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What’s your favorite mystery flavor…?

Whether you write traditional mysteries, police procedurals, high-stakes thrillers, mesmerizing fantasy/supernatural mysteries, pulse-raising suspense, comfy cozies, or anything roughly related, we want to be your go-to community. A reader of any of the above? We want to hear from you.

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  • Research Historical Crime

    Research Historical Crime

    Conducting research for a book can be: In his presentation, writers will learn how choosing the right time in history can enhance the conflict. They’ll also learn how to conduct effective and efficient research, consider out-of-the-box places to research, and when to stop researching and get to work writing. Included in the discussion will be…

  • It All Starts Here

    It All Starts Here

    Whether it’s a cozy mystery or a blood-soaked noir you’re writing (and/or reading), it all starts here: with relationships. Why is that? One reason is that relationships mean conflict. And conflict is the red blood coursing through the body of any good crime fiction. Do you agree? How do you leverage this in your stories…

  • Nominees for 2024 Edgar Awards

    Nominees for 2024 Edgar Awards

    The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) have announced their nominees for the best crime books and stories, in the categories listed below. Readers: Let us know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them! PS: Happy birthday to Edgar Allan Poe, born this day in 1805. (Sources: Mystery Tribune article…

  • Book Fair March 16

    Book Fair March 16

    Sign up NOW for the March 16 Book Fair. Authors: meet your readers and sell your books! Readers: find new stories by local authors you may not have known! Tables are available at no charge. There are many slots available, but the number is limited. Contact Sherry at the email address in the image below.

  • Level Up, Authorpreneur

    Level Up, Authorpreneur

    We are planning on starting the new year of 2024 right. Join us on 11 January at 6 p.m. MT for an online (Zoom) meeting with successful thriller-suspense-crime writer Laurie Buchanan. The topic is one we can all learn from: AUTHORPRENEUR: Level Up the Business Side of Writing with Laurie Buchanan When writing is treated…

  • Holiday-theme Stories For the Win

    Holiday-theme Stories For the Win

    Who hasn’t read Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? Holiday-themed stories and books abound … but what about those with a criminal twist? A perplexing mystery? Readers and writers and the generally curious are invited to a guided open discussion on writing, reading, and marketing holiday-themed stories. What’s the appeal (as a reader) and the challenges (as…

  • Sharp Intelligence

    Sharp Intelligence

    COMING FOR OUR NOV 9 MEETING!! Beginning with Cliff Diver, her award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series pits the first female police detective in Acapulco against Mexico’s drug cartels, government corruption, and social inequality. Named “A thrilling series” by National Public Radio, the series was awarded the Poison Cup for Outstanding Series from CrimeMasters of…

  • Mysteries of Short Stories – Making, and Marketing

    Mysteries of Short Stories – Making, and Marketing

    Short stories are rather like cupcakes. Tasty and quickly consumable in a single sitting. They’re the chosen medium for a huge number of crafty authors, going back to the arguable father of the short story (and so many other things), a parent of our chosen genre of mystery, Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. Short stories can…

  • ATF at September’s Meeting

    ATF at September’s Meeting

    We’re very pleased to announce Joel (“Jay”) Miller, recently Acting Resident Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Boise Field Office where he’s served for the past seven years. Jay’s career in federal law enforcement has run the gamut. (“Never a dull moment,” as he states on his official bio.)…

  • Is writer’s block real?

    Is writer’s block real?

    This Saturday, 12 August, we’ll be meeting at the Garden City Public Library to have an open guided discussion on this topic. Come join us to share. Let’s compare problems and solutions and see if we can come up with a plan or strategy to keep you writing. We’d appreciate you registering for this free…