SISTERS IN CRIME MISSION: We promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers for 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 usually meet on the fourth Sunday of every month to learn about, and discuss, all things crime fiction. 

Next Meetings:

Sunday January 22 at 3 pm at Book Carnival in Orange -348 S. Tustin Ave, Orange CA   714-538-3210

Mystery readers and writers are invited to ring in a cozy new year with Sisters in Crime Orange County Sunday, Jan 22, 3 pm at Book Carnival in Orange! Mystery writer Karen Sue Walker will talk about writing successful mystery series and being her own boss.

Karen Sue Walker, author of the Bridal Shop and Haunted Tearoom cozy mysteries, does her best to avoid meaningful employment. This often conflicts with her desire for food, shelter, and fancy cocktails. Writing novels seemed to be an acceptable compromise, since making up stories can hardly be called work, just ask any author.

One day, Karen looked at her rescue dog and thought, “Why isn’t this freeloader contributing to the household coffers?” Soon, the idea of a snarky yet (hopefully) lovable stuntwoman named Whit and her tiny demon dog came to mind and the Arrow Investigations Action-Adventure mysteries were born, written by Karen’s alter ego (or possibly evil twin) KC Walker.

Stay tuned for details at  Sisters in Crime meetings are open to the public. Book lovers welcome!

Sunday, Feb. 26, on Zoom 

Pat H. Broeske

3:00 p.m. PT

Reader’s Forum “When Dreamland Goes Dark: Los Angeles and Noir”

Discussion led by Pat Broeske

4:00 p.m. PT

Novelist Jordan Harper, Everybody Knows, in conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.

Jordan Harper is the Edgar-Award winning author of She Rides Shotgun and Love and Other Wounds. Born and educated in Missouri, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a writer and producer for television. 

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is immediate past presidents of Sisters in Crime Orange County. Her most recent book is Palm Springs Noir (Akashic). Her fiction can be found in the Literary Hatchet, Dark Crime and Mystery Magazine, Rock and a Hard Place.


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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Our Sunday meetings are always free to the public, but donations are always welcome. Any amount helps.

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We welcome sisters and misters with an interest in the mystery genre, including authors pursuing a career in crime and mystery writing, booksellers, publishers, librarians, editors, agents, and fans.

Membership Dues and Forms 

You must join the National organization to be eligible for membership in the Orange County chapter. 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.

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