Upcoming Meetings

September 9th Meeting

TOGETHER AGAIN!

Yes, we plan to resume in-person monthly meetings in September. RMMWA will host its first hybrid chapter meeting on September 9—in-person at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) at 290 Speer Blvd in Denver, and via Zoom at your place. Our guest speaker will be award-winning author, Fleur Bradley, who will present Kidlit 101.

To attend in person, please see the link below for payment.

To accommodate our Zoom attendees, we’ve rearranged our typical schedule. The meeting at CADA will start at 6:15 p.m. (MT) with drinks and networking, and dinner will be served at 6:30. Zoom attendees may sign on shortly before 7:00, which is when we’ll begin Introductions and Member News. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members, please send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access.

Meeting Agenda:

  • 6:15 Networking and drinks
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • 7:00 Introductions and Member News—Zoom attendees may sign on shortly before
  • 7:30 Mystery Minute
  • 7:40 Program

September 9th 2021 Meeting




Program:

Kidlit 101

by Fleur Bradley

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Special Announcements

RMMWA 2021 Six-Word Mystery Contest – Enter now!

Writers who can boil down a mystery into a half-dozen words are invited to enter the annual Six-Word Mystery Contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA).
 

Six-word “whodunits” can be entered in one or all five of the following categories: Thriller, Cozy, Romance and Lust, Police Procedural, and Hard Boiled/ Noir. See more information about the categories here.

The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. There are no residency requirements. Entries must be received by midnight, October 8, 2020

 

The contest entry fee is $6 for one entry (just $1 per word!); or $10 to enter six-word mysteries in all five categories. The grand prize winner will receive $100 in cold, hard cash. Winners in all other categories will receive $25 gift certificates, and all winners and finalists will be featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, on our RMMWA website, and in our popular newsletter, Deadlines.

 

Finalists will be invited to the chapter’s annual Mystery & Mistletoe Holiday Party in December.

Click here to enter this year’s contest.

Announcing the RMMWA 2020 6-Word Mystery Winners!

The winners of the 2020 RMMWA 6-Word Mystery Contest have been revealed!

Entrants submitted brief tales in five different categories. Finalists were selected by an esteemed panel of judges, and winners by a vote of the RMMWA chapter membership.

 

Overall winner:

 

Smooth talking lothario found tongue tied.
by Sue Hinkin

 

Read on for the finalists and winners in each category:

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RMMWA Member
News and Notes

What Rocky Mountain MWA Means to Me

by Steve Pease

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We are Fellow Travelers on a similar journey through the cultural wasteland. Others have been there before us; others are nearer to us. Experience is traded. Lessons learned are loaned. Successes are shared. We warn each other about the beasts, the pitfalls and the unfriendlies. Possible solutions are flagged, routes to better days.

Our Fellow Travelers are familiar because they are like us. Whether they are ahead or behind us on this mysterious trail, they are like us and we can open up, share, learn, navigate, plot and plan. And we will discover new possibilities we never knew existed. read more…

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Lefty Nomination for Cynthia Kuhn

The Study of Secrets, the fifth installment in Cynthia Kuhn's Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series, has been nominated for a 2021 Lefty Award in the Best Humorous Mystery category. For a full list of this year's Lefty nominees, see the Left Coast Crime website.
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THE TATTOO ARTIST by Lori Lacefield

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Dual Award Nominations for David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s WINTER COUNTS

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A PAIRING TO DIE FOR by Kate Lansing

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Leslie Budewitz’s “Coming Clean” in Alfred Hitchcock’s

Leslie Budewitz’s third “Stagecoach Mary” Fields story, “Coming Clean,” appears in the January-February 2021 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. In 1885, at St. Peter’s Mission in Montana Territory, Mary Fields untangles a web of secrets that surface when a...

ANGELS IN THE WIND by Manuel Ramos

Manuel Ramos' eleventh novel Angels in the Wind, the fourth in the Gus Corral series, is scheduled for publication in April 2021 by Arte Público Press (University of Houston) This time around, Gus, the Chicano private eye, is on the hunt for his cousin's missing...
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OUR SONG, MEMENTO MORI by PG Lengsfelder

PG Lengsfelder’s psychological suspense novel Our Song, Memento Mori is available from (Woodsmoke Publishing. Faith and absolution have escaped him. Will this priest’s probe into a dark mystery bring redemption… or death? Father Jamie “Blu” Bluterre struggles with...
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Colleen Collins “Look Your Last” anthologized

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PUZZLING INK by Becky Clark

Quinn Carr wishes her life could be more like a crossword puzzle: neat, orderly, and perfectly arranged. At least her passion for puzzles, flair for words—and mild case of OCD—have landed her a gig creating crosswords for the local paper. But if she ever hopes to move...
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LOST IN LAVENDER by Lise McClendon

Lise McClendon's Lost in Lavender,  the 13th installment of the Bennett Sisters Mysteries, is now available. In this installment the adventures of the youngest sister, Elise, take center stage. At a career and personal crossroads she decamps for France— as one does—...
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THE SOLACE OF BAY LEAVES by Leslie Budewitz

The Solace of Bay Leaves, the fifth Spice Shop mystery by Leslie Budewitz (Seventh St. Books), is available in paperback, ebook and audio. Pepper Reece never expected to find her life’s passion in running the Seattle Spice Shop. But when evidence links a friend’s...
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AUTOMAT by Stephanie Kane

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Cover Reveal: A PAIRING TO DIE FOR

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Margaret Mizushima’s HANGING FALLS

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99 TRUTHS from Lori Lacefield

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Fleur Bradley’s MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL

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August 2021 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor

He’s a Complicated Man — No One Understands Him But his Woman — Shaft

Fifty years ago, on June 23, 1971, a New York City private eye debuted on the big screen at the Palms Theatre in Detroit. His name was “John Shaft,” a tough and cool Black detective. The film starred Richard Roundtree in his first movie role and gave Gordon Parks (1912-2006) his directorial debut.

Shaft (MGM, 1971) was an American crime action film about a Black private detective who is hired by a Harlem mobster to rescue his daughter from the Italian mobsters who kidnapped her. The film also explored themes like the Black Power Movement, race, masculinity, and sexuality.

Due to Shaft’s popularity, new opportunities were created for black filmmakers, actors, and technicians. The movie set off a movement known as “Blaxploitation” which dominated cinema for the next several years. read more…