Appearance: Barbara Nickless

Murder in the Mountains February 21-23, 2020

Join Sisters in Crime-Colorado sister, Barbara Nickless,Murder in the Mountains 2020 and a fabulous group of writers for Murder in the Mountains! Barbara will be on a panel with Christine Carbo and Rachel Monroe to talk about women writing crime. Craig Johnson will lead a discussion of the first Walt Longmire television show. There will be workshops, a discussion of true crime podcasts featuring the hosts of Colorado Cold Case, an evening of readings for Noir at the Bar, a murder mystery dinner and much more!

Check Center of the Arts at Crested Butte for more information and for a list of hotels offering discounted rooms.

Award Nominations: Cynthia Kuhn and Jennifer Kincheloe

The 2020 Lefty Award nominees have been announced: The Subject of Malice by Cynthia Kuhn (Henery Press) has been nominated for Best Humorous Mystery Novel and The Body in Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe (Seventh Street Books) has been nominated for Best Historical Mystery (Bruce Alexander Memorial).

For more information, please visit Left Coast Crime.

Appearances: Barbara Nickless and LS Hawker

Noir at the Bar Denver January 2020
Noir at the Bar: Denver January 2020

Noir at the Bar: Denver is back with six of Colorado’s finest crime fiction authors–including Sisters in Crime-Colorado members Barbara Nickless and LS Hawker–reading live from their writing! Start the new year out right with these harrowing, dastardly live stories, not to mention a new venue that is Noir at the Bar: Denver’s fanciest digs yet (and they hope to make their permanent home!) Great cocktails, amazing ambiance, incredible writing. No cover charge, signed book giveaways, book sales, what’s not to love? Put on your fancy attire, invite all your friends, and come start the weekend early with us! It’ll be a damn fine time, guaranteed.

Join all of them this Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 at Mario’s Double Daughter’s Salotto.

RSVP now!

Event: Social Media 101 & NecroSearch International: Murder, Mayhem and Mysteries

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
February 1, 2020

Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

(Feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.)


9:30-10:00 am
Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Social Media 101: A tutorial for authors

Don’t know a Tweet from a Post? Our Sisters in Crime-Colorado social savvy experts will give an overview of two popular social media platforms and how they each play a different role in marketing, fan base, and sales. Bring a laptop, because this will be a hands -on demo how to create and use Twitter and Instagram, and, how to use each to your advantage. We will hear success stories along with what not to do. Learn the benefits of each platform and glean new content ideas.

Attendees are encouraged to bring: a laptop, a smartphone, their favorite author photo, images of book covers, and/or other brand related images loaded on their device (s). Don’t have a “brand”? By the end of this session you will be on your way.

10:00-10:30am Social Media overview – Sandra Murphy
10:30-11:15am Twitter – Kate Lansing, Francelia Belton
11:15-12:00pm Instagram – Jodi Burnett, Alicia Cay

12:00-1:00 pm
Lunch (brown bag or visit nearby restaurants)

1:00-3:00 pm
NecroSearch International: Murder, Mayhem and Mysteries – Diane L. France, Ph.D., D-ABFA

NecroSearch International, Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that brings together scientists and law enforcement to investigate missing persons cases. Botanists, geologists, geophysicists, hydrologists, anthropologists, members of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and many others add their expertise to helping law enforcement find clandestine graves or surface deposits of remains. They then help excavate evidence and human remains from those graves, and to help prepare the case for court. Many of these areas of expertise will be discussed in the presentation.

3:00-4:00 pm
Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.Please RSVP at our Meetup Page:

About the Presenters:

Sandra Murphy –
Kate Lansing –
Francelia Belton –
Jodi Burnett –
Alicia Cay –

Diane L. France, Ph.D., D-ABFA is a board certified forensic anthropologist who has been investigating human remains cases for more than 35 years, and has been a member of NecroSearch for over 30 years, including being president (now past president) for years. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1983 and was certified as an expert in forensic anthropology in 1989. She has been on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Forensic Anthropology for over 15 years, and was president for five of those years. She is currently helping to develop standards and guidelines for forensic anthropology as a member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees, a large group initiated by Congress as a response to the Innocence Project’s calls for reviewing all forensic disciplines and practices.

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit, with that said, we do allow those who are interested in wanting to learn more about us to attend one meeting for free. After that, we hope you will join our chapter. You can learn more about us and our chapter here:

Please RSVP above. This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries.

To request more information, please use our contact form.

New Release: Double Jeopardy by Donna Schlachter

Donna Schlachter (aka Leeann Betts) is pleased to announce the release of her first traditionally published full-length historical mystery, Double Jeopardy.

In May of 1880, Becky Campbell leaves her wealthy New York lifestyle in search of her father, only to learn he was murdered in the small town of Silver Valley, Colorado. Unable to return to her mother in humiliation and defeat, she determines to fulfill her father’s dream—to make the Double Jeopardy profitable. Zeke Graumann, a local rancher, is faced with a hard decision regarding his land and his dream. After several years of poor weather and low cattle prices, he will either have to take on a job to help pay his overhead expenses, or sell his land. He hires on with this Easterner for two reasons: he can’t turn his back on a damsel in distress. And he needs the money. Becky isn’t certain Zeke is all he claims to be, and after a series of accidents at her mine, wonders if he isn’t behind it, trying to get her to sell out so he can take over. Zeke finds many of Becky’s qualities admirable and fears he’s losing his heart to her charms, but also recognizes she was never cut out to be a rancher’s wife.

Can Becky overcome her mistrust of Zeke, find her father’s killer, and turn her mine into a profitable venture—before her mother arrives in town, thinking she’s coming for her daughter’s wedding? And will Zeke be forced to give up his dream and lose his land in order to win Becky’s heart?

Buy the book here: and at and

Join the Facebook Launch Party on January 7th, 2-5pm MST: Special guests, giveaways, and fun.

Join us at our Denver In-Person Launch Party: Bear Valley Church, 10001 W. Jewell Ave, Lakewood, CO 7-9 pm, January 7th. Giveaways, books to buy, fun, and food.