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Lunch Can Be Murder

Come on over for lunch. We are having murder and mayhem with a side of mystery.

Atlanta Chapter of Sisters in Crime in partnering with the Smyrna Library to host the annual Lunch Can be Murder luncheon at the Smyrna Community Center. We are delighted to have joining us as guest speaker Karen White,  NYT best-selling author of the Tradd Street mysteries.



Mix and mingle with Karen White, NY Times best-selling author of the Tradd Street Mysteries, and local mystery authors while enjoying a three-course meal catered by Buckhead Chefs.  Adding to the fun are door prize drawings and a mystery puzzle contest. Bring your novels from home or buy new ones at the event to get signed and personalized by the authors.

Southern living meets the Southern unliving in Karen’s paranormal, historical mystery series with a dose of small-town romance. The seven-book series stars Melanie Middleton, an OCD realtor with psychic abilities, true crime mystery writer, Jack Trenholm, a growing cast of quirky characters, and a host of ghosts haunting Charleston’s historic homes. The first book in the series, The House on Tradd Street (2008), won rave reviews for crafting a “powerfully emotional blend of family secrets, Low Country lore, and love.” The sixth book in the seven-book series will be released in Fall 2018.

Publisher’s Weekly: “…Charming and complex living characters, combined with unsettled ghosts that balance uncanny creepiness with very human motivations, keep this story warm, real, and exciting.”



After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer or become Scarlett O’Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August 2000. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year, and has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award. When not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children, and two spoiled Havanese dogs.

If you are in the area, this is an event not to miss.

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Rewrite Your Life author comes to Atlanta

Jessica had soul crippling tragedy in her life. Over time she learned to use her writing to recover and reassert control. Her words resonated with me.  In her book Rewrite Your Life, Lourey suggests you take a moment in your life that haunts you and fictionalize it, work through it, perhaps change the result.  If you are a writer in the  South East region, you won’t want to miss her workshop in February. You will be amazed at how it helps add depth to your characters and how it changes how you view your life.

Jessica Lourey, a multi-genre author and creative writing professor, will present “Write and Sell your Novel: From Idea to Publication.” Appearing courtesy of Sisters in Crime’s Speak Bureau, the event will be held at The Decatur Library (Decatur, GA) on Saturday, February 10th from 8:30-4:00.  The $40 registration fee includes all materials, lunch, and refreshments. Sisters in Crime members receive a $10 discount. Reserve a copy of her book “Rewrite Your Life” for $10 with your online registration Register at Space limited to the first 50 who register.

Event information: or Meetup on

Jessica Lourey:    Jessica’s workshop information

Jessica’s TedX talk :  Youtube – Tedx Jessica Lourey “Use Fiction to rewrite your life”

And her article about the experience “Why I won’t watch my Tedx Talk”

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I am the 2018 President of the Atlanta Chapter of Sisters in Crime. If you have questions about Sisters in Crime (yes, men are welcome), or would like to join, We have monthly virtual events, so we have members over six states. If you love to write mystery, thriller or suspense, we’d love to meet you.


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