(c) Michelle Dragalin 2016
Writing book reviews on mysteries is a matter of discipline vs. no discipline. The author decides what the Main Character will do in the story. The Main Character is the one who the reader reflects and determines whether or not the “criminal” who committs the crime. The books that provide a Main Character with discipline are usually in the cozy mystery stories and books that provide a Main Character with no discipline is from the olden days.
Actually, Lawrence Block’s recovering alcoholic P.I. Matthew Scudder and Bernie Rhodenbarr remind of this group of individuals. They have no boundaries or rules that they really followed in their line of work. Neither were licensed, both operated a bit outside of the law and both weren’t really always the good guys. They were just people who were operating in their own rules ver similiar to the no discipline emojicon above. While the green emojicon emphasizes the Main Characters in a cozy mysteries.
Are the books better or worse? No, I like them both in fact I have read the entire series of Matthew Scudder and Bernie Rhodenbarr, as well as, entire series of cozy mysteries where I am certain the population of their towns need an influx of citzens because of the number of murders.
However, I don’t think that the people in real life should follow the red emojicon. Reality is a little different and influence what we want to read.