Yesterday evening, I enjoyed listening to three best-selling authors--Linwood Barclay, Maureen Jennings, Peter Robinson--read at the main branch of the Guelph Public Library.
I was impressed by their storytelling abilities and, of course, their exceptional talent. Barclay and Robinson spoke about their early experiences on book tours, regaling us with some of their more embarrassing moments. Barclay read from The Accident; Jennings read from Season of Darkness; and Robinson read from Before the Poison.
Later, the authors commented on the following statement:
Women are flocking from romance fiction to crime fiction.
Barclay believes that crime novels are plot driven, which contributes to their success and popularity. Jennings believes that crime novels are popular because their authors like to tie up all the loose ends and achieve closure. According to Robinson, crime writers are the best storytellers and know how to spin out the suspense.