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RMMWA hosts Chuck Heidel,
Solving the Marty Crisham Murder and
the trial of Michael Clark
October 9, 2014

The reader at our September meeting will be Joan Johnston!

PODCASTS Teasers: (Members, please log into the "Members Only" section of the website for the full version. Need 1
help with the link, contact the webmaster.)
9-11-2014—Harriet Hamilton, Coroner "Death in a Ski Town"
5-8-2014—David Keil, PI Investigations and Strategies
3-13-2014—Kirk Mitchell, Denver Post Columnist on Cold Cases
2-13-2014—Deb Courtney of Courtney Literary and Aaron Brown of Delve Writing on Publicity and Promotion
1-9-2014—Greggory LaBerge, Director of Denver Crime Lab

A few things to crow about:

Harriet Hamilton, Summit County Deputy Coroner, presented a great program on September 11th, complete with grisley slides and "gallows humor." Here are a few highlight pictures.


Rex Burns is happy to announce that CRUDE CARRIER, the second in his father-daughter private eye Touchstone Series, will be coming out on October 7 from Mysterious Press/ Open Road. Set in London and aboard a super-tanker at sea, it deals with theft and murder in the oil transport industry. Congratulations, Rex!

Rob Kresge is pleased to announcethat his 2013 standalone spy thriller SAVING LINCOLN is a finalist for the Macavity/Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best historical mystery, the winner to be named at Bouchercon in Long Beach the second weekend in November. Fellow finalists include the incomparable David Morrell of Santa Fe for MURDER AS A FINE ART and Catriona McPherson.

Colleen Collins announces that SLEEPLESS IN LAS VEGAS, the second book in her private-eye romance series, won an Award of Merit in the 2014 Holt Medallion contest. Congratulations, Colleen!

Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman also published a new nonfiction book, A LAWYER'S PRIMER FOR WRITERS: FROM CRIMES TO COURTROOMS (June 2014). Congratulations, Colleen and Shaun!


Joan Johnston is happy to announce that Pocket Books is reprinting A STRANGER'S GAME with a new
cover in September. Great cover, Joan!


Lise McClendon is celebrating twenty years in print. She has released a digital box set of her Jackson Hole mysteries featuring art dealer Alix Thorssen. "Set in Jackson Hole where the Old West merges with upscale art galleries and adrenaline adventures," Alix balances her love of beauty with her drive to find justice in these four complete mystery novels, originally published in hardcover and subsequently paperback. Four novels plus two short stories are bundled as THE ART OF MURDER, including the original title of THE BLUEJAY SHAMAN, the mystery that introduced Alix in 1994. McClendon plans on a similar box set of her Kansas City mysteries set just before World War II this fall.

RMMWA member in Germany, Margi Desmond, just announced that Over My Dead Body! published her short story about social networking obsession, "Going PostAll," in June and recently purchased her story about a suicidal young lady who realizes life is worth living, "Goodbye, Cruel World" O-Dark-Thirty, the literary publication of The Veteran's Writing Project, is scheduled to publish her story about two military wives who visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, "A Visit to Dachau," and a story about the final days before a soldier leaves for the war in Afghanistan in "Deployment." We are impressed!

Maria Kelson announced she has won the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, administered by Sisters in Crime. The award, for an unpublished work, supports a writer "in activities related to writing and career development." She began the book in Fall of 2011 and she's attending Sleuthfest 2015 to pitch the book. Way to go and best of luck, Maria. We're all pulling for you!

Mike Befeler announces that his latest in a new series, MYSTERY OF THE DINNER PLAYHOUSE, will be published by Five Star in January, 2015. Way to go, Mike!

RMMWA member, Sara Sue Hoklotubbe announced she's speaking at the 2014 National Book Festival and signing her new book, SINKING SUSPICIONS. A Cherokee tribal citizen, Sara Sue Hoklotubbe's won the 2004 Writer of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, the 2012 Willa Literary Award for Original Softcover Fiction by Women Writing the West, the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Award for Best Mystery, and the 2012 Mystery of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle.

Barbara Nickless announced that her entry, WHITE LINE FEVER, is a Finalist for Killer Nashville's Claymore Award, given each year to the best first 50 pages of an unpublished manuscript not currently under contract in the mystery, thriller and suspense genres. Way to go, Barbara. Good Luck!

Twist Phelan is on a roll. After winning the Ellis Award in the short story category for "Footprints in the Water" (Ellery Queen), she has done it again and won the Thriller Award in Short Fiction: Adult/Children category from International Thriller Writers. Way to go, Twist!

And, the 2014 Colorado Book Award in Mystery goes to RMMWA member Manuel Ramos for DESPERADO: A MILE HIGH NOIR (Arte Publico Press)

Catherine Dilts' story "The Last Real Cowboy: a Murder in the Rockies," is featured on the cover of the September issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Way to go, Catherine!

RMMWA member Gerald Elias is having a busy year. He continues to consider future exploits for Daniel Jacobus, but check out his website to find out "what's bearing fruit." You'll find info on magazine articles, concert reviews, op-eds and music. www.geraldelias.com

Mike Befeler is pleased to announcethe release of the third book in his Geezer-lit Mystery Series, SENIOR MOMENTS ARE MURDER, in audio from Books in Motion. Crank up those hearing aids and get to reading!

RMMWA Montana member, Lise McClendon announces her new suspense novel, THE GIRL IN THE EMPTY DRESS, releases in May. The new novel is the sequel to her much-loved mystery, BLACKBIRD FLY. Merle Bennett, middle of five sisters, is back in France celebrating her fiftieth birthday. She's brought her sisters along for a walking tour of the Dordogne. One sister invites a law colleague along who turns out to be annoying and secretive. When this "sixth wheel" finds an injured dog along the road the idyllic summer vacation takes a dark and dangerous turn. Why is everyone after this dog? Merle has to juggle teenagers, sibling bickering, two boyfriends, and the French legal system to find out who the "GIRL IN THE EMPTY DRESS" really is and what she wants.  

Mike Befeler announces that the 6th book in his "Geezer Lit" Mystery Series, NURSING HOMES ARE MURDER, will be released May 21, 2014. The police ask crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson to go undercover in a nursing home in Honolulu to assist with investigating a sexual assault. While struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss, Paul discovers clues to what has now become a murder and deals with the wacky residents and their peculiar personalities. Paul puts all the pieces together and must use all his geezer resources when the killer comes after him.

Colorado Authors' League Award winners include:

Rope Burn by Bruce W. Most in the Book Adult Fiction Genre category.

“Footprints in Water” by Twist Phelan in the Short fiction: Adult/Children category.

THE LAST HEIR, the third installment in Chuck Greaves' Shamus Award, Rocky Award, and Audie Award-finalist series of legal mysteries, will be in bookstores in June of 2014.  When the heir to a California winery empire turns up missing, attorney Jack MacTaggart travels to Napa Valley where he learns the hard way that while blood may be thicker than water, money is a powerful anti-coagulant.



Mark Your Calendars!
(See Authors page for author signings)


October 9thChuck Heidel, Solving the Marty Grisham Murder

November 13thMorey Swingle, Former Prosecutor

December 11thMember Showcase! Emceed by Helen Thorpe!

January 8thTracy Brisendine on Serial Killers

February 12th

March 12thJane Cracraft, Private Eye

April 9thDavid Morrell, Anatomy of a NYT Bestselling Writer

April 11thDavid Morrell Workshop

May 14th