Monday, June 10, 2013

Someone Is Always to Blame

I caught a cold over the weekend. I don't know how I got it. That aspect bugs me in a way. I'm usually careful and keep away from germy people, but this time I don't know who passed on the germ to me. Already the DH is saying things like, "I  hope I don't catch your cold." If he does, at least he'll know where to assign blame.

Why do we read mysteries? I think one reason is to solve the same type of mind puzzle. A fictional character gets killed or threatened bodily harm. The reader is sent on a search with the object being where to assign blame. It's a great guessing game to see if speculations are correct.

In the case of thrillers, readers sometimes even know the bad guy, but still are on pins and needles wondering if the hero or heroine will figure it out in time before more dire happenings occur.

Someone is Always to Blame.

In most mysteries, we learn the answer. In others, such as my cold case, we'll never know.

Morgan Mandel
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Janny said...

Gives a whole new meaning to "cold case files." :-)

(Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Morgan Mandel said...

I wondered if anyone would catch that. I had fun including my cold case. lol

Morgan Mandel

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Mystery readers and writers do look to establish order in the universe. We look for logic. Hope your "cold" case gets solved.

Morgan Mandel said...

Thanks, Jacqueline. I'm looking to restore order in my universe!

Morgan Mandel

Ricky Bush said...

Summer colds are always a bummer. Actually, the latest mystery reads I've run across have begun to give me a case of burnout. Might need to read a some literary fiction to make me appreciate the genre.

Morgan Mandel said...

If you run into a few not so great books, it's easy to get a case of burnout. You wonder if there's anything interesting still out there.
It does help sometimes to switch genres for a bit.

Morgan Mandel

Jean Henry Mead said...

I can certainly sympathize, Morgan. I caught the worst caae of the flu I've ever had a month ago, and would gladly made the perpetrator the victim in my next murder mystery. :-)