The Ladies Killing Circle is an Ottawa phenomenom.
In the 90’s a six-member critiquing group knew their mystery short stories were good and should be out there for people to read. “Vicki Cameronl, whose non-fiction had been published by General Store proposed that the six women who became the Ladies’ Killing Circle, prepare a book for the editor’s consideration. He jumped at the chance and, in 1995, The Ladies’ Killing Circle with stories from 12 woman and wonderful poems by Joy Hewitt Mann appeared. Mary Jane Maffini’s story, ‘Cotton Armour’, won the Arthur Ellis best short story award and the Globe reviewed The Ladies Killing Circle favourably.
They were launched.
In 1997 they accepted submissions from across the country for Cottage Country Killers and Sue Pike won the Arhtur Ellis for ‘Widow’s Weeds.’ Mary Jane Maffini won her second Arthur for her story in Menopause Is Murder published in 1999.
Stories in the next four books, Fit To Die, Bone dance, Boomers go Bad and Going out with a Bang, all published by RendezVous Press of Toronto had stories short-listed for the Arthur.
Sadly, Audrey Jessup, a founding member of LKC died before Bone Dance was published. She continues to be missed but the group has welcomed Barbara Fradkin.