The ZINNG: 10 Commandments for Crime Fiction

Stolen from Mount Sinai – Crime fiction has seen its fair share of variety in style and content throughout its long history, but just like any specific genre, a general archetype is often established.

Over at Sydney Morning Herald, Jane Sullivan shows us that certain pivotal authors, such as Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, actually produced lists of their own formal rules for crime fiction.

Thrilled – Julia Rothman at The Washington Post has recently put out her list of the best mysteries and thrillers of 2015. See if your favorite made the list here.

A City Built on Bones – Devin Powell at reports that construction workers near Washington Square Park unearthed two separate burial chambers just under Greenwich Village. What else is beneath the asphalt concrete sidewalks of The Big Apple?

What do you think? Should there be rules for a genre of fiction? What would be included in your 10 commandments for crime fiction?

Did you agree with the Washington Post’s list? What would your list look like?

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  1. Teddy P

    In crime there are no rules.

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