My short story, "Harlem in Havana," inspired by the song of the same name by Joni Mitchell, is included in this anthology.
Stories from this collection have won awards or have been nominated:
**WINNER** 2021 Derringer Award for Best Short Story: Stacy Woodson for "River"
**NOMINATED** 2021 Anthony Award for Best Anthology
**NOMINATED** 2021 International Thriller Awards for Best Short Story: Elaine Viets for "Dog Eat Dog"
**NOMINATED** 2021 Macavity Award for Best Short Story: Elaine Viets for "Dog Eat Dog"
1/3 of the author royalties will be donated to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation in Joni Mitchell's name.
With nine Grammys, multiple lifetime achievement awards, inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and a Top Ten ranking on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time," Joni Mitchell has established herself as one of the most important singer/songwriters, not only of her generation, but in the history of popular music.
In this collection, 28 crime writers pay tribute to Joni's musical legacy with short stories inspired by her lyrics, representing each of her 17 studio albums from 1968's Song to a Seagull to 2007's Shine.
Stories relating to many of the classics are here, including "Both Sides, Now" (in the first literary collaboration between Art Taylor and Tara Laskowski, who have each won major awards for their fiction), "Big Yellow Taxi" (by Kathryn O'Sullivan, author of the Colleen McCabe series), and "River" (by Stacy Woodson, winner of the 2019 Readers Choice Award from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine), plus such equally fascinating titles as "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire" (by Donna Andrews, author of the award-winning Meg Langslow series), "The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines" (by Amber Sparks), and "Ray's Dad's Cadillac" (by Michael Bracken).