Murder, Mayhem and Mystery, my, how we’ve changed…or have we

Mystery/crime writer Kait Carson & the Dames’ influence on the genre!


Thirty years ago a group of women mystery writers got together and realized that writing mysteries was a man’s game. At least, that’s how it seemed. So these ladies banded together and founded Sisters in Crime. The purpose, to level the playing field. Demonstrate that quality mysteries were a matter of writing, not author gender. And yes, for those who wonder, misters in crime are welcome. If you’re not a member, you should consider joining.

Those of you who read mysteries may have noticed that SinC has been successful in its mission. These days mysteries of all degree, from light humorous cozies to hard boiled noir are as likely to be written by a woman as a man. Thirty years into the fight, it would be arrogant to say SinC’s accomplished its goals, there is always more to be done, but arguably, it has demonstrated a good bit of success.

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