A Few Things to Crow AboutNews and updates about RMMWA and Our Members
Robert D. Hughes’ latest novel, Dirty Money, was released August 8th. This is the second in the Brian and Darcy McKay series of thrillers. College student Darcy and her uncle, ex-FBI agent Brian, risk their lives as they investigate the murder of Darcy’s boyfriend in the office of a corrupt Chicago mega-company. A string of killings by a greedy and twisted cabal of corporate gangsters at Belcoe, Inc ensues. The McKays follow the evidence to Belcoe’s spectacular Montana ranch, where they face off against a squad of goons, a homicidal cop, a malevolent corporate bigwig and a runaway arson fire.
With heartfelt gratitude to the membership of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Margaret Mizushima is thrilled to announce that she was elected their 2019-2020 Writer of the Year. Margaret is the author of the award winning, internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. In addition to RMFW, she’s a member of Colorado Author’s
League, Sisters in Crime, Pikes Peak Writers, Northern Colorado Writers, Women Writing the West, and she serves on the board for the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She can be found on Facebook/AuthorMargaretMizushima, on Twitter @margmizu, on Instagram at margmizu, and on her website.
Six Southwestern cities have selected Church of the Graveyard Saints by C. Joseph Greaves to launch the inaugural “Four Corners/One Book” regional reading program for 2019-2020. The public libraries of Montrose, Cortez, Dolores, Mancos, and Ignacio (CO) and Moab (UT) have joined forces to invite all their residents to read the novel — hailed as “a lyrical, vivid tour of the West” by Publishers Weekly — starting in September of 2019, and to participate in public discussions with the author, slated for January of 2020, all with the goals of promoting literacy and building community through the shared experience of story. Formal launch events are scheduled for September 23 in Montrose and September 27 in Cortez. Check local listings for times and details.
RMMWA member Chris Goff’s latest thrillers, DARK WATERS and RED SKY, have been named as 2019 Military Society of America’s (MWSA) Awards Finalists in the Mystery/Thriller category. Based on the MSWA system, all books scoring high enough to qualify as finalists will be awarded either a Bronze, Silver or Gold medal. That means both DARK WATERS and RED SKY are eligible for highest honors. The medals will be awarded at banquet on Saturday, September 14 at the MWSA-SWW Writers Conference, scheduled September 12-15, 2019, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Goff will be teaching two sessions, appearing on one panel, mentoring students—and mining for Gold!
Lise McClendon announced the launch of the ninth installment in her Bennett Sisters Mystery series, A Bolt from the Blue, on August 1. The book takes the sisters back to Paris and southwest France when one sister, Francie, tags along with her boyfriend to help him with a difficult client. Axelle Fourcier left France after the student protests of 1968, vowing never to return. She made a life for herself as a professor in the US. But now a beloved aunt has died and she must return to deal with the inheritance shared with a cousin she never knew. A Belle Époque apartment full of priceless artworks is just the start of the intrigue. Available in e-book or paperback (audiobook coming soon.) Read more at lisemcclendon.com
Lise will be talking about mysteries and more at this year’s Montana Book Festival in Missoula, on Sunday, September 15. Check the schedule.
Terry Odell is releasing Remaking Morgan, Book 6 in her Pine Hills Police series.
There’s no escaping your past, no matter how deep you try to bury it.
Morgan has spent years trying to bury her past. When she inherits a house in Oregon, she packs up to start a new life.
Cole became a cop after losing his childhood sweetheart to violence. When Morgan reveals a threatening message, Cole is eager to help. When she’s in danger, can he be the cop he set out to be?
The digital format is available for pre-order now, and drops on Sept. 24th. Terry is sharing a portion of the royalties with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Bruce Most is pleased to announce the publication of his latest mystery, The Big Dive, sequel to the award-winning Murder on the Tracks. For the second time in Joe Stryker’s headline-grabbing police career, a partner is brutally slain in the line of duty . . . almost in front of Joe’s eyes. Set in 1951 Denver, Joe faces two baffling questions: How did the killer pull off such a brazen murder? And why was Joe’s partner—a man so by-the-book that fellow cops scornfully nicknamed him “Saint Benedict”—murdered in the middle of burglarizing a pawnshop? To protect his dead partner’s reputation—and save his own career—Joe must operate in the shadows to discover the truth behind the unexplainable. All while dodging a homicide detective hell-bent to pin the crimes on Joe. Before he can answer the baffling questions and track down the brutal killer, Joe once again must risk his career, his marriage . . . and his life. The book is available in ebook and print from Amazon.
Margaret Mizushima is thrilled to announce that Burning Ridge, fourth in her Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, has earned the following: listed in Best Books of 2018, Kings River Life; Winner, Colorado Authors League Award for Ebook Fiction; Silver Award, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards for mystery; Winner, Next Generation Indies for Action-Adventure; Bronze Award, Foreword Indie Book of the Year Awards for mystery; and Finalist, Colorado Book Awards
for mystery. Margaret’s fifth book, Tracking Game, will release November 12, 2019, and she is busy writing a sixth episode in the series to be released fall of 2020.
CrimeReads named Ausma Zehanat Khan’s A Deadly Divide as one of the best crime books of the year, listing it among 25 thrillers and noirs “defining 2019 at the midway point.”
Chuck Greaves and Scott Graham, October 3, 2019, 7:00pm