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DINNER NOTE: If you have dietary restrictions precluding you from eating any of our available meal options, please let us know well before the RSVP deadline. Kosher meals can be provided upon request, and we can work with the hotel to address any other dietary concerns if we are given enough notice. 

WEATHER: For any announcements regarding cancellation or postponement in the event of inclement weather, check the chapter email list or the announcement list, or email Donna Andrews at

IMPORTANT: We're now only accepting payment via check. Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting.

Our meetings are open to the public. You don't need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.

Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting. We do not accept cash.

Police procedures with David Swinson -- Tuesday, April 11

David Swinson didn't really set out to become a cop. After careers as a record store owner in Seal Beach, California, a punk rock/alternative concert promoter in Long Beach, California, and a music video producer and independent filmmaker in Los Angeles, California, he returned to DC in 1994 and joined the Metropolitan Police Department.

"At the time, I had this romantic notion that it'd be a great adventure. I'd get a bunch of material, and I'd leave in five years," Swinson said. "I wasn't prepared for the way it would get into my blood. I really, honestly, genuinely believed that I would leave after five years, but I ended up loving it. Next thing I knew, 10, 15 years had gone by." (From a 2012 interview in the City Paper.)

He served as a tactical officer in the Gun Recovery Unit, as an undercover narcotics officer, and in 2000 was promoted to detective. He eventually served in the department's Special Investigations/Major Crimes unit, where he became the department's lead investigator for investigating serial burglaries and high-profile cases and organized criminal operations related to narco-fencing. His many decorations include the 2003 Detective of the Year Award.

His first novel, A Detailed Man, received excellent reviews, and The Second Girl was named one of the best crime novels of 2016 by the New York Times, Booklist, and Strand Magazine. At our April 11 meeting, Swinson will share his behind-the-scenes view of DC policing from someone with an unusual background.

Tuesday, April 11
Positanos Restaurant (Please note NEW location!)
4948 Fairmont Avenue      Bethesda, MD 20814
Parking around the corner in Bethesda public parking garage

7 p.m.                      Dinner
8 p.m.                      David Swinson speaks
9 p.m.                      Book sales and signing 

RESERVATIONS: Cost is $30 per person for members; $35 for nonmembers. To reserve your seat, please email Denise Camacho (  no later than 8 p.m. Friday, April 7, and let her know your entrée choice (choice of chicken piccata, vegetarian eggplant parmigiana, or vegetarian pasta with red sauce). You should receive a response confirming your reservation within a couple of days. If you don't receive a confirmation, please contact Denise again to ensure your reservation was received.

Saturday, May 13

MWA Mid-Atlantic and Sisters in Crime Central Virginia are teaming up to offer members a fantastic law enforcement learning opportunity this spring.

The Baltimore Police Department Forensic Sciences and Evidence Management Section will talk to us about DNA and serology, firearms identification, and crime scene scanning. The program is free to members, but please note that the venue is a basement room at the Light Street branch library in Baltimore, there is no elevator, and unfortunately, the room is not handicapped accessible. 

Attendees may bring lunches with them.

Please join us … 
Saturday, May 13th, noon to 3 p.m.
Light Street Branch Library 1251 Light Street

Baltimore, MD 21230

There is limited street parking and a garage about 1 1/2 blocks away. Carpooling from Virginia is advised.

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