Comfort me with murders
One of the most comforting sounds to me is the iconic dun dun sound at the beginning of a Law and order episode.
In fact, this sound comforts me so much that reruns of Law and order are the only TV I want to watch when I’m home sick. I guess some people need chicken noodle soup; I prefer crime. I am not alone in this emotional reaction to police procedures.
While it’s true that true crime had a moment (i.e. “true crime, glass of wine, bed nine”), crime fiction has long captured our attention since Edgar Allen Poe’s short story”The Rue Morgue Murders.” At first glance, a fascination with the worst in humanity might seem a little odd, but the genre’s appeal is less about darkness and chaos and more about restoring order and justice. Is it any wonder that I’ve read so many mystery novels in recent years?
Crime fiction and true crime appeal to readers who enjoy solving puzzles and are curious about what’s going on below the surface. They might enjoy uncovering clues to a mystery alongside an investigator – or beating said investigator to find the solution. Other readers want to explore the psychological aspects of a criminal mind. And, of course, there’s always something to be said for pure escapism – one of the main reasons many of us read for pleasure in the first place.
I read so much excellent crime novels last year. here is a listing titles that were among my favorites. And below are some of my favorite mystery and psychological thriller authors:
A former crime reporter Baltimore Sun, Lippman’s work is a clever mix of detective and psychological procedural suspense. She has gained a dedicated readership with her Tess Monaghan series and has many stand-alone novels as well. Monaghan is a former journalist-turned-PI who works on the details of the crimes while rowing every morning on Baltimore’s Patapsco River. She’s also my favorite fictional detective.
Elly Griffiths is a pen name for Domenica de Rosa, who her agent told she needed a “criminal name” after reading her debut novel by Ruth Galloway, Passage places. Dr Ruth Galloway is a university professor of archeology whose small village appears to be a hotbed of unidentified human remains. Griffiths wrote additional series, including a new favorite, the Novels by Harbinder Kaur. His novels are mostly set in rural England and are atmospheric and haunting.
Attica Locke’s novels are set in Texas and Louisiana and focus on issues of racial injustice. Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is the protagonist of his novels Highway 59, the award-winning Bluebird, Bluebird and Heaven, my home. The cinematic style of Locke’s novels comes as no surprise, as she wrote for the TV shows Empire, When they see us and Small fires everywhere.
Shari La Pena
Shari LaPena’s novels would probably be categorized as suspense as opposed to mysteries, if you look for them in a bookstore or library. I’ve been a big fan of her since I read The couple next door. Its “pulled from the headlines” plot centers on Marco and Anne Conti’s decision to leave their six-month-old baby at home while they attend a dinner party at the next door neighbours. When they return home to find their door ajar and baby Cora missing, their private lives become very public.
Crime fiction is an umbrella term and contains almost countless subgenres. Whether you’re drawn to intimate mysteries with amateur sleuths and recipes, or gritty, gritty crime novels, the allure of reading something with clear demarcations between good and evil and the promise of resolution is easy to understand. in these times.
So embrace the obsession. Put on your favorite pajamas, grab a hot drink and settle in for a winter of Law and order– comfort styling!