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Friday, June 21, 2013



I'm excited to be part of this Round robin Blog. You're probably here because you found the link on Ginger Simpson's Blog. Thank you for following to mine.
What I love to read and why - ghosts, murders and suspicious people. While I love to read a lot of different genres, my first love was mystery/suspense. Good old Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys started it all. People bought me Nancy Drew but I used to read the Hardy Boys books that my mother bought as gifts for her friends sons (before my mother wrapped them). Mystery and suspense continues to grab my interest. I love a book with a plot that twists and turns, keeping me  up most of the night trying to solve the crime or catch a killer. I like contemporary stories. I don't relate as well to historical or futuristic. These days I like a little romance thrown in. Yes, I know, I can see a few people’s eyes rolling. Why romance? What could it add? It takes away from the plot.
Well, let me tell you. Yes, a good mystery, suspense or thriller can grab you with the plot and pull you along to the end, keeping you turning pages and waiting for the capture or villain revealed.  But add a little romance and the plot not only grabs you and keeps you turning pages, but now you’re involved with the character. You get to know them, their likes and dislikes, their strengths and their weaknesses. You care what happens to them on their journey to solve the crime or capture the villain. You hold your breath because you know they're terrified of the dark but have to go into the cave because someone they care for is there. You want to make it to the end of the story and find the villain or stop him, but you also want to make sure the hero/heroine survive and resolve some of their own issues. Their weaknesses before fighting the villain has been challenged and maybe  overcome during the struggle to solve the crime. I don’t necessarily need a happily ever after ending, but I want a satisfying ending.

So many books - so little time. I'd love to hear what other people love to read.
The next stop to check out on the Tour is with  Joel Jurrens at http://thewritingdeputy.wordpress.com 

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for participating! I, too, love mysteries, but have loved romance thrown in since reading Mary Stewart years and years ago.

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  2. Hardy Boys! I have a whole stack of those!

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  3. You have the Hardy Boys? How wonderful. Have you read any of them lately?

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  4. I have always loved mysteries. I too started out in my early teens with the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys series. I loved trying to pick out and piece together the clues to solve the mystery of whodunnit. As I got older, I graduated to Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. From that point on, I knew that I wanted to solve mysteries when I grew up, so I became a police officer and eventually a forensic investigator, so I could help solve crimes for real. Now that I have hung up my badge and gun, I am still reading in that same genre, but really get more into thrillers and romantic suspense these days.

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  5. From whodunit's to becoming a police officer and a forensic investigator, how fascinating. I might even be able to use you in one of my novels. :)

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  6. Absolutely a little romance never hurt any book no matter what genre -- and Mystery/suspense/thriller is no exception. My fav's of course are mystery but I read everything and anything because you never know what you can discover between the pages of a good book =-) Thanks for participating - in the blog tour fun to see what other authors think and why.
    Billie

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  7. I've never been much of a mystery writer. I loved Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys when I was younger but crafting that type of story is different for me. Maybe because that isn't what I read now. Though I do have an Erotic Suspense I've been working on for awhile now and found the research on Serial Killers very interesting. Happy Hopping! Angela

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