Radio Play Production: Amy Drayer


Coming July 2021, Take A Stand Theatre will be staging a murder mystery radio play, Penny Tahlequah and the Ms. Olsen Incident, written by Sisters in Crime-Colorado member Amy Drayer.


Born and raised on Makah Island and born with a nose for news and trouble, Penny Tahlequah finds both when she returns home after an adventure in Los Angeles that goes any which way but right. We join Penny one chilly Makah morning in 1986, live on-air calling the infamous July 4th hydroplane races.

The fireworks start even before the boats put in, and the big one goes off only minutes after the race starts – when the renowned Ms. Olsen goes up in a ball of smoke and flame. The real action heats up when Penny’s cousin is accused of sabotaging the boat and murdering the driver.

Now, it’s a race against time as Penny scours Makah for clues to prove he’s innocent and catch the real killer. It won’t be easy, but that wouldn’t be any fun. Listen live as Penny wades through colorful local characters on her hunt for the truth. She’ll get her man – but will she get her woman, too?

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Event: June 2021 Book Club

June SinC Book Clubs FB (2)The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club June 2021 reads are The Bone Field by Debra Bokur (Longmont), Fractured Families by Charlotte Hinger (Fort Collins), and Punning with Scissors by Becky Clark (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 listserv. Non-members may request the meeting link by sending an email to:

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Hope you can join us!

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.

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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

“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