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.

4th Tuesday of the month:

May 26
June 23
July 28
August 25
September 22
October 27
November 24
2015 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.
Parnell Hall sings!
"Sisters in Crime"
2015 Tony Hillerman Literary Landscape Series

  • Crime Writing: Finding Your Inner Sleuth, June 19 & 20
  • Writing for the Screen in New Mexico, July 23 & 24
  • Enhancing History, September 25 & 26
  • Leaving a Family Literary Legacy, October 30 & 31

For details about each event and to register, go to
Tuesday, May 26 - Author Patricia Smith Wood
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, jobs at two hospitals, being a security officer at a savings & loan, and owning her own computer business) she attended writing seminars, conferences, and in 2009 graduated from the FBI Citizens' Academy.

Aakenbaaken & Kent published her first mystery, The Easter Egg Murder, on February 14, 2013, and it was a finalist in the 2013 NM/AZ Book Awards. Her second book in the series, Murder on Sagebrush Lane, was published in March 2015.
Tuesday, June 23 - Olive Balla Presents: "Of Dreams and Blooming Late"
Author Olive Balla has led several lives: professional musician, high school teacher, director of education for a national non-profit organization, song-writer, church pianist and music director, and public speaker.

The mother of 3, grandmother to 13, great-grandmother of 4, and a late bloomer, she’s pursuing her life-long dream of becoming a multi-published author of suspense/thriller novels. With the recent publication of AN ARM AND A LEG by The Wild Rose Press out of New York, she’s on her way to making that dream come true.

What Readers of AN ARM AND A LEG are Saying:
“A wild ride! It starts out with a kick and doesn't let up.” --- L.M. in TX

“Gripping from the start. I couldn’t put it down.” --- K.O. in CA

“I started reading it one afternoon and couldn't put it down until 2:00 A.M. the next morning.” ---V.H. in TX

“I recommend it. Set aside some time, because you won't want to put it down!” ---P.R. in OR

Visit Olive Balla's website: or contact her by email:
August 21 - 22 - Mystery Roundup
Mystery Roundup is a joint meeting of Croak & Dagger with the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America, to be held at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque. A get-together for members, readers and anyone interested in the crime genre.

Activities include meeting Friday night for dinner, panels of mystery authors all day Saturday, dinner Saturday night and Old Town Ghost Tour.

The cost for Saturday's program is $20 if you register by July 3 ($25 by July 17, or $30 after). Cost of the optional Ghost Tour is $15.

Registration form (to print and mail)