Saturday, October 05, 2013
What Ingredients do you hope for in a crime novel?
If you had to name 3-5 elements you expect to find in a book beyond some crime, what would they be? For me...
1) sparkling prose
2) complex and very well -defined characters
3) a sense of place
Now I am betting these would not be everyone's top elements and perhaps it is because I came to this from reading and writing mostly novels without a crime.
Here is what I don't like or care about so much
1. I don't particularly care about whodunnit although I'd like to understand why.
2. I don't need a lot of action. In fact, action generally puts me off in a novel. The pacing can be quite slow. I don't mind a lot of detail.
3. I hate following a detective around while he interviews suspects. This is the main reason I have stopped watching Masterpiece Mystery. Every series seems scripted by the same writers. I like detective stories, just not ones where this is the main plot device.
4. don't want the same plug- in story format. In other words, if the story is laid out much the same way all the other stories the writer has written is laid out, I am put off
5. serial killers or child murderers
6. too many POVs. I am very happy with one, in fact.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?