Mystery Genre Blends Resources
Genre blends are increasing in popularity as writers refuse to let us put them in neat boxes. Here are some lists of genre blend mysteries:
Notes on Discussion
Name: Betty Johnson
Title: The Big Over Easy: a nursery crime
Author: Jasper Fforde
Summary/Thoughts: Series:Nursery crime novels, 1
“Description:Unconvinced that a former convict and millionaire philanthropist has been murdered by his suicide-victim ex-wife, detective inspector Jack Spratt and his assistant, Mary Mary, uncover a plot involving money laundering and asylum-seeking titans.
Genre:Adult books for young adults; Supernatural mystery stories
Character:Large cast of characters; Likeable
Storyline:Intricately plotted; Plot-driven
Writing Style:Descriptive; Stylistically complex; Witty”-Novelist plus
Name: Jan Resnick
Title: Broken Homes
Author: Aaronovitch, Ben
Appeal Factors: Pace: Fast; Characters: quirky; Story: Intricately plotted; Language: 1st person PC Grant, lots of British slang; Tone: strong sense of place; Frame: London, Eng., contemporary to pub. date – 2013
Summary/Thoughts: The cover blurb likens Broken Homes to ‘The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter.’ A specialist investigative squad (Chief Inspector Nightingale, Lesley and PC Peter Grant – narrator) look for links in crimes to the world of magic. A couple of murders lead them undercover to the Skygarden tower block, an architectural experiment. The German architect may have designed a building with special qualities to harness magic. The Faceless Man, a strong and evil wizard, will use the reserves of magic to enhance his powers. They find a plot against the building as well as revenge against the special squad.
Clues, magic, a night witch and revenge abound. Probably best read in series order. More appeal for urban fantasy readers than mystery readers.
Rivers of London #4
Similar authors/titles: Jim Butcher – Dresden files; Lovecraft – Shadows Over Baker Street; Carey – Felix ‘Fix’ Castor novels; Simon Green – Nightside series; Paul Cornell – London Falling novels; John Meaney – Tristopolis books; Laurell K. Hamilton – Anita Blake, vampire hunter series