- They teach logic and how to be observant; after all, half of the fun of mysteries is trying to figure it out before the protagonist does!
- They remind us of the consequences of leaving “small” sins unchecked; few people, even in fiction, ever start out intending to commit murder.
- They offer us an understanding of the why behind awful things. Random crimes always seem doubly terrible to us because of their randomness; mysteries allow us to see the why.
- They assure ius that we will reap what we sow. The criminal will be found and punished, no matter how smart or insidious.
Friday, May 6, 2016
Every genre comes with drawbacks. But every genre also has benefits. Some of the benefits of mysteries: