December 2014

Urgent message to Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas members:

 Due to totally unexpected circumstances, Recycled Reads cannot accommodate us for our Dec. 14 program/Christmas party.

But, luckily, The Book Spot in Round Rock, right near the intersection of 620 and IH 35, will host us free of charge instead.

We can bring refreshments and have our meeting.

We need to get the word out.

 1205 Round Rock Avenue#119 (it’s in a strip mall)

Round Rock, TX 78681

Here’s a link to their FB page which has a map, directions, etc.

Link to map. You can click on the box that says “Directions.”

Holly Through the Heart for December 14

It is a dark and stormy night in Victorian London.

Legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are summoned to the home of Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve to investigate murder most foul. Alex Ferraro David Ciambrone

Did the Ghost of Jacob Marley do it?

Stay tuned—or rather, show up for the December 14 program of Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter, which will showcase an old-time radio mystery play—performed live before the audience.

Kathy Waller President ElectValerie at AMWGale Albright“Holly Through the Heart” is a who-done-it featuring Sisters in Crime members David Ciambrone, Alex Ferraro, Valerie Chandler, Kathy Waller, and Gale Albright.

Party refreshments will be served. We are asking members to bring something to share, preferably something sweet, or perhaps snacks like pretzels, cheese, crackers, etc.

Sisters in Crime members will also vote on the new slate of officers for 2015.

The event will be held at The Book Spot in Round Rock at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14.

January 2015 Speaker Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor, author of The Bookseller, The Crypt Thief, The Blood Promise, and The Button Man, will speak on January 11 at Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter.

Sylvia Dickey Smith’s new novel

A year and half ago, one of our very own SAGE Award winners, Sylvia Dickey Smith, left Austin and moved to Hot Springs, however, she maintains her membership with Sisters in Crime/Heart of Texas Chapter and stays in touch with several of our members.??????????

Many of you have read Sylvia’s mystery/fiction books: Dance On His Grave, Deadly Sins Deadly Secrets, Dead Wreckoning, The Swamp Whisperer and A War Of Her Own, or cooked a recipe out of Sassy Southern Classy Cajun: A Good Times Cookbook. However, Sylvia’s writing has taken a different turn. She has just published her latest, a contemporary novel called Original Cyn.

Original Cyn is available on either as hardcopy or Ebook. Cyn Front Cover

You can reach her at or through her website contact form at