In any discussion of the living legends of crime fiction, the name Sara Paretsky will quickly be mentioned. Sara Paretsky became a champion for women writers when in 1986 she was instrumental in the founding of Sisters in Crime, but over the years she has proven that she is a champion for all writers. Always one to advocate for the underdog, it is no surprise that Sara Paretsky has been at the forefront of protests during the United States’ current tumultuous times.
This year has seen a plethora of outstanding short story anthologies. Already this year, BOLO Books has covered Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, Blood On the Bayou, and Storm Warning – with a few others still to come, including today’s choice.
Sunshine Noir is edited by Annamaria Alfieri and Michael Stanley and contains a very strong collection of stories tied together by the warmer climate and temperatures of their various settings. Probably because of the dark and ominous nature of the genre, noir has often been viewed as the domain of less tropical locations, but this collection proves that heat and humidity can certainly lead to mayhem and murder.
Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger have once again edited a volume of stories aimed at expanding the Sherlock Holmes multiverse. As always, these two have gathered a stellar cast of writers for their new anthology, Echoes of Sherlock Holmes.
This time out, the assignment for these admitted Sherlock Holmes devotees was to create a story inspired by Sir Authur Conan Doyle’s detective stories. Not surprisingly, the resulting stories are as varied as the writers who are participating. What they all share is a clear love of Sherlock and a desire to pay homage to one of the greats of the crime fiction community.
Hopefully, readers will delve into Echoes of Sherlock Holmes to discover some of their own favorite stories, but for a small taste here are brief reviews of some stories that stand out for me.