Welcome to the Official Site of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Sisters in Crime — an International Organization of Crime Writers and Readers

Come in, and make yourself at home. We invite you to join our group, and to journey through the pages of our website to discover the many exciting activities we offer our members. We are a non-profit organization of mystery lovers. Please know that you do not need to be a writer, or even an aspiring writer, to join our chapter, or to attend one of our meetings. We are a diverse group of mystery readers as well as writers, and we welcome all. If you would like to join our chapter, please see our Join Us page. If you wish to attend the next meeting before you make up your mind, please go to our Meetings and Directions pages for additional information.

Upcoming Meetings and Speakers

March 16, 2013:  Members-only field trip to a 9-1-1 Call Center.

April 20, 2013: Detective Eileen Law. Please join us at our April 2013 meeting when we welcome Detective Eileen Law, of CIA, Inc., as our guest speaker. CIA, Inc. is the oldest established detective agency in the tri-state area and has clients from around the world. Ms. Law will share intriguing stories as well as investigative techniques that she and her detectives use in their work.

May 2013: Members-only picnic.

September 21, 2013: Katherine Ramsland is a professor of forensic psychology, has published 47 books and more than 1,000 articles, and writes a blog for Psychology Today.  Her latest books are Seizing Blood and Ghosts and The Mind of a Murderer.

October 19, 2013:  Please join us at our October meeting when we welcome Patrick Carmody, Chief Deputy District Attorney and Chief of Trials from the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, as our guest speaker.  Mr. Carmody, who is running for Judge in Chester County and has recently discussed the Mengle murder case on ID Channel’s “Deadly Affairs,” will show a brief 8-minute film and discuss two murder cases that he has handled.  If time allows, he will also discuss a novel he has written (about a fictional murder trial) and may even join us for lunch!

November 16, 2013: Join us at our November meeting when we welcome members of the Chester County K-9 Unit–and their dogs!–as our guest speakers. They will describe the services that the K-9 unit provides to the community and give us a close-up view of how adeptly these K-9 dogs are trained and handled.

December 2013: Members-only holiday party.

January 18, 2014: Join us for our meeting when we welcome member and sister in crime, Janis Wilson, as our speaker on none other than Jack the Ripper. Janis is a Philadelphia lawyer and crime writer, a frequent lecturer on Jack the Ripper, and a 2013 delegate to the Jack the Ripper Conference in Whitechapel. Janis has also been a commentator on Investigation Discovery Channel’s “Deadly Affairs,” and is currently writing a fictionalized account of the Jack the Ripper case.

February 15, 2014: Join us for a panel discussion: “Everybody Loves a Mystery: Why?” with panelists KB Inglee, Sue Jacobs, June Gondi, and Elena Santangelo; moderated by Sandy Cody. CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

March 15, 2014: Members-only field trip to a local county courthouse.

April 19, 2014: An insider’s look at a mass grave and a murder mystery from 1832! Please join us at our April meeting when we welcome Dr. William Watson, Professor of History at Immaculata University, as our guest speaker.  Dr. Watson and his twin brother, Frank, were instrumental in discovering a mass grave, now known as Duffy’s Cut, holding the remains of 57 Irish railroad workers near Immaculata University. Some say the men died of cholera. Others claim to have seen their ghosts. Dr. Watson is convinced the men were murdered and will share with us the evidence—found in his own grandfather’s files—that led him to this conclusion.

May 2014: Members-only picnic.

September 20, 2014: Join us at our September meeting when we welcome Assistant U.S. Attorney, Denise Wolf, as our guest speaker. Ms. Wolf will talk about the job of a federal prosecutor from investigation, to indictment, to trial and appeal, and will share the highlights of some of her most interesting cases.

October 18, 2014: Please join us at our October meeting when we welcome Liz Redmond, Esq., Probation and Parole Supervisor, Chester County Adult Probation and Parole Department, who will provide an overview of probation, parole and bail services.

November 15, 2014: Please join us at our November meeting when we welcome Thomas Cloud, Vice President/Founder, CFR, Inc., and former Pennsylvania State Trooper, who will discuss state police investigations and will share highlights from some of his investigations.

December 2014: Members-only holiday party.


Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Location: West Chester County Book Company
967 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380

How do you explain the lasting appeal of crime fiction? Why choose to read (or write) about humanity’s dark side? Isn’t reality dark enough? Please join us on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm, at Chester County Book Company to hear how a panel of mystery writers answers this question.

Panelists: Jane Shaw, KB Inglee, Suzanne Jacobs, June Gondi, and Elena Santangelo; Moderator: Sandy Cody

In Loving Memory
Robin Hathaway

Robin Hathaway, a beloved member who helped found our chapter in 1995, passed away in February 2013.  Though the written word always seems to fail us in our attempts to honor someone whose friendship we cherished, a few of our members have made valiant efforts with the following tributes.