Solve This Mystery: “Ladies of Intrigue” Isn’t Just For the Ladies

A day-long crime novel conference hits Huntington Beach

Nothing better speaks to the supportive nature of the Orange County chapters of Sisters in Crime—a 3,600-member, 48-chapter worldwide organization committed to helping women who write, review, buy, or sell crime fiction—than the fact that the group welcomed me as a member back in the late 1990s, and has welcome me as a guest speaker on several occasions in the years since.
Its members are among the smartest and most encouraging people on the planet.

Which is why anyone who aspires to writing crime novels, male or female, should plan to be at the Hotel Huntington Beach (near Bella Terra) on Saturday, March 29, for “Ladies of Intrigue,” a day-long conference featuring L.A. and O.C. writers such as the internationally popular creator of the Molly Murphy and Her Royal Spyness series, Rhys Bowen, shown, Death on Demand series bestselling author Carolyn Hart, and a dozen others. They’ll reveal how they come up with murderous plots, villainous killers, and brilliant sleuths in panels such as “Down a Dark Alley: How Setting Shapes Story,” “Tough Cookies: Strong Female Protagonists,” and “Passport Required: Mystery Goes International.”

The event starts at 8:45 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m., and includes lunch. More information at

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