Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cozy Mystery? Police Procedural? Hardboiled?

Mystery novelist and professor Margot Kinberg has kicked off a lively discussion about mystery and crime fiction sub-genres on her blog Confessions of a Mystery Novelist:
Some authors and novels do tend to fall rather neatly into one or another subgenre, but very often, that’s not the case. That’s why (and this is just my opinion, so feel free to differ with me), it’s probably more productive to think about whether a particular author or novel is a well-written crime novel rather than whether it’s billed as a cozy, a police procedural, a noir thriller, or something else.
Several folks have chimed in with their two cents, including whether these sort of marketing terms make it easier or harder to find a really good read. Join the discussion here: "What do you call that thing?"

Related links:
"What is a Cozy Mystery?"
All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers On Trains (Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond)
Murderous Beginnings: 40 Detective Fiction Firsts
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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at StudioWell.com. Watch the trailer on YouTube.