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 on the fourth Sunday of every month to learn about and discuss all things about crime fiction.


Our next meeting, Sunday, October 27 at 2p.m., features screenwriter and author Lisa Morton 


Orange County Sisters in Crime 6th Annual

Ladies of Intrigue

Headliners: J.A. Jance & Laurie King  

Moderators: Jill Amadio, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, and Ellen Byron

Panelists:  Greta Boris, Steph Cha, Mary Anna Evans, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Rachel Howzell Hall, Kaira Rouda, Laurie Stevens, Wendall Thomas and Betty Webb

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Mesa Verde Country Club

 3000 Clubhouse Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Program 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration $65.00   

         LADIES OF INTRIGUE Tickets via Eventbrite   


Registration Form:       

LOI Registration Form 2019

Raffle Donations:

Raffle Donation Letter 2019



Sunday, October 27, 2 p.m at the Irvine Ranch Water District*
15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618-3102

2:00 pm: Writers/readers discussion group on the paranormal in mysteries lead by Pat Broeske

3:00 pm: Our speaker is screenwriter and author Lisa Morton 

Photo by Seth Ryan

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, and award-winning prose writer whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening”.  She is the author of four novels and nearly 150 short stories, a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®, and a world-class Halloween expert. Her most recent book, Ghost Stories: Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense (co-edited with Leslie Klinger) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, who called it “a work of art”; forthcoming in 2020 is Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances. Lisa lives in the San Fernando Valley and online at


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:

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.