So I had this idea for a series of blog posts last night – the A – Z of Crime Fiction, sounds fancy doesn’t it?
Sue Grafton aside from being one of my favourite authors, devised a series of novels using the alphabet in her titles. ‘A’ was of course for Alibi, B for Burglar, C for Corpse and so on. Her novels are not an in-depth treatise on crime, despite the cunning amount of detail she includes but they are well thought out good reads.
It got me thinking about all the crime and thriller books I’ve read and the full stories I’ve actually written and the amount of research that goes into them. A perfect crime novel doesn’t have to have complicated deaths to be successful, just an intriguing mystery that keeps you guessing throughout the story. That is the hook in the story, knowing that anyone of the characters could have done it.
Of course, there are novelists who have spun the plot, giving you the murderer and then letting you and the detective character learn why and how. Or other variations. Murder mysteries have been around a long time since the Medieval period, however, they achieved a rise in popularity in the late 1800’s, first with Edgar Allan Poe and then Wilkie Collins. Followed quickly by the most famous detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Whatever style of mystery story you like to read, sometimes you can’t beat a classic good whodunnit.
And so, I leave you with this, the A to Z of Crime Fiction. A is for….