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Patricia Raybon


A writer of faith by day and mystery by night, Patricia Raybon is a Christy Award-winning Colorado author, essayist, and novelist who writes daring and exciting books and stories at the intersection of faith and race.

An award-winning feature writer during her years at The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News—and a journalism faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder for 16 years—Patricia turned to fiction in 2021 with a 1920s murder mystery series featuring a young Black theologian who’s a fan of Sherlock Holmes and seeks to solve crime in Colorado’s dangerous Klan era.

The series’ debut title, All That Is Secret, won the 2022 Christy Award for First Novel and was a Parade Magazine “Mysteries We Love” pick for Fall 2021 and a Masterpiece on PBS "Best Mystery Books of 2021: As Recommended by Bestselling Authors."

The novel’s second installment, Double the Lies, finds heroine Annalee Spain racing the clock to solve the murder of a young barnstorming pilot before the Colorado Klan frames her for the crime.

Patricia’s nonfiction books including two notable memoirs, My First White Friend, winner of the Christopher Award, and I Told the Mountain to Move, a 2006 Book of the Year finalist in the Christianity Today Magazine annual book competition.

Patricia’s personal essays have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, USA Weekend, Guideposts, In Touch Magazine, Christianity Today, Everyday Faith, Country Living, the Washington Post, and for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. She’s also a regular contributor for the global ministry, Our Daily Bread.

A lifelong Colorado resident, Patricia lives near Denver with her husband Dan, a retired educator. With their extended family—including two grown daughters, a son-in-law, five grandchildren and a “grand dog” Max—they enjoy movies, popcorn, bike riding, gardening, and historic dramas and thrillers on Masterpiece Mysteries.