Upcoming Meetings

RMMWA meets the second Thursday from September – May,  7 p.m.


Dick Kreck, former Denver Post reporter, will present “Rich People Behaving Badly.”

April 13, 2017 meeting

RMMWA April Meeting

When: Thursday, April 13
Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 East Speer Blvd., Denver
6:30 p.m.: Social
7:00 p.m.: Dinner
8:00 p.m.: Program

RSVP by Monday, April 10
MENU:  Paris chicken…tender grilled chicken breast with fresh asparagus, wild mushrooms, tomatoes and garlic basil oil with roasted rosemary red potatoes along with a grilled apple salad consisting of grilled apples, walnuts, brie cheese, dried cranberries atop mixed greens, with walnut raspberry vinaigrette. Iced tea, hot coffee and water are provided. Beer and wine will be available for sale.

Program: Rich People Behaving Badly

Public respectability does not always translate into tidy private lives, and our interest in the naughty behavior of the rich and famous will never be satisfied. Former Denver Post reporter Dick Kreck takes us back through Colorado’s history to show that the voibles of people—rich or poor—remain the same. Included are socialites such as Louise Sneed Hill, who created and ruled over Denver’s “Sacred 36” circle of society; Jane Tomberlin, who met and fell in love with a “prince” in an elevator at the Brown Palace Hotel; and prominent Denver clubman Courtland Dines, who was wounded during a frolic with two silent-screen stars in his Holllywood apartment.

In words and vintage photographs, Rich People Behaving Badly exposes the scandals, murders, infidelities, financial misdeeds, and just plain misbehavior from Colorado’s past. Dick will also tie this talk into Murder at the Brown Palace, a related topic. His talk will focus on research, particiularly the benefits of the Denver Public Library.

Dick Kreck Bio: Born in San Francisco. Grew up in Glendale, California. Wrote and published his first newspaper at age 10.

Obtained BA in Journalism from San Francisco State College. Worked as a copy editor at the San Francisco Examiner and the Los Angeles Times. Joined The Denver Post in 1968 and held various editing jobs there, including a turn as editor of Roundup magazine. He wrote a city column for The Post for 18 years and covered local television and radio before he retired from the paper in June 2007.

In 2010, he was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame.

Reflecting his passion for local history, his books include Colorado’s Scenic Railroa

Murder Under the Oaks

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December 2016
Carter Wilson

revelation-carter-wilsonUSA Today best-selling author Carter Wilson’s fourth thriller, Revelation, will be releasing in hardcover and e-book on December 13 (Oceanview). Revelation received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it an “enthralling thriller,” adding “Wilson infuses his terrifying plot with intricate twists and turns, all totally credible.” Earlier this year, Carter’s third title, The Comfort of Black, won the Colorado Book Award. A short description of Revelation:
When Harden Campbell wakes cold and beaten in a dirt-floor cell, he finds only three other things in the room with him: the mutilated body of his good friend, an ancient typewriter, and a stack of blank paper, the top sheet of which has a single, typed sentence.
Tell me a story.
He knows the message is from Coyote, his brilliant, megalomaniacal roommate whose lust for power and reverence has recently revealed him for the true sociopath he is. Now, as the founder of a new religion with disturbing roots―Revelation―Coyote’s most evil side has emerged. From the moment Harden sees that stack of paper, he knows his one chance of escape is through his own words, and only his ability to successfully recount the dark story of what happened over the past year at Wyland University will determine whether he lives to see the woman he loves once again―or is silenced forever.
This will be the most difficult story Harden has ever written, and each word must be chosen with the utmost care. Because Coyote will be reading each and every one of them.


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Signings and Sightings

March 22, 7pm
Mark Stevens
Chautauqua Community House
900 Baseline Road
Boulder, Colorado

March 23, 6:30pm
Carter Wilson
Conversation with the author
Erie Community Library
400 Powers Street
Erie, Colorado

March 25, 7pm
Carter Wilson
Reading and signing
4280 Tennyson Street

March 28, 6:30–7:30pm
Manuel Ramos
Denver Public Library Central Library
Burnham Hoyt Book Club Room

March 30–April 1
Manuel Ramos
Keynote speaker/presenter
Graduate Student Assn. Conference
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

April 8, 11am–5pm
Donnell Bell
Catherine Dilts
Cynthia Kuhn
Barb Nickless
11th Annual Mountain of Authors
Library 21C
1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs

April 27
Colleen Collins
PPWC prequel workshop: Misdemeanors to Murder: Nothing but the Truth from a Criminal Lawyer and Private Eye
Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs

March member news

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in the mystery category.

The Art of Vanishing (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #2) by Cynthia Kuhn will be available February 28, 2017 from Henery Press. For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.

The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #1) by Cynthia Kuhn has been nominated for an Agatha Award in the Best First Novel category. Congratulations! And good luck!

John E. Stith’s Death Tolls, a science-fiction mystery, will be re-released by ReAnimus Press on March 15th in trade paperback and all major e-book formats and markets. When disaster strikes on Mars, one news team is always first. Death Tolls won the CAL Top Hand Award for best adult fiction original paperback. “…succeeded where so many others have failed…. respectable both as science fiction and as mystery.” —Drood Review of Mystery. Find John atwww.neverend.com and Facebook.

Colleen Collins and her partner in crime, Shaun Kaufman, will be teaching a half-day pre-conference workshop on Thursday, April 27, for the Pike’s Peak Writers Conference. Title: Misdemeanors to Murder: Nothing but the Truth from a Criminal Lawyer and Private Eye. Link (scroll down page for class syllabus): https://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/activities/thursday-programming/

Coney Island Avenue, the follow-up to the acclaimed novel Gravesend by Shamus Award-winning author J. L. Abramo, will be released by Down & Out Books on March 13—and offered at a discounted price for Kindle or Nook editions through March 12.

Twist Phelan has a collection of short stories out this month: Criminal Record: Collected Crime & Mystery Stories. The thirteen stories originally appeared in either Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine or Mystery Writers of America anthologies. They were critically well received, garnering awards and nominations, including two Thriller Awards for Best Short Story of the Year.

Manuel Ramos will talk about his books and the concept of “Chicano noir” at the Central Library of the Denver Public Library on March 28 from 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. in the Burnham Hoyt Book Club Room.

Manuel also will be a keynote speaker and presenter at the annual Graduate Student Association Conference at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX from March 30–April 1.

RMMWA members who are among the featured authors at the 11th Annual Mountain of Authors in Colorado Springs include  Donnell Bell, Catherine Dilts, Cynthia Kuhn, and Barb Nickless on April 8. MOA is a free annual community program that provides an opportunity for the public and local authors to meet and listen to notable authors and writers, and for aspiring writers to learn more about the craft of writing.

The 2017 keynote speaker is area author, historian, and musician Mark Lee Gardner.

Welcome to new member Allyson Condie!


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March Mystery Minute

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February Mystery Minute

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FBI Agent Tells “A Story of Three Faces”

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January 2017 Dale Lovin