Crime Writing

Crime Writing: Finding Your Inner Sleuth


Registration Deadline – Monday, June 15
One-day registration is $125, two-day registration is $225. Lunch is included in the price of registration.
South Broadway Cultural Center
1025 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

“Murder is always a mistake – one should never do anything one cannot talk about after dinner.” – Oscar Wilde.

Friday, June 19:

Mark Manary9:00 AM – A Day in the Life of an Albuquerque Detective – Det. Mark Manary shares his daily routine as a member of the 118th Street West Mesa Murders Task Force. A veteran of the Air Force where he served as a Law Enforcement specialist, Det. Manary has worked with the Albuquerque Police Department for 16 years. His duties include the review of all case material of the investigation. He continues to stay in contact with the victims’ families, and to investigate new leads concerning the West Mesa Murders.

Christine Barber10:00 – Working the Streets – Christine Barber started her career as a newspaper reporter in Gallup, N.M., She went on to work as a columnist and editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican followed by the Albuquerque Journal. Barber won the 2008 Tony Hillerman Prize for best first mystery for her novel, The Replacement Child. Her other award-winning books in the series include The Bone Fire and When the Devil Doesn’t Show. She is currently at work on her first non-fiction book, tentatively titled The Rules of Survival which focuses on the rules that prostitutes use to stay alive on the street. As part of that book, she has extensively researched the West Mesa serial murders. 

Irene Blea 6-1911:00 – Daughters of the West Mesa – Author Irene Blea discusses her techniques in gathering information for her new book based on the murders of the eleven women whose remains were found on Albuquerque’s west side in 2009. Blea, is a New Mexico native, who earned her Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder.


Lunch – 12:00 to 1:15  


1:30 – Killer Miracle – A graduate of the University of New Mexico, author Laura Sanchez used her background in art and architecture to weave the narrative in Killer Miracle, a mystery revolving around the murder of a santero in Northern New Mexico. When the revered Emilio Cordova, is found dead the villagers of La Cuenta become entwined in an investigation that includes art, faith and family intrigue.


Don Bullis 6-192:30 – Unsolved: New Mexico’s American Valley Ranch Murders and Other Mysteries – Prior to becoming an award-winning author, Don Bullis worked in law enforcement. The author of nine non-fiction books on New Mexico history and two novels, his new book on the American Valley Ranch murders brings to life the world of outlaws, crooked politicians, unsolved mysteries and UFOs.

Saturday, June 20:

Sarah Lovett9:00 – Burned – Sarah Lovett recently coauthored the book, Burned, with former CIA operative Valerie Plame. Blowback, the acclaimed first book in the series by Lovett and Plame, featured protagonist Vanessa Pierson, a covert ops officer. Lovett authored the highly praised forensic thriller series featuring Dr. Sylvia Strange: Dark Alchemy, Dantes’ Inferno, Dangerous Attachments, Acquired Motives, and A Desperate Silence. She is also the author of 30 nonfiction books and works as a writing coach and editor.

Joe Badal 6-2010:00 – BORDERLINE – Joe Badal was named one the best authors in the “2014 Best of City Survey” by Albuquerque Magazine. He is the author of seven suspense novels and his first mystery, Borderline, will be published in July. Badal also writes short stories and the monthly blog “Everyday Heroes.” He is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Military Writers Society of America, and the Southwest Writers Workshop. 

Christina Squire 6-2011:00 Murder at the Observatory – After retiring from the University of New Mexico, Christina Squire created the protagonist Caroline Steele who is a hag without a future, tired of her housewife routine, bored with marriage, beaten down by teaching, and confused by her growing sons. But when she becomes a prime suspect in the murder of her arch nemesis, a prominent astronomy professor, she is shocked out of her mind-numbing routine. 

Lunch 12:00 – 1:15

Marvin Lachman1:30 – Documenting Mystery Fandom – A mystery reader since 1943, Marvin Lachman is co-author of the Edgar-winning Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection. He continues to have published books on the mystery genre and has been involved in mystery fandom and conventions for almost fifty years. His other books include:  A Reader’s Guide to the American Novel of Detection and Macavity Award winner, The American Regional Mystery.  In 2005 his book, The Heirs of Anthony Boucher: A History of Mystery Fandom won the Anthony Award. His latest book, The Villainous Stage, a history of crime plays on Broadway and in London’s West End, was published by McFarland in 2014.

Diana Filar 6-202:45 – Murderous Terrain – Diana Filar UNM scholar of The Tony Hillerman Portal at the University Libraries at UNM takes us on a journey through Hillerman country.

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