I will be sharing more about each of the different styles in a later post.
The tough and gritty mystery, one that usually incorporates violence and graphic descriptions of crime scenes. The typical storyline involves either the commission or the detection of a crime. (The protagonist might be the detective or the criminal.) The narrative style is usually terse and colloquial, often told from the first-person perspective. The stories tend to emphasize character more than plot.
Notable hard-boiled writers include Raymond Chandler, Lawrence Block, Michael Connelly, and Robert B. Parker.
The gentler mystery, although it still has some bite to it. There may be some violence and a hint of blood, but the description of it will never be explicit. Sometimes the stories will take on a somewhat sinister overtone, but there are often comic moments throughout.
Notable soft-boiled writers include Janet Evanovich and Sharyn McCrumb.
The lightest style of mystery, one without blood and gore, although they almost always involve a nice, "civilized" murder. The sleuth is nearly always a "reluctant" amateur. The protagonist will never be the criminal. Murders generally take place close to home.
Notable cozy writers include Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.
A mystery that offers a step-by-step, in-depth look at the personnel and methods used in the investigation of a crime, including detailed information about procedures. The protagonist is usually a police officer, although s/he is sometimes a private detective. The stories tend to balance character and plot.
Notable police procedural writers include Ed McBain, P.D. James, Joseph Wambaugh, and Tony Hillerman.
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