Stories on Stage – Denver Noir Featuring Sinc-CO Members

An upcoming Stories on Stage performance will feature stories from Denver Noir read by professional actors. Four stories from the 14-story collection will be read, including our own Sisters in Crime-CO members Cynthia Swanson and Francelia Belton! Other Denver Noir contributors featured are Manuel Ramos and Mathangi Subramanian.

The performance is on Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 pm at Su Teatro theater in Denver. It will be recorded and can also be viewed online. 

Francelia and Cynthia will be there. The Bookies will be on hand to sell copies of Denver Noir and other books by the contributors. 

More info and tix are at

New Release and Book Launch: A Cold Case of Conscience by Helen Starbuck

Sisters in Crime-CO member Helen Starbuck’s new book A Cold Case of Conscience releases this month. It’s Book Four in the Annie Collins Mysteries. Join her for a Zoom launch party on March 8th at 6:30 pm MST. RVSP by DM on Facebook: Helensstarbuck or Instagram: Helenstarbuck_author or email her at

What happens when a conscience goes cold?

Annie Collins wants to unofficially review cold cases for Denver Homicide Detective Alex
Frost. But solving them isn’t easy, like the arson death of a man known for his predatory
behavior toward women. There are no suspects, no witnesses, and no one who is sorry that he’s

Annie can’t resist the pull of a recent murder that may be connected to an old cold case. Annie
and Frost aren’t sure if the two cases are connected, and the person who knows the answer isn’t

Angel Cisneros, Annie’s husband, is struggling to recover after their brush with death, and his
ability to tolerate the repercussions of her involvement with Frost is at an end. Annie may be
forced to choose between helping Frost or concealing what she’s doing from Angel—something
she’s never done.

Book Signing: Kathleen Donnelly

Colorado authors, Kathleen Donnelly and Scott Graham, are excited to team up for a fun event at the Boulder Bookstore, Wednesday March 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Donnelly will discuss the first book in the National Forest K-9 series, Chasing Justice, and give a sneak peek into her next National Forest K-9 book, Hunting The Truth, releasing September 26, 2023. In Chasing Justice, former marine Maya Thompson swears she’ll never work with dogs again. But when she returns home to Colorado and accepts a job with the U.S. Forest Service, fate brings K-9 Juniper into her life just as another tragedy unfolds.

Graham will talk about his latest release, Saguaro Sanction, Book 8 in his National Park Mystery Series releasing March 7, 2023. When Janelle Ortega’s cousin from Mexico is found brutally murdered at a remote petroglyph site in Saguaro National Park, Janelle and her husband, archaeologist Chuck Bender, are drawn deep into a threatening web of hostility and deceit stretching south across the US-Mexico border and back in time a thousand years, to when the Hohokam people thrived in the Sonoran Desert.

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Event: March 2023 Book Club

You are cordially invited to attend Sisters in Crime-Colorado Book Club. We meet once a month via Zoom. Come ready to chat with the author and other readers! If you don’t have a chance to read the book, that’s quite all right. We discuss craft, publishing and other subjects too. Everyone is welcome! Book club is free and open to the public. For specific dates please see the schedule at

PLEASE NOTE:  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 emailing  


March 8th, 10 am

March’s selection is Robbers and Cops by George Cramer.

Robbers and Cops is the story of two downtrodden Steinbeckian characters, their descent into criminality, and the determined efforts of law enforcement to bring them to justice. – As reviewed by Love To Read

A fascinating odyssey of complex characters-robbers and cops that spans five decades in its telling. Imagine if Elmore Leonard had written The Grapes of Wrath, tossed in a dash of The Naked and the Dead, and finished up morphing into a pure Joseph Wambaugh police procedural. Do yourself a favor and pick up Robbers and Cops by George Cramer. It’s a sure-fire, can’t-put-it-down winner. – Michael A. Black, Amazon bestselling author as A.W. Hart, and the Trackdown series under his own name Devil’s VendettaDevil’s BreedDevil’s ReckoningChimes at Midnight, and Blood Trails.

Outstanding! An intriguing game of cat and mouse between a pair of bank robbers and multiple law enforcement agencies over the course of decades. Deftly plotted and effortlessly shifting between decades, Robbers and Cops is a page-turning suspense novel and a nuanced character study. Al Smith is a competent, tenacious, and flawed police detective who is worth rooting for. The police work is authentic, and the Bay Area setting is as perfectly drawn as a sunset over the Golden Gate. George Cramer is at the top of his game. Highly recommended. – Sheldon Siegel. NY Times Best Selling Author of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez novels.

A brilliant police procedural covering four decades of criminal behavior and the cops that ended it. The story follows the Tucker brothers, who had a penchant for robbing banks. The Tuckers hone their criminal skills and sibling love, whether in the chain gangs of Georgia during the depression or in military service in WWII. The reader will find the brothers almost likable and know their crime spree will eventually end. – Alec Peche – Author of the popular Jill Quint, MD, Forensic Pathologist Series

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble


Upcoming Release: Till Death Do Us Port by Kate Lansing

Sisters in Crime – CO member, Kate Lansing is thrilled to announce the publication of the fourth book in her Colorado Wine Mystery series, Till Death Do Us Port.

When a wedding turns into a crime scene, young vintner Parker Valentine investigates the full-bodied problem in this captivating Colorado-set cozy mystery.
It’s June in Boulder, Colorado, and wedding season is in full swing. Parker Valentine is excited to attend the wedding of her cousin, Emma, where in addition to celebrating the happy couple, she’ll also be providing wine for the reception. But when the fussy wedding planner is found dead midway through the ceremony, Parker knows that to get the weekend back on track, she’ll need to unveil a murderer.
Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of high tension and hot tempers during a wedding, so Parker has a long list of potential suspects. Even worse, her entire family has fixated on the state of Parker’s relationship with her boyfriend, Reid. If Parker can manage to impress her relatives with her wine skills and dodge unwanted pointed personal questions, solving a murder will be the icing on the cake. The book will be released March 7th, and there will be an in-person launch event at the Westminster Tattered Cover at 6pm that day to celebrate

New Release: Trifecta (Book #6 in Tin Star K-9 Series by Jodi Burnett

Happy Book Birthday to Trifecta, Sisters in Crime – CO member Jodi Burnett’s sixth book in her Tin Star K-9 Series.

The fast-paced, action-packed career of the US Marshal’s rising star K9 team—Deputy Marshal Caitlyn Reed and her dog, Renegade—turns toward the tranquil rolling hills of Tennessee, when Caitlyn is assigned to oversee a racehorse barn recently seized by the Marshals Service. The job seems like vacation duty until several high-dollar horses go missing, shots are fired, and Renegade’s life hangs in the balance.

Caitlyn’s new husband, Sheriff Colt Branson, is back at home in Wyoming assimilating to his new role as a father and tending to the seemingly mundane duties of a small-town sheriff. But things heat up when local cattle mysteriously die, and a simple traffic stop turns deadly.

When Caitlyn chases the horse thieves into the seedy underbelly of the racing world, she tracks the roots of corruption all the way to the streets of New York City. In Moose Creek, Colt uncovers a surprising connection to Caitlyn’s case. The question remains, will they all survive the unravelling of this twisted conspiracy, or will darkness ultimately prevail?


Upcoming Release: Charred: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery by G.P. Gottlieb

Sisters in Crime – CO member G.P. Gottlieb is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Charred: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery (Book #3). Releases February 21st. Preorder on her website.

Alene Baron is dealing with frustrated employees, closed schools, and a homeless man who harasses customers outside the door of her café. Then, two dead bodies turn up in the burned remains of buildings owned by the husband of Alene’s best friend and pastry chef, Ruthie. Both bodies are wearing jackets that once belonged to Ruthie and crumbled in the pockets are the café’s distinctive wrappers. At the same time, Alene’s uncle, a convicted felon, has resurfaced after disappearing for 22 years. It’s all too much for the owner of the Whipped and Sipped Café.

Upcoming Release: Standing Dead (A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Book 8) by Margaret Mizushima

Sisters in Crime – CO member, Margaret Mizushima is pleased to announce the upcoming release of STANDING DEAD, her eighth Timber Creek K-9 Mystery.

In this episode, the case for Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo becomes personal when Mattie’s mother vanishes without a trace. After a dead man is found tied to a standing dead pine in the beetle-killed forest near Timber Creek, Mattie is forced to play cat and mouse with a killer. In a last-ditch gambit, she goes undercover into the killer’s lair to try to save her mother—or die trying. STANDING DEAD can be found wherever books are sold and is available for preorder now. The book releases March 7th.

Upcoming Release: Eyes on the Road by Karen C. Whalen

Sisters in Crime – CO member, Karen C. Whalen is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Eyes on the Road (#3 Tow Truck Murder Mysteries). Releases February 20th.

Many businesses in Spruce Ridge, Colorado hire temporary international workers during the hectic ski season. One temp, Jaana Ivanov from Estonia, is found dead in her car at the bottom of a cliff, but the car crash was not an accident. Jaana didn’t just take her eyes off the road. She was murdered. Delaney Morran often feels vulnerable herself as the lone female tow truck driver in town, so when the victim’s sister asks Delaney to help find the killer, Delaney eyes everyone with suspicion. Delaney may not be the best at towing vehicles, but she’s pretty good at digging up clues.