Upcoming Meetings

August 8 Meeting

The next RMMWA monthly meeting will be held Thursday, August 8 at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (290 Speer Boulevard in Denver) and we’ll also broadcast a live, interactive hybrid meeting via Zoom. Please join us for a talk by Steve Stratton: Life in the Secret Service.

The meeting at CADA will start at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) with drinks and networking, and dinner will be served at 6:30. Zoom attendees may sign on shortly before 7:00 for the start of the program. See the full agenda below.

To register to attend in person, please use the link below. Please sign up before Sunday, Aug. 4 to reserve your spot.

Zoom attendance is free and there is 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.

Dinner menu:

  • To be announced!

  • Tea, coffee, and water included. Wine and beer are available for a suggested cash donation of $3.00 per drink

Note: Please contact our Caterer Director directly if you have allergies or specific food issues. We will try to accommodate you if we can. 

RMMWA August 2024 Meeting Registration

Meeting Agenda:

  • 6:15 Networking and drinks
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • 7:00 Introductions and Member News
  • 7:30 Mystery Minute
  • 7:40 Program

Meeting Program:

Life in the Secret Service

Life in the Secret Service will explore the different divisions of the agency and in particular the missions of the Presidential Protective Detail and the Vice President Protective detail. Steve will also take questions about the USSS and working at the White House.





Speaker Bio

Steve Stratton’s first assignment in the US Army was a communicator at the White House during the Ford and Carter administrations. He work took him on advance trips around the world in support of the President, VP, and Secretary of State. After 4 + years he transitioned to the US Secret Service as a Technical Security Specialist working alarm and video systems when in DC and a variety of countermeasures when on advance missions in support of protectees.


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Special Announcements

2023 6-Word Mystery Winners!

The results of the 2023 Six-Word Mystery Contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA) have been announced.

Overall winner:

Dead bookie: all bets are off.


This entry, written by David Bart of Fort Collins, Colorado, was voted the winner of Ann finalist entries, voted on by RMMWA’s members and announced at the chapter’s Mystery and Mistletoe holiday party held December 8th.


According to legend, the first six-word novel was born in the 1920s when Ernest Hemingway at New York’s Algonquin Hotel or Luchow’s restaurant (depending on whom you ask) won a $10 bet by writing a six-word story. His dark and dramatic submission was: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” Urban legend or no, memorable, heart-breaking and sublime six-word stories have been penned ever since.


As the top winner from a record 448 entries, Bart won $100 for his winning entry. All finalists will have their six-word stories featured on the RMMWA website and published in both Deadlines, RMMWA’s newsletter, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.


Read on for the finalists and winners in all five categories. Category winners are indicated in bold:

read more…

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News and Notes

Meet Barb Bathrick – Our New RMMWA Newsletter Editor


Photo of Barb Bathrick

Barb was born in Houston, Texas, grew up in the Rocky Mountain regions of Wyoming and Colorado and has family ties to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is an eclectic blend of the Gulf coast, the mountain outdoors and Steeler Country’s rolling western Pennsylvania hills. From childhood she loved books and writing stories. In elementary school she wrote plays and stories for the school newspaper, but when her mother gave her the Nancy Drew Mystery, “Password to Larkspur Lane”, the mystery bug bit. From that moment on the mystery genre and the desire to write mysteries became a part of her life. Her first venture into this arena was at age eleven when she wrote a series of mysteries, “The Ruth Starc Mysteries” published on notebook paper and her following was her family. These early stories still occupy a drawer in her study. read more…

Colorado Authors League Finalists!

Congratulations to 3 RMMWA members for being named finalists for awards from Colorado Authors League: 1. Kathleen Donnelly for Hunting the Truth (Mystery - Law Enforcement) 2. Barbara Nickless for Play of Shadows (Mystery - Law Enforcement) 3. Stephanie Kane, True...

Claymore Award Finalists!

Congratulations to 3 RMMWA members for being named TOP PICK semi-finalists for Killer Nashville's Claymore Award: Jane Bock ("Death of a Glades Man") in Best Mystery; Sue Hinkin ("The Skin Game") in Best Suspense; and Zoltan James ("The Hunt for Shooter #5) in Best...

New Short Story By Fleur Bradley

Fleur Bradley's short story TAG, YOU'RE IT appears in the SCBWI children's anthology THE HAUNTED STATES OF AMERICA (Godwin/Macmillan, out July 2024) and represents Colorado, set at the Stanley Hotel.

Another EQMM Short Story for Twist Phelan

Twist Phelan has a new short story, "Artificial Hearts” in the May/June issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Twist has been having an amazing run with short stories in the past year. Well done, Twist!

New Book Deal for Kathleen Donnelly!

Kathleen Donnelly has announced she's been signed to start a new romantic suspense series published by Harlequin. The first book will be out in the fall of 2025. At the same time her National Forest K-9 Mystery Series will continue too. Books #4 and #5 are on the way....

SPUR Awards Finalist for Margaret Mizushima’s STANDING DEAD

Margaret Mizushima is thrilled to announce that her eighth Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Standing Dead, was named a 2024 SPUR Award Finalist by Western Writers of America for Best Western Contemporary Novel. Calico by Lee Goldberg was also a finalist, and the winner was...

New RMFW Anthology Includes a Short Story by Mark Stevens

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' latest anthology - WITHOUT BRAKES, FINGERS CROSSED - is out and it includes a new short story by Mark Stevens ("The Cistern.) Overview of anthology: Our future is obscure and uncertain. Yet we propel ourselves—untethered—toward the...

Bruce Most Short Stories!

Award-winning author Bruce W. Most announces the recent publication two short stories. “The Mysterious Woman in the Lifeguard Chair” is the cover story of the May (2024) issue of Mystery Magazine. It is his third story with them featuring Weegee, the famous real-life...


Rita A. Popp's second Bethany Jarviss Mystery, The End of Promise, releases July 22, 2024 from The Wild Rose Press. An arrogant young academician enjoyed a promising career at New Mexico University—until a murderer canceled his plans to fast track to full professor....


The ninth entry in Scott Graham's National Park Mystery Series released in June 2024. When archaeologist Chuck Bender makes a stunning discovery of a century-old crime, he believes it may be related to a series of deadly accidents plaguing the Whitney to Death 150,...
The Study of Secrets cover art

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.