Monday, April 27, 2015

What's Your Sort of Sleuth?

I've recently been reading a cozy, or cosy, as the English would say. The main character is quite engaging, but does some odd things. She jumps to wild conclusions, and goes around asking bold questions of suspects who could be the actual killer. However, the author's humorous voice shines through, making me want to read more, despite the character's silliness.

At the other side of the spectrum are the super clever sleuth characters who make a habit of analyzing everything to the last detail, and the author takes pains to share that knowledge as well. I find those characters boring. I read for pleasure, and don't want to go through brain gyrations. However, I realize many readers enjoy actually enjoy brain workouts, and more power to them.

My ideal sleuth is a person of loyalty, humor, and common sense, thrown into a strange or deadly situation. That person may not even consider herself or himself a sleuth, but just wants answers to a problem, or a way to solve a crisis. That's why I enjoy reading books by Mary Higgins Clark and the late Dick Francis.

What sort of sleuth do you like?

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Jean Henry Mead said...

I enjoy a good, fast paced, well-written mystery with well-rounded characters and a bit of humor to prevent the plot from becoming boring The sleuth also needs to have a good reason to pursue the investigation

Kathleen Kaska said...

My tastes are very similar to yours, Morgan. I don't like to read graphic violence, so I stay away from those mysteries.

Morgan Mandel said...

Yes, I find humor a great plus in most any type of book!

Linda Thorne said...

I want the sleuth to be a basically good person. I even like testy, semi-surly sleuths like Agatha Raisin. Deep down she is a good person, just a little self-centered and grumpy in a humorous way.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I really like almost any kind of sleuth, except the one who goes down into the dark basement without a weapon or flashlight.

Marja said...

I like a sleuth who could be someone I know. In other words, a sleuth, but down-to-earth. Humor makes it even more enjoyable.
Marja McGraw

Morgan Mandel said...

Yes, I agree with Marilyn. Can't stand the dumb sleuths. And, yes, I'd like to think of a sleuth as a real person I could connect with, like a neighbor.