Hello all. I am hoping some of you mystery readers can help me out. I've recently been trying some new authors and have remembered how much I used to love mysteries. The problem so far is that in randomly picking folks to try, I'm getting some good stories, but NOT what I consider a mystery. Mostly I'm running across detective novels in which they blow the identity of the perp either in part or fully, leaving me with an entire book of watching someone else struggling to figure out what I already know. Not a bad read when I'm in the mood for something light, but what I'm missing are the stories where you had to puzzle it out along with the "hero" of the tale.
I don't care about the details of the main character. Male, female, FBI agent, forensic scientist, or librarian, it matters not. I will say I'm not a big fan of the fluffy mystery fiction centering around something like knitting, baking, eating chocolate, or owning a cat. Again, not putting this down as a light read, but I am looking something to keep me interested in figuring out what is going on. Suspensful, "meatier" if you will ;-)
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