LUCKY CHARMS: 12 Crime Tales

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Inside LUCKY CHARMS you’ll find twelve crime tales from the members of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Pittsburgh chapter of Sisters in Crime, Inc. You’ll dig into gritty police procedurals; enjoy a spangle of suspense; tuck into a cozy or two; and thrill to a cool touch of noir. Each story tells a tale of surprising good luck or of good luck gone sour. We invite you to brace yourself for an entertaining read.


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Servers by Kathleen George
Strangler Fig by Martha Reed
Marrying Well by Tamara Girardi
Batter Down by Liz Milliron
Alva Adkins and the Intensity of Pain by Gina Sestak
Family Values by Lee Ann Dawson
Celtic Knot by Gail Oare
Sweet Deadly Lies by Annette Dashofy
Adhuil by Jennifer Little-Fleck
A Playdate with Crime by Kristine Coblitz
Sweet Murder by Paula A. Smith
Lucky on the Charm by Susan Thibadeau

About the Authors

CoblitzKRISTINE COBLITZ has worked as a technical magazine editor since 1998. Her writing has appeared in Scavenger’s Newsletter, Detective Mystery Stories, and Kidz ‘n Communities Magazine. Kristine is a past President of the Mary Roberts Rinehart chapter of Sisters in Crime. She devotes her time to writing, freelance editing, and taking care of her two children

DashofyANNETTE DASHOFY’s short fiction has been published in Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology, Spinetingler Magazine and Mysterical-e, and includes a 2007 Derringer Award nominee. A past president of MRR Sisters in Crime, she currently serves as vice-president of Pennwriters. Her debut mystery novel, Circle of Influence, is set for a March 2014 release from Henery Press. Check out her website at You can also find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @Annette_Dashofy.

DawsonLEE ANN DAWSON strives to make murder funny, one body at a time. In fiction. Her grandparents’ tavern in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State served as the inspiration for her story. Lee Ann also writes children’s stories. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Family Values is her first published work.

FleckAs a modern Renaissance woman, JENNIFER LITTLE FLECK is deftly maneuvering motherhood, her pharmaceutical professional life, and fiction writing. She lives in Rennerdale, Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and an orange tabby cat named Ginny Weasley. Adhuil is Jennifer’s first publication.

GeorgeKATHLEEN GEORGE is the author of Taken, Fallen, Afterimage, The Odds (nominated for an Edgar® award for best novel by the Mystery Writers of America), Hideout, and Simple — all part of her procedural series set in Pittsburgh. Coming in 2014 are A Measure Of Blood and The Johnstown Girls.  She is also the editor of Pittsburgh Noir and author of her own short story collection The Main in the Buick.

Tamara Anthology photoFormer President of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Chapter, TAMARA GIRARDI is a doctoral student, a writer in the midst of two young adult fiction projects, a professor, a wife, and a mother of a needy dog and two children under the age of two. She views her greatest accomplishment as getting through this year without killing someone.

SuttonLIZ MILLIRON is the crime-fiction pen name of Mary Sutton. A software technical writer by day, she writes The Laurel Highlands Mysteries police-procedural series. She also writes the middle-grade fantasy series Hero’s Sword (as M.E. Sutton) from Delabarre Publishing. Her short fiction has appeared at and Mysterical-e. Visit her online at, connect with her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter @mary_sutton73.

OareGAIL OARE, a Pittsburgh native, is a retired science publishing, communications and marketing executive. She consults, and writes poetry and short fiction.


ReedMARTHA REED wrote Strangler Fig to honor the memory of her grandfather, Samuel C. Reed, Jr. who saw frontline action during the battle of Tinian during the summer of 1944. This one’s for you, Pop. Her Nantucket Mystery, The Nature of the Grave, won a 2006 IPPY for Mid-Atlantic Best Regional Fiction. Martha’s stories have appeared in Pearl, Spinetingler, and Mysterical-e. She currently serves as Chapter Liaison for the national SinC Board.

SestakGINA SESTAK is a semi-retired attorney whose published works include books and articles on legal topics.  She is presently seeking representation for five unpublished novels.  Gina also co-wrote an award-winning short screenplay, The Tenth Door, and has co-authored three feature-length screenplays that are available for production.

SMITHPAULA A. SMITH is a former newspaper reporter and staff writer. Her writing has appeared in books, magazines and online publications. She holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, Dave, and has two grown children, Bryan and Alison, along with Oliver, a Kentucky beagle, and Seumas, a Scottish terrier.

THIBADEAUSUSAN THIBADEAU grew up on Long Island participating in the varied fishing expeditions of her extended family. Her story is drawn from those experiences and her love for the Florida Panhandle, where her family frequently vacations. Susan received a Master’s degree from Rutgers University and an MFA in fiction writing from Chatham University. This is her first published fictional work.