Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Crime Fiction

I love crime fiction. From a young age I read investigative mysteries for children such as Enid Bltyons Famous Five and Secret Seven and then moved on the Nancy Drew. From there it was the more adult crime with Agatha Christie. I'm not sure what draws me in to it, but drawn I am.

Crime fiction doesn't have to be all gore and slashery. There are so many sub headings in the crime literary world that there is a book for everyone. You can get cosy crime, psychological crime, police procedural, legal thrillers and even historical crime.




I had a discussion last week with someone who told me the book, Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson wasn't a crime book simply because it was very psychological. The book actually won the Crime Writers Association John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger, so it definitely falls within the category crime.







I've been blogging for just over a year now and I don't know how many of my fellow bloggers read crime. I'd love to hear your views and thoughts. Are you an all out crime lover, an occasional crime reader, someone who didn't realise they were maybe reading crime, or a reader who just can't pick up that genre at all?

22 comments:

  1. Nancy Drew! Enid Blyton! Loved the Nancy Drew books, she was my heroine. I read crime, and admire those who can right it strong enough to pull me into the story. Great C post.

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  2. I loved Nancy Drew too! I have also read quite a few Patricia Cornwell books. Crime isn't my favourite genre, but every now and then I have a bit of a crime spree! ;-)

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  3. Famous Five books were fab! I quite like crime books too, though I didn't realise this until fairly recently!

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  4. I love crime novels. I read Nancy Drew when i was a teen.. loved those books..

    Lisa Scottoline is a good one and I do like John Sanford a lot, though he was always chasing some sort of serial murderer.

    Edgar Allen Poe is my fave.

    Great post!

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  5. I love crime fiction also. My favorite crime author is Michael Connelly.

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  6. I love a good crime element in a story, but don't find myself reading too many crime novels. The cozy ones are more my speed.

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  7. I loved the Famous Five. I had them all until my sister leant some to a friend who never returned them (I have a feeling said friend was completing her collection).

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  8. i love crime fiction, although i read them really fast! :D

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  9. I actually do like crime fiction, but never read too many. I think because my reading interests are so wide. I think the last one I read was Tess Gerritsen's The Sinner. I was really engrossed in it. Does that count?

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  10. I find as I get older, I can't handle gruesome things, either in print or visually, so I tend to stay away from this genre.
    Karen

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  11. I love crime. A good crime of the century makes for a great premise, regardless of the genre.

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  12. Almost any crime or mystery book will work for me! In fact, I recently wrote my first mystery. I'm hoping to visit all the blogs on the A-Z Challenge in April.

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  13. I've never really tried, or mystery of any kind other than Nancy Drew when I was younger. Oh, I did read the Curious Incident of the Dog at the Night Time (is that title right?) but while there was a murder in it I don't really think it was a crime book. I do love watching crime shows, currently Criminal Minds is my favorite, and that one is psychological for sure.

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  14. Just checking in from the A to Z challenge! I like reading mysteries, from the cozies to the old school stuff.

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  15. I do read crime, though my favourite genre remains fantasy.

    Actually, one of my WIPs is essentially a crime story set in a fantasy world... *grins*

    Happy A-Zing!

    Tessa.xx

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  16. i don't usually pick crime--but when i have read it, i have enjoyed it!

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  17. Visiting from the Challenge. I recently read Before I Go to Sleep. Of course, it was a crime novel, just not the usual mystery. I enjoyed it very much. www.widowsphere.blogspot.com

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  18. I also love crime fiction, it is my favorite genre by far. My WIP is also a crime story, and my goal is to be published as a crime fiction author. But in the time I've been blogging I haven't come upon many mystery or crime fiction writers, or readers, for that matter. I'm glad to know you are a kindred spirit!

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  19. I like crime fiction but I often lean more toward thriller since that's what I write. Great post!

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  20. Omg haven't thought about those children's books in ages, I used to love them and read them all. I loved Miss Maples Crime stories.

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  21. Im a reader who cannot touch crime at all...

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  22. I read most genres and have read a lot of crime, and plenty of its sub-genres. I've just finished writing my first crime thriller :-)

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