The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club May 2022 reads are Complicit by Amy Rivers (Longmont), The Mermaid Broker by Sue Hinkin (Fort Collins), and Dark Obsessions by Marie Sutro (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!
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Denver Noir (http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/denver-noir/) will be published on May 3, 2022 by Akashic Books. Denver Noir joins over 100 volumes in Akashic’s award-winning Noir Series of location-based dark fiction anthologies. SinC-Colorado member and Denver Noir editor Cynthia Swanson (author of The Bookseller and The Glass Forest; http://cynthiaswansonauthor.com/) has pulled together 14 contributors who know the city best to pen short tales set in distinct locations from Aurora to Washington Park. SinC-Colorado members with stories in the collection include Francelia Belton (Five Points), Amy Drayer (South Broadway), Barbara Nickless (Union Station), Cynthia Swanson (Cheesman Park), and David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Aurora). Release events for Denver Noir can be found at http://www.akashicbooks.com/author/cynthia-swanson/.
When Lt. Everett T. Pope is notified of an explosion in downtown Denver close to the judicial buildings, his first instinct is gas leak. No such luck. As Incident Command and Pope’s own Major Crimes unit move in, he discovers he knows the intended victims—an Assistant U. S. Attorney—and Pope’s former partner, now a private investigator, has died shielding the injured AUSA with his body.
As ATF and the FBI take over investigating the bombing and unraveling motives behind the murder attempt, Pope is relegated to a peripheral role. But the injured AUSA’s aunt is a United States senator used to getting results. She turns to the team that solved the Black Pearl Killer murders with a very big ask—find her answers and locate the bomber.
FBI Special Agent Brian DiPietro must recall his entire cold case team from their far-flung assignments knowing he’s being asked to do the impossible. The senator, however, doesn’t know the meaning of the word. All too soon, DiPietro finds his team working alongside ATF on a red-hot mission. One that uncovers a decades’ old cold case.
Can a woman’s psychic connection to a truck prove a killer’s undoing?
Classic car restorer Renni Delacroix has a unique gift, one kept carefully hidden: when she touches a car, she sees its history. Focused on building her business in the small town of Rampart, Colorado, she hides the truth of her psychic ability.
But when a Marmon pickup is delivered, visions of terrified women jolt her clean off the old truck. She has no choice but to come forward, especially since one of the women was her best friend, murdered six months earlier. Renni explains what she saw to Detective Matt Brody. Skeptical, he’s surprised to find evidence the Marmon belonged to a serial killer known as the Rocky Mountain High Killer.
While battling Brody’s suspicions, and her growing attraction to him, Renni uses skills honed hunting down classic parts to unearth the killer. But will she be able to give their identity to Brody before she loses everything—her job, her home…even her life?
When a fitness center is a locale for both health and murder,exercise enthusiasts must weigh their odds of the outcome.
Shear Misfortune, book seven–and the final–in the Melanie Hogan Mysteries released today! Join Melanie and the Cut Above Hair Salon crew as they solve their final mystery. Available here.
Beauty salon owner, Melanie Hogan, decides an exercise regimen is long overdue and joins a gym, but she gets more for her money than sore abs. Not only does Melanie find a body, but she also finds herself at the center of the investigation. Again. Instead of improved muscle tone, Melanie gains a lesson in the perils that lurk beneath the surface of the health industry.
Along with best friend and salon co-owner Claire Davis and Melanie’s beau Detective Levi Wescott, they set out to clear her name while Melanie practices resistance training—resisting going to the gym to investigate. When the police eventually zero in on a salon employee, the team joins forces, getting a life-or-death workout. Will they all survive?
THE DARKEST WOODS HIDE THE DARKEST OF OBSESSIONS… Dark Obsessions, the follow-up to Marie Sutro’s bestselling and award-winning debut crime thriller (Dark Associations) will be released on April 26, 2022. (Available for preorder through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, as well as other major and independent retailers.)
Reeling from the trauma of her last case, SFPD Detective Kate Barnes heads to the Olympic Peninsula hoping to heal the present by resolving the past. When the ravaged corpse of an unidentified teen is discovered, her search for personal peace takes a back seat to the quest for justice.
As Kate digs deeper, she discovers the victim was not the only one who had been taken against her will. Racing against the clock to rescue the remaining girls, she uncovers a complex series of ever-increasing horrors. In the darkest corners of Washington state, Kate Barnes will come face-to-face with an adversary so ruthless and powerful that it will take everything she has to save herself, let alone the girls.
“Dark Obsessions is a taut and terrifying descent into madness and redemption.” —Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of Strong Cold Dead
“An especially gripping, well-researched tale from a formidable talent.” —Kirkus Reviews