Upcoming Meetings

RMMWA meets the 2nd Thursday from September – May,  7:00 pm
at the Denver Press Club.

Next meeting: Mystery and Mistletoe, December 8!

December RMMWA meeting: Holiday showcase honoring Margaret Coel, emceed by Francine Mathews

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America  holiday showcase will feature a tribute to the long, successful and ongoing career of mystery writer Margaret Coel.

margaretcoel“Mystery and Mistletoe” will run from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10–scroll down to purchase via PayPal. The party will include hors d’oeuvres, dessert, cash bar, and readings by RMMWA authors. The event is open to the public and books will be available for purchase (and to have signed) for all holiday shopping needs. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. The Denver Press Club is located at 1330 Glenarm Place in downtown Denver.

Margaret Coel is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Wind River mystery series set among the Arapahos on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation and featuring Jesuit priest Father John O’Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden. Margaret published the 20th novel in that series, Winter’s Child, earlier this year and announced at the time the Wind River series was complete.

Five of Coel’s novels have received the Colorado Book Award. The Spirit Woman received the Willa Cather Award for Best Novel of the West and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best Novel.

Margaret Coel is also the author of five non-fiction books including the award-winning Chief Left Hand, published by the University of Oklahoma Press. This biography of an Arapaho chief and history of the Arapahos in Colorado has never gone out of print. The Colorado Historical Society has included both Chief Left Hand and Margaret’s memoir-history of railroading in Colorado, Goin’ Railroading (which she wrote with her father, Samuel F. Speas) among the best 100 books on Colorado history.

The guest emcee for the evening will be Francine Mathews, author of 10 mysteries and spy thrillers, including the recent Too Bad to Die. Writing as Stephanie Barron, she is also the author of 13 novels in the Jane Austen Mystery Series and two additional works of historical fiction.

The showcase will also include the opportunity to shop. Booksellers will be in attendance so attendees can purchase last-minute holiday gifts and authors will be available to sign their works.

MWA members scheduled to read include Jane Bock, Chris Goff, Karen Graffenberger (writing as Karalee Long), Christine Jorgensen, Jennifer Kincheloe, Jeffrey Lockwood, Bruce Most, Barbara Nickless, Susan Paturzo (writing as Merit Clark), Manuel Ramos, Carter Wilson, and Kevin Wolf.

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.


Stone Cold Blooded


When rock shop owner Morgan Iverson’s reclusive neighbor is blown to bits, she doesn’t believe his violent demise was accidental. Her hunt for clues collides with an invasion of alien hunters, and the heated campaign for a small town city council seat. Adding to the stress, Adelaide the aging donkey has still not given birth to her foal. In this return to the small Colorado mountain town of Golden Springs, a Triceratops brow horn may hold the key to solving a prospector’s Stone Cold Blooded death.

Stone Cold Blooded, book three in the Rock Shop Mystery series by Catherine Dilts, is the debut novel for new publisher Encircle Publications.


Blood on the Tracks

October 2016
Barbara Nickless

Nickless-BloodontheTracks-222036-CV-FT-finalA young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.

In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.

As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

The Homeplace


September 2016
Kevin Wolf
The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize (for best debut mystery set in the Southwest) is a gripping crime story set in the wide open spaces of Colorado. THE HOMEPLACE by Kevin Wolf introduces readers to Chase Ford, a man returning, under an ominous cloud, to the town where he was born. Ford left Comanche County in Colorado when the NBA offered him a contract and a shot at sports stardom. But a host of problems including a bad knee put an end to that dream. Now Ford has come home. His friends are right there waiting for him. And so are his enemies.

Around the same time that Ford returns, the police discover a field in which four bison have been shot—along with Jimmy Riley, the town’s greatest high school basketball star since Chase’s heyday. And when another death is discovered—one that also shares unsettling connections to him—attention turns towards Chase, causing him to wonder just what he came home to.

Stalking Ground

September 2016

Margaret Mizushima

Stalking Ground coverStalking Ground: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery is scheduled for release via Crooked Lane Books on September 13, 2016. This second book in the series features Deputy Mattie Cobb, her dog Robo, and Cole Walker, DVM, as they investigate what happened to Deputy Ken Brody’s missing sweetheart; but the hunters become the hunted when they find themselves caught in a killer’s stalking ground. “Mizushima’s sophomore outing proves that her acclaimed series debut, Killing Trail, was no fluke…dog lovers will want to read this thriller.” – Library Journal

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Signing and Sightings


Friday, January 13
Carter Wilson
Book signing, Revelation
Tattered Cover-Colfax
Denver, Colorado

Member News

Maria Kelson writes: Hola comadres and compadres of the pen! Guess you can teach an old(er than I once was) poet new tricks!

I have a story up today on this daily flash fic site. Have a look, hit those “share” or “comment” buttons if you take a notion, and thank you for being the inspired and inspiring Light that you are. Link: http://flashfictionmagazine.com/blog/2016/11/23/goodbye-headache/


USA Today best-selling author Carter Wilson will be featured at the Tattered Cover (Colfax) on Friday, January 13 at 7pm. He will be interviewed by Ed Bryant, followed by a reading and a signing of his fourth thriller, Revelation, to be released 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



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The Interrogation

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Upcoming Events

  1. January RMMWA meeting: A former FBI agent

    January 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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    February 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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    March 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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