"There is evil everywhere under the sun” Agatha Christie.
This is the first in a monthly series of posts about writing crime fiction. Let’s start at the very beginning.
· The cosy, where sometimes you get to eat cake and are given the recipe.
· The gritty crime novel, which has a hard edge.
· Noir, which can be scary and gory with no punches pulled.
· Historical, set in any era from Ancient Egypt to the recent past.
· Psychological novels, which have a lot of suspense and careful plotting. They major on detailing the innermost workings of the mind of the main character and how the MC concentrates on his/her victims’ weaknesses.
· Legal novels where the lawyer sometimes does the detecting or aids the police investigation.
· Cosy – Lynne Florkiewicz: Faith Martin and, may I also suggest my own Georgia Pattison series?
· Gritty – Stuart MacBride: Ross Greenwood
· Police Procedurals – Ann Cleeves: Peter Grainger: Michael Hambling: Damien Boyd
· Noir – Val McDermid: J M Dalgliesh: James Carol
· Historical – S J Parris: Paul Doherty: Candace Robb
· Psychological – Angela Marsons: Minette Walters: Phoebe Morgan
· Legal – Natasha Cooper: John Grisham: Scott Pratt
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