New Release: Booked by Becky Clark

Sisters in Crime – CO member Becky Clark’s new book Booked (Sugar Mill Marketplace Mystery #1) releases today!

A despised landlord. A bookstore owner turned accidental sleuth. Can she inventory her books and the suspects in time?

Dena Russo is starting a new chapter of her life in Sugar Springs, Colorado—sinking all her money and energy into launching a bookstore during the Grand Opening of the Sugar Mill Marketplace. She’s near the end of her trope, however, as she attempts to turn her novel idea into reality, especially when faced with the ultimate plot twist. Sure, everyone despises the Marketplace landlord, but nobody expected he’d turn up dead!

Dena uncovers dark secrets and lies, perhaps spelling the end of everything she wanted from her move to Sugar Springs and destroying the Marketplace before it even opens. With unanswered questions and accusations threatening to close the book forever on the Marketplace and perhaps the entire town of Sugar Springs, Dena attempts to decipher who hated enough to murder. Can Dena get the killer booked before the entire Sugar Mill Marketplace gets shelved?

Booked is the first book in the Sugar Mill Marketplace Mystery series. If you enjoy laugh-filled cozy mysteries with complex and quirky characters, lots of twists and turns, and pages you can’t stop turning, then you’ll love Becky Clark’s fun, fast fiction. Be sure to read the prequel novella Rat Race first, as it sets the stage for the first few books in the series.


Upcoming Release: The Bantam Menace by Kirsten Weiss

Sisters in Crime-CO member Kirsten Weiss has a new upcoming release. The Bantam Menace releases April 25th.

Break in wedding shoes ✓

Walk through venue

Solve murder.

Reformed control-freak Susan has organized the perfect rustic mountain wedding with the love of her life, Arsen Holiday. But when an early arriving guest is found dead, Susan doesn’t have a contingency plan for murder.

Susan will have to tread carefully to avoid provoking her soon-to-be in-laws as she unravels the mysteries in Arsen’s past. And she’ll have to move faster than a bridesmaid after the bouquet. Because a cunning killer seems determined to stop the wedding. At any cost.

If you love quirky heroines, twisty mysteries, and laugh-out-loud humor, you’ll love The Bantam Menace, book eight in the Wits’ End cozy mystery novels. Buy The Bantam Menace and start this hilarious caper today!


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Publication News: Short Stories by Kerry Hammond

Sisters in Crime-CO member, Kerry Hammond has two short stories released. “Strangers on a Train” was originally published in the Malice Domestic Anthology: Mystery Most Diabolical and was chosen to be included this year in Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Press’s The Best Mystery Stories of the Year (Amor Towles is the guest editor).

“Dinner For Six” was chosen for this year’s Malice Domestic Anthology: Mystery Most Traditional. That will be out at the Malice conference in April.

Congratulations, Kerry!

Publication News: “Siren Song” by Francelia Belton

Francelia Belton’s “Siren Song” published on April 1, 2023 at Stone’s Throw, A Rock and Hard Place Publication. Congratulations Francelia!

“I think most men considered me a challenge: reel in the sea loving mariner, tame her, and make her your wife sort of thing. Only that’s not how it works. You can’t ‘domesticate’ a seafarer. They love the salty wind in their hair, the cool water against their skin, the sound of the waves crashing against the hull of their ship.” – a snippet from “Siren Song”

Stone’s Throw is a monthly companion to the Rock and a Hard Place Magazine. In addition to their regular issues, Rock and a Hard Place Press deliver shorter, sharper content that feature all the same grit and hard decisions as their usual fare. Each month, writers are given a submission prompt, and the best of the best, by their estimation, will be posted to the site the following month. Then at the end of year, all twelve of the 2023 Stone Throw’s stories will be collected and published into a Stone’s Throw Anthology.

“Siren Song” is available to read at: