Every day this week there will be different post all celebrating crime novels. There will be reviews and guest posts from fellow bloggers discussing such things as the appeal of crime novels and reading crime series. I’ll be reviewing the appropriately titled ‘Killer’ by Jonathan Kellerman and ‘A Death in the Dales’ by Frances Brody.
I love crime fiction. Although I like to read widely I would have to say that crime fiction makes up the majority of my reading. I love pitting my wits against the characters, and therefore to some extent against the authors, trying to see if I can work out ‘whodunit’ before the big reveal. And of course I love that slightly smug feeling when I do. I love standalone stories and I love series. There are a few authors whose books featuring returning characters I will have to read, a loyalty created over many years, or formed suddenly when I stumble across them and then devour a back catalogue. Whilst I have been introduced to a series by reading the latest book first, I am rather a pedant when it comes to reading a series in order. I feel as if I’ve walked into a story half way through, and on some occasions I find that an author assumes a reader will have read the other books so the previous storylines are given away. I like that attachments to characters can be formed, and that when a new book is released it is often like welcoming an old friend back from a long sojourn.
The great thing about crime fiction is that there really are enough variations to suit most readers. From ‘cosy’ mysteries based in small towns, with amateur detectives and few gory details, to hard-nosed detectives fighting their own demons, from almost horror-esque slaying to old-fashioned, genteel bumping off there is enough variety to ensure the appeal of crime fiction doesn’t waiver.
I hope you enjoy this week’s crime theme. And do let me know which crime fiction you like to turn to when you want to play armchair detective 🙂