Upcoming Meetings

October 14th Meeting

We’re planning another in person meeting at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (at 290 Speer Blvd. in Denver) on October 14, and we’ll also broadcast a live, interactive hybrid meeting via Zoom. Please join us in person or via Zoom while we welcome Jason Cirbo, Senior Criminal Investigator with the Denver District Attorney’s office, as our guest speaker. Jason will talk about his job and some cases he’s worked as a D.A.’s investigator and detective.

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. See the full agenda below.

To register to attend in person, please use the link below.

Zoom attendance is free and no need to register. Members will receive the meeting link via email; non-members, please send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access.

The menu for the meeting at CADA is:

  • Maple mustard chicken: fried onion encrusted chicken breast with a creamy maple syrup poured over the top served with honey glazed carrots and creamy garlic mashed potatoes.
  • Grilled apple salad: grilled apples, walnuts, brie cheese, dried cranberries atop mixed greens, with walnut raspberry vinaigrette.
  • Beverages: Tea, coffee, and water are provided. Wine and beer are available for a suggested cash donation of $3.00 per drink.

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

October 2021 Meeting

Meeting Program:

The Work of a DA Investigator

by Jason Cirbo

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Jason Cirbo, Senior Criminal Investigator for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, will talk about his job, the duties involved, and some fascinating cases with which he’s been involved including cold cases that he worked as a detective with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Speaker Bio:

Jason Cirbo was born in Kansas City, Kansas but is a semi-native of Colorado as his mother moved here when he was 4 years old. He is currently a senior criminal investigator with the Denver District Attorney’s Office where he has been since 2019. Prior to that he was a Detective with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office where he worked as a property detective, then the criminal intelligence officer, followed by the Cold Case Unit Corporal. Prior to the 14 years he spent at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Jason had an additional eight years’ experience as a patrol officer at several agencies in Colorado and Kansas. Prior to his paid law enforcement career, he was a police explorer in high school and a police intern while in college.



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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.


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:

read more…

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News and Notes

What Rocky Mountain MWA Means to Me

by Manuel Ramos

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“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…

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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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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, 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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Kate Lansing shared the cover for Book 2 of her Colorado Wine Mystery series, A Pairing To Die For, coming January 26, 2021 from Berkley. It's available for pre-order and to add on Goodreads. More information on her website: http://katelansing.com/.

Margaret Mizushima’s HANGING FALLS

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99 TRUTHS from Lori Lacefield

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September 2021 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

In the Gilded Age of the late 1800s, late one Thursday night in Melbourne, Australia, a drunken gentlemen wobbles down a dimly lit street. Another gentleman sees the drunken man and hails a cab for them both. While in passage, the sober man kills the drunken man with chloroform, hops out of the cab, jumps into another cab, and vanishes.

Thus begins the novel, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, (1886), which became the best-selling mystery novel of the Victorian era. John Sutherland, a British journalist and author, called it “the most sensationally popular crime and detective novel of the century.” (1990). It was so popular, it inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write A Study in Scarlet, (Ward Lock & Co.,1887) which introduced the world to his famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. read more…