As a reader, romance will always be my first choice. That's because it encompasses so many different worlds - suspense, paranormal, historical - and I am guaranteed a happy ending. But I also enjoy reading many other genres, including sci-fi, fantasy and mystery. In fact, mysteries were my first love, which is partly why my most recent releases have each had a mysterious subplot.
This week on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop, I set the topic:
Buried treasure. Ghosts. Locked room murders. What is your favourite kind of mystery story? Or do you avoid those altogether?
Like many girls my age, I cut my reading teeth on Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and the Bobbsey Twins. I also remember the Cherry Ames series, about a nurse who wound up solving mysteries in the course of her various duties. By high school I was reading Dick Francis mysteries as fast as they came out, and had also discovered Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Then there are the classic mystery authors - Agatha Christie, Rex Stout and Dorothy L. Sayers. All of these contributed to my love of the genre.
Murder mysteries are usually my favourites. Combine those with a locked door and I’m turning the pages fast and furious. But it darn well better make logical sense once it is explained – no supernatural appearances or clues hidden by an irritating narrator!
I do, however, especially love when the mystery has a romance attached. Spenser is one of my favourites because of his love for Susan, and the relationship between Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane is one of the most complex love stories ever told.
What about you? Do you like mysteries? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments, and then hop over to Clair Brett to see what she thinks. And don't forget to sign up for Clair's newsletter here, so you don't miss any of her news!