January 21 Mystery Writing Group Meeting

the-other-womanJanuary’s book is the The Other Woman, the first book in Hank Phillippi Ryan‘s Jane Ryland series.

(From the jacket copy) Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on her assigned puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Seduction, betrayal, and murder—it’ll take a lot more than votes to win this election.

Border Crimes member Peg Nichols will lead the discussion.

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, January 21, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

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January Meeting: Still missing: The 1988 disappearance of Randy Leach

randy-leach-missingTwenty-eight years ago, Linwood (Kansas) High School student Randy Leach went to a party and never returned. For nearly three decades, his disappearance and the lack of answers have haunted his family and the small Leavenworth County community.

Our January 7 speaker is Channel 4’s Lisa Wade McCormick, who has continued to investigate Randy Leach’s disappearance and the efforts to determine what happened to him. You can watch video of her broadcast here: “Nearly 30 years after his disappearance, Randy Leach’s family still seeking answers and closure.”

For more information, here’s the 2014 Lawrence Journal-World piece, “Randy Leach still missing after 26 years, KBI file remains sealed.

This program will be an opportunity to understand how an unsolved missing persons case can affect both the family and an entire community. It will also provide insight into the challenges of investigating an old but still-open case.

Join us on January 7 at 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.

December Meeting: Welcome to Bloody, MO

Click on the image to learn more about Bloody, MO!

Our speakers on December 3 are coming to us from Flatland KC, which airs on KCPT, Kansas City’s PBS station. Investigative Reporter Mike McGraw and Vice President for Digital and Multi-Media Content Carla McCabe will be speaking to us about Flatland KC‘s digital series, “Bloody, MO,” a Civil War-through-modern day video peek into Kansas City’s bloody past–starring equally notorious and unknown gunslingers, fire-starters, and godfathers. The series, which airs on KCPT, has done programs on Willie “The Rat” Cammisano, Sharon “La Pistolera” Kinne, Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, and Silas M. Gordon. They’ll be talking about how they selected and researched their subjects and how they chose to develop the stories about their subjects.

This will be a great program and one that will appeal to writers, readers, and fans of true crime movies/documentaries. Please spread the word!

Join us December 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Carmack Community Room at Johnson County Library’s Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. This meeting is free and open to the public!

 

Source: Welcome to Bloody, MO

November 19 Mystery Writing Group Meeting

The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren WilligNovember’s book is The Mischief of the Mistletoe, a book in Lauren Willig‘s much-loved Pink Carnation series.

Arabella Dempsey’s dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls’ school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies…

Will Arabella and her friends run into trouble? Border Crimes member Ann Friedman will lead a discussion on this historical mystery romance.

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

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November Meeting: The Benefits of Writing Conferences (Panel Discussion)

“Writing can be a solitary pursuit.” “Writing is a lonely business.” “Writers live in their heads.” We’ve all heard some version of this idea. But the truth is that writers need to reach out to other writers, members of the publishing industry, and other experts in order to improve their craft and learn how to maneuver their stories from a manuscript to a product in the marketplace.

Writing conferences big and small can help writers at any stage in their careers. But how do you pick the conference that’s right for you (and your budget)? Border Crimes members Ann Friedman, Jack Kline, and Joyce Brown will talk about the writing conferences they recently attended and how they benefited. Border Crimes member Lisa Harkrader will moderate.

Join us on November 5 at 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.

October 15 Mystery Writing Group Book Discussion: The Cuckoo’s Calling

the-cuckoos-calling-book-cover-usOctober’s discussion will focus on The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first book in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. Modestly selling initially, this book became a #1 bestseller once the author’s true identity was revealed: Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. Unlike the Harry Potter series, the Cormoran Strike novels aren’t for kids, but according to one reviewer, The Cuckoo’s Calling is a witty, twisty mystery…masterfully plotted.” To another, it is “a brilliant achievement, mordantly funny and monumentally absorbing.”

This book discussion will be lead by SinC member Juliet Kincaid.

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

Not a dues-paying member? Learn how to join.

October Meeting: Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies

As mystery writers, we’re used to writing the story about the hero catching the bad guy and bringing justice for the victim. But what if our hero catches the wrong guy?

Jean K. Gilles Phillips will speak at the October 1 Border Crimes monthly meeting.

Jean K. Gilles Phillips will speak at the October 1 Border Crimes monthly meeting.

Our October speaker will be Jean K. Gilles Phillips, a clinical professor of law and the director of the Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas School of Law. Most recently, the Project was in the news for its work on the case of Floyd Bledsoe, a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years for a murder his brother committed.

Phillips will talk about everything from the scientific issues surrounding evidence to the emotional toll of working to exonerate  those who are wrongfully convicted, as well as the adjustments a wrongfully convicted person must make when released from prison. She will talk about the case of Floyd Bledsoe and the challenges he faced after serving 15 years in prison–15 years during which his children grew up, and the world changed drastically as cell phones and the internet took over everyday communications.

Join us on October 1 at 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.