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Why do we read mysteries? If you are reading this blog, it can be assumed that you like mysteries. An interesting thread on Librarything discussed why people read mysteries, and there were some interesting theories.
1. We love to see people being punished for their evil deeds, and generally, mysteries accomplish this with the guilty being punished, or at least, arrested.
2. We love puzzles, figuring thngs out, and mysteries certainly contain puzzles.
3. Many mystery writers are superb at characterization, as well as plotting, and are just some of the best writers around.
4. In a long running series we become invested in our favorite characters like Stephanie Plum, Peter Decker and Alan Banks.
5. Mysteries explore the mind and actions of people who do terrible things and it satisfies our need to understand the human condition.
Do any of these reasons resonate with you? Maybe you just like to settle in with any engrossing book and here are a few you mignt want to check out.
Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell. Inspector Wexford returns and we get some intriguing looks into his past.
Criminal Tendencies edited by Lynn Patrick. Short stories written by some of the world's greatest mystery writers.
Rude Awakening by Susan Rogers Cooper. The tenth Milt Kovac mystery finds strange happenings in Prophecy County.
Shades of Grey by Clea Simon. A new series introduces Dulcie Schwartz, a grad student mourning her beloved cat.