New Release: Shear Fear by Rhonda Blackhurst

shearfearEBOOKShear Fear, book six in the Melanie Hogan mystery series, will release September 10, 2021.

Melanie Hogan discovers the evils that lurk beneath one’s thirst for power and money. Will her murder be one of them?

Just when salon owner Melanie Hogan thinks her world is back on solid ground, she finds a dead body on her doorstep, and the entire foundation on which she’s built her life begins to crumble. Everything she’s ever known to be true disintegrates as fast as over-processed hair in bleach.

As Melanie’s life unravels and she discovers truths that bring her worst nightmare to life, she finds that sometimes the most beautiful light shines through the cracks of something broken. But can Melanie sort things out and solve the murder before the murderer breaks her?

Available on Amazon.

For more information about Rhonda and her books, visit her online home at

New Release: Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima

clb-bookcovers-strikingrange-jktcovStriking Range, book seven in Margaret Mizushima’s Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, will release September 7, 2021.

In this episode, the past and present collide when Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are torn between investigating her father’s cold case and the death of a young mother.

An ice storm batters the area, taking its toll on the investigative team, while Mattie and Robo search for the woman’s missing infant. 

Striking Range can be found and ordered wherever books are sold.

For more information about Margaret and her Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series, please visit

Event: September 2021 Book Club

September SinC Book Clubs IGThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club September 2021 reads are Abby’s Redemption by Rhonda Blackhurst (Longmont), The Game is Afoot by Leeann Betts (Fort Collins), and A Pairing to Die For by Kate Lansing (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 filling out the form on our Connect page.

For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit

Hope you can join us!

Event: A Day with Author Ellen Byron

EBPlease join us for a special day with multi-award-winning author Ellen Byron!

Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tivoli Student Union: Baerresen Ballroom (Rooms 320 ABC)
Auraria Campus
900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
[parking map]

Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. She writes the Catering Hall Mystery series, under the name Maria DiRico, and will debut the Vintage Cookbook Mysteries (as Ellen) in June 2022. Ellen is an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WINGS, JUST SHOOT ME, and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS. She has written over two hundred articles for national magazines but considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. She blogs with Chicks on the Case, is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, and will be the 2023 Left Coast Crime Toastmaster.

Learn more at

Session One: The Magic of Setting

Evocative settings add atmosphere and dimension to your writing. Through improvisational writing exercises, participants will first explore the many aspects of setting, and then use what they’ve discovered to bring color and richness to their projects.

Session Two: Adding Humor and Heart to Your Writing

In this workshop, Ellen shares fifteen-plus easy-to-implement tips and workshop exercises on how to find and mine the funny in any manuscript, culled from years of writing sitcoms. In addition, Ellen will look at how to balance humor with heart and when the right choice is not to be funny.

The cost is only $15.00 and includes the workshop as well as lunch.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE RSVP FORM BELOW, then click on the PayPal button below that to complete your registration.

Space is limited: please RSVP below by September 25, 2021!

The cost will be covered for current students at the host institution, so if you are a MSU Denver student, please be sure to check the appropriate box on the form and use your MSU Denver student email address.

Sponsored by Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime-Colorado, and Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of English.

If you have any questions, please use the Sisters in Crime-Colorado contact form.

Please note that masks are required indoors per current campus protocols.

Please fill out this RSVP form FIRST, then Paypal. Thank you!


SinC Colorado Ellen Byron Event

A day of craft and creativity with award-winning author Ellen Byron.