Meeting: week of February 7, 2012
Characteristics of Police Detective/Police Procedural Mysteries (from Joyce Saricks, The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, p. 209.)
- Either the department as a whole or particular members (almost always detectives) provide the focus for these Mysteries.
- Details of police departments and police work figure prominently, and the details of the investigative procedures enhance the story.
- Settings may be urban, suburban, or small town. Details of the setting, a strong sense of place, are often important.
- The police team or department is generally engaged in working on multiple cases, usually unrelated to each other, and these are not necessarily all solved.
Getting Up to Speed in … Police Procedurals by Jessica Zellers (Novelist)
There are many more lists of police procedurals — let me know if you want help finding something to read.
If we all read different books for our 2nd titles, we will learn about more books. When you have chosen which book you would like to read, please name it in a comment on this post, so we can avoid overlap.