“Why is the mystery genre so popular? “These novels are always popular in ages of great anxiety. It’s a very reassuring form. It affirms the hope that we live in a rational and beneficent universe.”
– P.D. James, British novelist (b. 1920)
And here’s a shot of me at 8, reading a Bobbsey Twins mystery — proving that once mystery gets its teeth into you, you’re done.