The Best Laid Plans


When Judy Penz Sheluk put out a call for submissions to her new crime fiction anthology, and added that previously published stories would also  considered, my ears pricked up. Opportunities to showcase stories that have already been in print are GOLDEN.

So I sent off “The Sweetheart Scamster,” a Pat Tierney tale published in Thirteen in 2013 and a finalist for a 2014 Derringer Award. I was delighted that it made Judy’s cut!

In the story, Pat’s client Trudy Sullivan, a widow of three years, has a new hairdo and a new man in her life. And that makes Pat sit up straight in her chair.  As a financial advisor, she is well aware that lonely, affluent widows can be easy marks for sweetheart scamsters.

“The Sweetheart Scamster” is one of 21 stories in The Best Laid Plans. The other authors are Tom Barlow, Susan Daly, Lisa de Nikolits, P.A. De Voe, Peter DiChellis, Lesley A. Diehl, Mary Dutta, C.C. Guthrie, William Kamowski, V.S. Kemanis, Lisa Lieberman, Edward Lodi, L.D. Masterson, Edith Maxwell, Judy Penz Sheluk, K.M. Rockwood, Peggy Rothschild, Johanna Beate Stumpf, Vicki Weisfeld and Chris Wheatley.

Catherine Astolfo, two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story, calls the collection “Delicious! A feast of short bites that add up to a very satisfying literary meal.”

And Texas author and reviewer Kevin Tipple says The Best Laid Plans is “an entertaining collection of tales that deliver in all aspects.”

The Best Laid Plans is the third anthology my stories will appear in this year. “Dining Out” was included in Murder Most Edible, which was released in May. And “Farewell to the King” will make its debut in In the Key of Thirteen, which will be published this fall.

I’m so proud to have writing included in all these collections!

The Best Laid Plans is available for purchase on and

About rosemarymccracken

Rosemary McCracken is a Toronto-based fiction writer.
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3 Responses to The Best Laid Plans

  1. Judy Sheluk says:

    Thanks for sharing your story in the collection, Rosemary! I can see why it was shortlisted for a Derringer. So clever!

  2. Judy, the kudos are to your for putting this amazing collection! Thank you!

  3. Susan D says:

    Great sharing some space with you, Rosemary. Looking forward to reading them all (as soon as my replacement copy arrives. The delivery guy left it on the verandah. It rained.)

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