EVENT: Killer Reads: Why crime fiction knocks the socks off capital ‘L’ Literature
Wednesday 3rd October
6 for 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
The Ember Lounge – MEMO Music Hall
88 Acland Street, St Kilda

Sisters in Crime Australia@St Kilda Writers Week

Jacqui Horwood interrogates crime writers Sarah BaileyKatherine Kovacic and Emma Viskic.


Compere Jacqui Horwood is a librarian, a denizen of the inner west, former Sisters in Crime convenor and current Davitt Award judges’ wrangler. Her crime stories have appeared in e-zines and anthologies, and been shortlisted for various competitions. She likes her crime hard-boiled and her eggs sunny side up. Jacqui won the 2003 Scarlet Stiletto Trophy and the special Silver Stiletto Trophy presented in 2016 at SheKilda3, Sisters in Crime’s 25th anniversary convention.


Sarah Bailey took up a life in crime (writing) after 15 years in the advertising industry.

She now has two crime thrillers featuring Detective Gemma Woodstock under her belt. The Dark Lake won Sisters in Crime 2018 Davitt Award (Best Debut Book) and the 2018 ACWA Ned Kelly Award for First Fiction. Her latest book is Into the Night Both are published by Allen & Unwin.

Sarah is now working on the third book in the series. In late 2017 Hopscotch Features secured the film rights to The Dark Lake.


Emma Viskic is a classically trained clarinettist turned crime writer. Resurrection Bay (Echo Publishing), her critically acclaimed debut novel featuring deaf sleuth Caleb Zelic, has sold to numerous territories, including the US and UK. It won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and an unprecedented three Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards. It is currently shortlisted for the UK’s prestigious CWA Gold Dagger and New Blood Awards.

The sequel, And Fire Came Down, won the 2018 Davitt Award (Best Adult Novel) and was launched to the UK market at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. The series was recently optioned for TV by a US studio.


Katherine Kovacic is an art historian and former veterinarian. She enjoys writing, dancing tango and teaching dogs cool tricks. The Portrait of Molly Dean, about the 1930 murder of the Elwood writer and artist’s model, was Katherine’s debut novel and a new Alex Clayton art mystery will be released in March 2019 by Echo Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Zaffre.