A recent review of my latest novel, At the River’s Edge, caught my attention. The reviewer appreciated reading a murder mystery that isn’t laced with profanity and sexual content. Similar comments have been made by other readers.
To be clear, I wrote this book for adults, and it does contain earthy language and moderate violence. After all, it is a murder mystery, but it doesn’t contain explicit sex scenes, and the violence is within the context of the story.
I believe you can build tension and suspense in a mystery without gory violence or profane language. I only need to reference Rod Serling and his TV series, The Twilight Zone, to make my point. For younger readers, Google him or take a look at a YouTube clip of one of the episodes from the 1950s and 1960s.
I’ve never overused violence or profane language in any of my…
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