Upcoming Meetings

July 8th Online Meeting

Murder Mystery Online!

RMMWA July Meeting: July 8, 2021; 6:00 to 8:00 PM MDT

(Note early start, 6:00 PM)

Join us for a fun virtual murder mystery hosted by Kerry Hammond. You’ll hear witness testimony and get to ask questions. Whether a participant or voyeur, you’ll have a great time at this event.

1920s dancing couple
Flapper murder at the 1920’s speakeasy

The Roaring 20’s are in full swing, giving birth to the rise of jazz music, flappers and, with the end of the war, a renewed feeling of hope and joviality. It’s the era of prohibition, and organized crime is at an all-time high. The Half Moon Club is one of just two speakeasys in town, fighting prohibition by serving alcohol illegally and offering patrons the type of fun that can’t be had when the sun is up. Despite the constant threat of a raid, business at The Half Moon Club is lucrative, as men and women stream through the doors each night. When a flapper is found shot to death outside the club, the management and loyal patrons of The Half Moon Club scramble to identify the killer before the police catch wind of the killing and shut down the juice joint for good!

Members will receive the Zoom link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members, please send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access.

Volunteer!

Want to participate in our July Murder Mystery? We need 10 women and 5 men to read various characters in our virtual game “A Flapper Murder at the 1920’s Speakeasy” to be held Thursday, July 8th on Zoom from 6-8 p.m. (Please note the earlier than normal start time!) Participants MUST be able to attend that night as any one of the characters could be the murderer, and really, what fun would it be if the murderer decided to bail on us?!

If you can read/play a character, please email Lori Lacefield at writer@lorilacefield.com and Kerry Hammond at girlygirl415@yahoo.com and note whether you’re volunteering for a male or female role (or either). Once we have enough volunteers, we will be assigning the roles and providing additional details.

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Special Announcements

RMMWA Special Event: BODY IN THE PARK

RMMWA Body in the Park
When:

Saturday, July 24, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where:

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Headquarters
13101 Broncos Parkway, Centennial CO

It’s time to gather! Come join us for what promises to be a fun and informative day! RMMWA, in conjunction with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office, is hosting Body in the Park. Captain Steve Rolen and his criminal investigation team will take us through the investigation of a crime scene from the time a body is found until the case is complete. Who’s in charge of what and how is the scene protected? Who collects the evidence and how is it processed? What special equipment and techniques are used? Captain Steve Rolen and his team will walk us through it all and have us participate in the process. In the afternoon, he’ll also present an interesting case study followed by open Q&A. So come ready with all your burning questions.

Registration for this event is now closed. Please watch RMMWA.org for news of future events!

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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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News and Notes

What Rocky Mountain MWA Means to Me

by Mark Stevens

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To me, RMMWA took the mystery out of … writing mysteries. That’s because the organization quickly put me in the company of like-minded storytellers. We all have the same questions about maggots, poisons, and blood splatter patterns. Sometimes we have issues about character arcs and the right way to deliver an unexpected punch (in the prose, of course). Sometimes they are questions about the best way to politely ask Mr. or Ms. Big Shot Writer if he or she would kindly blurb your debut novel. Other times you might want to know about the best websites to guarantee a minimum of three hours’ distraction from the business of writing. The point is that the RMMWA community is chock full of generous writers. read more…

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OUR SONG, MEMENTO MORI by PG Lengsfelder

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Colleen Collins “Look Your Last” anthologized

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PUZZLING INK by Becky Clark

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LOST IN LAVENDER by Lise McClendon

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June 2021 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor

Mignon G. Eberhart

 

Who Was This “First Lady of Mystery?”

 

This prolific award-winning mystery author has an impressive resume and a name you may not know. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and during the 1930s eight of her novels were adapted into films and her books continue to be published worldwide.

In her 60-year writing career, she was the most highly paid author after Agatha Christie. In fact, she was one of two writers dubbed “America’s Agatha Christie,” a title she didn’t like. It was a Miami News book reviewer who gave her the title and her paperback publisher took advantage quoting the Miami News on subsequent covers. Instead, she preferred the title, “First Lady of Mystery.”

In her 60-year writing career, she was the most highly paid author after Agatha Christie. In fact, she was one of two writers dubbed “America’s Agatha Christie,” a title she didn’t like. It was a Miami News book reviewer who gave her the title and her paperback publisher took advantage quoting the Miami News on subsequent covers. Instead, she preferred the title, “First Lady of Mystery.”

Who is this author with the impressive resume? read more…