Upcoming Meetings

October 8th Online Meeting

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on October 8th starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature award-winning author Judge Debra H. Goldstein. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you September 10th!



Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Silver Falchion Finalist Judge Debra H. Goldstein discusses the path to her passion, with an emphasis on the road she almost didn’t take.

Speaker Bio:

Debra Goldstein

Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, One Taste Too Many). She also authored Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, which have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer finalists, have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Weekly. Debra serves on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and is president of SEMWA and past president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter. Find out more about Debra at DebraHGoldstein.com

Meeting Agenda:
6:30-7:00 Announcements, Introductions, and News
7:00-7:15 Mystery Minute by ZJ Czupor
7:15-8:15 or so: Program featuring our guest speaker
After Party: Stay after the program to mingle and visit.

Announcements and Special Events

RMMWA 2020 6-Word Mystery Contest is live!

Writers who can boil down a mystery into a half-dozen words are encouraged to enter the fourth annual Six-Word Mystery Contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA).

Six-word “whodunits” can be entered in one or all five of the following categories: Thriller, Cozy, Romance and Lust, Police Procedural, and Hard Boiled/ Noir. See more information about the categories here.

The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. There are no residency requirements. Entries must be received by midnight, Oct. 31, 2020


The contest entry fee is $6 for one entry (just $1 per word); or $10 to enter six-word mysteries in all five categories. The grand prize winner will receive $100 in cold, hard cash. Winners in all other categories will receive $25 gift certificates, and all winners and finalists will be featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, on our RMMWA website, and in our popular newsletter, Deadlines.


Finalists will be invited to the chapter’s annual Mystery & Mistletoe Holiday Party in December, to be held on Zoom this year.

Click here to enter this year’s contest.

A Statement from Mystery Writers of America

“Mystery Writers of America does not support or tolerate discrimination of any kind. We stand proudly with our Black members, and implore our entire membership to start listening, speaking out, and amplifying the voices that have been silenced for far too long. Listening leads to understanding, and action leads to change. We cannot move forward as a society or culture without recognizing the disparities that permeate both.”

The complete text of this statement, and suggestions on how to get involved, can be found on the MWA national site.

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News and Notes

What Rocky Mountain MWA Means to Me

by Christine Carbo

Living in a rural state like Montana, it’s difficult to feel connected to the book business, let alone other writers of crime fiction. When I joined RMMWA, I was dubious at first. I assumed most of the good networking and action took place in Denver, where the vast majority of RMMWA events seemed to be held. However, after six years of membership, RMMWA proved me wrong. I have found the organization to be extremely supportive across the region. read more…


Kate Lansing shared the cover for Book 2 of her Colorado Wine Mystery series, A Pairing To Die For, coming January 26, 2021 from Berkley. It's available for pre-order and to add on Goodreads. More information on her website: http://katelansing.com/.

Margaret Mizushima’s HANGING FALLS

Margaret Mizushima is pleased to announce the September 8th release of Hanging Falls, the sixth Timber Creek K-9 Mystery. In this episode, Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo investigate the death of a man they found floating in a mountain lake, while Mattie...

99 TRUTHS from Lori Lacefield

99 Truths, the first book in Lori Lacefield's new FBI Local Profiler series, is available now. After a recent mistake, FBI special agent Frankie Johnson is desperate to prove she has what it takes to become a lead profiler with the Bureau’s Charlotte, NC field office....


Fleur Bradley's mystery for kids, Midnight At The Barclay Hotel, is out now from Viking Books for Young Readers. Kirkus called the book "a quirky, kid-friendly introduction to the murder mystery."

The Beethoven Sequence

From the pen of Gerald Elias, author of the critically-acclaimed Daniel Jacobus mystery series, comes his first thriller. The Beethoven Sequence, the story of a mentally imbalanced political outsider who makes an unlikely ascent to the presidency of the United States,...

The Fire Thief by Debra Bokur

The Fire Thief, the first in the Dark Paradise Mystery series by Debra Bokur, launched on May 26, to strong reviews both Publisher's Weekly and Criminal Elements. Set in Hawaii, the series features Detective Kali Māhoe, who uses her knowledge of Hawaiian spiritual...

WINTER COUNTS by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

David Heska Wanbli Weiden's debut novel, Winter Counts, has been released by Ecco/HarperCollins.  The book received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was noted as one of the best books of the summer by USA Today, Buzzfeed, and CrimeReads.

Gone to Darkness by Barbara Nickless

In Gone to Darkness, the fourth Sydney Rose Parnell book from Barbara Nickless, newly minted homicide detective Sydney Parnell faces a savage killer whose endgame is to capture her. And keep her. Iraqi war vet and former railway cop Sydney Parnell is now the youngest...

The Study of Secrets

The Study of Secrets, Cynthia Kuhn's fifth Lila Maclean Academic Mystery, has been released by Henery Press. There could be nowhere more fitting for English professor Lila Maclean to spend her sabbatical than in a proper Victorian mansion. The whimsical Callahan House...

New Installment of Scott Graham’s National Park Mystery Series

Mesa Verde Victim, the sixth installment in Scott Graham's National Park Mystery Series has been released by Torrey House Press. Kirkus Reviews calls Mesa Verde Victim, "An expert look at the great outdoors seamlessly incorporated with a focus on the hero’s family,"...

Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel

Becky Clark's Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel: Write Faster, Write Better, Be More Organized debuted in March as a #1 Release in the Fiction Writing Reference category on Amazon. If you've ever wanted to speed up your writing and devise your own reliable system to get...

The Burn Patient by Sue Hinkin

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Catherine O’Connell’s First Tracks

Ski patroller Greta Westerlind wakes up in the hospital after surviving and avalanche that took her friend's life. With no memory of the incident, she sets out to learn why they were skiing such dangerous terrain in the first place and finds a darker side of Aspen...

Catch Me In Lisbon by Douglas Grant Johnson

In the golden age of the movies, Ben and Lina are two talented people who stand ready to achieve their life's dreams. But there's a bully whose own ambition stands in the way. And he'll try to stop them . . . one way or another.

5th installment in Pauline Baird Jones’ Big Uneasy Series

The fifth installment in the Big Uneasy Series, Fais Do Do Die, was released January 21, 2020. He kicks down doors, and she serves hors d’oeuvres. And the Big Uneasy delivers them both a huge helping of high stakes danger—plus a chance at romance.

9th book in Terry Odell’s Mapleton Mystery series

 Deadly Fun pits Gordon Hepler against a cat-and-mouse killer. Someone is playing a game with Mapleton’s Chief of Police … and it’s deadly. For Mapleton Police Chief Gordon Hepler, life has become predictably boring—despite being a newlywed. Being a husband is great....
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Kate Lansing’s Latest Releases in May

COVER REVEAL : Coming May 26, 2020 from Berkley A young winery owner won’t let one sour grape ruin the bunch in the first installment of this exciting cozy mystery series. Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder,...

Pat Wood’s Latest Releases in December

Murder at the Petroglyphs (set in Albuquerque, NM) will be released sometime in December. At that time it will be available on Amazon and through order from bookstores. The book is published by Aakenbaaken & Kent.    The Ancient Ones walk among the sacred rocks at...
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Amanda Bradley’s First Release

Writing as Eliza Casey, the first novel in her new Edwardian mystery series, Lady Takes the Case, releases November 26, 2019. When a dinner party turns deadly, the feisty Lady Cecilia Bates and intuitive cat Jack are on the case, in this first entry to an exciting new...

New Release: Lethal Fetish

Lethal Fetish, the third in Jeff Lockwood’s mystery series is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Pen-L Books. In this twisted tale, Riley the exterminator is thrust in the kinky corners of 1980s San Francisco. This ex-cop’sjourney begins at a...

New Release: Burning Candles

Burning Candles, by Sue Star and Bill Beatty  An American woman hides from her past by running to Brazil, only to find that the Brazilian cop she’s married has secrets far darker than hers.  She struggles with her new identity and a culture of cults and illegal...

New Release: Black Pearl

Donnell Bell is pleased to announce that Black Pearl, is available for preorder and will be released on November 8, 2019. Black Pearl takes place in all of her favorite places, Denver, Colorado Springs and Montrose, and is the first in a series. A cold case heats up...

New Release: Tracking Game

Margaret Mizushima is thrilled to announce the November 12th release of Tracking Game, her fifth Timber Creek K-9 mystery. Library Reads named Tracking Game a Top Pick for November 2019, and Booklist said this about it: "Whether one likes stories about conflict or...

New Release: The Blue Pearl

The Blue Pearl by L.J. Martin will be released on 10/23/19.   There’s nothing like a relaxing cruise to reinvigorate tired bones…soak up the sun, lots of drinks with those little umbrellas, a little body-guarding. What could go wrong? That is, until Al Shabaab decides...

New Release: Crossing the Chicken

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September 2020 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor

A Curious Incident

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1893, is a short story “The Adventure of Silver Blaze” in which an unusual line of dialogue becomes the title of a best-selling mystery published one-hundred and ten years later. read more…