Award Finalists: 2021 Colorado Authors League Awards

The 2021Colorado Authors League Award Finalists have been announced:

Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing in the category of Fiction: Mystery (Cozy)

Hanging Falls by Margaret Mizushima and Gone to Darkness by Barbara Nickless in the category of Fiction: Mystery (Crime, Suspense)

8 Weeks to a Complete Novel by Becky Clark in the category of Non-fiction: Lifestyle, Travel, How-To

The Forge of Bonds by Wendy Terrien in the category of Young Adult

Winners will be announced July 17, 2021

For more information,  please visit Colorado Authors League.

Award Nomination: David Heska Wanbli Weiden and Fleur Bradley

Bouchercon 2021The Bouchercon 2021 Anthony Award Nominations have been announced: Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco) has been nominated for Best First Novel and Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley (Viking Books for Young Readers) has been nominated for Best Juvenile/Young Adult.

For more information, please visit https://www.bouchercon2021.com/anthony-award-nominations.

New Release: The Bone Field by Debra Bokur

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Publication date: May 25, 2021 from Kensington Books

The Bone Field (Dark Paradise Mystery #2)

Kali Māhoe, Hawaiian cultural expert and detective with the Maui Police Department, has been called to a bizarre crime scene. In the recesses of a deep trench on Lana’i Island, a derelict refrigerator has been unearthed. Entombed inside are the skeletal remains of someone buried decades ago. Identification is a challenge. The body is headless, the skull replaced with a chilling adornment: a large, ornately carved wooden pineapple.

The old field soon yields more long-buried secrets, and Kali is led along an increasingly winding path that brings to light an unlikely suspect, an illegal cock-fighting organization, and a strange symbol connected to a long-disbanded religious cult. Her task is to dispel the dark shadows lingering over the Palawai Basin plains, and to solve a puzzle that no one wants exposed by the bright, hot tropical light.

 

To discover the answer, Kali will be drawn deeper in the mysteries of the island’s ancient legends—stories that tell of an enraged rooster god and man-eating monsters. For Kali, a detective of sound logic and reason, it’s not easy to consider the unknown for explanations for what appears to be a series of illogical links in a twisting chain of deadly events. Or safe. Because the dormant pineapple fields of Lana’i have yet to give up their darkest and most terrifying secrets.

Please join Debra for the outdoor launch party for THE BONE FIELD on June 5 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, co-hosted by Boulder Bookstore. Live ukulele music, plus a performance of hula dancing, Polynesian drumming, and a Fire Knife Dance by the Kalama Polynesian Dancers. Books for sale, Hawaiian-themed giveaways, cash bar. To comply with Boulder County Covid tracking, guests must pre-register at the Dairy Arts Center website at https://thedairy.org/events/launch-event-for-the-bone-field-by-debra-bokur/

“Wonderfully atmospheric…immersive, thoroughly researched tale of mystery and mythology that will enlighten as well as entertain.” – Criminal Element

“Nimbly contrasts the Hawaii of sun and golden beaches with its less well-known underbelly of poverty, discrimination, and crime. Fans of strong female cops will look forward to Kali’s further adventures.” —Publishers Weekly

For more information the Dark Paradise Mystery series, please visit debrabokur.com

New Release: Punning with Scissors by Becky Clark

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Publication date: May 11, 2021 from Kensington

Punning with Scissors (A Crossword Puzzle Mystery Book 2) by Becky Clark

1 DOWN: A PERSON OF INTEREST
Quinn Carr has been quietly creating crosswords for the Chestnut Station Chronicle in her small Colorado town since she was in high school, but she has yet to solve the puzzle of how to make a living from her passion. So she lives with her parents and works at the local diner, catering to regulars like The Retireds, a charming if cantankerous crew of elderly men. The most recent member to join the group is a recently retired tailor, the unfortunately named Hugh Pugh.
 
4-LETTER WORD FOR “IMPALE”
But Hugh’s misfortune dramatically increases when he’s arrested for stabbing his husband with a pair of fabric shears. With a cryptic crossword clue left at the crime scene, Quinn seems tailor-made for solving this murder. The local police may be determined to pin the crime on the kindly tailor, but Quinn will use her penchant for puzzles and what her therapist calls her “obsessive coping mechanism” to get the clues to line up and catch the real culprit—before the killer boxes her in. . . .

Includes original crossword puzzles!

What people are saying…

• Was already a fan of Becky Clark’s Mystery Writer Series and now I’m a fan of the Crossword Puzzle Mysteries too! Highly engaging characters, setting, and plot with LOTS of humor and heart.

• In a year full of heaviness, I think cozy mysteries are a great escape. Puzzling Ink is a fun escape for a few hours, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Quinn is up to in her next crossword puzzle adventure.

• I love the Mystery Writer’s Mystery series from this writer, and this series is starting off a winner just like that series. It was so funny, and I did find myself laughing out loud in parts. There’s just something so fun about her writing style!

Punning With Scissorshttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FXTDJST

Puzzling Ink on sale for $1.99 — https://www.amazon.com/Puzzling-Ink-Crossword-Puzzle-Mystery-ebook/dp/B085LTVY49

More info— https://beckyclarkbooks.com/

Publication Deal: Fleur Bradley

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Aneeka Kalia at Viking has acquired Daybreak on Raven Island by Fleur Bradley (Midnight at the Barclay Hotel).

When three kids miss the last ferry to get off Raven Island during a school field trip and are stuck on the island overnight, they must outrun a killer, a weird ghost hunting crew, and a creepy flock of birds—and solve a generations-old mystery—if they want to survive until daybreak.

Publication is set for summer 2022; Laurel Symonds at the Bent Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

For more information about Fleur and her work, please visit: http://www.ftbradley.com/

Event: May 2021 Book Club

May SinC Book Clubs FB (400x335)The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club May 2021 reads are Witches and Wedding Cake by Bailey Cates (Longmont), The Mona Lisa Sisters by George Cramer (Fort Collins), and The Mermaid Brokers by Sue Hinkin (Parker).

Free and open to the public. Come chat with the author and other readers! And if you don’t have a chance to read the book, that’s quite all right. Many times we discuss craft and the publishing process as well as the book, so all are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE: During the current coronavirus situation, our book clubs are meeting online via Zoom. Sisters in Crime-Colorado members can get the link to the Zoom meeting on the chapter groups.io listserv. Non-members may request the meeting link by sending an email to: sinccoloradobookclubs@gmail.com.

For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us!

New Release: Renegade by Jodi Burnett

RENEGADE book coverPublication date: April 22, 2021

RENEGADE ~ Tin Star K9 Series – Book 1

Caitlyn Reed and her dog, Renegade, are thrown into the midst of murder and intrigue when they discover a dead body while on a trail ride in the black hills of Wyoming.

The local sheriff is hell bent on a conviction, and Caitlyn’s brother, Dylan, is in his crosshairs. Desperate to prove his innocence, Caitlyn turns to Deputy Colt Branson for help, but she must grapple with their rocky romantic past to gain his aid.

As Caitlyn and Renegade pursue the killer, the investigation catapults their lives in a dangerous new direction, one with mysterious strangers, convoluted clues, and deadly violence. In a whip-cracking turn of events, Caitlyn finds herself under suspicion. When all the chips fall, Caitlyn uncovers shocking evidence that rocks their small-town community to its core.

Purchase at: Amazon.com

For more information, visit Jodi-Burnett.com.

Appearances: 2021 Colorado Book Awards

CBA-Logo-2021_CMYK 300x300Several Sisters in Crime-Colorado members are 2021 Colorado Book Award finalists and will or have appeared for live readings.

Sue Hinkin’s thriller The Burn Patient, the third in her Bea Middleton and Lucy Vega series, is nominated for a Colorado Book Award in the thriller category.

David Heska Wanbli Weiden‘s Winter Counts is also a nominee in the thriller category.

Barbara Nickless has her novel, Gone to Darkness, as a finalist in the mystery category.

They will all be reading from their work on May 26, 2021, at 6PM, Pacific Time on Zoom.

Fleur Bradley is a finalist in the Juvenile Literature category for Midnight at the Barclay Hotel. She read from her story on April 9th.

For details and to register, check out the Colorado Humanities website at https://coloradohumanities.org/programs/colorado-book-awards/.

CONGRATULATIONS to all!

New Release: Blood Kills by Nanci Rathbun

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Blood Kills (Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 4) by Nanci Rathbun

A murdered metal sculptor. A mafia mystery. Can a talented PI outsmart a vindictive killer before she sleeps with the fishes?

Private investigator Angelina Bonaparte can barely contain her excitement. Thrilled to reunite with her detective boyfriend after an obligatory embargo of several years, she’s preparing every detail for his return. But she’s forced to put passion on the backburner when she discovers a local artist brutally slain.

When the dead man’s own last will and testament shockingly predicts his death, the seasoned sleuth ignores her lover’s warnings and digs into the victim’s treacherous links with the Russian mob. But with the culprit still on the loose and the evidence not matching up, Angelina’s life could be snuffed out the ultimate criminal mastermind.

Is Angelina’s romantic reunion in danger of being fatally cut short?

Blood Kills is the spine-tingling fourth tale in the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries thriller series. If you like riveting twists, blossoming love affairs, and pulse-pounding close calls, then you’ll adore Nanci Rathbun’s high-octane story.

Finalist in the 2021 Book Excellence Awards for Mystery/Thriller.

For more information about the PI Angelina Bonaparte Crime Thrillers series and Nanci, visit https://nancirathbun.com.