Book Chat: Peg Brantley and Sandra Murphy

On May 25th, 11:30AM-1:45PM at the University of Denver’s Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, Professor Emerita Dr. Barbara Kreisman chats with Sisters in Crime – CO author Peg Brantley about her book Trafficked. The audiobook narrator, fellow Sisters in Crime – CO member Sandra Murphy, will also be there.

For full details on the event, click the link here.

Three young women, girls really. Your neighbor? Your daughter? You?

It happens here, not just “over there.”

Caught up in a cruel system fueled by lust and money, all three must find the courage within themselves to survive. And Mex Anderson must come to terms with his own loss and face his own demons head on—or he might not have the strength to save them.

Award winning author Peg Brantley brings us another story that inspires thought and conversation. Asked to comment on TRAFFICKED, Peg says it’s her hope that one day this novel will go from the contemporary thriller category to historical.

At the back of the book is a resource section for those who need it, and for those who wish to make a difference.

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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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

Award Nominee: Dark Obsessions by Marie Sutro

Dark Obsessions by Sisters in Crime – CO member, Marie Sutro is nominated for Authors on the Air 2022 Book of the Year award. The live awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 6pm PT on Authors on the Air. Congratulations, Marie!


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.

Publication News: Francelia Belton in Festive Mayhem 3 anthology

Francelia Belton’s short story, “Black Easter,” appears in the anthology Festive Mayhem 3, released October 24, 2022. This limited-edition collection includes brand-new stories set throughout the year, as well as some reissued seasonal favorites. Whether you enjoy humorous cozy mysteries with plucky amateur sleuths, or hard-boiled noir starring gritty private investigators, this anthology is for you.

Available at: Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo

Francelia Belton is also being interviewed on KUVO Jazz, Denver 89.3 FM on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 8:30 am MST. She will be talking about her story, “Dreaming of Ella” published in Denver Noir. Fellow SinCO-CO sibling, Patricia Raybon, will discuss her Annalee Spain mystery series, and Robert Justice (They Can’t Take Your Name) will also join in a Five Points Author Collective feature. You can tune in via the website or KUVO app.

Event: Virtual Book Launch for Daybreak on Raven Island by Fleur Bradley

Virtual Book Launch Party for Daybreak on Raven Island 

Where: Murder by the Book bookstore – virtual

When: Aug. 23rd at 6 PM MST


Fleur Bradley is celebrating the launch of her new mystery for kids Daybreak on Raven Island with friends! Authors Jennifer J. Chow, Bryan Patrick Avery, and Jennifer Chambliss Bertman will be there for cake and conversation. Join in!

Link to join