March 2016


Rhys Bowen in yellow

On Sunday, March 13, Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter will be honored to present Rhys Bowen, best-selling author of the Royal Spyness series and the Molly Murphy mysteries, at 2 p.m. at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Drive in Austin.

She will speak on “getting it right,” emphasizing the importance of research and creating the correct time and feel for place in a novel.  She has won the Agatha Best Novel Award and has been nominated for the Edgar Best Novel. Ms. Bowen said, “I’m happy to announce that last year’s book, Malice at the Palace, has just been nominated for best historical novel at the Left Coast Crime convention.”slide-georgie

Rhys Bowen will also give a talk and sign books for a new Molly Murphy release, Time of Fog and Fire at BookPeople at Sixth Street and Lamar Blvd. on Saturday, March 12 at 3 p.m.

I urge all Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas members to come to the Saturday book signing and the Sunday meeting and make it a truly “royal” weekend.

For more information, go to Rhys Bowen’s website at




Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas is delighted to have Billy Kring as our guest on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m. at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Dr. in Austin. He is a prolific author of many books, including crime fiction novels.

Billy Kring writes novels and screenplays and sometimes acts in indie films. He was in law enforcement for three decades as a border patrol agent and an advisor/instructor on international border issues and antiterrorism. His work took him to Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, the Pan Pacific, and Eastern Europe.He will show how his law enforcement background has an impact on his crime fiction novels.

Go to to read an interview with Billy Kring at MysteryPeople.


Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter is preparing for an exciting spring. We have speakers Rhys Bowen in March and Billy King in April. We are also participating in a brand new book festival at the Pflugerville Public Library on April 16-17 where we will present a Sisters in Crime panel with four great writers: Meg Gardiner, Janice Hamrick, Alexandra Burt, and Helen Currie Foster.

On Sunday, May 15 we will hold our annual Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers celebration and on Saturday, May 21, we will participate in May Mystery Month at BookPeople with free crime fiction workshops.

Don’t miss our exciting Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter spring fling. We strive to present top-notch programs and encourage the arts in Central Texas. This is why it’s great to be a member of our organization.



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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.