Upcoming Release: Rat Race by Becky Clark

Sisters in Crime – CO member, Becky Clark is happy to announce the upcoming release of Rat Race, a Sugar Mill Marketplace Novella. Rat Race releases March 23rd and is available for preorder.

A stolen gift. A shocking truth. Dena smells a rat.

Dena Russo has it all: a satisfying life in Santa Fe with her best friend Georgia by her side, no shortage of fun, and even a speed dating escapade under their belt. But at Thanksgiving dinner with friends and Dena’s adult daughter Charlee, Dena agrees to design a scavenger hunt for Georgia’s 72nd birthday the next day. When Georgia’s birthday gift is revealed, everyone is shocked, even Dena and Charlee who hid it.

As Dena and Charlee dig deeper, they uncover friends with ulterior motives, a passel of middle-aged mean girls, and a laboratory full of rats.

With her reputation and everything she loves about her life in Santa Fe at stake, Dena must figure out what really happened with Georgia’s gift. Will Dena sniff out the truth before she is shunned completely?

If you like the funny, cozy Mystery Writer Mysteries starring Charlee Russo, then you’ll love the Sugar Mill Marketplace Mysteries starring her mother, Dena Russo. RAT RACE is the novella that bridges both series.

If you like characters you’d like to hang out with, amateur sleuths solving crimes, and light-hearted cozy mysteries, get your paws on Becky Clark’s 99c RAT RACE, the short read that kicks off the Sugar Mill Mystery series … today! 

Rat Race on Amazon www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BYBXXXR8

To continue the fun, preorder the first three books in the Sugar Mill Mystery Series on Amazon (www.amazon.com/dp/B0BYC88CCM)

Upcoming Release: Defcon by Michele Packard

Sisters in Crime-CO member Michele Packard is pleased to announce the upcoming release of her latest book Defcon in her AESOP thriller series. Defcon releases April 7th.

America’s top operative, Matti Baker, is launching an all out war in this fast-paced, psychological, political thriller.

There is one quality that is unique to the human species…GREED.

Baker is enlisting the help of the President and her team in this fight against individual and corporate conspiracies and greed as they target her for the destruction of a virus that could solve the world’s health concerns. Baker is sacrificing all and doing what others are unwilling to do. The target is on her back. No more cancer, no more diabetes…if she can stay alive long enough to reproduce her genesis. She’s serving justice.

Freedom comes at a cost and the payment is Matti Baker as she launches her own version of DEFCON.

The countdown has started.

DEFCON is a multi-layered, heart-pounding, realistic thriller in the ongoing AESOP series.

Amazon: DEFCON

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 helens.pashley@gmail.com.

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.

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. www.gpgottlieb.com

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.


Upcoming Release: The Sword in the Scone by Kirsten Weiss

Tea and Tarot. Love and Murder.

A Tarot conference at a holistic resort seems the perfect place for Tea and Tarot partners Hyperion and Abigail to promote their business and enjoy some beachside luxury. But murder cuts their R&R short. And when the evidence points to Abigail’s devilishly appealing neighbor, Brik, and an unsolved murder connected to his past, these amateur detectives are on the case.

Years ago, Brik’s girlfriend died at the hands of an unknown stalker. He lost everything: his love, his job, his home. Now, he’s convinced history is repeating itself. He’s tried to keep Abigail in the friend-zone, but he fears another woman he cares about just may be the next victim.

As the investigation heats up, Brik and Abigail are determined to keep each other at arm’s length. But as they cross swords with the killer, their feelings become harder to resist. If these two don’t learn to trust each other, their chance at love might be cut short. Permanently.

The Sword in the Scone is a fast-paced and funny cozy mystery, packed with oddball characters, Tarot, and murder. Buy the book and start this hilarious caper today!

Tearoom recipes in the back of the book! Releases February 14th.


Publication News: Promophobia edited by Diane Vallere

Publishing a book can be scary. Figuring out how to promote it can be straight-up frightening. When the seas of book promo make you feel adrift in unfriendly tides, keeping your head above water can be difficult. Enter PROMOPHOBIA, a collection of essays that just might save the life of your book.

Divided into categories: Identifying Your Niche, Book Community, Social Media, Online Promo, Publicity, Connecting With Readers, Going On Your Own or Participating with a Group, Events, and Thinking Outside the Box, PROMOPHOBIA will open your eyes to the opportunities around you. The contributing authors share their personal experiences about what’s worked for them (and in a few humorous cases, what didn’t) to provide a beacon. You’re no longer in the dark. You’re not swimming alone.

If you’ve ever wondered if you could have done more for your latest book launch, then this book is for you. If you’re tired of relying on the same old strategies release after release, then this book is for you. If you want to readjust your sails and angle for a fresh gust of wind to carry you farther on your writing journey, then this book is for you.

This is not a how-to book. It’s an anecdotal anthology of essays about seeing possibilities, building connections, believing in our work, making mistakes, totally f*ing up, and trying something new. It is a collection of stories told over smoothies at the gym or drinks at the bar, shared with the same spirit of community that infuses Sisters in Crime.

The next time you find yourself swimming in dark promotional waters, read an essay or two from PROMOPHOBIA. Instead of drowning in fear, you’ll find yourself saying, “I’m going to need a bigger book.”

Sisters in Crime is the premier crime writing association focused on equity and inclusion in our community and in publishing. Founded in 1986 to represent and advocate for women crime writers, we celebrate and honor this history with our name while we continue to work for all who share our commitment to and love for a vibrant, inclusive community. Our 4,500+ members enjoy access to tools to help them learn, grow, improve, thrive, and reinvent if necessary. They also gain a community of supportive fellow writers and readers, both peers to share the peaks and valleys of writing, and mentors to model the way forward.



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