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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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March Mystery Minute

EVEN REAL EVENTS MAKE FOR GREAT MYSTERIES On July 17, 1996, about 8:30 p.m., EDT, TWA 800, a Boeing 747, took off from JFK Airport in NYC bound for Rome, Italy with a stopover in Paris. About 12 minutes later, TWA 800 exploded and then crashed into the Atlantic Ocean...

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February Mystery Minute

A MYSTERY MINUTE, by ZJ Czupor Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Feb. 9, 2017 In the first line of William Faulkner’s short story, “A Rose for Emily,” every word tells a story and it seduces us into the mystery. Here’s Faulkner’s first sentence: When Miss...

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FBI Agent Tells “A Story of Three Faces”

Dale Lovin – January 12, 2017 The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America kicked off the new year with featured speaker Dale Lovin*, a retired FBI agent and author of two mysteries based on his time with the agency. A 25-year Bureau veteran, Lovin worked...

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Message from RMMWA President Mark Stevens

By Mark Stevens I went to get my oil changed in my car recently and I received three emails within a week asking me to fill out an online survey about my “experience.” Then, a similar request came in the mail. If we spent all day giving everyone feedback, we might not...

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RMMWA November meeting: Len Vlahos

"We Just Bought America's Most Iconic Bookstore. Now What Do We Do?" Writers and book lovers alike were understandably concerned when the doyenne of Denver dustjackets announced in early 2015 that she was retiring and selling The Tattered Cover bookstores. Under Joyce...

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The Interrogation

The Interrogation by Zoltan James Ladies and Gentlemen. The story you are about to read is not true. None of the names have been changed. For after all, no one is innocent. A loud banging on my apartment door woke me from a deep sleep. My alarm clock said it was only...

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RMMWA meeting-September 2016

The Dark Web of Crime Do you have to be a nerd to write about cyber criminals? It can’t hurt. Just as with a police procedural or legal thriller, if you’re going deep into the woods, you need to know the terrain. But even little things can trip you up. We all know...

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RMMWA meeting-October 13, 2016

Here There Be Monsters: Hunting for Criminals in the Virtual Sea Most cybercriminals are no different than other lawbreakers. They’re lazy, impulsive, and/or sloppy, and that’s what gets them caught. That was the message delivered by prosecutor Gary Dawson at the...

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RMMWA April meeting: Threats in the wilderness

Patrolling the prairies or traipsing through mountains while wearing a badge evokes images of Marshall Dillon facing down a gunslinger on the dusty streets of Dodge or posses chasing Butch and Sundance through the San Juans. While these can still be elements of...

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