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Sarah Dreher


In addition to writing the Stoner McTavish series of novels, Sarah Dreher was a clinical psychologist and prizewinning playwright. Sarah passed away suddenly and is survived by her life partner and two step-children. Sarah's mother was of Welsh descent and instilled in her daughter a love for theatre through regular trips to New York to see shows. In the mid-1950s Sarah attended Wellesley College, studying clinical psychology.
It was at college that she began to be aware of her sexual identity, trying to, as she put it, "come to grips with being a lesbian in a homophobic world". She had the experience of being called to the Dean's office because another woman had accused her and a friend of being in a lesbian relationship.
Sarah is particularly well known for her lesbian detective novels centering on lesbian butch sleuth Stoner McTavish, that include Stoner McTavish (1985), Something Shady (1986), Gray Magic (1987), A Captive in Time (1990), Otherworld (1993), Bad Company (1995) and Shaman's Moon (1998).

Her Obituary

Sarah A. Dreher 1937 - 2012 AMHERST - Sarah A. Dreher, Ph.D died in her home on April 2nd, 2012; a week after celebrating her 75th birthday. Born in Hannover, PA, March 26th, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Winnemore Alleman and Marian Dreher. She attended Wellesley College and went on to earn her Ph.D in clinical psychology from Purdue University. She moved to Amherst in 1965 where she had her private practice. Sarah is a celebrated author and playwright with two international awards. She was a member of the Welsh Society of Western New England and an activist during the women's movement. She is the co-founder of Sunrise-Amanecer, Inc., a local nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life for Springfield's most disadvantaged population, serving as president and clinical director for the past seven years. Donations may be made in her memory to Sunrise-Amanacer, Inc.; please call 413-781-3727 for more information. Calling hours will be held Tuesday April 17th, 2012 from 5pm-7pm at Douglass Funeral Service, 87 No. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA. A liturgical service will be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus, in Chicopee on Wednesday April 18th, at 11 am; 104 Springfield St. Chicopee, MA. Obituary and memorial register at

A Captive in Time eBook

A Captive in Time eBook $6.95

In the Fourth Stoner McTavish Mystery by Sarah Dreher, Stoner gets lost in time... and desperately tries to return before she loses her life and her heart.

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Bad Company

Bad Company $10.95

In the Sixth Stoner McTavish Mystery by Sarah Dreher, Stoner and Gwen investigate mysterious accidents, sabotage, and menacing notes that threaten members of a feminist theater company.

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Gray Magic

Gray Magic $14.95

In the Third Stoner McTavish Mystery by Sarah Dreher, a peaceful vacation turns frightening when Stoner finds herself an unwitting combatant in a struggle between the Hopi spirits of Good and evil.

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Lesbian Stages

Lesbian Stages $9.95

Sarah Dreher’s play scripts are treasures: good yarns firmly centered in a Lesbian perspective; peopled with specific, complex, often contradictory - "just like real people"-characters...

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OtherWorld eBook

OtherWorld eBook $6.95

In the Fifth Stoner McTavish Mystery by Sarah Dreher, Marylou is kidnapped while they are at Disney World, and when Stoner attempts to rescue her they find the curtain between illusion and reality has more than a few holes.

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Shaman's Moon eBook

Shaman's Moon eBook $6.95

In the Seventh Stoner McTavish Mystery by Sarah Dreher, Stoner embarks on a spiritual journey that forces her to come face to face with the demons of her own past. A psychological thriller.

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Solitaire and Brahms

Solitaire and Brahms $12.95

Describing lesbian oppression in the 1950’s – the devastating conflict between one’s public and private life – in most intimate detail. A novel by Sarah Dreher

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Something Shady eBook

Something Shady eBook $6.95

In the Second Stoner McTavish Mystery by Sarah Dreher, Stoner goes undercover on the rocky coast of Maine to a fog bound village and an old house where things go bump in the night...

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Stoner McTavish eBook

Stoner McTavish eBook $6.95

In the First Stoner McTavish Mystery by Sarah Dreher you will find Stoner battling villainy, terror, and the elements to save the womyn of her dreams.

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