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October 13, 2011

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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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