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Great Mysteries: Do They Require a Murder?

I've always been one to love a quiz, a problem, a puzzle, a mystery. I enjoy looking for the tiniest of clues to solve life's big mysteries. And so it follows, I enjoy reading (and especially watching) a truly well-written story.

Now there is an abundance (ever-growing) of stories out there for the reader. Unfortunately, I think the majority of them employ the obvious and easiest route, namely, to write about murder. Frankly, it's just too easy, too commonplace. And not only that, I get sick of contemplating murders and I certainly do not delight in them. I'd much rather read about something more complex and not involving the loss of life. Or if it does involve that, the existence of a corpse is not portrayed so much, but is merely alluded to.

Although I don't really delight in crime at all, when I do watch a movie that involves crime, I'd much rather watch a great movie that involves:

1. A robbery at a high-security museum.

2. A crime involving a mansion with a multitude of possible suspects as well as a great number of secret passageways.

3. An historical crime without the portrayal of blood and guts.

4. A scientific puzzle that has eluded scientists for decades, but has been solved by a particularly ingenious team of experts.

I don't imagine for a moment that anyone reading this brief piece writes mystery stories. I'm known by very few. But just in case I've lucked out and the reader is certain of his writing talent, please consider writing more and better mysteries that de-emphasize the overdone murder card.

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MegL wrote on October 30, 2017, 3:51 PM

Yes, too many chain saw massacre type films. They seem to try to outdo the last one in blood and guts. Can't stand them!

frankie2015 wrote on December 17, 2017, 9:15 PM

I do also enjoy a hood mystery and a "who done it" murder. For example, Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors. She does not present too "gorry" details and she presents her sleuths very cleverly. I will have to admit, thought that I enjoy the show "Murdoch Mysteries", "Criminal Minds" and "NCIS". These shows presents a few "guts and blood" pictures but only at the beginning for most. Thank you for writing this post and letting me answer it with my own preferences. It was very interesting for me to give my little comment.