I would like to comment on a discussion that was taking place here a couple of days ago regarding women and mystery books.
I think the members were all of the male gender, but am not sure. As a longtime female reader of mysteries and crime fiction I would like to say that romance is definitely NOT what I look for in a book. I do much prefer stories with interesting female characters.
Having picked up a couple of unknown authors' books and found absolutely no women in the stories does make me lose interest quickly. Thanks for "listening".

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Most romance in thrillers or mystery novels are not very interesting anyways...kind of bing bang....its over.

As a reader I need a knock out start, lots of action and a plot to kill.
As a bookdealer I have found that many women especialy the young like hard bouiled crime. The older woman likes cosies. Very few are interested in Romance
Ah, but there are more older women buying. And the decline of romance has led many romance writers to switch to mystery.

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