Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Survey: What's "Dark" in Mystery Fiction?

by Leann

When I think of a book being "dark," I guess serial killer books come to mind first. Or books where the good guys and the bad guys are hard to tell apart. Or stories where violence is prevalent and murders are described in graphic detail. Or fiction in which children or animals are harmed (hate that).

So I am asking all of you to weigh in. What's dark writing for you? Would you enjoy a cozy where the characters deal with strong emotions and family dysfunction? Is this too "serious" for books like mine? (Of course my books always include plenty of fur friend fun.) I'd love to hear your take and maybe prepare readers for what they might get from me come April 2012. :-)