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Mavens of Mayhem is a chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We welcome Sisters and Siblings in Crime from anywhere who have an interest in the mystery community.

Benefits of Membership

As a member, you become a part of a community where you can meet mystery authors at all phases of their careers, network, advance your skills, promote your work, and get and give advice. Being a member of our chapter allows writers to share their web sites and events, participate in our meetings, and annual Murderous March Conference, and other opportunities.

About National Sisters in Crime

In 1986, women wrote 40% of the mysteries and got 15% of the reviews in the New York Times. Sisters in Crime was founded to “combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, to raise awareness of the contributions of female authors, and to promote the professional advancement of women who write mysteries.” Founders included best-selling author Sara Paretsky and Kate Mattes, owner of the former Cambridge literary fixture, Kate’s Mystery Books. Today the national Sisters in Crime organization includes more than 3,600 members and 51 chapters.  They hold monthly free webinars for members in addition to offering a number of classes and activities. They also have programs that support local libraries and bookstores.  Your membership helps these programs in addition to the grants and opportunities they provide to member chapters such as our group.  

Join the Mavens

Yearly Dues: The cost to join the Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime is $25 per year. Our membership year runs from January 1 to December 31 each year. We do not prorate or refund memberships.

SinC Membership: You must also be a member of the National Sisters of Crime and will be asked to submit proof of that membership in the form below (proof is a receipt of paid membership for the year or a copy of your current membership card).

Privacy Notice: Members’ full contact information is only shared with current chapter members for the purpose of social and chapter-related interactions. You may opt-out of sharing certain information with the larger membership through the membership form. Your full contact information will still be shared with the chapter Executive Committee. 

Register and Pay: Use the registration form below to become a member or renew your membership. Payment will be made via PayPal, but you do not need a PayPal account, simply use a credit card. We prefer submissions through our website, however if you wish to pay by check, please email

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It’s impossible to over-emphasize the importance of belonging to a professional writers’ association like SinC. Without Sisters in Crime, I would not be published.

Carol Pouliot

I belong to Sisters in Crime because it lifts up women writers and offers opportunities to celebrate their work, as well as offering networking opportunities.

K.A. Laity

If I go a few days without writing, it feels like part of me is missing. I can't imagine doing anything else and I wouldn't want to.

Catherine Bruns

At my 1st Maven's meeting I learned: you have as much chance of getting published as you do of getting hit by lightening AND there are no failed writers, only writers who give up.

Carol Pouliot

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