Come one, come all, to our holiday party, Mystery and Mistletoe, on December 9th!
The in-person party will be held at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (at 290 Speer Blvd. in Denver) and we’ll also broadcast a live, interactive hybrid meeting via Zoom. Please join us in-person or online for the big reveal of the finalists and winners of our Fifth Annual Six-Word Mystery Contest and a skit featuring the RMMWA Players.
The meeting at CADA will start at 6:15 p.m. (MST) with drinks and networking, and dinner will be served at 6:30. Zoom attendees may sign on shortly before 7:15 for the start of the program. See the full agenda below.
To attend in person, please register using the link below.
PLEASE NOTE: On November 24, Denver County initiated a mask mandate in all indoor spaces. So please bring a mask if you’re attending at in person at CADA. Masks will be required unless eating or drinking.
Zoom attendance is free, and there is no need to register in advance. Members will receive the meeting link via email; non-members, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request access.
The menu for the meeting at CADA is:
- Steamed honey ginger salmon with pineapple salsa
- Grilled asparagus with asiago and balsamic reduction
- Roasted red potatoes with tarragon
- Cherry fig salad featuring mixed greens, romaine, colby jack cheese, dried cherries, figs, roasted tomatoes, cherry peppers and roasted spiced almonds with honey-mustard dressing and avocado ranch dressing served with rémoulade sauce
- Beverages. Tea, coffee, and water are provided. Wine and beer are available for a suggested cash donation of $3.00 per drink.
- 6:15 Networking and drinks
- 6:30 Dinner
- 7:15 Program: A holiday skit followed by the Six-Word Mystery Contest Awards
The People v. Santa Clause
Is Santa Claus naughty, or nice? We’re putting him on trial! Maybe he ran a sweatshop…maybe he committed the crime of breaking and entering via the chimney…maybe he just got his lists confused and delivered the wrong presents…or possibly PETA is after him for reindeer abuse? At RMMWA’s annual holiday party, you’re the jury! Join us at CADA for drinking, dining, mingling, and (yes) judging a Christmas icon!
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Sincere thanks to all who entered the RMMWA’s 2021 Six Word Mystery contest. The contest is now closed, and judging is underway.
Winners will be announced during the chapter’s annual Mystery and Mistletoe party, to be held on December 9th. Check back soon for more information about the event, here at RMMWA.org.
Finalists and winners will also be published here following the December 9th announcement.
News and Notes
by Manuel Ramos
“One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do,” or so goes the song from the 1960s. And yet, one is the number that comes closest to describing the writer’s life. We are alone when we write, of course, but that isn’t the whole picture. I can be with a group of non-writing friends and still feel alone because I’m obsessing about things that they probably don’t care about, such as where I left off on my latest work in progress. I might be mulling over a review that was middle-of-the road rather than a proclamation that I’d written the greatest mystery since The Maltese Falcon, or I could be drifting away for some other writing related reason. I create alone, edit, and rewrite and edit again on my own, and for the most part complain to myself about the sentence I can’t get right, or the perfect word that escapes me time and time again.
And that’s why the RMMWA is important to me. read more…
by ZJ Czupor
Versatile and Ahead of Her Time
This mystery author was born on Christmas Day, 1907 in San Antonio, Texas. She was the daughter of W.H. Robbins and Myrtle Statham. In addition to the fifty novels she published in her lifetime, under four different names, she has enough first and last names to fill a short paragraph. Along with her six given names at birth, her mother’s two additional marriages, and her own two marriages she officially is known as Julia Clara Catherine Maria Dolores Robbins Norton Birk Olsen Hitchens.
If you’re keeping score: Norton and Birk are from her two stepfathers and Olsen and Hitchens are from her two marriages.
This prolific American mystery writer is better known as Dolores Hitchens (1907-1973) whose novels appeared during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Her contemporaries were the better-known mystery and suspense authors Dorothy B. Hughes (1904-1993), Margaret Millar (1915-1994), and Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995). read more…