By Kris Neri
When Sandy Parshall, Chapter Liaison for Sisters in Crime, asked me to host one of the SinC 25th anniversary parties at my bookstore, The Well Red Coyote in Sedona, Arizona, I jumped at the chance. Throughout my own writing and publishing career, I’ve owed such a debt of thanks to Sisters in Crime that the party seemed a good way to express that and to introduce the organization to our customers.
Joining us in hosting the party was the SinC Desert Sleuths chapter of Scottsdale, Arizona, which has also scheduled parties in other bookstores around the state including The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale and Clues Unlimited in Tucson.
Appearing on a mystery panel at our event were L.C. Hayden from Texas, whose latest book is Bell Shaped Flowers, and Tom Griffith of California and Arizona, who has published The Burger Barn on Sunset. Also participating were Arizona authors and SinC members Shannon Baker, author of Ashes of the Red Heifer; R.P. Dahlke, author of A Dead Red Cadillac and A Dead Red Heart; Lori Hines, whose first mystery is The Ancient Ones, and Maria Grazia Swan, a published nonfiction author and a longtime SinC member in California and Arizona.
We received terrific raffle prizes from authors throughout the U.S., including Darrell James, who donated copies of his books Nazareth Child and Body Count and t-shirts; Sally Carpenter, who offered a copy of her book, The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper; M.M. Gornel, who donated copies of her books, Reticence of Ravens and Death of a Perfect Man, as well as beautiful bookmarks and L.C. Hayden, author of the Harry Bronson series, who donated an adorable personal grooming gift basket. Our grand prize was a lovely vase donated by author and potter Bette Golden Lamb who, with her husband J.J. Lamb, wrote Sisters in Silence.
We had hoped the mild weather we’d been enjoying would hold a bit longer — we’d had another author’s reception on the patio outside our store just two days before. But a freak storm blew in, bringing the cold, and forcing us to move everything indoors. The store made for quite a cozy setting, filled as it was with so many sisters, brothers and customers. All came together quite nicely in toasting Sisters in Crime’s illustrious milestone and wishing the organization another 25 years.
Photos by Joe Neri.
Award-winning author Kris Neri is the owner and operator of The Well Red Coyote, a general interest bookstore voted "Best Bookstore in Sedona" for six years in a row. She is the author of the Lefty Award-nominated Magical Mystery series. The newest title in the series is the recently-released Magical Alienation.