Event: August 2022 Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club August 2022 reads are How to Book a Murder by Cynthia Kuhn (Fort Collins), Denver Noir anthology edited by Cynthia Swanson (Parker), and Chasing Justice by Kathleen Donnelly (Longmont).

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 emailing the book club coordinators directly:

Longmont: BookClubLongmont(at)gmail(dot)com

Fort Collins: bookclubftcollins(at)gmail(dot)com

Parker:  bookclubparker(at)gmail(dot)com

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

Hope you can join us!

Author Events: Daybreak on Raven Island by Fleur Bradley

Sisters in Crime – CO member Fleur Bradley has two fun events for her new release Daybreak on Raven Island

Escape Room and Daybreak on Raven Island book signing

When: August 25th at 6 PM

Where: Second Star to the Right Bookstore, 1455 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210

To celebrate the launch of Fleur Bradley’s new MG mystery Daybreak on Raven Island, Second Star to the Right bookstore is hosting an escape room event, Q&A and book signing. There’s a special giveaway for independent bookstore buyers.

Event linkAuthor Visit: Fleur Bradley – “Daybreak on Raven Island” Tickets, Thu, Aug 25, 2022 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Book Launch Party for Daybreak on Raven Island + Plot a Mystery Activity

When: August 27th at 4 PM

Where: The Wandering Jellyfish Bookstore, 198 2nd Ave STE 1A, Niwot, CO

It’s a party at the Wandering Jellyfish Bookstore! We’re celebrating the launch of Fleur Bradley’s new MG mystery Daybreak on Raven Island with an interactive Plot a Mystery Clue Game, book signing (and cake, of course). Special independent bookstore giveaway with book preorders, while supplies last.

Event linkDaybreak on Raven Island by Fleur Bradley (Preorder, Signed Copy, Out – The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop (twjbookshop.com)


Twitter: @FTBradleyAuthor

Instagram: fleurbradley

Upcoming New Release: Hands on the Wheel by Karen C. Whalen

Hands on the Wheel by Karen Whalen (Tow Truck Mysteries) releases October 24, 2022.

High-heeled tow truck driver Delaney Morran lands a contract with the city to remove abandoned vehicles from the side of the road. Ever since she discovered a gunshot victim in a stalled Impreza, nightmares cause her to pass up towing opportunities. As the lone woman tow truck driver in town, she needs to be as tough as her all-male competition, but word gets out that she’s rattled and worse—incompetent. It doesn’t help that gang members show up to threaten Delaney, making her question whether the roadside shooting is drug related. No one wants to believe drugs have invaded the small town of Spruce Ridge. But after she loses the city contract, Delaney must have closure for the crime or else she may be forced to close up shop.

Karen’s website http://karencwhalen.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/whalencozyauthor (author page)

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/whalenkarenc


Chapter Meeting: How to Write a Synopsis & In Character Workshop: The Life and Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: August 13, 2022

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

Also Via Zoom; (Information on how to join the presentation will be posted in the Sisters in Crime-Colorado Groups.io members listserv.)

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

To request more information, please use our contact form: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/connect/


9:30 am – 10:00 am   Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am – 12:00 pm   How to Write a Synopsis by Pam McCutcheon

Most writers hate writing synopses, and no wonder. After you’ve agonized over several hundred pages to make your prose absolutely perfect, how could you possibly distill that down to a measly ten or twenty pages? Or, worse yet, one or two? By the time you’ve written the book, everything seems important, and it’s difficult to know what to put in and what to leave out. 

This workshop will help you understand the elements you need for a traditional synopsis to send to an editor or agent, plus what you need for a back cover blurb.

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

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm   In Character Workshop: The Life and Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Michael Chandos

Author Michael Chandos will present a workshop on the Life and Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Learn how and why a detective series which originated in 1887 is still widely touted and relevant in the 21st century. In this interactive in-character workshop, Michael Chandos will reveal: Who were Sherlock and Watson? Why the word “Sherlockian” has long been recognized by Merriam-Webster and dictionaries worldwide, and why this mystery series.

Sherlockian, you ask?  Definition of Sherlockianof or resembling the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes especially in the exercise of unusual powers of deduction solved the mystery with Sherlockian ease could almost see the Sherlockian glitter in the doctor’s eyes— Philip Wheelwright

Please RSVP at our Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/sisters-in-crime-colorado/events/287185899/

The Zoom login information will be posted in the chapter’s groups.io listserv.

About the Presenters:

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Pam McCutcheon is the author of how-to books for writers and many kinds of romance novels (sweet, steamy, paranormal, romcom, Sci-Fi, etc.) under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. She can be found at pammc.com or parkerblue.net.


michael chandos photoSteve Pease writes mystery and suspense fiction as Michael Chandos.  One of his stories (West Texas Barbecue) was nominated for a Macavity award. He is a retired Intelligence Community Officer and is now a working Private Investigator, licensed in New Mexico and Colorado. He has taught seminars in Private Investigation and Intelligence for Kiss of Death. He lives in Black Forest, Colorado. He occasionally presents this Sherlockian seminar and another on The Maltese Falcon to reading clubs in Colorado Springs and at the unique Lewis and Holmes Emporium in Peyton, Colorado. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers (PWA), and Small Mystery Fiction Society (SMFS).

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.

Upcoming New Release: Big Bucks (Book 3 of the Big Murder Mystery series) by Kirsten Weiss

Congratulations to Sisters in Crime CO member, Kirsten Weiss and her upcoming new release. Big Bucks releases July 31, 2022.

Another Small Town. Another Big Murder.

I’m Alice, a thirty-something ex-bodyguard, and DNA tests are the Devil. My brother Charlie took one, and it turns out he’s only my half-brother. Our parents aren’t around to explain things, but Charlie tracked down his real father, in the fancy-pants spa town the hill over. Charlie’s father is loaded. Or he was until someone killed him.

Now Charlie, high off helping me solve a murder last month, has decided he’s going to find his father’s killer. I’m not sure if it’s pride, or delusion, or… No, that’s not fair. Charlie cares. This hurt him. Bad. I’m going to have to solve this murder—and fast—before his rich new relatives eat him alive.

Big Bucks is the third book in the Big Murder Mystery series. If you like laugh-out-loud mysteries, relationships with heart, and stories about figuring out where you belong, you’ll love Big Bucks. Buy the book and start the quirky cozy mystery today.

Murder mystery game in the back of the book!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B2V1DTHP

Amazon Associate: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B2V1DTHP?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=ariascupb-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=870f5d6490f858bee73f3e274e99a895&camp=1789&creative=9325

Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id6442912637

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w?ean=2940186581802

Google Play: Big Bucks by Kirsten Weiss – Books on Google Play

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/big-bucks

Award Winners: 2022 Colorado Authors League Awards

The 2022 Colorado Authors League Award Winners have been announced:

How to Book a Murder by Cynthia Kuhn won in the category of Fiction: Mystery (Cozy).

The Mermaid Broker by Sue Hinkin won in the category of Fiction: Mystery (Thriller).

Congratulations to our Sisters in Crime-Colorado authors!

For more information,  please visit Colorado Authors League.

Award Finalists: 2022 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Finalists

Congratulations to our Sisters in Crime – CO Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Finalists! Winners will be announced in August during Killer Nashville.

Best Action Adventure Finalist: Murder at Buckskin Joe by JvL Bell

Best Investigator Finalist: At First Light by Barbara Nickless

Best Attendee Thriller FinalistFallen Star: The Divine Devils Book 2 by R Weir

Best Investigator Finalist: Striking Range: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima