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, scheduled for Sunday, March 22, is canceled.  We hope to have Chris Hauty back with us for our July 26th meeting.

We’ll be back on April 26th with a virtual meeting on Zoom.

Our speaker will be forensic specialist Jennifer Graeser Dornbush.

I Call B.S.!  How to fudge forensics and how to get away with it.

Have ever wondered if coroners really eat sandwiches while doing autopsies?  Or if wearing a low cut dress and high heels to the scene of a crime is sanitary? Walk away knowing when to authenticate or fabricate your crime fiction.

During this interactive seminar we’ll explore 10 common forensic follies you see in print, TV, and movies!

I’ll take things a step further and explain the real life forensic fact behind every forensic fabrication… And why these forensic shortcuts are necessary.

And I’ll share my top 10 tips from currently working TV writers about how to fudge the forensics while still making your story believable and entertaining.

What you’ll learn:

  • 10 common forensic misconceptions portrayed on TV and film
  • Why and when writers need to sometimes fabricate forensic
  • Forensic shortcuts that will save you hours in research time.
  • The real life forensic fact behind on-screen forensic fabrications.
  • Top 10 tips TV writers use to keep crime stories believable and entertaining.

Jennifer Graeser Dornbush

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SAVE THE DATE! Ladies of Intrigue, October 11, 2020

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 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.