Friday, 15 April 2016

Mmmm.... Mysteries

(Well, Julie Weathers, we're talking mysteries today!)

I love a good Mystery. Cozies are fun. I can’t say I’ve read a whole lot of them compared to the SFF and Romance I’ve devoured, but the few I do read, I quite enjoy. Who isn’t a sucker for Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot or The Cat Who...? There’s a few others I’ve read over the years and sometimes they scratch that itch I get once in a while to be intellectually challenged without being called to account.

I like trying to figure out the whodunnit as I read along. Was I right? Did I get it? If I do, cool. Gold star for me. If I don’t, I marvel at the cleverness of the plot.

Question: if you read mysteries, do you try to figure it out, or do you just cruise along for the ride?
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Her Grace likes an occasional Mystery in her escapist repertoire because, unlike real life, she gets to learn how it all wraps up.

5 comments:

E.M. Goldsmith said...

I love cozies. They are my favorite "beach" read and I always try to figure it out to see if the author is playing fair. Also, my father writes mysteries so I am a bit bias.

Celia Reaves said...

I'm a lazy mystery reader. I don't actively try to figure out the answer. If I get there before the story does, I'm disappointed! But I love reading them. The journey around all those twists and turns is a lot of fun!

Me said...

I try to figure it out all the time, but I usually can't and that's what makes those books so good! Agatha Christie was really a queen in her genre. Poirot always is twenty steps ahead of me.

John Frain said...

Funny you posed that question because I was already thinking of the answer. I think most people do it your way and try to figure it out. I TRY to sit back and enjoy the read without trying to figure the mystery out, but sometimes it's hard to stop your mind from going that way. When I do, I'm always happy if there's a twist and I was marching down the wrong path.

authormarnareed said...

Haha on the gold star!

I love reading cozies and I mostly don't know who did it - actually my guess is usually the person on the fringes but that's not always true. More than once I've been surprised by "whodunit" and then I close the book and marvel at my stupidity: "How did I NOT see that?"