We are pleased to announce selections have been made for Windward: Best New England Crime Stories 2016. Thanks to everyone who submitted their work for consideration. We had a record number of submissions: 225! The contributing authors and their stories are:

“The Burren” by Christine Bagley

“Tainted Image” by V R Barkowski

“A Good Lard Crust is Hard to Find…” by Mara Buck

“Bagatelle” by P Jo Anne Burgh

“Grateful Touring” by Sarah Chen

“Tinkle Tinkle” by Frank Cook

“The Haunting at the Orleans Inn” by Daemon Crowe

“A Glutton for Punishment” by Sharon Daynard

“God of Money” by Stephen Doyle

“The Case of the Burqa-ed Busker” by Gerald Elias

“The Boston Post Cane” by Kathy Lynn Emerson

“Daybreak Dismay in Dallas” by Sanford Emerson

“Careful What You Wish For” by Kate Flora

“Three Sisters” by Kimberly Gray

“Murder at Midnight” by Janet Halpin

“Giving Voice” by Connie Johnson Hambley

“The Allagoosalum” by Jill Hand

“Yemaya’s Revenge” by Lisa Lieberman

“Family Business” by Cyndy Lively

“The List” by Ruth McCarty

“Mendicants in the Median” by Peter Murray

“The Ridge” by Rick Ollerman

“Cheap Medz” by Alan Orloff

“Fresh Start” by Anita Page

“Dead Weight” by Dale Phillips

“An Old Man’s Regret” by Verena Rose

“Seals” by Erica Ruppert

“The Mountain” by Harriette Sackler

“Snow Devils” by Brenda Seabrooke

“Look Away” by Shawn Reilly Simmons

“Clean Windows” by Gabriel Valjan

“Daddy” by Lilla Waltch

Congratulations to all of the contributing authors! Windward will be released at The New England Crime Bake in November 2016.


Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Red Dawn

Reddawncoverfront“…well-crafted, original stories of murder, revenge, jealousy, robbery, greed and some fancy detective work by several unlikely sleuths.”

Bill Bushnell
Kennebec Journal

“…soooo good that I had a hard time putting the book down…”

George Smith
Bangor Daily News

“…smart, well-written tales.”

Lourdes Venard

“…suspense mounts and you can’t wait to turn the page, or read a twist, laugh out loud, and savor storytelling at its best…”

Edith Maxwell
Gatehouse Media

“…plenty of good stuff…”

Bill Crider
Mystery Scene Magazine

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Red Dawn brings new meaning to the old sailors’ adage with thirty-three brand new stories from some of New England’s most acclaimed mystery writers, along with several exciting new voices.

Some spine-tingling, some rib-tickling, from cons and capers to conundrums and classic whodunnits and everything in between, Level Best Books thirteenth anthology presents a boatload of the best original regional crime writing.

With stories from Mark Ammons, Gary Braver, John Bubar, Lucy Burdette, Dorothy Cannell, Shelly Dickson Carr, Louisa Clerici, Bruce Robert Coffin, Deborah Dolby, Stef Donati, Gerald Elias, Sanford Emerson, Christine Eskilson, Katherine Fast, Kate Flora, Rae Padilla Francoeur, Angela Gerst, Judith Green, Vy Kava, Chris Knopf, Gin Mackey, Cheryl Marceau, Ruth M. McCarty, Peggy McFarland, Alan D. McWhirter, Susan Oleksiw, Dale T. Phillips, A.J. Pompano, Margaret Press, Barbara Ross, Alan Vogel, Annelisa Johnson Wagner, and Leslie Wheeler.

Contains the 2015 Best American Mystery Story, “Foolproof,” by Bruce Robert Coffin, the Derringer Award shortlisted stories, “Words Can Kill,” by Shelly Dickson Carr, “Hero,” by Vy Kava, and “Kill Switch,” by Chris Knopf as well as the 2015 Al Blanchard Award-winning short story, “Tell the Others,” by John Bubar.