Today's meme at Booking Through Thursday
Do you read mystery novels? If so, why? Is it the mysteries themselves that appeal to you? The puzzle-solving? The murders? Or why don’t you read them? What about them doesn’t appeal?
My guilty secret is that I don't read adult books. I never have -- except for science fiction and fantasy -- unless I was required. I read tons of YA and children's books, and I still do, and that's about it.
However... my father hooked me on some mystery subgenre that really appealed to me. One was the serial killer novel. I read a whole bunch of those, starting, of course, with Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs. Anything where I could get into the brain of the killer, either from the perspective of the killer himself or the investigator, was awesome.
I also love mysteries when there's a little bit of supernatural built in -- which I would consider to be an urban fantasy variant. The series I liked the most was the Pendergast books
by Preston and Childs.
I'm a big fan of Sherlock, but it's not because of the mystery component. It's the characters. So I think that's the key for me -- I like character-driven books, and the genre doesn't matter much.
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