Saturday, November 9, 2013

Reader Poll - Kids in Mysteries

By Ellery Adams

This post will be short and sweet, but the topic has come up several this year, so I thought I'd throw it out to you and collect some opinions.

When an author has a series with a romantic element, readers expect (at some point) for the romance to lead to a permanent commitment. In many books, this usually means a long engagement and finally, an action-packed wedding.

But what about after the wedding? If the couple in question is young enough to start a family, the next progression would likely be the arrival of a baby. But does a baby belong in the mystery world? How about kids?

In my new series, the Book Lovers' Resort mysteries, the heroine is a single mom with six-year-old twin boys. I knew from the moment I starting writing that series that this woman needed children, but when I think of my other heroines having kids, I can't picture it.

Do you have a favorite mystery series that includes kids?

Or do you think the kids should stay in the background or as very minor characters with little space devoted to them?

Or do you think they should stay out of mysteries altogether?