When I first started reading mysteries, I was drawn to Gothic novels by authors like Mary Stewart. I loved the stories with the dark mansions, cliffs and brooding men, especially the ones who may or may not be trying to drive their wives or nannies insane.
Then I became fascinated by Dick Francis’ novels, featuring a horse racing background.
Now I lean toward settings that are familiar to me in my daily life; such as suburban settings, like by Mary Higgins Clark, and urban or super star settings, like Sidney Sheldon’s.
What about you? Do have a setting preference?