Thank you Sharon, for such a great post today.
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The naive mystery writer
A while ago, say 2002, being a new and naive mystery writer, I thought I had a handle on mysteries. So confident was I that I reduced the mystery spectrum to a simple diagram, neatly tied up with qualities and a single word to embody different parts of the spectrum.
My basic premise was that each category was clean and could be identified by how much blood, violence and gore appeared on-stage; what emotion drove the plot; and how likely a reader was to laugh verses need anti-depressant therapy after having read extensively in a given category.
Mystery versus thriller
For a while after that simple beginning we had to deal with the mystery/thriller split, and periodic discussions over when does a mystery become a thriller and vice versa. Mystery and Thriller are, of course, marketing terms…
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