I also read in almost every genre, including non-fiction, but when I’m looking for mysteries, I start with my go-to favorites among the authors of the Rocky Mountain states, most of them in Colorado. With all the excellent writers here, one hardly needs to search anywhere else in the country. I couldn’t begin to mention them all in one blog post, so I’m going to talk about just a few of the ones I’ve read in 2020. My want-to-read list for 2021 is is even longer.
Shannon lives in Arizona these days, but she spent lots of time in the state of Colorado and still has ties to this beautiful state. Among her fine protagonists in series and standalones, my favorite Is Michaela Sanchez of the Southwest Crime Thrillers. Book 1 in the series is Echoes in the Sand. Michaela has a husband and kids, plus siblings with whom she shares emotional ups and downs because of their conflicting ideologies. Being a Border Control Agent is not the easiest job in the world. Read more about Shannon and her books at her website. She can also be found on Facebook.
Donnell Ann Bellher website. Find her on Facebook as well.
Sue writes the Vega and Middleton series, the most recent called The Burn Patient. But you don’t want to start with book 3. This is a series you’ll enjoy even more if you start with book 1, Deadly Focus. I love the diversity in Sue’s characters and the thriller-worthy page-turning quality of her writing. This reporter and photographer combination of protagonists is excellent. Sue’s website says she’s a Denver resident and a member of many, many writing organizations. She can be found on Facebook (where I learned that the second book in this series won the 2020 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award).
Jennifer Kincheloeher website. Her Facebook author page will keep you up-to-date with author and book news.
Margaret Mizushimaher website. She is also on Facebook.
Barbara’s website. She can also be found on Facebook.
To find more of the amazing Rocky Mountain area mystery writers, visit the website for Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado and Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America.
Pat (Patricia) Stoltey is the author of four novels published by Five Star/Cengage: two amateur sleuth, one thriller that was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award in 2015, and the historical mystery Wishing Caswell Dead (December 20, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Colorado Book Awards. This novel is now available in a large print edition, ebook and trade paperback. Her short story, “Good Work for a Girl,” appeared in the Five Star Anthology, The Spoilt Quilt and Other Frontier Stories: Pioneering Women of the West, released in November 2019.
Pat lives in Northern Colorado with her husband Bill, Scottish Terrier Sassy, and brown tabby Katie Cat.
You can learn more about Pat at her website/blog, on Facebook, and Twitter. She was interviewed for the Colorado Sun’s SunLit feature that you can find at the Colorado Sun website.
I loved reading about these authors that I'd never heard about. Even though I haven't read mysteries in years, I'm tempted to read a couple of these. Thank you for sharing, Pat. :-)ReplyDelete
I did even more reading of mysteries than usual in 2020. They're such a great escape.Delete
The one with the K-9 sounds interesting.ReplyDelete
I've read The Black Pearl and enjoyed it. In fact, I've read a number of Donnell's books, met her, and call her a friend. The others sound like I need to do some exploring.ReplyDelete