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Ladiesí Killing Circle anthologies

This page lists crime fiction anthologies published by or in association with the Ladiesí Killing Circle organisation.

The Ladiesí Killing Circle was formed by group of writers in the Ottawa area in 1992. The group produced eight anthologies between 1995 and 2008 - featuring stories by 48 Canadian writers.

 

Ladiesí Killing Circle Anthologies

The Ladies' Killing Circle: A Crime and Mystery Collection

Editor: Victoria Cameron & Audrey Jessup

General Store Publishing House

1995

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Cottage Country Killers: A Crime and Mystery Collection

Editor: Victoria Cameron and Linda Wiken

General Store Publishing House

1997

The contents are:

  • Too Many Guys Named Bill (Rose DeShaw)
  • Eb And Flo (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Inheritance (Barbara Fradkin)
  • Widow's Weeds (Sue Pike)
  • Hunting Lessons (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Getting Rid Of Cottage Pests (Rosemary Aubert)
  • Up The Pole (Liz Palmer)
  • Mea Culpa (Jane Tun)
  • September Mourn (Audrey Jessup)
  • It's In The Bag (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Conspicuous Presumption (Pat Wilson And Kris Wood)
  • Partner-In-Crime (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • August Is The Lamb Of Winter (Michelle Marcotte)
  • Holding Down The Fort (Therese Greenwood)
  • Murder By Moonlight (Marguerite Mcdonald)
  • It's No Mystery To Me (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Hear No Evil (Linda Wiken)
  • Accidents Can Happen (Joan Boswell)
  • It Must Have Been The Sherry (Brenda Missen)
  • Unnaturally Inclined (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Language Of Flowers (Maureenjennings)
  • Full Moon, Blue Lake (Mary Jane Maffini)
  • Zebra Mussels (Vicki Cameron)
  • Accident Waiting To Happen (Joy Hewitt Mann)
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Menopause Is Murder: A Crime and Mystery Collection

Editor: Victoria Cameron and Mary Jane Maffini

General Store Publishing House

1999

The contents are:

  • Menopause Is Murder (Thea Hopkins)
  • Hand Of God (Barbara Fradkin)
  • Fair Lady (Therese Greenwood)
  • Ruthful Day (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Pre-Emptive Stroke (Pat Wilson And Kris Wood)
  • Going To Mission (Eliza Moorhouse)
  • What's In A Name? (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Refrain (Melanie Fogel)
  • Bimbos Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine (Rose Deshaw)
  • Rub-A-Dub, Deadly Tub (Linda Wiken)
  • "The Heat Is On" (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Lemon Meringue Pie (Jane Tun)
  • A Very Naughty Boy (Audrey Jessup)
  • All Shook Up (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • No Mean Feat (Sue Pike)
  • A Matter Of Routine (Liz Palmer)
  • Wedding In Puce (Vicki Cameron)
  • Or Is It Just Me? (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • The Last Client (Jane Watson)
  • No Nice Way Out (Joan Boswell)
  • Night Out (Madona Skaff)
  • Slice Of Life (Rita West)
  • The Great Mace Murder (Marguerite McDonald)
  • "Imagine The Freedom" (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Kicking The Habit (Mary Jane Maffini)
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (H. Mel Malton)
  • A Woman In Her Prime (Elizabeth Syme)
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Fit to Die: A Crime and Mystery Collection

Editor: Joan Boswell and Sue Pike

Napoleon and Co / RendezVous Press

2001

"From the gym to the golf course to the supposedly peaceful practice of tai chi, murder, rage and revenge refuse to respect the human quest for immortality through fitness and can victimize the most tanned and toned bodies as easily as those of couch potatoes and gourmands. Excessive good health can lead to an early demise in this energetic new anthology."
The contents are:
  • Fit To Live (Audrey Jessup)
  • Race (Vicki Cameron)
  • Writer's Cramp (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Down In The Plumps (Victoria Maffini)
  • Double Trouble (Barbara Fradkin)
  • Grudge Match (Therese Greenwood)
  • Dirty Jog (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Sign Of The Times (Mary Jane Maffini)
  • Grand Slam (Lea Tassie)
  • Seeing Red (Linda Wiken)
  • Fit To Die (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Flacas (Violette Malan)
  • Snap Judgment (Sue Pike)
  • Returning The Favour (Joan Boswell)
  • Brisk Sit Down (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Matter Of The Heart (Day's Lee)
  • Brief Life Of Alice Hartely (Liz Palmer)
  • Tee'd Off (Mary Keenan)
  • Straight Lie (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Although, On The Other Hand (Pat Wilson & Kris Wood)
  • Seigneur Poisson (R.J. Harlick)
  • Natural Medicine (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Love Handles (H. Mel Malton)
  • There's A Word For It (Melanie Fogel)
  • Old Geezers (Rose DeShaw)
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Bone Dance: A Crime and Mystery Collection

Editor: Joan Boswell and Sue Pike

Napoleon and Co / RendezVous Press

2003

"Music may soothe the savage breast, but in this fifth collection of witty and wicked crime fiction from the Ladiesí Killing Circle, music provides the background for tales of murder and mayhem. Itís a collection you wonít want to put down until youíve read every one and hummed all the tunes. Youíll never listen to your favourite songs again without wondering what nefarious deeds they may have inspired."
The contents are:
  • Unchained Melody (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Knocking On Heaven's Door (Cecelia Kennedy)
  • There's No Business Like Show Business (Pat Wilson)
  • In Texas They All Carry Guns (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Don't Cry For Me Argentina (Joan Boswell)
  • When The Red, Red Robin (R.J. Harlick)
  • I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (Lou Allin)
  • Fry, Fry, Fry (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Brian's Song (Linda Wiken)
  • Summertime (Audrey Jessup)
  • Rock-A-Bye Baby (Susan C. Gates)
  • Jagger He Ain't: The Saga Of A Rock Wannabe (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Let Me Drive (Violette Malan)
  • Them There Eyes (Coleen Steele)
  • Who's Sorry Now (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Two Little Girls In Blue (Sue Pike)
  • When Laura Smiles (Liz Palmer)
  • Sin A Song Of Sixpence (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Three Coins In The Fountain (Pat Wilson And Kris Wood)
  • The Night Chicago Died (Bev Panasky)
  • Wake Up Little Suzie (Mary Jane Maffini)
  • Basket Case (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • From This Wicked Fall (Kathryne Finn)
  • Hokey Pokey (Vicki Cameron)
  • The Minstrel Boy (Barbara Fradkin)
  • When The Fat Lady Sings (Joy Hewitt Mann)
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When Boomers Go Bad: A Crime and Mystery Collection

Editor: Joan Boswell and Sue Pike

Napoleon and Co / RendezVous Press

2005

"This anthology of short crime fiction from the Ladies' Killing Circle takes a spirited look at baby boomers as they go from young, hairy and hip to old, bald and bad. The children of the sixties are are up to no good in another wicked anthology from this prolific collective of writers."
The contents are:
  • Where Were You Then? (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Spoils Of War (Barbara Fradkin)
  • Plenty Of Time (Melanie Fogel)
  • My Sister Caroline (Brenda Chapman)
  • Booming (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Slow Burning Fire (Bev Panasky)
  • Call Him Ishmael (Janice Macdonald)
  • Glass Eats Lights (Susan C. Gates)
  • My Husband The Dead Head (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • How To Make A Killing In Real Estate (Pat Wilson And Kris Wood)
  • Little Bit Easy (Therese Greenwood)
  • Graceful Retirement (Cecilia Kennedy)
  • Black And White Blues (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Red Pagoda (Day's Lee)
  • Life Sentences (Joan Boswell)
  • An Omen For Gwen /Kathryn Cross)
  • Empty Nest Syndrome (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Day Before The Wedding (Liz Palmer)
  • Cold Dead (Linda Wiken)
  • Nice Cup Of Something Hot (Linda Hall)
  • Hopscotch (Sue Pike)
  • There Was An Over-Aged Hippie (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Seeing Strawberry Red (H. Mel Malton)
  • Smoke Screen (Mary Jane Maffini)
  • Dear Tabby (Vicki Cameron)
  • River In Egypt (Jenifer McVaugh)
  • Top Ten (Joy Hewitt Mann)
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Going Out With a Bang: a Crime and Mystery Collection

Editor: Joan Boswell and Barbara Fradkin

Napoleon and Co / RendezVous Press

2008

"Do not go gentle into that good night, wrote Dylan Thomas, and Canadas notorious Ladies Killing Circle has taken his advice to heart. In Going Out With a Bang, the dangerous dames have brought together an explosive mix of authors from across the country. Whether its the boom of drums, the cacophony of a train wreck, or the thud of a body crashing down the stairs, no one goes out without a fight."
The contents are:
  • Bang The Drum Loudly For Me (Pat Wilson)
  • Opera Lover (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • For The Sake Of Francine (Sandra Beswetherick)
  • The Robber (Joy Heritt Mann)
  • The Thrill Of The Chase (Mary Keenan)
  • Cobwebs (Lorie Lee Steiner)
  • By The Book (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Courting Frank (Susan C. Gates)
  • Listening In (Liz Palmer)
  • The Porsche (Joan Boswell)
  • Eve Gets Even (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • The Dog At Balmy Beach (Madeleine Harris-Callway)
  • Mad Scientist (Linda Hall)
  • Bad Chef (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Decked (Lou Allin)
  • P(Oisoned) M(Y) S(Pouse) (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • The Good Lie (Sandy Conrad)
  • Going Out With A Bank (Mary Jane Maffini)
  • A Priest, A Cop And An Undertaker Walk Into A Hunt Camp (Vicki Cameron)
  • Piece And Quiet (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Hostile Takeover (Sue Pike)
  • Thinking Inside The Box (Kris Wood)
  • A Really Good Day (Nancy McQueen)
  • Dead Against Telling (Linda Wiken)
  • Chocolate To Die For (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • Payback (Jean Rae Baxter)
  • The Silencer (Joy Hewitt Mann)
  • A Three-Splash Day (Barbara Fradkin)
  • When The Whistle Blows (Coleen Steele)
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Little Treasures: Mystery Stories

Editor: Ladies' Killing Circle

Carrick Publishing

2011

An ebook that bring back into print seven stories from the first anthology.

"In these stories from the first anthology, The Ladies' Killing Circle, everyone has secrets and sometimes murder is the only way to keep them safe."
The contents are:
  • Cotton Armour (Mary Jane Maffini)
  • One Cold Cookie (Joan Boswell)
  • The Little Treasures (Audrey Jessup)
  • Birdbrain (Vicki Cameron)
  • There Goes the Neighbourhood (Linda Wiken)
  • With Friends like These (Sue Pike)
  • Secrets of the Night (Barbara Fradkin)
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Last updated September 2018