Welcome to Speed City Sisters in Crime
Speed City Sisters in Crime is the Indiana chapter of the world-wide mystery/crime writers' association Sisters in Crime. The Speed City chapter was founded in 2005. Find out more about Speed City Sisters in Crime.
Upcoming in 2023
November 2023 Speaker
Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and the
Northwest in two lighthearted mystery series: the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in
Seattle, and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in northwest Montana.
Her books focus on strong women who share her passions, and have a talent
for finding trouble!
As Alicia Beckman, she also writes moody suspense.
Leslie is a three-time Agatha Award winner: 2011 Best Nonfiction for her
guide for writers, Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure; 2013 Best First Novel for Death al Dente (making her the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction); and 2018 Best Short Story (in a tie) for “All God’s Sparrows,” her first historical fiction. Her work has also won or been nominated for Spur,
Derringer, Anthony, and Macavity awards.
A Montana native, Leslie graduated from Seattle University and Notre Dame Law School. After practicing in Seattle for several years—and shopping and eating her way through the Pike Place Market regularly—she returned to Montana, where she practiced civil litigation and employment law, with an unhealthy dose of criminal law. Killing people —on the page—is more fun.
Leslie recently finished four years on the national board of Mystery Writers of America. She served as president of Sisters in Crime in 2015-16, and is a founding member of the Guppies, the SinC chapter for new and unpublished writers. She is also a member of the Authors of the Flathead and Montana Women Writers.
Leslie loves to cook, eat, hike, travel, garden, and paint—not necessarily in that order. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, Don Beans, a singer-songwriter and doctor of natural medicine, and their gray tuxedo, officially named Squirt but affectionately called Mr. Kitten.
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Speed City Sisters in Crime meets online via Zoom monthly on the fourth Saturday of each month from January to November. There is a critique group meeting at 9:00, followed by the regular business meeting at 11:00 and a guest speaker at 12:00.
In-Person Meeting Locations
2023 Meeting dates and locations
These meetings will be hybrid and be both in person and on Zoom. The following are for the in person locations.
Past Chapter Events
October 2023 Speaker
Deb Lambert -- Director, Collection Management
Amber Waves of Graves Anthology News
RURAL INDIANA – A PLACE WITH ACRES AND ACRES OF FARMLAND TO HIDE DEAD BODIES
The rural Indiana landscape seems so bucolic, from the gently rolling hills of the south to the easy sway of cornfields in the north. Who knew those picturesque barns could hide criminal activity as well as livestock, or those rustic cemeteries be rife with murder victims as well as those who died of old-age? The members of the Speed City Sisters in Crime chapter, that’s who!
In these seemingly peaceful rural settings, our authors uncover criminal deeds, unearth long dead secrets, provide justice for the wronged, and thwart the plans of the wicked. Sixteen tales testify that from the wide-open farmland to the small farming towns, the opportunity for mayhem and mischief is ever-present.
Come along with authors Leanne Edelen, Roberta Barmore, Diana Catt, Joseph Walker, Andrea Smith, Ramona Henderson, Shari Held, Jon Burroughs, P.K. Richard, Mary Bischoff, Carol Paddock, Elizabeth San Miguel, Ross Carley, Norm Campbell, Stephen Terrell, and Elizabeth Perona as they explore the dark and deadly mysteries hidden within the fertile soil of rural Indiana.
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