Mesdames of Mayhem


We are les Mesdames of Mayhem, a collective of dedicated Crime Writers who share one deadly mission: to thrill readers with our passion for Crime Fiction.

Meet the Mesdames:

Catherine Astolfo, author of the Emily Taylor Mystery Series

Rosemary Aubert, author of sixteen books, among them the acclaimed Ellis Portal mystery series and her latest romantic thriller Terminal Grill.

Jane Petersen Burfield, author of short stories (Blood on the Holly) and Communications professional.

Melodie Campbell, author of Rowena Through The Wall, The Goddaughter, and other comic crime and time travel novels.

Donna Carrick, author of 3 mystery novels: The First Excellence, Gold And Fishes and The Noon God, as well as 2 crime anthologies.

Vicki Delany, author of the popular Constable Molly Smith series (including In the Shadow of the Glacier and A Cold White Sun) from Poisoned Pen Press.

Lisa de Nikolits is a magazine art director and has worked on international titles such as Vogue Australia, Vogue Living, Cosmopolitan, marie claire and SHE. Her titles include: The Witchdoctor’s Bones, A Glittering Chaos, The Hungry Mirror and West of Wawa.

Catherine Dunphy was a staff writer at The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, for more than 25 years. She is the author of Morgentaler, A Difficult Hero, which was nominated for the prestigious Governor General’s Award in 1997.

Cheryl Freedman, former secretary-treasurer and later executive director of Crime Writers of Canada. An honorary lifetime member of the CWC, she’s also the chair of the board of directors of Bloody Words, Canada’s oldest mystery conference. Cheryl is also working on her own historical mystery series.

Madeleine Harris-Callway, founder of the Mesdames of Mayhem collaboration, whose debut novel, Windigo Fire, was short-listed for the 2012 Unhanged Arthur award and previously for the Debut Dagger award.

Sylvia Maultash Warsh, author of the award-winning Dr. Rebecca Temple mystery series, whose historical novel, The Queen of Unforgetting, published in 2010, was chosen for a plaque by Project Bookmark Canada.

Rosemary McCracken, whose mystery novel, Safe Harbor, was shortlisted for Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger Award in 2010.

D.J. (Dorothy) McIntosh, whose debut novel The Witch of Babylon was chosen by CNN International as one of six enduring historical thrillers. In her new novel, The Book of Stolen Tales, the dark origins of famous fairy tales come to life.

Lynne Murphy, founder and past president of the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime, whose recent short story The Troublemaker appeared in the anthology The Whole She-Bang.

Joan O’Callaghan, author of three educational books as well as two e-shorts: George and For Elise. Her short story Stooping to Conquer appeared in the 2012 Anthology EFD1: Starship Goodwords.

Caro Soles, founder of The Bloody Words Mystery Conference and author of the mystery Drag Queen in the Court of Death and the sf adventure/thriller series The Merculians.

Where to find Mesdames of Mayhem online

Where to buy in print


13 Claws
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 64,170. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Holy Menagerie! The Mesdames of Mayhem, a group of established, acclaimed Canadian crime writers, have teamed up with three talented newcomers to create a book for your library favorites! 13 Claws includes 17 fantastic tales (pun intended), featuring cats, dogs, dragons and snakes! With thrillers, cozies and mysteries of every variety, 13 Claws is sure to find a sweet spot with crime lovers.
13 O'Clock
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,060. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
In this second volume of their crime anthology series, the Mesdames of Mayhem are thrilled to bring you 15 tales of desperation and evil deeds. From courtroom drama to identity theft, from cottage country to the city's deadly pace -- crime is everywhere, and in every era. The Mesdames of Mayhem are 16 friends who are established Canadian crime authors.
Thirteen, an anthology of crime stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,470. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
An eerie emerald skull holds the clue to a woman’s origins…and to murder. A bureaucrat stumbling home on a winter evening sees a lion…or does he? Senior citizens show their mettle…and their sinister side. And, more importantly, how do you get rid of a troublesome body and plan the perfect wedding…at the same time? Within these pages lie the answers!

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