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A Merry Band of Murderers

(2006)
An anthology of stories edited by

 
 
A Merry Band of Murderers is more than a compilation of short mystery stories from some of the genre's finest writers. It is also an exploration of music. Conceived by Claudia Bishop and Don Bruns, the collection is staged in two acts: first, a non-fiction discussion of short stories, mysteries, and music; and second, a compilation of musical short mysteries.

The first act opens with an essay by Bishop explaining the role of the short story in mystery writing and another essay by Bruns discussing writers who play, sing, and compose.

The second act is more whimsical. There are thirteen music-centered stories from authors Mary Anna Evans, Jim Fusilli, Bill Moody, Rupert Holmes, Rhys Bowen, John Lescroart, Nathan Walpole, Peter Robinson, Jeffery Deaver, Tom Cocoran, Val McDermid, and, of course, the editors themselves. Each story is accompanied by a short introduction, song lyrics, and an interview with the writer.

The book is packaged with a music CD with recordings by the authors. A one-of-a-kind collection.

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for Claudia Bishop's A Merry Band of Murderers

Hardback Editions

August 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Merry Band of Murderers
Author(s): Claudia Bishop, Don Bruns
ISBN: 1-59058-301-9 / 978-1-59058-301-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2011 : Canada Paperback
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Title: A Merry Band of Murderers: An Original Mystery Anthology of Songs and Stories (Large Print 16pt)
Author(s): Claudia Bishop
ISBN: 1-4587-3176-6 / 978-1-4587-3176-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
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Audio Editions

May 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Merry Band of Murderers
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver, John Lescroart, Jim Fusilli, more
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Merry Band of Murderers
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver, John Lescroart, Jim Fusilli, more
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2007 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Merry Band of Murderers
Author(s): Claudia Bishop, Don Bruns
ISBN: 1-4332-0076-7 / 978-1-4332-0076-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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February 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Merry Band of Murderers
Author(s): Claudia Bishop, Don Bruns
ISBN: 1-4332-0077-5 / 978-1-4332-0077-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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February 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: A Merry Band of Murderers: An Original Mystery Anthology of Songs and Stories
Author(s): Claudia Bishop, Don Bruns
ISBN: 1-4332-0078-3 / 978-1-4332-0078-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU