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October RMMWA Meeting

Anatomy of an Arson – October 12, 6:30 p.m. at CADA

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Hickory smoked adobo chicken: marinated grilled chicken breast topped with sautéed peppers and onions in a garlic-roasted cilantro cream sauce with cilantro lime rice served with a roasted pear salad-roasted pears, blue cheese and toasted pecans atop a bed of spring greens with walnut raspberry vinaigrette.

On the night of March 7, 2003, while a dad and his three young children slept in their Colorado Springs home, a fire broke out. Only one of them would leave alive. Bob Toth, fire investigator, was tasked with piecing together the clues the fire had left to discover exactly what happened. Join us as Bob walks us through the events of the evening and the clues and find out exactly what happened, and why. The fire tells the story since the victims can’t.

Bio: Robert Toth’s professional career started with nearly 21 years in the fire service. The last 10 years included law enforcement and conducting fire investigations in both the public and private sector. Retiring from the fire service in 2002, he started IRIS Fire Investigations, Inc. and has conducted and assisted in origin and cause investigations in Colorado, surrounding states, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

In addition to running his business, Robert is also sought after for his lectures and presentations on fire investigations, NFPA 921, interviewing, internet technology, and digital photography training. He has presented various topics to public agencies and private enterprises across the United States, in Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Botswana, and South Africa.

He is a past president of the Colorado Chapter, and past director of the International Association of Arson Investigators. Currently, he is a member of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), Fire Scene and Explosives Subcommittee’s Documentation and Report Writing Task Group.

Murder Under the Oaks

Identity Crisis

New Releases

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THE ART OF VANISHING (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #2)

“A terrific plot—with a surprise around every corner.” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Say No More

When Professor Lila Maclean is sent to interview celebrated author and notorious cad Damon Von Tussel, he disappears before her very eyes. The English department is thrown into chaos by the news, as Damon is supposed to headline Stonedale University’s upcoming Arts Week.

The chancellor makes it clear that he expects Lila to locate the writer and set events back on track immediately. But someone appears to have a different plan: strange warnings are received, valuable items go missing, and a series of dangerous incidents threaten the lives of Stonedale’s guests. After her beloved mother, who happens to be Damon’s ex, rushes onto campus and into harm’s way, Lila has even more reason to bring the culprit to light before anything—or anyone—else vanishes.


WILD LIVES by Laurie Robinson and Janie Chodosh

“A children’s-zoo veterinarian who became an advocate for the world’s dwindling cheetah population. An intrepid Indian scientist who confronted the dangerous scourge of elephant poaching. A pioneering female biologist who became the world’s leading expert on giraffes…With the world facing an unprecedented spate of species extinction, the survival of iconic wildlife, such as the polar bear and such lesser-known creatures as Israel’s long-billed hoopoe, is often up to courageous individuals who commit to their passion and sacrifice their comfort so that the planet maintains a healthy biodiversity. Thanks to the environmentally committed interviewers Robinson and Chodosh, 20 conservationists succinctly tell their stories in this illuminating volume that may well inspire readers to take up the cause.”

“Wild Lives, Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love”
(Skyhorse Press)

“ …Wild Lives is so desperately important. The people in this book are united by their belief that it is not too late to turn things around. You will be inspired by their stories. You will realize that there is hope for the future if we join the fight, if each of us does our bit.” – Dr. Jane Goodall

WILD LIVES is available on Amazon, IndieBound, Barnes & Noble and at many local bookstores.


Coming June 13: RED SKY by Chris Goff

RED SKY, the second in Chris Goff’s thriller series, hits the stands with a launch signing at Tattered Cover-Colfax, Thursday, June 15 at 7 pm, followed by a signing at Hearthfire Books in Evergreen, Thursday June 22 at 5:30 p.m. In RED SKY, U.S. Diplomatic Security Service Agent Raisa Jordan is sent to investigate when People’s Republic Flight 91 crashes in northeastern Ukraine with a U.S. diplomatic agent on board. It quickly becomes apparent that the plane was intentionally downed, but why? As international relations crumble and more lives hang in the balance, Jordan races to stop a new Cold War. “Breathtaking suspense, do not miss Red Sky,” says Catherine Coulter, NYT bestselling author of The Devil’s Triangle, while Booklist recommends you “give this to readers who like Matthew Palmer’s blend of diplomacy and thrills.” RED SKY is now available to Pre-Order at Tattered Cover, Hearthfire Books or on Amazon.


RED SKY, Book #2 in the Raisa Jordan Thriller Series COMING June 13, 2017 from Crooked Lane Books


Member News

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Signings and Sightings

October 11
1-3 p.m.
Chris Goff
Welcome to the bookstore
A Cozy Tea Party
1300 E. Bridge Street
Brighton, Colorado

October 11
2-4 p.m.
Catherine Dilts
Woodland Park Local Author Showcase
Woodland Park Public Library
218 Midland Avenue
Woodland Park, Colorado

October 12–15
Chris Goff
Toronto, Canada

December 9
2 p.m.
Chris Goff
Margaret Mizushima
Signing with Shannon Baker and Carrie Smith
Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N. Goldwater Blve. #101
Scottsdale, Arizona

Member News

Identity Crisis, Terry Odell’s 7th book in her Blackthorne, Inc. covert ops romantic suspense series is available. Click for details. A portion of all October royalties will be donated to the National MS Society in honor of her daughter.

Also in October, watch for the release of her 4th Mapleton Mystery, Deadly Production, in audio format.

Catherine Dilts is participating in a Woodland Park Local Author Showcase Wednesday, October 11, from 2 – 4 pm. Local authors will discuss their books, and the process of getting published. Location: Woodland Park Public Library, 218 Midland Avenue, Woodland Park, CO 80863. There doesn’t seem to be a direct link for the event, but here’s the page.

More photos of bone workshop here.

Carter Wilson’s latest book Revelation won both the Colorado Book Awards (Thrillers) and the International Book Award (Mystery & Suspense).


Manuel Ramos is a finalist for the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Ramos, two-time winner of the Colorado Book Award for his crime fiction, is listed for the Shamus in the Original Private Eye Paperback category for his most recent novel, My Bad: A Mile High Noir (Arte Público Press). The winners in the various categories will be announced in September. The Shamus has been awarded annually since 1982. Click for the complete list of finalists.

Meanwhile, Manuel will be the featured reader at the July 18th FBomb (Flash-Bomb) Reading Series at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver, 7:30 p.m. FBomb is a monthly flash fiction reading series with rotating guest hosts and featured performers, as well as (limited) open mic slots. Flash Fiction = complete stories under 1000 words.

This summer the Greenwood Village Cultural Arts Program has partnered with Arapahoe Libraries to present the first ever “Village Read” and the group has chosen Lake of Fire by Mark Stevens as this year’s selection. Many activities are planned in August around the themes from the book. Starting in June, books will available for purchase at the Friends of Arapahoe Libraries Bookstore at the Koelbel Library and the Curtis Center for the Arts. Arapahoe Libraries will also have extra copies available for check out.

Following is a list of activities planned for August; except for the August 31 event, all are free and will be held at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St.

Wednesday, Aug. 2 | 7 p.m. Village Read Mayor’s Kick-off.

Monday, August 7 | 9 a.m. Author Talk with Focus 50+.

Tuesday, August 8 | 6:30 p.m. Surviving off the Land in Colorado
Erica, AKA Wild Food Girl, will talk about searching for, identifying, and eating wild foods in Colorado.

Thursday, August 10 | 7 p.m. Hunter, fisherwoman, and photographer Donnelle Johnson will talk about her adventures in the Flat Tops Wilderness.

Saturday, August 12 | 2 p.m. Writers Workshop with Mark Stevens

Monday, August 14 | 7 p.m. Fighting Wildfires in Colorado
Firefighters discuss their experience battling wildfires across Colorado.

Thursday, August 31 | 6 p.m. Closing Celebration – Curtis Center for the Arts
Enjoy music from Let Them Roar (hailing from the Flat Tops Wilderness) and The Cody Sisters. Free ice cream, tequila tasting and party in the park.

More: www.writermarkstevens.com

Margaret Mizushima is thrilled to announce the August 8 release of her third Timber Creek K-9 mystery, Hunting Hour, in which Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo investigate the death of a teen; but before they catch the killer, another child goes missing—this time it’s one of Cole Walker’s daughters—and they must lead the hunt to capture a kidnapper before they’re too late.

Book launch party to take place August 12, from 1–3, at the Rolland Moore Park, Shelter #2, 2201 S. Shields, Fort Collins. RSVP by email the number of guests attending to margmizu@q.com.

The Friends of the University of Colorado (Boulder)’s “Just Desserts” event, scheduled for August 3 beginning at 5 p.m. with a dessert reception at Broadway and Baseline in Boulder, will feature Shannon Baker discussing her book, Stripped Bare.

WELCOME to new members Steven Burt and William Frank.
Welcome back to member Arthur Eisenson.

Danielle Girard’s new release EXCISE comes out August 22 from Thomas & Mercer.




Gerald Elias’s sixth book in the Daniel Jacobus mystery series, SPRING BREAK, published by Severn House, will be released in the US on August 1. Booklist recently wrote: “Elias, a professional violinist and composer, does a fine job of establishing the story’s musical frame, and he’s a darned good storyteller, too: the mystery here is tightly constructed and very clever (readers should be wary of thinking they know where it’s going, because it sometimes takes sharp, unexpected turns). In Jacobus we have an imaginative, ornery, reclusive, witty protagonist—a guy who has bits of other mystery leads in him but who feels at the same time wholly original. A very good entry in a reliable series.”


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Bone Stories Recap

Bone Stories: Forensic Anthropology for Mystery Writers Ann Allsopp The table is littered with bones. A yellowed femur rests near a skullcap, sawed off with surgical precision. A jawbone, ripped from the rest of its skull, hangs open in an eternal scream. Toward the...

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New MWA Anthology

NEW MWA ANTHOLOGY TO FEATURE UNLIKELY PAIRS SOLVING A MYSTERY BY BARRY T. ZEMAN AND LAURIE L. KING, CO-CHAIRS, MWA PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE On behalf of MWA’s Publication Committee, it is our pleasure to announce that a new original anthology, Odd Partners, edited by...

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April Mystery Minute

Stop! You're Killing Me! I believe we are the only organization which lionizes murder, death and whodunits. On April 27, Mystery Writers of America will host its 71st annual gala banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City to present the Edgar Awards. The...

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Upcoming Events

  1. November: Making Crime Pay via Independent Publishing with Jeff Carson

    November 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Mystery and Mistletoe

    December 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

RMMWA Programs Online

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