News & Updates

Announcing Accepted Stories for

Snowbound: The Best New England Crime Stories 2017

We are pleased to announce the story selections have been made for Snowbound: The Best New England Crime Stories 2017. Once again this year we received over 200 submissions for our New England anthology, which were read blindly by the editors. We’d like to thank everyone who submitted their work for consideration. Snowbound will be released at New England Crime Bake, which takes place November 10th – 12th in Boston, Massachusetts.

The contributing stories and authors are:

  • “On a Winter’s Night” by Christine Bagley
  • “A.K.A. Bob Jones” by Michael Bracken
  • “Hard as Granite” by Charlotte Broadfoot
  • “Dorothea and the Case of the Noxious Nanny” by Lucy Burdette
  • “Maidstone” by Maia Chance
  • “To-Do List” by Bruce Robert Coffin
  • “Bless America’s Visitors” by Charlene D’Avanzo
  • “Ghosting Mrs. Muir” by Sharon Daynard
  • “Voices Carry” by Dalye A Dermatis
  • “Unstrung Quartet” by Patricia Dusenbury
  • “Off Her Meds” by Judith Green
  • “The Explorer” by Maurissa Guibord
  • “Mrs. Featherpatch and the Case of the Skewered Ham” by Janet Halpin
  • “Black Ice” by Connie Johnson Hambley
  • “A Twist of Fortune” by Rosemary Herbert
  • “Lunch Break” by Travis Kennedy
  • “Ugly” by Chris Knopf
  • “All That Sparkles” by LD Masterson
  • “Ominous Silence” by Edith Maxwell
  • “After I Do” by Peggy McFarland
  • “A Very Lucky Boy” by Emilya Naymark
  • “Totally Misunderstood” by Lorraine Sharma Nelson
  • “Rule Number One” by Alan Orloff
  • “Good to be Home” by Trish Perrault
  • “The Banshee of Adams, Massachusetts” by Keenan Powell
  • “The Anonymous Donor” by David Steven Rappoport
  • “Poisoning Penelope” by Suzanne Berube Rorhus
  • “Those Amber Eyes” by Verena Rose
  • “George Says” by Steve Roy
  • “Emily” by Harriette Sackler
  • “The Nut Job” by Lida Sideris
  • “Farm to Table” by Shawn Reilly Simmons
  • “Corwyn’s Hollow” by Shelagh Smith
  • “Juju” by Mary E. Stibal
  • “Out of Time” by Robin Templeton
  • “Saving Grace” by Gabriel Valjan
  • “Sticky Business” by Bev Vincent
  • “The Murderous Type” by Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Announcing Accepted Stories For

Noir at the Salad Bar: Culinary Tales with a Bite

Level Best Books is pleased to announce the story selections have been made for Noir at the Salad Bar: Culinary Tales with a Bite. We received over 120 submissions for our culinary-themed anthology, which were read and judged blindly by the editors. Thanks to everyone who submitted stories for consideration. Release date is July 18, 2017.

The contributing authors and stories are:

  • “The Lobster Tank” by E.A. Aymar
  • “Smoked” by Michael Bracken
  • “Harvey House Homicide” by Joyce Ann Brown
  • “A Murder of Crows” by Mara Buck
  • “The Hearts of Men” by Karen Cantwell
  • “With Great Relish” by John R. Clark
  • “Buena Vista Sandwich Club” by Frank Collia
  • “Cole Slaughter” by Sheila Connolly
  • “Black Coffee in Bed” by Sharon Daynard
  • “Petunia at the Tip Top” by Jenny Drummey
  • “Consuming Passion” by Martin Edwards
  • “Sleeping Beauty” by Gerald Elias
  • “The Sandman” by John M Floyd
  • “Bases Looted” by Jason Half
  • “Candy” by Isobel Horsburgh
  • “Beef Stew” by E L Johnson
  • “The Curse of the Apertured Apiculturist” by Larry Lefkowitz
  • “A Murder in Montreux” by Michael Allan Mallory
  • “Deadly Dinner” by LD Masterson
  • “Antipastdead” by Lorraine Sharma Nelson
  • “Togas and Toques” by Alan Orloff
  • “Grab-N-Go” by A.B Polomski
  • “Ragbones and the Case of the Christmas Goose” by Rima Perlstein Riedel
  • “Death at the Hands of Le Fée Verte” by Verena Rose
  • “Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody” by Barbara Ross
  • “Family Business” by Harriette Sackler
  • “Humble Pie” by Shawn Reilly Simmons
  • “Fed Up” by Louise Taylor
  • “Playing Games” by Elaine Togneri
  • “My Life in Killer Recipes” by Leslie Wheeler

Announcing Accepted Stories For

Busted! Arresting Stories from the Beat

Level Best Books is pleased to announce the story selections have been made for Busted! Arresting Stories from the Beat. We received over 80 submissions for our new law enforcement-themed anthology, which were judged blindly by the editors. Thanks to everyone who submitted stories for consideration. Busted! Arresting Stories from the Beat will be released April 25, 2017.

The contributing authors and stories are:

  • “Justice Due” by Jack Bates
  • “Thicker than Water” by Micki Browning
  • “No Mulligans” by Leone Ciporin
  • “Bygones” by Bruce Robert Coffin
  • “Last Call for Buffalo” by Randall DeWitt
  • “Fall in New Hampshire” by Sharon Daynard
  • “Most Evil” by Peter DiChellis
  • “Bad Friday” by Martin Edwards
  • “Deadly Discovery in Dallas” by Sanford Emerson
  • “The Woman in White” by Tracy Falenwolfe
  • “Ida Mae Buys a Crown Vic” by Kate Flora
  • “Get Along Little Dogie” by CC Guthrie
  • “The Letters of Patrick Bushell” by Gavin Keenan
  • “Afternoon Delight” by Steve Liskow
  • “The Program” by Cyndy Edwards Lively
  • “Becky’s File” by Ruth McCarty
  • “The Drive By” by Alison McMahan
  • “Annie Get Your Goat” by LD Masterson
  • “Chains” by Claire Murray
  • “Christmas Shift” by Dale Phillips
  • “Truth, Grace and Lies” by Adele Polomski
  • “The Cattle Raid of Adams” by Keenan Powell
  • “Goldie” by KM Rockwood
  • “The Owl and the Pussycats” by Verena Rose
  • “The Runner” by Steve Roy
  • “No Safe Place” by Harriette Sackler
  • “The Man Who Wasn’t Missing” by Brenda Seabrooke
  • “Play Dead” by Shawn Reilly Simmons
  • “Sensitivity Training” by Albert Tucher
  • “Pet Peeve” by Kari Wainwright
  • “Burning Bright” by Vicki Weisfeld

WINDWARD Cover

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

*Winner of the 2016 Al Blanchard Award