Is This A Golden Age of Mystery Writing?
Is this one of the golden ages of mystery writing? Are there mystery writers who will be read and enjoyed a hundred years from now? I believe so. Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates and Jess Walter, to mention only four of many, are authors known generally as literary writers who have chosen to write in the mystery genre. From reading their work, I don’t think they are “slumming.” National book awards candidate lists seem to include more mystery writers than they did years ago.
I believe mystery is an expansive field that allows writers to present everything from intellectual puzzles to social issues rarely addressed in other venues. The tone of the work varies from light comedies to the psychopathology of serial murderers. Authorship, especially with self-publication, is now open to people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. The field is increasingly crossing international boundaries and increasingly incorporating aspects of other writing genres.
For a partial list of candidates check Linda Rodriguez’s blogs and my comments at:
I believe authors from the first Golden Age of Mystery will still be popular during their second hundred
Who among current authors do you think will still be read and respected one hundred years from now?
And, keep in mind, I will remind you of your pick in a century or so.