August 21, 2021: Laurie Lowenstein on Research for Mystery Writers

August 21 at 11 am Eastern 
Laurie Loewenstein will present a workshop on Research for Mystery Writers. Topics will include finding accurate information both on and offline on settings, dress, social norms, and mystery-specific research.
Laurie is on the fiction faculty of the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., of which she is a 2007 graduate. At Wilkes, she also teaches a module, Research for Writers, twice a year. She studied history at Colgate and Syracuse Universities.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting:

10:30 am business meeting for members
11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) for the main event

Presentation: Aug 21, 2021 11 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Open to all who 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

June 19, 2021: Connie Berry and Grace Topping

JUNE 19 at 11 am Eastern – 
Join mystery writers Connie Berry, author of the Kate Hamilton Mysteries set in England, and Grace Topping, creator of the Laura Bishop Mystery series, as they talk about their writing journeys, their writing styles and processes, and their series. This free, virtual conversation will be followed by a Q & A and is sponsored by The Mavens of Mayhem. Register now to get the link.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting: 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) for the main event

When: Jun 19, 2021 11 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Members of the chapter will have a business meeting at 10:30am. Everyone who is registered can come to the talk at 11am.


Please join us on the following dates:


June 19, 2021: Connie Berry and Grace Topping


August 21, 2021: Laurie Lowenstein on Research for Mystery Writers

Sept 18 — “A Visit from Our Neighbors.” We’re looking forward to meeting the members of MURDER ON ICE, the Western NY chapter of SinC.

October 16, 2021: Terrie Farley Moran

April 17, 2021: Sleuths & Sidekicks


“Sleuths & Sidekicks” is an interactive virtual event featuring the authors of four mystery series: The Batavia-on-Hudson Mysteries, The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries, The Maggie White Mysteries and The Southern California Mysteries

A great mystery series is about more than a puzzling crime. It’s the sleuths and their sidekicks who make us fall in love with a book. Join Tina deBellegarde, Jen Collins Moore, Carol Pouliot, and Lida Sideris for an interactive conversation about their detectives and their sidekicks.

Praise for the panelists:

Tina deBellegarde, Agatha-nominated Author of Winter Witness, Batavia-on-Hudson Mystery #1 (ISBN: 978-1-947915-76-3)

“Intelligent, touching, wise and evocative – fans of Louise Penny will adore this! Winter Witness is a wonderful book.”~ Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The First to Lie/Agatha and Anthony Award Winner

Jen Collins Moore, Author of Murder in the Piazza, Maggie White Mystery #1 (ISBN: 78-1947915534)

“A dynamite new voice in cozy mysteries” ~ Abby Geni, award-winning author of The Wildlands, The Lightkeepers, and The Last Animal

Carol Pouliot, Author of Threshold of Deceit, Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mystery #2 (ISBN: 978-1-947915-15-2)

“How can a police procedural be so much fun? Clever and compelling, this intriguing time-traveling puzzle will keep you guessing…Nick & Nora meet Timeless in this entertaining mystery.” ~ Hank Philippi Ryan, Nationally best-selling author of The Murder List

Lida Sideris, Author of Slightly Murderous Intent, Southern California Mystery #4 (ISBN:978-1-947915-92-3)

 “…quirky, edgy and funny.” ~ Kerry Greenwood, Author of the Phryne Fisher Mystery Series

You are invited to a Zoom meeting: April 17.  10:30 am business meeting.  
11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) for the main event.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Red Herrings and the Moonwalking Bear  with Annette Dashofy: Sept 2020

Red Herrings and the Moonwalking Bear :  Sept 19 2020

This fun and interactive workshop offers tips and tricks to create a puzzle that will keep your reader guessing until the end. From red herrings (suspects with motive) to the moonwalking bear (misdirection and hiding in plain sight), you’ll learn to craft a mystery to perplex even the most Sherlockian sleuth. Have a notebook and pen ready to play along.

USA Today best-selling author Annette Dashofy writes the multiple Agatha-nominated Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural southwestern Pennsylvania. Annette has been a member of Sisters in Crime since 2004 and currently serves as vice-president of the Pittsburgh Chapter. She’s also sits on the board of Pennwriters and is a member of ITW. A lifelong resident of Washington County, Annette, her husband, and their social-media-darling cat, Kensi live on what was once her grandfather’s dairy farm. TIL DEATH, the tenth in her series, was released on June 16.

Virtual Visit with Lori Rader-Day

On May 16, 2020, Mavens of Mayhem will be virtually visited by Lori-Rader Day at 11:00 AM, Eastern Time.

Lori Rader-Day is the Edgar Award-nominated and Anthony Award- and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She co-chairs the mystery conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and serves as the national president of Sisters in Crime. Her new book isThe Lucky One, set in a true-crime amateur online sleuth community.

To attend, fill out the survey at

You will receive an email with the link to her presentation.

Mavens of Mayhem at Mysteries on Main Street


Saturday from 13:00-15:00

Mysteries on Main Street

144 W Main St, Johnstown, New York 12095
We will be hosting some of the amazing authors within the Mavens of Mayhem. If you like Mysteries this is the crew for you. See you there!


Wanted: Mystery Lovers (15 June 19)

Sisters in Crime (SinC), Upper Hudson Chapter (Mavens of Mayhem) is seeking new “Sisters and Misters” to help our chapter grow. We’re seeking committee members for monthly programming and the Murderous March Writers & Readers Confab. We also seek a treasurer, which includes a surprisingly low time-commitment despite its importance, and a social media/web maven.

Enjoy the best camaraderie by participating actively. 

NEXT MEETING: JUNE 15TH, Bethlehem Public Library, 10:30

Our lively chapter, one of three in NYS, includes fans and writers — women and men who enjoy meeting, learning, and engaging around the craft, business, characters and field of mystery writing. Learn more and find our meeting schedule at Email, chapter president, to inquire about these volunteer roles.

Please share this with your writing and book club communities.

Mavens Plan More Mayhem

With Murderous March 2019 a big success and behind us, we’re calendaring up for a lot of new Mayhem in the Upper Hudson chapter of Sisters in Crime. But first, please note:

The May 4th meeting is cancelled.

New exec line-up:

  • Eleanor Kuhns, President
  • Frankie Y. Bailey, VP and Co-chair of Murderous March 2020
  • Rhonda Rosenheck, Treasurer and Co-chair of Murderous March 2020
  • Robert Knightly, Secretary and Chair of Monthly Programming

Stay tuned for another great line-up of speakers on craft, crime, and crime-solving. Please subscribe to get our newsletter, and like us on Facebook.

Contact us to join the Murderous March 2020 planning committee, with ideas for monthly program speakers and field trips, and to learn more about our chapter.

SAVE THE DATE: October 12, 2019, Mavens authors will be at Mysteries on Main Street, Johnstown, NY, for an Crime Writers Meet & Greet. As you know, Mysteries on Main Street was our bookselling partner at this year’s Murderous March, and we’re thrilled to be invited in for this. We LOVE Independent Bookstores!!! (There may still be room for one more author; if you’re a member and interested, contact us right away.)