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  The purpose of Sisters in Crime is to "combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, educate publishers and the general public as to inequities in the treatment of female authors, raise the level of awareness of their contribution to the field, and promote the professional advancement of women who write mysteries."





The San Joaquin Sisters in Crime chapter meets the first Saturday of the month.



 Yosemite Falls Cafe

4278 W. Ashlan Ave. Fresno, CA.

Freeway close at Ashlan and SR 99

Cost: Members - $15;  Non-members - $20

Lunch is included










Saturday August 2, 2014

10:30 A.M.   

(SJ SinC requests that you come 10 minutes early so the meeting can be started at 10:30.)


Writers Panel:

 Malice and Mayhem: 

Turning the Dark Side of Life into a Career in Writing


SJ Mr. Sister Garner Scott Odell

Garner Scott Odell, retired after many years as a clergyman, therapist, and chaplain on cruise ships isnow has turning his passion to writing novels. After writing a successful historical novel, Sir David: The Life and Loves of a Welsh Knight, his written pages now open to The Gemstone Thriller Series, surrounding the lust and intrigue of beautiful "rocks". The first novel in this series, Emerald, is just off the presses, the second, Diamond, is in the final editing stage, and the third, Ruby, is winding its way through the author’s devious mind.


SJ Sister Marilyn Meredith

Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty-five published novels,
including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Spirit Shapes from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel is Murder in the Worst Degree from Oak Tree
Press. Marilyn lives in the foothills of the Southern Sierra and is is a
member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at and her blog at


Central Coast Sister Sue McGinty

Sue McGinty has had a love affair with California’s Central Coast for more than twenty years. She has chosen to set her Bella Kowalski mystery series there, in the unique and funky towns that hug the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Books in the series include: “Murder in Los Lobos,” “Murder at Cuyamaca Beach,” and the latest, “Murder in Mariposa Bay.”  When not writing, she works at ticking items off her bucket list, including meeting Willie Nelson. Sue and Willie share the same birth date, April 30. Sue is quick to point out she is much younger.   


SJ Sister Lorie Ham

Lorie Lewis Ham has been writing and singing gospel music since she was a child. Her first song and poem were published when she was 13 and she has gone on to publish many articles, short stories and poems as well as write for  local newspapers.  4 of her 5 mystery novels feature gospel singer Alexandra Walters and are set in the Valley.  She runs California online magazine Kings River Life that focuses on Valley entertainment, human interest and community.  Find KRL at She is working on the first book in a new series featuring Roxi Carlucci, a pet and entertainment blogger.


RSVP by Wednesday before the
meeting - Please leave your first
and last name & lunch choice.




Lunch is a choice of:

Patty Melt Burger

Crispy Chicken Salad

Spaghetti & Meatballs with bread



Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Call 559-431-0360 or e-mail



RSVP by Wednesday before the meeting

If you can, we highly encourage you to email your reservation instead of phoning it in, thanks.

Please EMAIL TO  Please put your name and lunch choice in the subject line!

IF YOU CAN NOT EMAIL Please call 559-431-0360 AND LEAVE VOICEMAIL with your name & choice of lunch.

Dial carefully, there will be no greeting announcing SJ-SinC






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Contact us:
San Joaquin Chapter Sisters-in-Crime, PO Box 3885, Pinedale, CA 93650