Andrew Bourelle is pleased to announce that his first novel, Heavy Metal, is coming out in February 2017. The novel won the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. Author Dan Chaon described Heavy Metal as an “intense, suspenseful and moving novel” that “grabs you by the throat from the first sentence and drags you deep into a vividly imagined world.” Author Christopher Coake stated that “Heavy Metal is a brilliant debut novel, at once an incisive, complex character study of damaged youth and a ferociously exciting page-turner.” Bourelle’s short stories have been widely published, including in The Best American Mystery Stories 2015. Link: http://www.autumnhouse.org/product/heavy-metal-andrew-bourelle/

 

Mark Stevens, who writes the Allison Coil Mystery Series, is giving a talk in March as part of the Colorado Chautauqua Association Author Series in Boulder, Colo. The event is on Wednesday, March 22 and starts at 7 p.m. You can buy $10 tickets here: https://www.chautauqua.com/portfolio/mark-stevens-allison-coil-mysteries/

 

Patricia Smith Wood’s latest book, Murder on Frequency, debuted this month. It’s the third in the Harrie McKinsey mystery series set in Albuquerque, N.M. Here’s the official blurb:

“There’s nothing unusual about a ham radio operator contacting other radio enthusiasts—unless he’s been dead for five years. When Harrie McKinsey and Ginger Vaughn decide to study for their ham radio licenses, they get pulled into this mystery and find a trail leading to a long-lost treasure somewhere in New Mexico. Before it’s over, there’s another murder, an abduction, and a showdown with an aging Mafia don who values treasure more than human life. Harrie, Ginger, and their merry band of FBI, APD, and private detectives have to be on their toes to prevent another murder and save a family.”

The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and can be ordered from any book store. It will be available on Kindle in January 2017.

 

Colleen Collins is honored that Pursuit Magazine listed her as one of its top 20 PI-contributors in 2016 for her article “A Mysterious Blonde and a Missing Quarter-Million Dollars” Link to article: http://pursuitmag.com/investigative-intel-20-things-we-learned-2016/

 

December saw the publication of Twist Phelan’s fifth new book of the year: COIN, the fifth entry in my new Finn Teller Corporate Spy mystery series. Other projects, including the next in the series are underway, which might mean slightly less traveling (which is the reason she missed RMMWA meetings in 2016!):

Days away from home: 203 (ten trips)

Air miles: 140,523 (1 RTW)

Road/Train/Bicycle/Foot miles: ?

Cities: 91

Countries: 29

Her new year’s resolution #4: Make it to RMMWA meetings!

 

Barb Nickless’s Blood on the Tracks was chosen as one of Suspense Magazine’s “Best of 2016” books (debut category). http://www.suspensemagazine.com

And The Denver Post ran a wonderful review of Blood on the Tracks: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/15/regional-books-murder-in-the-mile-high-city-blood-on-the-tracks-and-inherit-the-bones/