It Was a Noir and Stormy Night…

“What kind of book would you like to write that you haven’t tried before?”

 I’d like to be able to write a REAL mystery, an all-out head-scratcher from start to finish. A gritty, serious, police or even a spy novel. One that has realistic twists and turns, one that gives just enough information that the reader smacks their head at the end when the reveal comes through, but not to give so much that they say, “I saw that coming.”

I want them to be shocked and at the edge of their seat all the way through.

Now, every romance I have ever read has a bit of mystery in it.  My own does, and actually, it has a few situations that makes the main character wonder or worry. I hope the readers don’t  work them out too soon, but the book is much more about relationships than mysteries. I have several other stories done or in the works, like a couple of supernatural ones, a crime one and a children’s story, all that have mysteries of sorts, but none of them take themselves too seriously. They are not long and not convoluted, and there are few characters.  Not what I would like to be capable of producing.

A real mystery is what I would LIKE to write.

As much as I enjoy Gretchen Archer’s “Davis Way” mysteries, Janet Evanovich’s “Stephanie Plum” novels and Parnell Hall’s “Puzzle Lady” mysteries, (among others), I’m talking about hard-core mysteries. I  don’t believe that even if I was alone on an island that I could manage to come close to the aforementioned writers  no matter how hard I tried, let alone produce a noir crime novel.

A  dark crime novel but without the gratuitous, (almost compulsory), ugliness that most writers feel they need to add for shock value. Yes, bad things go on in this world, but not every situation, as bad as it may be, has every form of depravity attached to it, (nor does it need to be told in graphic detail).

I can’t imagine even trying to make a start, (let alone finish), such a thing.

On the other hand, I HAVE considered a gritty work based loosely on what I have heard, experienced and have seen happen to others.

I just don’t know if I have the nerve for it.

It could be a hit in some circles, but do I want to go there?

That remains to be seen, and THAT is the only mystery attached to that particular piece of work.

I think that I had better stick with what I have in the works before I try to branch out even farther.

But who knows?


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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6 Responses to It Was a Noir and Stormy Night…

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Writing a dark crime novel would take a certain mindset as well as expertise (or access to resources) in so many areas I have no understanding of. I admire those who do, but like you I seriously doubt I’d be able to pull it off. Seems like it would certainly increase your chances of having your book turned into a movie, though!

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    As a reader / viewer, I can almost always guess the true villain in a detective / mystery tale.
    This both pleased me — since it clearly shows how astute I am (ha) — and it bothers me… because I can usually see (fairly easily) the devices employed by the writer to deflect suspicion from the real perp, while casting suspicion on other related to the case, but not actually guilty of the crime.
    My typical comment — to my wife, usually, as we’re watching a Brit mystery — is, “no, he’s not the perp, because he’s too obvious”.
    In my mind, the really great mystery writers won’t employ that device (of making a scattering of innocent people look too guilty). They’re more creative about spreading around the guilty-looking behavior, expressions, and responses.
    Like you, I wish I could write a really good — somewhat gritty (at least in terms of being “realistic”) — mystery. But, alas, I not sure I have the chops.


    • I am certain that I don’t have the chops either,Jeff. I’d like to think that I did. I drive everyone nuts guessing.It’s gotten to the point that I keep my mouth shut, but sometimes I have gone so far as to write down what I see coming.I love a writer who can ‘catch me’.

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  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I bet you’d be great at writing mysteries. It wouldn’t have to be too dark to be fantastic. I don’t do the dark mysteries. I agree with you on the ugliness being thrown in for shock value.

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