Sisters in Crime@St Valentine’s Day: She Always Gets Her Man

Three ‘romantic suspense’ authors – Bronwyn Parry, Cheryl Wright & Helene Young – cut to the chase on this famous day for lovers with fellow crime author Leigh Redhead. Romantic at heart but criminal in intent, they’ll talk about how their sleuths nab the bad guy as well as catching the good one.

Bronwyn Parry: Based in New England, Bronwyn has written three novels in a loosely-linked series set in the fictional regional town of Dungirri – As Darkness Falls, Dark Country and Darkening Skies as well as Dead Heat (all published by Hachette). Her books have found an international audience in the UK, Germany and the Czech Republic. She currently works as a sessional academic at the University of New England.

Cheryl Wright: Cheryl writes contemporary romance and the occasional comedy but has turned her hand to romantic suspense with Running Scared (Books We Love) about a woman stalked by her husband's killers and aided and abetted by an undercover cop. A former secretary, debt collector, account manager, writing instructor, and shopping tour hostess, Cheryl lives in Melbourne and has won several awards for her writing.

Helen Young: Multi-award winning author, Helene Young is a Queensland-based pilot whose first three novels – Border Watch (reissued as Wings of Fear), Shattered Sky and Burning Lies – centred on coastal surveillance operations round Australia and attracted a legion of fans. Her latest novel, Half Moon Bay, was chosen as the June Book of the Month by The Get Reading team last year. Out in April is Safe Harbour (Penguin Books Australia), a ‘friends to lovers’ story, set against a back drop of drugs in sport and international crime syndicates.

Leigh Redhead: Leigh is the author of the award-winning Simone Kirsch stripper/private eye series. After four years living in Vietnam, she's returned to Melbourne where she is writing the fifth Simone book, teaching creative writing, and wrangling a baby and a toddler. She also contributed a chapter to the collection If I Tell You…I’ll Have To Kill You: Australia’s Leading Crime Writers Reveal Their Secrets (Allen & Unwin), out last year.

The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan St & Eastern Rd, South Melbourne Mel Ref: 57, H2.Try 1, 55, 112 or St Kilda Road trams. Free on-street parking after 6pm.

$10 (members/concession)/$15 (non-members). Dinner upstairs from 6.30pm (no lift). Men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome. 10% discount for members from Sun Bookshop stall.