What makes a good crime novel?
The question might bring immediate answers to mind. You may already know what it is that draws you into a crime novel. It may be that one necessary ingredient; a tortured detective looking for their own salvation; a vivid backdrop; a ruthless killer. For others, it’s a multi-faceted journey through the pages.
Crime novels are a diverse bunch of books. They sit on the shelves under their banner of crime, but take a peak beneath that hard grizzled banner and you find a mass of of books so diverse and different from each other, you might struggle to believe they could all be nestled on that cramped shelf holding them up.
On those shelves you will find; police procedural, cozy, legal, psychological, thriller and spy, just to name a few. And as you can imagine, just from the titles, a diverse group indeed. So, plenty of room for all writers you’d think. Crime is after all, one of the most borrowed genres from the library.
It would seem not. I’ve heard that crime fiction is a tough genre to break into. It’s over saturated. Not that any writer should expect any genre to be any easier than another to break into, but look at the diversity and popularity of crime. Maybe it’s that very popularity that draws the writers as well as the readers. After all, we who read crime, would of course, tend to attempt to turn our hand to writing it, if anything.
So, out of curiosity, I’d be interested to know, what my blog readers look for in a crime fiction novel? What draws you to choosing it in the first place and what makes you love it when reading?