Reading For Fun: Mystery Books

Reading For Fun: Mystery Books

If, as an adult, you are reading fiction, you are probably reading for fun. Of the several genre available, mystery books remain high on the preferred list. Here are several ways to find the kinds of mystery books you enjoy the most.

Mystery stories are built on several different kinds of story lines.

The Erle Stanley Gardner’s (Perry Mason) approach is to keep the reader engaged with well written side-tracks which, in the end, have little or nothing to do with the solution of the mystery. These mystery books depend on the strong central character and dialog and lead up to a final court room scene composed primarily of a Perry Mason monologue. At the last minute, one of Perry’s assistants arrives with a brand new piece of information that turns the case around and proves his client innocent. If, when you are reading for fun, you like excellent writing and suspense, this style should suit your needs well. If, however, you like to try to solve the case yourself when you are reading for fun, you need to look for for the kind of mystery book writing that sprinkles genuine clues along the way.

If your taste in reading for fun runs to character studies, the Columbo approach may suit you best. It was aired as a successful TV series and its creators refer to its style as “howdhecatchem” rather than ‘whodoneit’. In this approach to writing a mystery book the reader knows from the opening scene ‘who done it’. It is then the task of the story to demonstrate how the wily detective finds and uses the clues. The reader is kept engaged in the story by the fascinating personality and unique skills and guile of the detective. These are read more out of love for the main character than the mystery.

If you fancy yourself a detective or enjoy assembling the clues, look to the mystery books by

Garrison Flint – most notably the series built around the old Detective Raymond Masters. The unique structure of these mystery books allows the reader to know every clue the detective knows from the moment he first finds or suspects it. Although they are written in the third person, every scene is presented through the eyes of Detective Masters. There are no ‘off camera’ goings on to run in at the last minute. If, when you are reading for fun, you like mystery books in which you can match wits with the detective, you will like these stories.

If you prefer a mixture of mystery and ghostly goings on, try the Marc Miller, ghost writer, series. The stories are set in the isolated back country of northwest Arkansas (an area ghost watchers say is rampant with ghosts). These mystery books are written in the first person. Miller – in the stories – is a writer who investigates and writes about apparent supernatural occurrences, so, as you read you are experiencing exactly what he is experiencing and what he is thinking.

Understanding some things about the sub-genre of mystery books can enhance your reading for fun experiences.

Source by Tom D Gnagey

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