Crime & Psychological Mystery Fiction: My "Every Other Book"

Updated: Apr 5, 2018

After attempting to read multiple books at once, I found that this trial was quickly becoming a failure. Though the books were different in context, I was not fully engaged in any particular one as I was pulled in too many directions, which defeated the purpose of reading them. I applaud readers who can manage multiple books at one time. However, when I read a new book, I want to be able to separate the story I am starting from the story I just finished. In attempts to find a reading pattern that worked best for me and to get the most out of each book I started switching genres between each book to keep the rotation fresh. Though this may just be my own quirk, I have found it helps to switch genres every other book so I can fully immerse myself into the book in my hands, and not linger in the book before it.

If you have read my blogs before today you may have noticed a theme of historical fiction, but one of my most common genres to read for my "every other book" relates to crime and psychological mystery. Though I sometimes choose to read novels with the same genre after each other, I like placing a crime novel in between books because it offers a different type of thrill than any other genre. I have developed a personal interest in law enforcement and psychology through my own work and education in the criminal justice field. Though my experience is different than what I typically read about, I find this genre fascinating to read.

In the past few years I have gone through quite a few crime fiction novels. I have read some books and series that I could read over and over again, and I have read some that I considered not finishing (though nine times out of ten I will always finish a book as a matter of principle). The most current crime/psychological mystery fiction novel that I read after The Aviator's Wife was Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens. I read it fairly quickly, as it wasn't a lengthy novel to read. Though the book had a few plot twists, I wasn't on my toes anticipating what was on the next page. In the end, I enjoyed the book as a casual read, but would not opt to reread it.

Though it is interesting to get a look into the killer's or criminal's mind, I have established that my favorite parts of a crime novel are when I can delve into the mindset of the detectives. Typically, the novels that focus on the psychological aspect of the detective or main character excite me more than those that focus on the criminal mind because I find myself easily relating to the detective. I find myself trying to help figure out the crime, and emotionally connecting to the scenarios and main character. The thrill of the chase, the joy of their successes, and the pain of their failures are authentic, regardless if the main character turns out to be the good or bad guy.

When I have found good crime and psychological mystery fiction authors, I try to continue reading their other works. I also tend to stumble across new books by searching on Amazon, or perusing in a book store, like Books A Million. Sometimes, websites, like Amazon, will even suggest books based off of other purchases, which is how I found my most current book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Though I have just started it, I have high hopes for this novel, as it is has an intriguing basis for a book. It also incorporates aspects of my favorite genres with a bit of history, mystery, and crime all in one. Once I am finished, I look forward to giving my thoughts on it, so stay tuned.

Books mentioned in this blog post:

1) Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens

  • Paperback: 285 pages

  • Publisher: Seventh Street Books (October 3, 2017)

  • Purchased on Amazon for $9.76

2) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

  • Hardcover: 352 pages

  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (April 18, 2017)

  • Purchased on Amazon for $17.37

Editor's Note: I often list the prices of the books I have purchased from Amazon, however, I am not endorsed by Amazon in any way. I am not persuaded to use or promote any business or website, but I discuss these as suggestions and personal preferences. Local book stores are also a great way to purchase books for good prices, and support local businesses.

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