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.
4th Tuesday of the month:
Meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the police briefing room at James Joseph Dwyer Memorial Substation, 12700 Montgomery NE (one block east of Tramway).
If the substation parking lot is full, additional parking is available just below the substation; the entrance to that lot is via a driveway below the substation.
Tuesday, May 28 - Jerry Goffe, Crime Scene Photographer
Jerry Goffe discovered his passion in commercial & architectural photography in 1968, after schooling at the University of New Mexico and working as a civil & structural engineer. After a few years, he opened what is now known as Goffe Visual Services.
As a certified legal evidence photographer and videographer, he is often called on and qualified to testify as an expert in court. Goffe Visual Services’ client list is represented by both plaintiff and defense firms that include sole practitioners to large international firms. His company does work for governmental agencies and Goffe is a consultant to criminalistics departments within law enforcement agencies throughout the Southwest.
Steve Brewer writes crime and comedy, sometimes at the same time. He's the author of 25 books, including the Bubba Mabry mysteries and the recent crime novels A BOX OF PANDORAS and LOST VEGAS. The first Bubba book, LONELY STREET, was made into a Hollywood comedy that went straight to DVD, where it remains to this day.
Steve worked as a journalist for 22 years, including stints at The Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal. For the next 10 years, he wrote a syndicated weekly humor column that ran in the Albuquerque Tribune and other newspapers across the country. The columns provided the raw material for his humor book TROPHY HUSBAND.
Steve teaches part-time in the Honors College at UNM, but he hasn't worn a necktie in 16 years.
Steve will share tips from his basic writing class: "Steve's Peeves: Common Writing Mistakes That Can Make You Look Like an Idiot".
Listen to Parnell Hall singing his new song:
Tuesday, July 23 - Round Table Discussion
Local authors Sarah Baker, Albert Noyer, Margaret Tessler and Patricia Smith Wood will speak about their books, followed by a question-and-answer session.
ALBERT NOYER was born in Switzerland but raised in Detroit, Michigan. After Army service, he pursued his interest in art at Wayne State University, then worked as a commercial artist before entering a 30-year Detroit Public Schools career teaching art at the technical/vocational high school level, and 16 years as a part time art history instructor at St. Mary’s College, Orchard Lake, MI.
In 1986, after retiring in New Mexico with his wife Jennifer, he has continually exhibited watercolor paintings and woodcut prints in numerous regional exhibits and garnered awards. His work was featured in the March 1994 New Mexico Magazine, and the December 2006 Mature Life in New Mexico supplement of the Sunday Journal.
PATRICIA SMITH WOOD's father, first as a police officer, and later as a career FBI agent, sparked her own interest in law, solving crime, and mystery.
After retiring from a varied and successful business career (including eighteen months working at the FBI), Pat attended writing seminars, conferences, and in 2009 graduated from the FBI Citizens’ Academy.
Her first mystery, The Easter Egg Murder, was published by Aakenbaaken & Kent on February 14, 2013. Murder for Breakfast, the second in the series, is underway.
SARAH H. BAKER grew up in New Orleans, the city of music, food, and wonderful stories. After running off to Alaska to enjoy a taste of the wild pipeline days, she returned to the Lower 48 and earned a Master's degree in engineering.
Writing as S.H. Baker, Sarah has penned four installments so far in the Dassas Cormier Mystery Series. But she is most proud of her newest release, Return to Marshall's Bayou, a full-cast audio production of the first Dassas mystery from Siren Audio Studios of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
MARGARET TESSLER has been writing stories since second grade, when (according to her mother) she wrote an imaginative tale about the family cat going to a honky tonk. Margaret was born in Houston and lived "all across Texas" for nearly 25 years. She attended Texas Western College (now UTEP) in El Paso, then taught third grade before "retiring" to become a stay-at-home mom.
She and her family moved to Albuquerque in 1961. She continued writing stories off and on for years, but didn’t become serious until inspired by both Lois Duncan and Rudolfo Anaya while taking creative writing classes at UNM.
She was encouraged by classmates and by Daily Lobo editor Debbie Levy to write humor articles for the campus newspaper. Further encouragement came from a critique group that grew out of those classes and is still going strong. Her short story Another Day of Loving placed ninth out of over 2400 entries in the 1986 Writer's Digest short-story contest. Other short stories have been contest winners in Byline Magazine. Three of her mysteries — Tangled Webs, Black Widow White Lies, and Deadly Triangles — were New Mexico Book Co-op Awards finalists.
Besides being a charter member of Croak and Dagger, Margaret is a member of Sisters in Crime, SouthWest Writers, New Mexico Book Association, and New Mexico Book Co-op. In addition to writing, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
Noyer is a member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society, New Mexico Veteran’s Art, SouthWest Writers and Croak & Dagger. Following The Saint’s Day Deaths (2000), Amazon Encore has republished his 5th century historical mystery novels The Secundus Papyrus(2003) and The Cybelene Conspiracy (2005 – NM Book Co-op Finalist.) Yet to be published in the series are Death at Pergamum, set in ancient Turkey, Unholy Sepulcher in which husband/wife protagonists, Getorius and Arcadia, travel to the Holy Land of A.D. 440-41. The Kashat Deception, (2008) based on research in Coptic Egypt, completes the mysteries. Book 1 of Alberix the Celt, is a retelling of Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul from the viewpoint of a Celtic youth caught up in the war, and being readied for summer 2014 publication.
Contemporary mysteries are The Ghosts of Glorieta / A Fr. Jake Mystery (2011), which begins in Michigan and moves to a fictional village in New Mexico’s Rio Communities. One for the Money, Two for the Sluice (2013) is a sequel to Ghosts, both by Plain View Press, Austin, TX.