Books at the Bar

Date: September 26, 2023

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Baker Street Irregulars, 1152 First Avenue at 63rd St.

Baker Street Irregulars presents
“Books At The Bar”
featuring Sisters in Crime Authors:
Dawn Barclay
Elizabeth Crowens
Nancy Good
Lori Robbins
Triss Stein
Cathi Stoler
Izolda Trakhtenberg
MC: Jacquetta Szathmni
6:00 pm Social get together
6:30 –8:00 pm readings and raffle

Our MC:

Jacquetta Szathmari, writing at Dorothy Welles, is the author of the upcoming Grave Trilogy featuring bomb scene investigator Danni Hawk. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, a SinC NY board member, and the VP of the Art Students League of New York. She can be found at and @dorothywelles 

Our Readers:

Award-winning writer Dawn M. Barclay writes fiction as D.M. Barr and has written five novels and three short stories of psychological, domestic, and romantic suspense, including her best known work, Saving Grace: A Psychological Thriller. She also co-edited the SinC anthology, Justice for All: Justice New York Style 5, which contains her short story, A Trial for the Books. Under her own name, Dawn penned the acclaimed autism travel guide, Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse. She offers freelance editing and ghostwriting through  Follow Dawn at

Elizabeth Crowens has worn many hats in the entertainment industry and has a popular Caption Contest on Facebook. She has three award-winning alternate history novels. Awards include 2020 Leo B. Burstein Scholarship from the MWA-NY Chapter, New York Foundation of the Arts grant, an Eric Hoffer Award, Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train Awards, and two grand prize and three first prize Chanticleer Awards, including Hounds of the Hollywood Baskervilles, the first in her Babs Norman Hollywood series, which is also a Killer Nashville Claymore Awards finalist and part of her three-book publishing deal with Level Best Books.

Lori Robbins is the author of the On Pointe and Master Class mystery series and a contributor to The Secret Ingredient: A Mystery Writers Cookbook. She won the Indie Award for Best Mystery, two Silver Falchions for Best Cozy Mystery, and was a finalist for a Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. Short stories include “Leading Ladies” which was cited in the 2022 Best American Mystery and Suspense anthology. After ten lean years as a professional dancer Lori became an English teacher and now writes full time. She is Co-President of the New York/ Tristate Sisters in Crime. You can find her at or

Triss Stein is from rural New York but has spent most of her adult life in Brooklyn. She has written five mysteries about unique Brooklyn neighborhoods. In Brooklyn Legacies, (Dec, 2019) murder gets in the way of Erica Donato’s efforts to understand historic Brooklyn Heights’ clashing cultures and seismic current changes.  She is now working on something completely different – crime in a high powered consulting firm –  and will read some pages from the opening chapter.

Cathi Stoler is an Amazon Best Selling author and Derringer winner. She has written  Nick Of Time and Out Of Time, in the Nick Donahue AdventuresBar None, Last Call, The Silver Falchion finalist Best Suspense Novel 2020, Straight Up, a Chanticleer Clue Book Awards Finalist 2022, and With A Twist, in the Murder On the Rocks Series, as well The Laurel and Helen NY Mysteries, plus multiple short stories. She is a board member of  SinC, and a member of MWA, and ITW. You can find her at, or email her at

Izolda Trakhtenberg Born in Moldova, Izolda lived in a war zone during her family’s year-long immigration journey. She learned to read regular playing cards from her great-grandmother and started reading tarot cards professionally 30 years ago. Izolda got her English degree from the University of Michigan. She also traveled the world as a NASA Master Trainer. Now, Izolda hosts The Creative Solutions Podcast where she interviews peak-performing innovators. She has released ten books including Die By The Sword, the first Cassie Belmont Tarot Reader mystery. Izolda, her husband, and their two cats live in Brooklyn, NY.