The Mystery of it All

By Betty Boyd

Slide9The genre of mystery has always been my favorite since I first learned to read. I always wanted to figure out whodunit. Reading mysteries gave me my first glimpse into the how and why a murderer would commit their crime.

The genre of mystery is a fairly young form of literature that has been around for the last 200 years. Authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle, who introduced Sherlock Holmes, started the huge popularity of this genre. Other types of mysteries included dime novels and pulp magazines. One of the best-selling authors is Agatha Christie, who–to her credit–wrote over 80 mystery novels from which many movies have been made.

file8081258144701Today, mysteries have gone beyond the writing of books. They are seen in plays, movies, and television series. The hint of mystery can also be lurking in a newspaper or even magazine articles.

Since all of my writing is non-fiction, reading a mystery is helpful for me to understand the intricacies of why criminals act the way they do. I admire the structure and the way a murder mystery is created. It is a lot of fun to try to guess who did the dastardly deed.

I gravitate toward this genre, because life itself is a mystery. It would be pretty boring to know everything that is going on. For me, mysteries are here to stay, and I cannot wait for the next great author to come along and wow me with their novel.

Happy reading!

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  • Mayhem
  • Criminal
  • Whodunit
  • Novel