The Ever-Evolving "Mystery" Genre

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Growing up, I loved reading Nancy Drew and The Baby Sitters Club Mysteries. As I got older, I started reading fewer mysteries. You'll find that during Got A Clue? Week, I'll review more psychological thrillers than I will traditional mysteries.

For me, mysteries aren't always all that mysterious. My brain is always thinking, always processing. I can pick up on the smallest, most random clues--often in the beginning of a book/movie/TV episode/etc. From then on, I subconsciously look for clues and often know what's coming before the punchline. Even in things that aren't mysteries (For example, the riddle at the end of A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas was so easy to spot for me!) 

When my brain goes off and guesses, it makes things less interesting for me. I'm the girl who could never write a paper once she had an outline, the one who can't outline when she writes. Once I KNOW what's going to happen, it takes the intrigue out and I'm no longer interested.

I think that's why I like psychological thrillers so much more than I do traditional mysteries. It keeps me guessing longer, and it's more about getting into what makes a person tick. I like exploring human nature, so I've been thrilled with the boom in this genre lately thanks to runaway best sellers such as GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins.

What kind of mystery novels do you enjoy?

Is anyone else's brain as weird as mine when it comes to guessing!?