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May 10 RMMWA Meeting

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.

Speaker: Becker Parkhurst-Strout
Program: Get Your Book in the Library

Menu: Elements signature lasagna with salad & garlic bread. All meals are served with assorted desserts. Iced tea, water and coffee are included, beer and wine are available for sale. Vegetarian meal available upon request.

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Presentation description: TBD

6-Word Mystery Contest Winners Announced

One hundred nineteen people entered 312 total entries to our first 6-Word Mystery Contest. The finalists were chosen by our esteemed panel of judges. The ultimate winners were determined by attendees who voted at the Mystery & Mistletoe Holiday Party.The overall winner (highlighted in yellow below) won $100 cash and the category winners (in bold below) won $20 gift certificates to Tattered Cover Bookstore.


Missing: Diamond necklace. Contact Buckingham Palace
Marne Kellogg

Croquet tournament murder with mallets aforethought.
Linda Boatright

Nanny missing. Spoons, sugar, umbrella found.
Vicki Kashon

Matron missing. Cellar locked. Kitties plump.
Jeffrey Lockwood

Diving goggles found in pirate ship.
A.R. Ashling


Unlocked phone. Undeleted messages. Unresponsive husband.
Scott Kirkwood

Returned diamond, broke heart, used spade.
Laurel Manuel

Widow was deposed while lovers decomposed.
Ted Iliff

Came to investigate, stayed for breakfast.
Connie O’Murray

Killed for her – then by her.
Bailey Phelps


Dumpster discovery: striped sweater. Where’s Waldo?
Linda Boatright

Another smart phone bombing…evil emoji smiles.
Daniel Martinez

Eyes so lovely I kept them.
Cindy Marsh

Detective’s wife murdered. No evidence found.
Vaibhav Hassija

House for sale. Bring own exorcist.
Jenny Young


Fatal stab. Icicle melts. Perfect crime.
Kathleen O’Brien

But officer, the DNA was yours.
Cindy Marsh

Window jimmied. Intruder shot. Keys noticed.
Twist Phelan

Hung jury. Police suspect group suicide.
Karen Morrissey

Explain week-old maggots in yesterday’s corpse.
Jeffrey Lockwood


Max decided falling was strangely peaceful.
Steve Volstad

Everything was crooked, especially the fedora.
Cynthia Kuhn

The night masked her dark intentions.
Paul Halenda

Cigarettes on nightstand. I don’t smoke.
Susan Sener

Strangled cop. Empty backseat. Missing handcuffs.
Scott Kirkwood

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Murder on the Fly: A Riley the Exterminator Mystery by Jeffrey Alan Lockwood

“If you read only one entomological mystery this year . . . I’m not kidding. CV Riley is one part Sam Spade and one part Orkin Man and in Poisoned Justice, he makes things interesting for his adversaries—be they eight, six, or two-legged.” -Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries

The body of a gay cop who committed suicide, a radical commune in the hills above Berkeley, and a pest outbreak that will cost California $10 billion if not controlled would be sufficient problems by themselves. But the maggots don’t match the policeman’s time of death, the hippies aren’t as peaceful as they claim, and the Medfly is spreading faster than it can move on its own.

Knowing that police detective-turned-exterminator Riley has what is needed—knowledge of both two- and six-legged vermin—an old flame draws him into a perilous search for the mastermind behind the most devastating insect outbreak in the nation’s history. Riley must determine whether the Medfly infestation is the work of a government insider or a radical environmentalist.

As crops are reduced to worm-infested mush, Riley and his loyal crew at Goat Hill Extermination zero in on the perpetrators of gruesome murder, brutal kidnapping, and economic devastation.

But it’s revenge, not money, that has bullets drawing blood and wasps delivering venom in a battle to determine who lives and who dies. Between romance reigniting and terrorism smoldering, Riley knows he’s likely to get burned.

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Renowned panel of judges announced for Six-Word Mystery Contest

Z.J. Czupor
Secretary of the Board
Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America
303-503-6677 (mobile)

Renowned panel of judges announced for Six-Word Mystery Contest

DENVER, October 25, 2017 – The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA) today announced an award-winning and renowned panel of judges for RMMWA inaugural six-word mystery contest.

Judging entries in the contest will be The Denver Post’s Features Editor Jenn Fields; New York Times best-selling author Anne Hillerman; award-winning author, lawyer and activist Manuel Ramos; Tattered Cover Book Store owner and author Len Vlahos; and literary agent Terrie Wolf, owner of the AKA Literary Management agency.

The contest opened October 1 and final deadline to enter is midnight, November 26. Six-word novels can be entered in one or all five of the following categories: Hard Boiled or Noir; Cozy Mystery; Thriller Mystery; Police Procedural Mystery; and/or Romance and Lust.

Cost to enter the contest is $6 per entry (just $1 per word); or $10 to enter six-word mysteries in all five categories. The grand prize winner will receive $100 in cash. Finalists in other categories will receive valuable gift cards to Tattered Cover and will be featured on the RMMWA website. The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. No residency requirements.

Finalists will be invited to read their entries at the chapter’s annual Mystery & Mistletoe Holiday Party, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., December 13, 2017, at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80203. The winners will be voted on by those attending and announced that evening.

According to legend, the first six-word novel was born in the 1920s when Ernest Hemingway at New York’s Algonquin Hotel or Luchow’s restaurant (depending on whom you ask) won a $10 bet by writing a six-word story. His dark and dramatic submission was: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” Urban legend or no, memorable, heartbreaking and sublime six-word stories have been penned ever since.

For more information about the contest and how to enter, please visit www.rmmwa.org.

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Mystery Writers of America is a nonprofit professional organization of mystery and crime writers, editors, publishers, and other professionals in the mystery field.

MWA watches developments in legislation and tax law, sponsors symposia and mystery conferences, presents the Edgar® Awards, and provides information for mystery writers. Membership in MWA is open to published authors, editors, screenwriters, and other professionals in the field.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter represents member writers in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico and Montana. The Rocky Mountain Chapter meets monthly and provides educational presentations by subject matter experts on topics related to crime, law enforcement, investigative, forensic, medical and legal issues among others; and often sponsors special events of interest to mystery writers in the region.


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