Mystery Loves Company : Blog Of The Nation Reinvention: How do you freshen up the mystery novel?

Mystery Loves Company

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I'm not convinced that mystery deserves its own genre -- after all, doesn't every kind of fiction have a mystery to be solved? But if it does, we all know who belongs in it. Giants of literature: Edgar Allen Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Walter Mosley. So who are these bold new authors who want to take on the genre -- who believe they can bring something fresh to the crime novel, the thriller, or the smoky noir detective story? Tana French's crime mysteries, In the Woods and The Likeness, both kept me up with a booklight -- and Louis Bayard's literary thrillers are the reason I'm currently sleepy. We want to hear from you, Poirot-o-philes, Dashiellites, Agathans... what do you think makes a mystery modern?