendy Corsi Straub (aka Wendy Markham) is The New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than eighty novels and has a Hallmark movie based on her books that will debut this Fall. Renowned for tales of suspense, she has twice been nominated for the Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award and is the recipient of the prestigious RITA Award. She lives in the New York area with her husband and their two children.


Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, local author and KUCI-FM show host

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett’s first book, Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within, made the Los Angeles Times best-seller list and received an American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Book Award. She has a story in Orange County Noir and USA Noir, published by Akashic. She’s host of Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM, Wednesday mornings at 9


Jill Amadio is an author, ghostwriter, and journalist. Her mystery series set in Orange County includes DIGGING TOO DEEP and DIGGING UP THE DEAD She has also written memoirs and true crime.


Greta Boris is the author of the 2017 releases, A MARGIN OF LUST and THE SCENT OF WRATH, the first two books in her 7 Deadly Sins domestic suspense series.


Carola Dunn is the author of over 60 books, most set in England where she was born. Her Daisy Dalrymple series is set the 1920s; the 23rdTHE CORPSE AT THE CYSTAL PALACE debuts in 2018.


Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of two mystery series set in Los Angeles. Her Mas Arai series, which features a Hiroshima survivor and gardener, has been translated into Japanese, Korean and French. The first, SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, is being developed into an independent film.


Sybil Johnson is the author of the Aurora Anderson Mystery series set in the world of tole/decorative painting (FATAL BRUSHSTROKE, PAINT THE TOWN DEAD and A PALETTE FOR MURDER).


Elizabeth Little is the president of Mystery Writers of America SoCal and the author of DEAR DAUGHTER, a L.A.Times bestseller and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel.


Nadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, has traveled to wine regions around the world including Chile, South Africa, Spain, Germany, and every region in France. Her debut novel, DECANTING A MURDER, was nominated for the Anthony, Agatha, and the Lefty Awards.


Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning, author. Her latest novel, BEST DAY EVER is a major launch title for Harlequin’s new imprint Graydon House and just debuted September 19.


Alexandra Sokolof is the bestselling, Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award nominated author of eleven supernatural, paranormal and crime thrillers.


Jeri Westerson is a L.A. native and award-winning author. She writes the critically acclaimed Crispin Guest Medieval Mysteries and the new urban fantasy series BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN.


Patricia Wynn loves stories about characters with secret identities, a scheme she’s used in several of her 16 published novels, including the award-winning Blue Satan mystery series with an 18th century highwayman as amateur detective.


Pamela Samuels Young is an attorney and mystery writer whose award-winning legal thrillers are known for their unexpected twists and strong female characters. Dubbed “John Grisham with a sister’s twist,” Pamela has penned seven thrillers, including her latest, LAWFUL DECEPTION.

Readers, fans and mystery lovers alike don’t want to miss this day-long conference talking to and listening to featured female authors from the mystery-crime genre.

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