The answer is Yes.
When I picked up my pen and started writing again last year, my intention was to write strictly mystery. But as I kept writing, I found romance creeping into my stories. It wasn’t intentional, but it certainly felt natural. So, I began to ask myself the same question I asked in the title: Does Romance Have Any Place in Mystery Books? The answer that came back to me at first was Maybe.
You see, the classic mystery writers I had followed for years were crime fiction writers. I love crime fiction. I think I have mentioned it more than once on this blog. However, most of the stories I had read focused almost exclusively on solving a crime. There was little or no room for romance, and if it was included, it seemed like an after-thought.
That is, until I discovered Tasha Alexander.
Infused with wit and charm, with just the right amounts of danger, romance, and detection blended in.
Say what?! Danger and Romance in one book? And Detection, too? I was surprised. So, I opened it and began to read. I was pleasantly surprised. I realized as I read the book that it was possible after all to combine both romance and mystery in one book. I am sure there is a balancing act there that seasoned authors have mastered, but I am willing to learn.
I am still reading Tears of Pearl, but when I eventually put it down, there is one conclusion that will remain unchanged: mystery and romance go hand-in-hand. Undoubtedly.
Picture via Tasha Alexander Official Website