Crimes and Criminals and the Writers Who Love Them

Crimes and Criminals and the Writers Who Love Them

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre!

Friday, December 11th, at 6:30 PM.

Tis the season to celebrate, and we're celebrating good food and good company -- and good mysteries! -- with an evening at On the Spot Mysteries, featuring Odd Lot Improv and a three-course gourmet dinner! Visit the Savannah Coffee Roasters website or call 912-352-2994 to make your reservation. $40 per person for both dinner and show.

For more information -- or to make reservations -- visit the website:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Our January 19th Meeting -- Research Q&A with Historian Jon Bryant

We are very excited to have noted scholar, historian, and writer Jonathan M. Bryant as our guest for our September meeting.

When: Saturday, January 16th at 5:00 PM

Where: Savannah's Coffee Roasters' Morrison Room

Dr. Bryant is the author of Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope, which is a dramatic narrative of slavery, corruption, and the law in the young American republic. Often described as the most important Supreme Court decision no one has ever heard of, the Antelope decision set the stage for the decades-later Amistad case.
We hope you'll join us as Dr. Bryant shares his techniques for finding sources on true crime, and using those stories as the basis for fictional accounts of crime. "Fiction that reflects reality," he says, "especially when it is historical, is the most convincing fiction to me."

You can learn more about Jonathan Bryant and the Antelope case at Bryant's website, where you can read reviews (they're phenomenal!) listen to interviews (including one with Diane Rehm!) and peruse the actual historical documents used to create this book.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Thrills and Chills with Jenny Milchman and Tina Whittle

Please join Jenny Milchman and Low Country Sisters in Crime host Tina Whittle for an evening of books and conversation to celebrate the release of Jenny's third thriller, As Night Falls.

When -- Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30 PM

Where -- The Book Lady Bookstore in Savannah

Jenny is in the middle of her third trip all around the country, the Bring on the Night Tour (you can read more about that here) and we're excited to have her share her knowledge on books, writing, mysteries, and publishing, and to celebrate one of the South's finest independent bookstores, The Book Lady Bookstore.

Our FRIDAY November 13th Meeting: Chatham County Detention Center Tour

Please join us for our FRIDAY, November 13th meeting when we get a private tour of the Chatham County Detention Center! The Center will be business as usual as we get a behind-the-scenes peek at operations there,including a special presentation on Operation New Hope, a partnership with the Humane Society.

Starting at 10 AM, please RSVP to Tina Whittle by Wednesday, November 11th.

You can learn more about the facility at the Center's Website.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Our October 17th Meeting: Handgun Fundamentals

Get ready for some hands-on firearms training during our October meeting.

We'll be gathering at Patrick's Uniform and Gun Range in Garden City for their Handgun Fundamentals Class (you can read more about that HERE).

WHEN: Saturday, October 17th at 8:00 AM (please arrive 15 minutes early)

WHERE: Patrick's Uniforms and Gun Range
(located at 2307 Highway 80, Exit 102 on I-95)
COST: $50 or $40 with the Low Country SinC Discount

WHO: SinC members and friends

Other info to know: Shannon Harrell of Patrick's says that this is a BASIC level class. Folks are welcome to shoot their own firearms after class. Due to having many brand new shooters, formal classes are limited to store-issued .22LR (less noise, less recoil for new shooters, all of which make it easier to practice fundamentals). This is not a tactics class.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Our August Meeting -- Firearms 101 with Gordon Rayner

If you're writing a mystery, chances are good a character is going to pull a gun at some point. And that is a moment every writer wants to get right.

Luckily for Low Country Sisters in Crime, we have an opportunity to learn how to do that.

Please join us on Saturday, August 8th from 10-12 noon at Southwest Chatham Public Library's Activity Room as we welcome Gordon Rayner, author and former DEA agent, who will share everything a mystery writer needs to know about guns, bullets, and all the trouble that characters can get into involving them. You don't want to miss this valuable Q&A session!

For more information, contact Tina Whittle at lowcountrysinc at

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Gordon and Ella Mae Rayner were high school sweethearts. Ella Mae became an RN and Gordon did a three year stint in the Marine Corps before he joined the Border Patrol and later became a Narcotics Agent with the DEA. These years provided him with many war stories to be told and retold, including their first work,  Foreign Service Family Style.
Foreign Service Family Style
is now available in print on Amazon and Kindle and also as an e-book on It is a true story of a DEA agent and his family who travel with him to Paraguay where he sets up a new office in the American Embassy. The book is written by both the agent and his wife who tell separate stories of their experiences while in this foreign land. The Rayners are currently working on a novel -- Taurus, Taurus, Taurus.