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Bone Stories: Forensic Anthropology for Mystery Writers | September Event with RMFW

Presenter George Gill

Host Jeffrey Lockwood








Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers & Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America present:

Bone Stories: Forensic Anthropology for Mystery Writers

Presenter: George Gill

Host: Jeffrey Lockwood

Date: Saturday, September 23

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Sam Gary Branch Library, 2961 Roslyn St., Denver

This workshop will draw the participants into the field of osteology as it pertains to inferring the identity of the victim (age, stature, gender and ancestry), time/cause of death and other features of interest to mystery writers (e.g., did you know that it is possible to deduce the gender of a person from cremated remains—with a bit of luck?).

In addition to fascinating tales by one of the nation’s leading forensic anthropologists, there will be opportunities for hands-on experience with bones.


A light lunch and snacks will be provided.  Program will begin at 9:15 a.m.


$20. Reserve your spot by clicking the button below  or email Susan Paturzo at spat87506@gmail.com to reserve your spot and pay at the door. Space is limited.


George W. Gill received B.A. with Honors in zoology from the University of Kansas in 1963, at which time he entered military service as a U.S. Army Combat Ranger. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1967 at the rank of Captain, he returned to Kansas with a fellowship in anthropology, completed his Ph.D. in 1971, and accepted a position that year at the University of Wyoming, where he is still active in teaching and research. Dr. Gill has excavated and studied several hundred human skeletons from tropical west Mexico, Easter Island, and the Great Plains of North America. His travels have carried him to 45 countries and all 50 states, where he has been able to develop notes and slides on many peoples and cultures. Dr. Gill has developed osteological collections which form parts of the national museum collections of Mexico and Chile, served as scientific leader of National Geographic Society’s 1981 Easter Island Anthropological Expedition, and has been active in skeletal identification for law enforcement agencies as a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has served as Secretary and Chairman of the Physical Anthropological Section of the AAFS and as a member of the Board of Directors of the national certification board for forensic anthropologists.

Jeffrey Lockwood is an unusual fellow. He grew up in New Mexico and spent youthful afternoons enchanted by feeding grasshoppers to black widows in his backyard.  This might account for both his scientific and literary affinities. He earned a doctorate in entomology from Louisiana State University and worked for 15 years as an insect ecologist at the University of Wyoming.  He became a world-renowned assassin, developing a method for efficiently killing billions of insects (mostly pests but there’s always the innocent bystander during a hit).  This contact with death drew him into questions of justice, violence, and evil. He metamorphosed into an appointment in the department of philosophy and the program in creative writing.  Unable to escape his childhood, he’s written several award-winning, non-fiction books about the devastation of the West by locust swarms, the use of insects to wage biological warfare, and the terror humans experience when six-legged creatures invade their lives. Pondering the dark side of humanity led him to the realm of the murder mystery.  These days, he explores how the anti-hero of crime noir sheds existentialist light on the human condition: In the end, there are no excuses-we are ultimately responsible for our actions.  The first of his three-book noir mystery series featuring an ex-cop-turned-exterminator is titled: Poisoned Justice (Pen-L, 2016). Look for Murder on the Fly to be released later this year. Jeff is a member of the board for the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

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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”
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“ …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


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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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