Can a 1940s train porter solve a mystery before an innocent man is killed? Can a federal agent unravel a five year old cold case? African-American law enforcement personnel, PIs, and ordinary people solve mysteries in Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors.
The stories are gritty and offer plenty of food for thought. Themes include family, poverty, racism’s affect on justice, and tragedies that encourage crime. The stories take place in the unglamorous parts of cities. Shades of Black offers an anthology of African-American writers and an anthology of mystery/crime fiction.
Want more books like Shades of Black?
Check out another mystery and crime anthology by African-American Writers by reading Black Noir: Mystery, Crime, and Suspense Fiction by African-American Writers edited by Otto Penzler.
Check out other mystery anthologies such as The Ethnic Detectives: Masterpieces of Mystery Fiction edited by Bill Pronzini.
Check out other anthologies written by African-American authors such as Best African American Fiction: 2009 edited by Gerald Early. (If you have access to Novelist you can find authors from a particular culture by clicking “advanced search” and then choosing one or multiple categories from the “cultural identity” drop down menu.)