Did you notice how murder/mystery programs are populating prime time TV hours? Elementary. CSI. NCIS. Rizzoli and Isles. Perception. Castle. Major Crimes. I'm sure you can name your own favorites. Then there is the selection of cozy mysteries from cat themes to dog themes, to museum themes and library themes and cooking themes. Less graphic with some humor and quirky characters, cozies are gaining a wider audience than they've ever had.
I believe these are five reasons why we watch and read them:
Most people want life to be fair. When it isn't, it's human nature to want to find the person to blame for the injustice. In murder mystery TV or fiction, the bad guy is apprehended. All might not be right with the world, but justice has, in some way, been served.
Who doesn't enjoy a good puzzle? Puzzles keep our minds sharp and challenge us to solve a problem before someone else. Can we follow the clues? Can we guess correctly? Can we figure out underlying messages another reader or watcher might miss? And whether or not we finger the right person, it's been kind of a lark to try.
Law enforcement protocol interests the general public. In many ways, we want to peek behind closed doors to see how detectives run down leads to solve a case. What methods do they use? If we read or watch murder mysteries, we think we can find out. We might feel better informed when we watch the news that details events we don't understand. Knowledge can be power. Maybe we feel a little empowered by being informed.
HEROES AND HEROINES
Readers and watchers like to root for the good guys and cheer when they win. We want heroes and heroines in our lives who can help us problem solve, protect us and even win our day. Heroes and heroines in these crime dramas might have special skills or...they could be just like us! Maybe we could be a hero or heroine too.
Suspense puts us on the edge of our seat. It makes adrenaline flow. It can add excitement and concentrated involvement to either a stressful or a dull day. Murder mysteries help us escape.
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.
Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.
Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.
©2015 Karen Rose Smith