Thursday, May 24, 2007

Christian mysteries -- a dead genre?

A fascinating piece in Publisher's Weekly Religion Bookline about Christian mystery novels. It seems they haven't taken off in the Christian publishing world ... and yet are very successful in the secular.

The article, "Can 'Whodunits" Still Do It? Part 1" addresses some of these issues, talking to insiders in Christian publishing. Includes Sue Brower (Zondervan), Dave Lambert (Howard), and Dudley Delffs (Waterbrook). Randy Alcorn's new novel Deception is mentioned.

Says Sue Brower: ""I'm not sure why the traditional mystery doesn't work in CBA. If you think about how successful thrillers are, it just doesn't make sense."

Read the full piece here.

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