Recently Iâ€™ve read a couple of thrillers by Michael Connelly that I really enjoyed. I admit, I hadnâ€™t even heard of Michael Connelly before I won a galley of The Reversal, his new book, from his publisher via Twitter (thanks, Little Brown!). I now know, of course, that Connelly is super-famous and millions of people love his work (including my parents, who knew?). But the fact is, I donâ€™t read a lot of mystery / thriller novels.
Not sure why…I was an Agatha Christie addict as a teenager, Iâ€™ve blogged here about how much I like Hank Phillippi Ryan ‘s books…the fact is, I probably enjoy a well-written mystery as much I enjoy a well-written romance. But for some reason the genre isnâ€™t on my radar.
Until recently, that is. Iâ€™m in the process of adding a mystery to a novel that Iâ€™m working on, and itâ€™s a whole new challenge. Coming up with a mystery thatâ€™s not guessable from page one, that has all the requisite clues and red herrings, and that holds my own interest isnâ€™t that easy. Hats off to all you mystery writers out there!
Iâ€™ve read a couple of how-to books, and Iâ€™m reading within the genre. And Iâ€™m reworking my mystery subplot over and over to make it more…mysterious. But Iâ€™m open to suggestions on this â€“ if you have any suggestions (as a reader or a writer) about what makes for a great mystery, Iâ€™d love to hear them. And, of course, any suggestions for great mysteries to read (but please bear in mind that Iâ€™m squeamish â€“ nothing too graphic!).