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News and updates about RMMWA and Our Members

Presentation: Fleur Bradley

Fleur (F.T.) Bradley will be presenting at Educator Night for current school teachers, librarians and school administrators in the Denver Metro area involved in literacy. Venue: Tattered Cover Aspen Grove (Sept. 5) and Tattered Cover Colfax (Sept. 6). Registration required.

New Release: Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima

Margaret Mizushima is pleased to announce the Sept. 11 release of Burning Ridge, the fourth episode in her Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. Colorado’s Redstone Ridge is a place of extraordinary beauty, but this rugged mountain wilderness harbors a horrifying secret. When a charred body is discovered in a shallow grave, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime—and they soon become the targets of a ruthless killer.

Burning Ridge is available at bookstores and on most online booksellers.

New Release: American History by J.L. Abramo

American History, a novel by Shamus Award-winning author J.L. Abramo, will be released by Down & Out Books on Sept. 3, 2018. Join Joe at the Mercury Café, 2199 California Street, Denver, on Sept. 19 for a launch reception beginning at 6 PM, followed by readings from the new book at 7 PM, and book signing. Food and drink available for sale at the venue.

Launch Event: Manuel Ramos and Mark Stevens

Manuel Ramos and Mark Stevens are teaming up to launch their new books on Monday, Oct. 22 at The Tattered Cover (Colfax store). The event begins at 7 p.m. Ramos’ new book is The Golden Havana  Night—A Sherlock Homie Mystery.

Stevens’ novel, the fifth in The Allison Coil Mystery Series, is The Melancholy Howl. Ramos’s protagonist Gus Corral travels to Cuba and samples the local rum as he digs into a case and Allison Coil

has always been known to savor tequila around her Flat Tops Wilderness campfires. Thus, “Rum & Tequila.” Kirkus Reviews raved about both titles. In The Golden Havana Night: “The Cuba sequences

are gripping and it’s hard to resist (this) hero.” Of The Melancholy Howl: “The brisk narrative is bolstered by stellar dialogue … A smart and indelible crime tale with skillfully interwoven storylines.”

Boy, Howdy: Lunch with Craig Johnson

Non-members are welcome! Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 31.

Lunch: Salads, sandwiches and wraps accompanied with by pasta salad, fruit salad, and dessert.

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“Thinking–I do that sometimes before I talk.” – Walt Longmire

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Colorado Automobile Dearlers Assn., 290 E. Speer Blvd.

Special lunch speaker Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the basis for the hit Netflix series Longmire.

Craig Johnson is the author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. Craig will be on tour for his new novel, Depth of Winter, but is making time for a special talk for Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America.

The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/BibliObs.

Death Without Company, the Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award winner and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty, selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year, was a New York Times best seller, as was As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackoff.


Member News

Barbara Nickless is excited to report that Dead Stop won the Colorado Authors’ League Writing Award for genre fiction and is a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in the mainstream mystery category.  

Falcon’s Prey, Book 8 in Terry Odell‘s Blackthorne, Inc. series, will be released this summer. Police officer Lexi Becker feels she is being targeted by a drug lord known only as The Falcon, who she believes was responsible for the death of her husband two years before. Afraid her local police department has been infiltrated by The Falcon, she turns to her former patrol partner, ex-cop Marv “Fish” Frisch. They go into hiding but Lexi exposes herself when she leaves Fish’s protection to go to the aid of an orphaned child. Now she’s on her own, a prime target for The Falcon…unless she can outsmart him.

Bruce Most will be signing his murder mysteries as part of BookBar’s Local Author Happy Hour from 5-6, June 9. BookBar is located at 4280 Tennyson St in Denver.

Lise McClendon will be the guest at the June literary salon presented by Mystery Readers Journal in Berkeley, California. Lise  is the author of five books in the Bennett Sisters mystery series. The series begins with Blackbird Fly; the latest is The Frenchman. That novel spawned a bonus novella ‘written by’ the main character, Merle Bennett, a gothic mystery called Odette and the Great Fear. The next installment releases this summer. She wrote two mystery series, the Alix Thorssen and Dorie Lennox mysteries set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and World War II-era Kansas City (The Bluejay Shaman; One O’clock Jump). She also writes stand-alones as Rory Tate. Jump Cut is a romantic thriller set in Seattle; PLAN X is a Shakespearean thriller featuring a Montana policewoman. In 2015 she released (as Thalia Filbert) the darkly comic culinary thriller she wrote with four other well-seasoned crime writers, Beat Slay Love: One Chef’s Hunger for Delicious Revenge. The event is free but RSVPs are required so, for those who might be in the NorCal area and wish to attend, send an email to janet@mysteryreaders.org.

Mark Stevens is one of the keynote speakers at Georgetown Indie-Con (“Where indie books are born and indie writers thrive”) in Georgetown, Colorado. The conference is June 8, 9 and 10 and Mark is giving the opening keynote presentation on Friday evening, June 8. https://georgetownindiecon.wordpress.com/

Bruce Most will be a guest on Jerry Fabyanic’s Writers Talk on Clear Creek Radio August 4th at 12:30 pm. Listen live via streaming at www.clearcreekradio.com  or catch the podcast later at  http://www.bighornbookclub.com/literary-works/

A Sharp Solitude, Christine Carbo‘s latest novel in her award-winning series, was released May 29. In the darkening days of autumn, a woman’s body is found in the isolated terrain near Glacier National Park. The victim was a journalist who had been interviewing reclusive researcher Reeve Landon about his work for a program that trains dogs to track scientific data. Now Reeve is the prime suspect. Without friends or family to turn to, Reeve seeks help from his ex, FBI agent Ali Paige, mother of their young daughter. Then, assuming the worst, Reeve flees into the woods with his dog. As the evidence mounts against him, Ali isn’t sure how far she’ll go to find answers—and what if the truth is more than she can handle?

John E. Stith’s Pushback has been scheduled for hardcover and trade paperback in November from ReAnimus Press and ARCs are available.  At his ten-year high-school reunion, a Colorado Springs investment counselor finds he doesn’t know one person there, and soon realizes he must outwit an unknown antagonist who wants him dead.

Noir at the Bar, Bookbar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver. Join us for a few hours of crime fiction read by writers on April 21, 2018 at 7 PM.

“Santa Fe Mourning,” March 2018 from Crooked Lane by Amanda Allen (first in the Santa Fe Revival 1920s Series), I will be doing signings and readings at Page One Books, Albuquerque NM, March 18 at 3:00, and Op.Cit Books in Santa Fe April 8 at 2:00.  I’m attaching a pic of the cover, plus the link to the book on Amazon if more info is needed.

Catherine Dilts appears in Blood and Gasoline, the newest anthology from award-winning Hex Publishers. Her short story Do Over is a tale of vengeance, and a survivor’s hope that enacting justice can erase a painful past. John Hartness describes Blood and Gasoline, with a release date of May 1st, as Mad Max meets Sons of Anarchy.

Jeffrey A. Lockwood’s MURDER ON THE FLY was released by Pen-L Publishing on December 30, 2017 and is available on Pen-L, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Kobo, and Scribd.

Ausma Zehanat Khan’s fourth Khattak/Getty mystery, A DANGEROUS CROSSING (St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books), is out February 13, 2018. She’ll be at the Tattered Cover-Colfax for the launch on February 15 at 7 p.m, and on the panel “Women Write Truth to Power,” at the Colorado Book Festival on March 3 at 1 p.m, at the Denver Public Library.

The 2018 Lefty Award nominees have been announced: THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK by Jennifer Kincheloe (Seventh Street Books) has been nominated for Best Historical Mystery and THE ART OF VANISHING by Cynthia Kuhn (Henery Press) has been nominated for Best Humorous Mystery.

RT Reviews has named HUNTING HOUR (Crooked Lane Books) by Margaret Mizushima a 2017 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee in the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense category.

See photos of Mystery and Mistletoe here.

Christine Carbo’s second novel in her Glacier Mystery Series, Mortal Fall, won the 2017 High Plains Book Award in the category of Best Woman Writer. The High Plains Book Award considers all types of literature from authors who examine and reflect on life in the High Plains: Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta.

The Flapper, the Impostor, and the Stalker, by Charlene Bell Dietz, will appear on bookstore shelves this December. In 1923 when college-bound Kathleen McPherson, of Minneapolis, pushes her family’s traditional boundaries, she discovers a stalker intent on killing her. Kathleen runs away to Chicago to escape the knife-wielding stalker and to find happiness as a flapper. Instead of an entertainer’s life full of fun and frolic, Kathleen encounters deception, death, heartbreak, and revenge. Not only does the stalker continue to pursue Kathleen, but she now must escape being murdered by the mob.

In November, The Flapper, the Scientist, and the Stalker received a Kirkus starred review. “Readers will initially settle in for a standard mystery….But when the appealing Kathleen and Harold take over things, this story becomes more than a simple whodunit—it delightfully turns into serious literature. Readers should hope for more captivating novels from this promising author.” Click to read the complete review.

Praise for Dietz’s previous book, The Flapper, the Scientist, and the Saboteur: “Dietz is a talented writer…Readers should hope for more captivating novels from this promising author.” —Kirkus Reviewers (starred review)

Jennifer Kincheloe’s new novel, The Woman in the Camphor Trunk: An Anna Blanc Mystery, is coming to audio this month featuring Audie, Earphone, and Audible Book-of-the-Year award-winning narrator, Moira Quirk.

In early-1900s Los Angeles—an era of courting, ragtime, suffragettes, and widespread corruption—a socialite turned police matron tracks down the murderer of a white woman in Chinatown, while trying to prevent the outbreak of a bloody tong war.

On November 17, Patricia Smith Wood won the NM/ AZ Book Award for Best Cozy Mystery for 2017, for the third book in the Harrie McKinsey Mystery Series—Murder on Frequency. Congratulations to Pat!

Robert D. Hughes’s new novel Bone Mountain was published in October by C J Keenan Publishing. “Bone Mountain is a hella fast-paced high plains thriller.” —Elwood Reid, Executive Producer of the hit FX series, The Bridge. Bone Mountain is available on Amazon as a trade paperback and e-book. For details, visit https://www. robertdhughesauthor.com.



Carter Wilson’s upcoming novel Mister Tender’s Girl (Sourcebooks Landmark, Feb 2018) was optioned for a television series by Legendary Television, a division of Legendary Entertainment (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception).

His current release, Revelation, just co-won the 2017 Rone Award in the Thriller & Suspense category.

Pat Stoltey announces the release of her historical mystery, Wishing Caswell Dead, in hardcover and ebook from Five Star/Cengage. Publishers Weekly called the novel “…a worthy historical” and described the characters as “surprisingly complicated and wonderfully individual.” The novel is set in the early 1800s in the fictitious Village of Sangamon on the Illinois frontier.

WELCOME to new members Ausma Zehanet Khan and Susan Waller Lehmann.


May Member News

Stalking Ground: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima has been selected as a 2017 International Book Award Finalist in the mystery/suspense category.

Come celebrate the launch of RED SKY, Chris Goff’s latest thriller. She will be at the Tattered Cover-Colfax on June 15 at 7 p.m., and at Hearthfire Books in Evergreen on June 22 at 5:30 p.m. As always, she’d love to see you there, and greatly appreciates your support! If you want a signed book, but can’t make it to one of the signings, please send your request to Tattered Cover or to Hearthfire Books. They’ll make it happen. ALSO, for those who haven’t had a chance to read DARK WATERS, the first in the series, Goff’s publisher has significantly down-priced the book from now until RED SKY launches. Copies can be ordered through Amazon.

Red Sky, the second in Chris Goff’s thriller series, hits the stands with a launch signing at Tattered Cover-Colfax, Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 pm, followed by a signing at Hearthfire Books in Evergreen, Thursday June 22nd at 5:30 p.m. In Red Sky, U.S. Diplomatic Security Service Agent Raisa Jordan is sent to investigate when People’s Republic Flight 91 crashes in northeastern Ukraine with a U.S. diplomatic agent on board. It quickly becomes apparent that the plane was intentionally downed, but why? As international relations crumble and more lives hang in the balance, Jordan races to stop a new Cold War. “Breathtaking suspense, do not miss Red Sky,” says Catherine Coulter, NYT bestselling author of The Devil’s Triangle, while Booklist recommends you “give this to readers who like Matthew Palmer’s blend of diplomacy and thrills.”

Red Sky is now available to Pre-Order at Tattered Cover, Hearthfire Books, or on Amazon.


Jeff Lockwood’s Poisoned Justice (Pen-L, 2016) has been named one of three finalists in the IBPA’s 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition in the category of Mystery & Suspense.  The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has nearly 3,000 members and is the largest publishing trade association in the United States.

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless and The Homeplace by Kevin Wolf have been nominated for a Colorado Authors’ League Writing Award in the genre category. Winners will be announced Friday, May 5th, at the CAL awards ceremony.

Catherine Dilts‘s short story “Unrepentant Sinner” appears in the May/June issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Congratulations to Cynthia Kuhn, whose The Semester of Our Discontent, the first book in the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, presented at Malice Domestic.

Christine Carbo is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of The Weight of Night, the third book in what has come to be known as The Glacier Mystery Series. Each book stands alone, so they do not need to be read in order, but each shares the common threads of Glacier National Park, the surrounding areas, and the communities. The Weight of Night will come out on June 6th, but is available for pre-order now. In the world of publishing, pre-ordering a book always helps an author.

A short story by Carter Wilson was one of ten selected out of 150 entries to appear in MWA’s first-ever middle-grade anthology, edited by R.L. Stine. Scream and Scream Again! will be released by Harper Collins on Halloween 2018.

Janie Chodosh’s Wild Lives, Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love (Skyhorse Press) came out in April.

“ …Wild Lives is so desperately important. The people in this book are united by their belief that it is not too late to turn things around. You will be inspired by their stories. You will realize that there is hope for the future if we join the fight, if each of us does our bit.”— Dr. Jane Goodall

April Member News

Catherine Dilts’s short story “Unrepentant Sinner” appears in the May/June issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Jeff Lockwood’s Poisoned Justice (Pen-L, 2016) has been named one of three finalists in the IBPA’s 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition in the category of Mystery & Suspense.  The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has nearly 3,000 members and is the largest publishing trade association in the United States.  A single Gold award winner will be chosen from the finalists in each category and announced during a ceremony to be held Friday evening, April 7, 2017 at the Historic Benson Hotel in Portland, OR.

Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima is a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards mystery category.

Two RMMWA members are Derringer Award nominees. The Short Mystery Fiction Society listed as finalists Catherine Dilts’ story “The Chemistry of Heroes” in the Novelette category, and R. T. Lawton’s “An Ill Wind” in the Flash category.

March member news

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in the mystery category.

The Art of Vanishing (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #2) by Cynthia Kuhn will be available February 28, 2017 from Henery Press. For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.

The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #1) by Cynthia Kuhn has been nominated for an Agatha Award in the Best First Novel category. Congratulations! And good luck!

John E. Stith’s Death Tolls, a science-fiction mystery, will be re-released by ReAnimus Press on March 15th in trade paperback and all major e-book formats and markets. When disaster strikes on Mars, one news team is always first. Death Tolls won the CAL Top Hand Award for best adult fiction original paperback. “…succeeded where so many others have failed…. respectable both as science fiction and as mystery.” —Drood Review of Mystery. Find John atwww.neverend.com and Facebook.

Colleen Collins and her partner in crime, Shaun Kaufman, will be teaching a half-day pre-conference workshop on Thursday, April 27, for the Pike’s Peak Writers Conference. Title: Misdemeanors to Murder: Nothing but the Truth from a Criminal Lawyer and Private Eye. Link (scroll down page for class syllabus): https://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/activities/thursday-programming/

Coney Island Avenue, the follow-up to the acclaimed novel Gravesend by Shamus Award-winning author J. L. Abramo, will be released by Down & Out Books on March 13—and offered at a discounted price for Kindle or Nook editions through March 12.

Twist Phelan has a collection of short stories out this month: Criminal Record: Collected Crime & Mystery Stories. The thirteen stories originally appeared in either Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine or Mystery Writers of America anthologies. They were critically well received, garnering awards and nominations, including two Thriller Awards for Best Short Story of the Year.

Manuel Ramos will talk about his books and the concept of “Chicano noir” at the Central Library of the Denver Public Library on March 28 from 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. in the Burnham Hoyt Book Club Room.

Manuel also will be a keynote speaker and presenter at the annual Graduate Student Association Conference at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX from March 30–April 1.

RMMWA members who are among the featured authors at the 11th Annual Mountain of Authors in Colorado Springs include  Donnell Bell, Catherine Dilts, Cynthia Kuhn, and Barb Nickless on April 8. MOA is a free annual community program that provides an opportunity for the public and local authors to meet and listen to notable authors and writers, and for aspiring writers to learn more about the craft of writing.

The 2017 keynote speaker is area author, historian, and musician Mark Lee Gardner.

Welcome to new member Allyson Condie!


  • Friday, April 15
    7 p.m.
    Laura DiSilverio
    Chris Goff
    Mark Stevens
    Carter Wilson   
    Denver Book Bar
    CBA finalist readings

    Saturday, April 16
    2 p.m.
    Mark Stevens   
    Bemis Library
    “Write What You Don’t Know”

    April 20
    Mark Stevens   
    Op.Cit. Bookstore
    Taos, N.M.

    April 23
    11 a.m.–5p.m.
    Mario Acevedo
    Chris Goff
    Robert Greer
    Anne Hillerman
    Manuel Ramos
    Pikes Peak Library District
    Colorado Springs
    Mountain of Authors