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, June 23, 2pm at the Irvine Ranch Water District*
15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618-3102

At 2 p.m. Writers/Readers Forum

Our writing/reading discussion group will take a look at the topic: What is the most important part of a mystery/thriller? Is it characterization, action, dialogue, setting or something else?  This month Donna Lear, author of Crimson Gold, will lead the forum.

At 3 p.m. Panel discussion “From Hollywood to Novels and Back”
Featuring Authors Ellen Byron, Howard Michael Gould, and August Norman.
Moderated by Jill Amadio

Ellen’s TV credits include Wings, Just Shoot Me, and Fairly OddParents. She’s written over 200 national magazine articles, and her published plays include the award-winning Graceland.. A native New Yorker who attended Tulane University, Ellen lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and two rescue dogs.

Ellen Byron authors the Cajun Country Mystery series. A Cajun Christmas Killing and Body on the Bayou both won the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery and were nominated for Agatha awards in the category of Best Contemporary Novel. Plantation Shudders was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards. Her most recent Cajun Country Mystery, Mardi Gras Murder, is nominated for Agatha and Lefty awards.

Howard Michael Gould is an accomplished screenwriter and showrunner whose debut novel, Last Looks, introduces his brilliant, eco-maniacal detective Charlie Waldo who is thrust into a spectacular Hollywood murder mystery. His screenplay of Last Looks is soon to be made into a movie with Mel Gibson playing the murder suspect.

Originally from central Indiana, August Norman has called Los Angeles home for two decades, writing for and/or appearing in movies, TV, stage productions, web series and even commercial advertising.

Norman’s debut book, Come and Get Me, came out this April.

“Chilling…The skillfully rendered plot is full of page-turning action… Norman is off to a solid start.” Publishers’ Weekly

Jill Amadio is an author, ghostwriter, and journalist. Her mystery series, which includes Digging Too Deep and Digging Up the Dead, is set in Orange County. She has ghostwritten twelve memoirs, a true crime, and has transformed screenplays into novels.

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 duesare $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 duesare $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.

Orange County Sisters in Crime 6th Annual

Ladies of Intrigue

Featuring Remarkable Women Mystery Writers

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

Registration form:

LOI Registration Form 2019