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October 13, 2011


Muttering Mama

My gut reaction has always been that thrillers are "scary" and mysteries are generally not so. Your explanation above would perhaps explain that reaction to me: what occurred in the past cannot harm one, but what is currently happening has a stronger element of danger.

Interestingly (at least to me), I love old English mysteries in the style of Sayers, Christie, and Marsh. I enjoy them because I enjoy the "puzzle", and they are non-threatening and enjoyable. Except for one...And Then There Were None...which always felt more like a "thriller" than a cozy English mystery! Looking back on it though, that novel had a distinctly more "present" feel than the narratives usually employed by that genre.

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