"The Book of Eve (The First Mystery)," by Steve Hockensmith, Death of a Bad Neighbour: Revenge is Criminal, edited by Jack Calverley, Logic of Dreams, 2022.
I have a story in this book.
This is the sixth appearance in this column by my friend and fellow SleuthSayer Steve Hockensmith.
As the title suggests, this is a retelling of the first murder mystery. Abel has gone missing and his mother Eve is looking for him.
Much of the pleasure in this story is in the way it's told, the language of the characters. And not all of them are human. For example, here is a sheep complaining of the absence of Abel, the shepherd.
"It's a bummer, too. We've had lions come by, hyenas, wild dogs. There's an eagle that's gotten, like six lambs. It's a wonder the jerk can still fly."
The ewe bent her head and tore out another mouthful of grass.
"I can hardly believe I'm still alive," she muttered.
"Why didn't you come down out of the hills?" Eve asked her. "Get me and Adam? Or Cain?"
The eye lifted her head again. But it wasn't to look at Eve and the serpent. It was to glance around at the other sheep languidly gazing nearby.
"What?" she said. "And leave the flock?"
A very funny story that manages to be surprisingly moving as well.