Upcoming events

    • Saturday, December 17, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • The Old Spaghetti Factory, 12401 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova CA

    Capitol Crimes Face to Face Fa La La Holiday Party 2022

    Lunch, Book Exchange, and Face to Face Merrymaking

    Bring your whole self to our in-person holiday celebration!

    Show up with your best “Festive Apparel”: holiday sweater, t-shirt, head adornment or all of the aforementioned.

    Book exchange: please bring a wrapped book for our traditional book exchange.

    There are three options for lunch. Cost is $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers. Registration closes December 10th.

    • Tuesday, December 27, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom


    Capitol Crimes End of 2022

    Virtual Cocktail Party

    It’s time to relax and celebrate surviving and thriving in 2022! We look forward to you joining us for the second annual Capitol Crimes Year-Ender Cocktail Party!

    As usual, it’s a relaxed, fun gathering where we can ruminate about the year behind us and exuberantly celebrate the opportunities ahead in 2023.

    Ugly sweaters are welcome but not mandatory. Bring the cocktail of your choice and conjure up a name for it that is appropriate for our mysterious tastes.

    Send us a note if you have a book you want to talk about during the proceedings and make a note of one or two of the best books you read in 2022.

    Sarah will kick us off with a quick look in the rearview mirror. Rick will be there with a sneak peek of what’s ahead. And Terry will have his usual plethora of conversation starters and some audio trivia questions with prizes attached (No Assembly Required).

    Looking forward to seeing you all on December 27th, 7pm Pacific - 10pm Eastern - Midnight in Dublin, Ireland. That should cover just about every time zone in our member base.

    Here’s to ringing in the new!

    • Saturday, January 21, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom

    The Secrets to Attracting a Literary Agent

    Join us for a lively Q&A with literary agent Lori Galvin. We’ll be talking with the Aevitas Creative senior agent about what she looks for in a potential client, querying dos and don’ts, crime fiction trends, the submission process and how recent publishing headlines have impacted her writers. One of her clients, acclaimed author of ALL HER LITTLE SECRETS Wanda Morris, recently signed a deal with Showtime, so we will talk a little bit about going from book to screen.

    Lori Galvin represents both adult fiction (especially women’s fiction and crime fiction) and non-fiction (memoir, food writing, and cookbooks).  Based in Boston, a few of her clients and their projects include Kwame Onwuachi’s Notes from a Young Black Chef (Knopf ’19); Hannah Kirshner’s Water, Wood, and Wild Things (Viking ’21), Cambria Brockman’s Tell Me Everything (Ballantine ’19), and Wanda M. Morris’s All Her Little Secrets (Morrow, ’21). A few of Galvin’s client’s projects have been optioned by A24 and Netflix.

    Learn more at QueryManager.com/QueryLoriGalvin

    • Sunday, January 29, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Capital Books, 1011 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

    Crime Time at Capital Books

    Join host Jennifer Morita at our first Crime Time of 2023 with local crime writers as we discuss our experiences with the writing, publishing, and marketing processes. 

    Whether you’re a seasoned pro or struggling through your first draft, it’s a great chance to network with your tribe and maybe get a few questions answered. Come enjoy the company of others who can’t resist the lure of (fictional) crime!

    Capital Books has graciously offered to host our meeting, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy browsing their shelves, finding a book (or two or three) that need to come home with you!

    Space is limited so please register if you plan on attending.

    Capital Books

    1011 K Street

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    • Tuesday, February 07, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Meet The Author with Terry Shepherd

    Join us as Terry discusses the third installment of the Jessica Ramirez Thrillers as Jess comes face to face with destiny.

    A hostage drama with a psychopath turns out to be the tip of an iceberg of intrigue and deception that leads our Jess and Ali to a secret with international implications.

    America’s favorite “badass Latina cop,” is back with the ensemble cast readers have come to know and love. And whenever Jessica is doing the chasing, the twists and turns never stop.

    Terry Shepherd created Detective Jessica Ramirez in 2019, publishing his thriller Chasing Vega in 2020. Chasing the Captain appeared in August of 2021. Jess will appear in the short story, “Traction” in the 2023 Malice in Dallas Anthology. Her thrillers have been translated into Spanish and are also available as audio books. The third installment in the trilogy, Chasing Karma debuts January 13th, 2023. 

    Terry is also a prolific book narrator and audio-artist, hosting the popular Authors on the Air podcast. He and his wife, Colleen, co-wrote Juliette and the Mystery Bug, teaching kids how to protect themselves from Covid-19. Colleen and Terry live and write on the ocean in Jacksonville, Florida.


    • Saturday, February 18, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom

    The Organics of Outlining with Ellen Byron

    Like pantsing, outlining is organic— just at another point in the process. In this webinar, Ellen Byron shares how she translated her experience writing outlines for hit TV series into penning outlines for award-winning mysteries.

    Learn about dramatic structure, “loglines,” and turning notes into a beat sheet you can grow into a full outline —always keeping in mind that there’s no right or wrong to the process. There’s only what works best for you.

    Ellen’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha Award and multiple Best Humorous Mystery Lefty awards. She also writes the Vintage Cookbook Mystery series, and the Catering Hall Mysteries under the name Maria DiRico. Ellen is an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like Wings, Just Shoot Me, and Fairly Odd Parents, but considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. 


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We are the Sacramento, California chapter of Sisters in Crime. We promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

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