This site is for those readers who are interested in reading, studying, and discussing the relatively new sub-genre of Lesbian Mystery. It is a direct spinoff of the Goodreads group, Lesbian Mysteries and contains much of the same information. Here, however, you do not have to be a member of Goodreads to enjoy and discuss the different authors and novels that are presented here.
And yes, there is an art to writing lesbian mysteries. For the authors and their devoted readers such as myself, the artistic features of a book are the difference between a good book and a bad one. Character development, conversational style, sense of place, backstory, pace, plot, sex and romance, denouement, point of view, and pure craft of writing are all important features. And all authors deal with these differently. Figuring out what works best, and who knows how, are the purposes of this site, and fun, too.
What books am I talking about?
The majority, if not all, of the books I mention on this site will
1. be full-length novels (more than 50,000 words) or volumes of short stories featuring the same main characters.
2. feature a protagonist who is either a lesbian or bisexual female in a same-sex relationship.
3. fit into the Mystery genre; that is, the protagonist must either investigate a crime or solve a puzzle or mystery.
4. offer the reader a glimpse into some facet of the lesbian lifestyle.
Authors can be either male or female, straight or gay. However, books written by lesbians that are not in the Mystery genre (Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt, for example) will not be included. Going even further, mysteries written by lesbians that do not have lesbian protagonists (such as Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy mysteries) will be excluded. Protagonists can be police detectives, private investigators, or amateur sleuths. All are enjoyable and contribute to the importance of the genre.
Books that are purported to be mysteries, but which deal primarily with Paranormal, Fantasy, Erotica, BSDM, Romance, or other sub-genres, will not be discussed. This includes the ubiquitous Thriller genre; most books whose protagonists work for the CIA, FBI, or other covert government agencies will not be included. There are too many top-notch mysteries for me to use my time on these types of hybrids.