Albuquerque NM Chapter
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The Albuquerque NM Croak & Dagger chapter of Sisters in Crime welcomes mystery fans who enjoy felonious fun, absolutely criminal companionship and sensational speakers. Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to the public.
Meeting Location

North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center
7521 Carmel Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM

(click for Google Map)

Classroom 6 on the second floor is easily accessible by stairs or lobby elevator.

Meetings begin at 7pm

4th Tuesday of the month:

January 24
February 28
March 28
April 25
May 23
June 27
July 25
August 22
September 26
October 24
November 28
No December Meeting
Tuesday February 28  - Ann Zeigler
February's speaker is our Croak & Dagger president, Ann Zeigler. She will be talking about what happens when people tamper with evidence, which these days is almost always in electronic form. She'll also talk about how publishing a book with a major international publisher is the short route to complete craziness.

Ann's nonfiction book "Preserving Electronic Evidence for Trial: A Team Approach to the Litigation Hold" won the 2016 Best Business Book Award by the New Mexico / Arizona Book Awards. It is classified by her publisher as Computer Forensics; Ann classifies it as True Crime.

For Information Technology (IT) and computer forensics professionals, the book includes a lawyer's explanation of the pre-trial evidence process. For lawyers, the book includes a computer forensics expert's explanation of all things digital.

Tuesday January 24  - Judge John Duran
R. John Duran received a B.A. in English and American history from the University of New Mexico, going on to earn his J.D. from the UNM School of Law. Duran became a prosecutor in the 2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office soon after finishing law school.

Over the next decade, he worked in Metro Court for 1 year, Felony Domestic Violence Division for 3 years, Violent Crimes Division for 3 years, and the Gang Crimes Division for 3 years. He prosecuted and tried numerous homicide, rape and other violent crimes and drug cases throughout his career.

He successfully argued before the New Mexico Supreme Court on criminal competency issues. In 2012, he was named Juris Prudence Prosecutor of the Year for the the State of New Mexico.
Sunday February 5  - And Then There Were None
Croak & Dagger first fun field trip of 2017:

Agatha Christie's classic mystery comedy And Then There Were None.

Albuquerque Little Theatre is located at 224 San Pasquale SW (click for map)

Following the performance, we'll socialize at a local restaurant for dinner.

Location (tentatively) Nick & Jimmy's, 5021 Pan American Freeway NE.
While at the District Attorney's Office, Duran was a UNM School of Law Adjunct Professor and Coordinator for the Criminal Law and Practice Course for students who wish to enter into criminal law upon graduation.

Recommended by a non-partisan committee comprised of judges, lawyers and members of the community, Duran was selected by Governor Susana Martinez in 2013 to serve as Metro Court Judge. He has served as DWI/Drug Court/Recovery Court judge, and presided over the Homeless Court.

Duran and his wife Andrea have five boys; he has been a volunteer coach and umpire for baseball leagues as well as a referee for youth soccer.
The book is filled with stories of legal cases where people didn't save evidence, with or without help from their lawyers. Guess what judges think about that?
For Works First Published in the U.S. in 2016
The Private Eye Writers of America 2017 Shamus Awards are for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2016.

DEADLINE: Submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2017. No extensions can be given.

Shamus Committees will forward their final list to the Shamus Awards Chair by May 31, 2017.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible works must feature as a main character a person PAID for investigative work but NOT employed for that work by a unit of government. These include traditionally licensed private investigators; lawyers and reporters who do their own investigations; and others who function as hired private agents. These do NOT include law enforcement officers, other government employees or amateur, uncompensated sleuths.

Independently published books (Indies) may be submitted to the Best Original Paperback PI Novel category.

SUBMISSIONS: Please send one copy of each eligible work to ALL members of the appropriate committee. Do NOT submit a book to more than one committee.

There is no application fee and no submission form, as a simple cover letter will suffice. If you have any questions, please email Gay Toltl Kinman at BEFORE submitting.

Categories for the 2017 Shamus Awards:

BEST HARDCOVER PI NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction published in hardcover in 2016 that is NOT the author's first published PI novel.

BEST FIRST PI NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction, in hardcover or paperback, first published in 2016, that is the author's first published novel featuring a private investigator as a main character.

BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK PI NOVEL: A book-length work of fiction first published as a paperback original in 2016 that is NOT the author's first PI novel. Paperback reprints of previously published novels are NOT eligible.

BEST PI SHORT STORY: A work of fiction of 20,000 words or fewer. Stories first published in an earlier year and reprinted in a magazine, anthology or collection in 2016, are NOT eligible.

                                                2017 SHAMUS Awards Committees

- Colleen Collins (Chair), POB 12159, Denver CO 80212
- John Hegenberger, 6487 Ethan Dr, Reynoldsburg OH 43068
- Rick Ollerman, 61 Forest Glen Rd, Littleton NH 03561

- O'Neil DeNoux (Chair), 428 West 25th Ave, Covington LA 70433
- Billy Kring, POB 1036, Sabinal TX 78881
- S.J. Rozan, 302-A W. 12th St #298, New York NY 10014

- Stephen Rogers (Chair), POB 286, Buzzards Bay MA 02532
- Beth Terrell, 2919 Dunmore Dr, Nashville TN 37214
- Michael Bracken, 1213 South Haven, Hewitt TX 76643

- Charles Ardai (Chair), 333 Central Park West #33, New York NY 10025
- Jack Clark, 4021 North Sawyer Ave, Chicago IL 60618
- Linda Sands, 7010 Sentara Pl, Alpharetta GA 30005