I was looking over amazon comments on THE BEST MYSTERY STORIES OF 2014 and repeatedly saw the comment, "These are not mysteries." Maybe at the beginning of this series, the term mystery was most often used when discussing stories with a whodunit aspect or PI or police procedural. But now crime fiction is a broader, more encompassing, term for stories that concern a crime, a criminal or sometimes a "mystery." Maybe this yearly collection should only include classic stories. That may be what the typical buyer expects.Or maybe it should be THE BEST CRIME FICTION STORIES. Hard to break with tradition though.
What do you expect when you pick up a book like this? Are you expecting the classic mystery story in every selection? How much leeway do you give a story that calls itself a mystery?
Patricia Abbott is the author of more than 125 stories that have appeared online, in print journals and in various anthologies. She is the author of two print novels CONCRETE ANGEL (2015) and SHOT IN DETROIT (2016)(Polis Books). CONCRETE ANGEL was nominated for an Anthony and Macavity Award in 2016. SHOT IN DETROIT was nominated for an Edgar Award and an Anthony Award in 2017. A collection of her stories I BRING SORROW AND OTHER STORIES OF TRANSGRESSION will appear in 2018.