In my last blog I talked about the genres I read influenced the mystery genre I write in. This time I want to talk about how I still read mysteries with a lot of comedy and romantic suspense. A good part of what I read has comedy in it. It could be construed as being 60% comedy relief.
I have discovered some very funny mysteries in the last year and often find myself ROFLMAO. Of course hearing my guffaws has convinced hubby that I have totally lost it.
Some of the talented comedic authors I have discovered are Anna Celeste Burke (Desert cities series), Gemma Halliday( High-heeled mysties)and most recently Jinx Schwartz (Hetta Coffey).
My favorite standbys are K.S. Thomas and Dellani Oakes. The Ninja tattoo series by Ms. Oakes and Thomas’ I CALL HIM BRADY. were just full of laughs all the way through.
All the books I have mentioned featured strong kick-ass characters who have honed the art of sarcasm to a fine point and still get the bad guys in the end with or with out the cops getting involved. All the characters have the propensity for landing their butts in trouble sometimes needing the help of some friends.
When I developed Laura Hamilton I had all the above characteristics of a fiercely independent woman in her mid thirties who can kick ass with the best of them but has the propensity to land in trouble like a steak in a pack of wolves. Everyone needs a strong mate behind them to remind them they are mere mortals and continually digging the fat out of the fire. Her mouth also tends to get her in trouble as Laura wields sarcasm like a sword cutting down anyone who dares to incur her wrath.
I hope to continue developing Laura and other characters in the same vein.