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Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015

Anthony Award Winner, Best Anthology or Collection

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I was so pleased to have been selected to edit the 2015 Bouchercon anthology and to have worked with so many talented authors in the process—writers whose 21 terrific tales helped to commemorate the 2015 Bouchercon in Raleigh, NC, and to support the anthology’s beneficiary, the Wake County Public Libraries.

Here’s an excerpt from my introduction to the anthology:

Just as each year’s Bouchercon provides an umbrella—or, more suitably this year, perhaps an oak canopy—for the breadth of the crime writing community, so too do I hope that Murder Under the Oaks, the 2015 Bouchercon Anthology, will offer a sampling both of the subgenres and of the stylistic and structural choices available to today’s writers of short fiction.

The stories in these pages include both invited contributions by distinguished guests and a dozen tales chosen from more than 150 blind submissions. Together, they form a vibrant and eclectic mix and represent both veteran mystery writers taking fresh risks and at least one newcomer making a striking debut.

The anthology features stories by J.L. Abramo, J.D. Allen, Lori Armstrong, Rob Brunet, P.A. De Voe, Sean Doolittle, Tom Franklin, Toni Goodyear, Kristin Kisska, Robert Lopresti, Robert Mangeot, Margaret Maron, Kathleen Mix, Britni Patterson, Karen Pullen, Ron Rash, Karen E. Salyer, Sarah Shaber, Zoë Sharp, B.K. Stevens, and Graham Wynd. It was published by Down & Out Books.

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