Moody Sleuth is devoted to exploring the mystery crime novel sub-genre featuring the series detective: private eye, amateur sleuth or police inspector. I’ll further narrow the focus to fictional detectives one might describe as ‘pensive’ or ‘troubled.’
I’m primarily interested in ‘moody sleuths’ with intriguing backstories, troubled detectives whom we come to understand a little more with each new book… and when I discover an intelligently written crime novel with an intriguing protagonist, I keep my fingers crossed that the author will persevere!
I don’t see myself writing book reviews, per se, but may refer to story snippets or summaries as I muse about story, characters, setting, themes, etc.
I read widely, and I particularly enjoy well-written, intelligent crime fiction, but looking for new authors, new detective series, usually has me endlessly searching through various review sites and blogs, sampling and discarding a lot of books before discovering my next good read.
The prolific reader/blogger who shares my particular likes and dislikes, one who keeps an extensive and frequently-updated list I can rely on for a perpetual supply of ‘moody sleuth’ mystery novels has so far eluded me. Does he/she even exist? I’d like to promise such a compendium.
For now, though, Moody Sleuth has more modest aims. It will be my book list, a means of keeping track of books I’ve read, along with anything I care to say about them, musings on themes, comparisons, praise or criticism, etc.