Valentines Day brings to mind romance: beautiful bouquets of flowers, heartfelt love letters, heart shaped boxes of chocolate candies, romantic get-a-ways…
But as a mystery writer, my mind goes in other directions. MURDER. And what is the underlining factor in many murders-LOVE! (Oh, don’t get me wrong: I love the romance too and a box of chocolate just makes my day!)
I took three simple words and mixed them up to make 3 sub genres in the mystery category on Amazon Kindle Books and here is what I found:
Valentine Murder Mystery : 93 books are available
Valentine Murder: 321 books are available
Valentine Mystery: 300 books are available
It’s nice to know that I’m not the only writer thinking along these lines. These books ranged from children’s mysteries to romance & cozy mysteries to outright blood thirsty murder thrillers. Personally, I tend to read and write in the cozy mystery range.
Think about it: passions are running high and something goes wrong. Before you know it an act of violence has taken place. OR…The night is set for romance and it’s the opportunity to carry out the plan for the perfect murder. Will it be poison in the wine or a push off the ledge during a romantic walk?
So, now that I have planted these thoughts of mystery and murder, I wish you a normal & romantic Valentines Day!