SinC Puget Sound

Meetings & Events

All meetings will be held on Zoom unless otherwise noted. The Zoom link will be sent to members ahead of time in our monthly newsletter.

Leslie Budewitz

June 13, 7 PM: Common Mistakes Fiction Writers Make About the Law, with Leslie Budewitz

A legal thread runs through the fictional world. Writers of all variety of fiction often find that a plot or subplot involves legal issues. But the law is complex. It varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and sometimes changes. And too many people, including writers, are TV-educated, unaware that the terminology used in New York on “Law & Order” does not apply to a story set in Virginia or Montana. Given by a lawyer with 40 years of experience who is also an award-winning mystery writer, this presentation will address 10 common mistakes fiction writers make about the law and provide some simple research tools for getting the facts about the law right.

Leslie Budewitz writes the Spice Shop mysteries set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, a place she fell in love with as a college freshman; the Food Lovers’ Village mysteries, set in a fictional lakeside town in NW Montana; and historical short mysteries. As Alicia Beckman, she writes moody suspense. Coming next: To Err is Cumin, the 8th Spice Shop mystery (July 2024), and All Gods Sparrows and Other Stories: A Stagecoach Mary Fields Collection (September 2024) – the title story won the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story.

A not-quite-retired lawyer, a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, and a member of the Washington and Montana bars, Leslie is the author of Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure, winner of the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction.

A former president of Sisters in Crime and national board member of MWA, Leslie loves to eat, cook, read, travel, hike, and paint, not necessarily in that order. She lives in NW Montana.


August 4: Annual Picnic

SAVE THE DATE! Come join us at our Annual Picnic on Sunday, August 4 from 11 AM-2 PM at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in Richmond Beach.

We have reserved the upper shelter above the lower parking lot, not the shelter on the beach! Our chapter banner will be proudly displayed. There’s lots of covered seating, bathroom facilities and free parking.

Friends/spouses are welcome. Looking forward to seeing you!


September 9: Mystery and Crime Author Night at Third Place Books

Info TBA.