Over at SF Signal there's a mindmeld discussion about why anthologies are important. One thing that struck me while reading through the answers is how different sci-fi/fantasy anthologies are from the crime fiction anthologies. With crime fiction anthologies there is a sameness. There's a murder/crime and then it's solved. Over and over, story to story. Noir anthologies tend to side-step this problem as they focus more on people and their situations, but again we find an underlying feeling of stories repeating. I wonder if this is why there are so few crime anthologies available. Are there no new ideas that can be used to make for something new and original?
What do you think? Are there any new ideas out there that haven't been explored that could make for a great crime anthology? I remember seeing a Literary anthology call for stories revolving around a clothesline and thought the idea would make for a great crime anthology with the title "Dirty Laundry".