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How Important is Romance in a Mystery?
Some of our best mystery writers understood the concept of writing about love in a mystery only too well. Agatha Christie for one. There is some aspect of love featured in many of her mystery novels such as, Peril at End House, where the protagonist is jealous of her cousin, because she's going to marry the man the protagonist loves.
Author Dorothy L. Sayers put love in her Lord Peter Whimsey mysteries, when investigator Lord Peter feels an immediate attraction for mystery writer, Harriet Vane, in Strong Poison, and peruses her until she agrees to marry him.
Even Arthur Conan Doyle had his Sherlock Holmes feeling an attraction for Irene Adler in, A Scandal in Bohemia. Although he never intended Sherlock to fall in love with her, he did give the impression that Holmes was undoubtedly enamored of her skill as the only person who was ever able to outsmart him.
I’m not going to compare my writing to any of these classic authors, but I do agree about the importance of adding a love interest or a romantic aspect to a mystery. I think it gives the story heart, and adds to the reader’s enjoyment even well after the puzzle is solved. Love is such an integral part of everyone’s lives, especially if your characters are attempting to begin a new relationship. Romance is a vital part of living with and loving a person, even if they’re only characters in a mystery novel.