September 2014

Hutto Sept 6 016A Celebration of P. D. James

Our September 14, 2014, program for Sisters in Crime is “A Celebration of P. D. James.” This British author of classic mysteries celebrates her 94th birthday this year, and so are we. Members will present biographical information, an interview, a book review and a comparison of Pride and Prejudice and Death Comes to Pemberley, James’ latest.

Maria Rodriguez, KLRU Director of Programming, and Linda Lehmusvirta, KLRU Senior Producer of ‘Central Texas Gardener’ and James’ enthusiast, will discuss KLRU’s history of Masterpiece Mystery! versions of James’ work, as well as the upcoming presentation of Death Comes to Pemberley.

An English tea party will follow the presentations.  Tea party hats–and spats–welcome.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at Recycled Reads (part of the Austin Library system).  The address is 5335 Burnet Road, Austin.

Links to reviews of P.D. James’ novels:

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

The Skull Beneath the Skin

Cover Her Face

 P.D. James article by Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter vice-president Kathy Waller

to hell and gone


Russ Hall’s new book To Hell and Gone in Texas

Al and his brother Maury haven’t spoken to each other in twenty years, but they’re going to have to soon when they are swept into the vortex of the Texas drug scene and come up against one of the fiercest cells of the Mexican mafia. Maury’s life as a lady’s man is in stark contrast to Al’s woodsy life as a retired detective. Yet they’re brothers, and blood will have its way, especially when others seek to spill it in the brutal style that is becoming their trademark.


FAT CAT AT LARGE coverKaye George’s new mystery novel

Kaye George, writing as Janet Cantrell, had a new release September 2nd, Fat Cat at Large, by Berkley Prime Crime.

Charity (Chase) Oliver is thrilled to be opening Bar None, a dessert and dream bar shop in the Dinkeytown neighborhood of Minneapolis, with her long-time friend and mentor, Anna. Her adorable, but pudgy, butterscotch cat, Quincy, has been put on a diet by handsome Dr. Michael Ramos and now Quincy is always hungry. Since he’s a clever escape artist, he finds his way to food: a still-warm meatloaf on a kitchen counter where the door was left ajar. When Chase tracks him down, she also finds the dead body of Gabe, the donut shop owner who’s been trying to close her shop. The cops aren’t buying Chase’s reason for being there and she must whip her friends and co-workers into action to clear her of the charges.



Mystery History of Bats

Dianne Odegard, public information coordinator for Austin-based Bat Conservation International, will present the October 12 Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas program. She will debunk the myths about this “much-maligned” creature of folklore and mystery and present the truth about bats—just in time for Halloween!

cartoon bat picture

Link to Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter website


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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive. All meetings are free and open to the public.