Mystery books are great, but I'm talking about the unknown when I start a book or see a movie. I don't need to see a trailer before a movie to sell me on it. Likewise, I don't need to read a review or summary before I start reading a new book. Just a taste will do.
Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys have never gone out of style, nor have mysteries for young people. In fact, a new mystery series by Kim Harrington called Sleuth or Dare debuts this week with the first novel, Partners in Crime.
I have excluded novels by Dan Brown, Janet Evanovich, Lee Child, Stieg Larsson, Charlaine Harris et al. because these authors have already spawned armies of imitators. My focus is on narrative style, not on the story itself, but in how it is told.
What is it about mystery novels? I've never hit, kicked, stabbed, or shot anyone. I want to weep when I hear news stories of real beatings or murders. Yet I can't fit enough killings into my waking hours.