Why Readers Are Hooked on Mystery Novels
by Attilio Guardo
Mystery books have been increasingly gaining prominence over the decades.
A continuously increasing number of readers is being hooked on fiction novels that feature blood-curdling and spine-chilling narratives.
Indeed, the mystery genre is a prolific and profitable market, and to take advantage of this, more and more authors are now convinced to write mystery books.
There are already plenty of mystery books out there.
Ever since the publication of Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White in 1859, which is considered to be the first mystery novel ever published,
thousands of other thrilling and terrifying mystery stories have been written profusely.
These stories vary in terms of their central themes, subjects, and approaches to providing the element of mystery to the readers.
The Numbered Cups Mystery by JB Clemmens is a great example of a spine-chiller literature.
It is a mystery novel about an investigator named Lieutenant James who must sort out the mysterious murder of a local celebrity writer who was poisoned at a barbecue.
To help identify the culprit, Lieutenant James refers to numbered cups used by the writer for evidence and tracing.
The writer's number 5 cup and one of the several number 7 cups particularly contain tainted bourbon from a pint bottle brought to the picnic by an elderly neighbor.
This leads Lieutenant James to a mind-boggling investigation. Overall, The Numbered Cups Mystery contains great elements of mystery and thrill in its story that makes readers truly hooked to it.
Now, what exactly makes a mystery story so compelling? Why are readers so hooked on mystery novels like The Woman in White and The Numbered Cups Mystery?
Below are some brief answers to these questions.
Mystery novels are thought provoking and intellectually engaging
Mystery novels are typically based on the premise of solving a problem. They are like puzzles that need a solution.
a mystery novel is filled with clues and details that are scattered around chapters and are given to the readers along the way to help them figure out the overall resolution of
They keep them hooked by making them want to 'get the answer' to the problems that the authors created.
Because of their puzzling and riddle-like nature, mystery novels usually require their readers to pay attention, concentrate, and think.