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RMMWA: “Mystery and Mistletoe” - Holiday showcase honoring Margaret Coel

December RMMWA meeting: Holiday showcase honoring Margaret Coel, emceed by Francine Mathews.

Cost: $10 each

Please Note:
As with most events on the CWC calendar, this event is hosted by a participating group. Please RSVP through the RMMWA webpage to reserve your spot. 

December 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm| 

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America today announced its 2016 holiday showcase that will include readings from more than a dozen notable Colorado authors and a tribute to the long, successful and ongoing career of mystery writer Margaret Coel.

“Mystery and Mistletoe” will run from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at The event is open to the public and books will be available for purchase (and to have signed) for all holiday shopping needs. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. The Denver Press Club is located at 1330 Glenarm Place in downtown Denver.


Margaret Coel is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Wind River mystery series set among the Arapahos on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation and featuring Jesuit priest Father John O’Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden. Margaret published the 20th novel in that series, Winter’s Child, earlier this year and announced at the time the Wind River series was complete.

Five of Coel’s novels have received the Colorado Book Award. The Spirit Woman received the Willa Cather Award for Best Novel of the West and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best Novel.

Margaret Coel is also the author of five non-fiction books including the award-winning Chief Left Hand, published by the University of Oklahoma Press. This biography of an Arapaho chief and history of the Arapahos in Colorado has never gone out of print. The Colorado Historical Society has included both Chief Left Hand and Margaret’s memoir-history of railroading in Colorado, Goin’ Railroading (which she wrote with her father, Samuel F. Speas) among the best 100 books on Colorado history.

The guest emcee for the evening will be Francine Mathews, author of 10 mysteries and spy thrillers, including the recent Too Bad to Die. Writing as Stephanie Barron, she is also the author of 13 novels in the Jane Austen Mystery Series and two additional works of historical fiction.

The showcase will also include the opportunity to shop. Booksellers will be in attendance so attendees can purchase last-minute holiday gifts and authors will be available to sign their works.

MWA members scheduled to read include Chris Goff, Karen Graffenberger (writing as Karalee Long), Christine Jorgensen, Jennifer Kincheloe, Jeffrey Lockwood, Bruce Most, Barbara Nickless, Susan Paturzo(writing as Merit Clark), Manuel Ramos, Carter Wilson, and Kevin Wolf.

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