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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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Stories live forever – but not their Creators

Nice thing about being an author – is that you can touch so many lives. And lives after you are no longer here.  This has been a shocking month with many prominent literary losses. So take advantage of opportunities now – go attend a conference, take a class, meet your idols now. Glean what you can learn from them, get inspired.


Sue Grafton  – A B C Murders – “The alphabet now ends in Y” said her daughter.  a Sister in Crime  – she started writing the year I was born –                                        what a legacy


Ursula K. Le Guin  – EarthSea and more – Science Fiction and Fantasy giant – a woman writing sci fi as a woman – not initials or                                                                         under a male nom de plum- when she started that was HUGE – a literary Icon said Stephen King

“The US Library of Congress designated Le Guin a Living Legend in 2000, for her significant contribution to America’s cultural heritage.”

per Ursula Le Guin’s agent, if you wish to donate in memory of her please support Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Jack Ketchum – named by Stephen King the scariest writer in America – Horror genre

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