About Us

Sisters in Crime New England is a chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We welcome Sisters and Brothers in Crime from anywhere who have an interest in the New England mystery community.

Benefits of Membership

As a member, you become a part of a community where you can meet mystery authors at all phases of their careers, network, advance your skills, promote your work, and get and give advice.

Sisters in Crime New England offers its members the following opportunities:

  • To meet several times a year. Examples of meeting topics include writing advice, guest sessions from experts in related fields such as law enforcement and the publishing industry, opportunities to share work in progress and social events. Though our territory is large, we do try to hold gatherings around the region, meeting in at least three New England states a year.
  • To take skill-building workshops, often at discounted prices. In the last few years we’ve offered in person workshops given by Hallie Ephron (Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel), Elizabeth Lyon (The Sell Your Novel Toolkit) and Donald Maass (Writing the Breakout Novel) and online workshops offered by Mary Buckham (Break into Fiction).
  • To promote your work, by participating in our Speakers Bureau, on this website and through our active presence on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. We also promote chapter members through regular outreach mailings to libraries, as well as exhibits at bookseller and librarian conventions.
  • To share information with other members about resources, including editors, photographers, publicists, and subject matter experts.
  • Membership also provides a discount off the registration fee for New England Crime Bake, the premier New England mystery conference which we sponsor jointly with the New England Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

Follow this link to join Sisters in Crime New England, or check out our membership flyer (below). 


In 1986, women wrote 40% of the mysteries and got 15% of the reviews in the New York Times. Sisters in Crime was founded to "combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, to raise awareness of the contributions of female authors, and to promote the professional advancement of women who write mysteries."

Founders included best-selling author Sara Paretsky and Kate Mattes, owner of the former Cambridge literary fixture, Kate’s Mystery Books.

Today the national Sisters in Crime organization includes more than 3,600 members. Our New England chapter serves over 200 members.

To see some photos and quotes from our 25th anniversary gala celebration, look here.

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