The mystery and thriller genres have a long history. From Sherlock Holmes to Joe McGinniss, there have been men and women at the helm. Even the first best seller was a woman, in the form of Josephine Tey. But what exactly are these genres?
A mystery is a novel that takes place in the past and focuses on the detection of a crime. Mystery novels often feature protagonists who are sleuths. Most are male. They are also often based in a metropolitan area, like Chicago or Los Angeles. These stories are known for their good story lines and twists.
A thriller is a genre that is usually dark and often includes some action, though rarely comedic. The genre arose in the same time period as the western. Unlike traditional detective novels, thrillers feature a main character who is not directly threatened by a villain. Usually, the hero is a trained detective or has specialized knowledge.
As the name implies, the best thrillers make you think. For example, the DaVinci Code features a number of mysteries. Similarly, the best true crime thrillers never get old. In the heyday of the thriller, men’s fiction played a big part in the genre.
There are numerous subgenres. Cozy mysteries are a great choice for those who wish to solve the puzzle without all the darkness. Pure cozy is fairly bloodless murders. Other examples include the hard-boiled mystery and the psychological suspense. Thrillers may also involve a serial killer and straight thriller elements.
Although the mystery novel has been around for some time, the modern genre has taken on a life of its own. Thrillers have also branched out into the realm of a series. This can be seen in the Harry Bosch series on Amazon Studios. In the newest installment, Bosch is a veteran cop who has recently returned to Los Angeles to take up his position as a private investigator. He solves murders in the city while also switching between the homicide and private sectors.
There are other lesser-known forms of the genre. One of the lesser-known subgenres is the literary mystery. The literary variant is a genre that takes the best elements of both the literary and thriller genres. Literary mystery books often contain the following: well-written characters, interesting plots, mystery and suspense, and a good dose of humor. However, not all mystery novels should be classified as thrillers. Depending on the author’s preference, a book can fall into one or the other.
The mystery genre is a complex art to master. It’s all about assembling the right clues and making the right connections. Fortunately, it’s not impossible to succeed. Those who wish to be successful will have to study the genre and learn from their mistakes. Thankfully, there are some excellent books to help them along the way.
The mystery genre has a long history and has not stopped improving. Over the last century, the genre has seen several iterations. With each iteration, it has evolved to include all types of mixed-genre stops.