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Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608-2026
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What Makes Mystery and Crime Fiction So Popular?
All kinds of people read mystery and crime fiction. Trying to place mystery readers in a nice well defined niche must drive marketing professionals to distraction. Mystery fans are everywhere--they have trampled the usual categories of age, culture, gender, and economic status into oblivion. Here are some discussions of the reasons this genre of fiction is so popular.
Cohen, Michael. Murder Most Fair: The Appeal of Mystery Fiction. PR830 D4 C6 2000
Writer and Fan Organizations and Fan Gatherings
These Internet sites provide information on organiztions for writers and fans as well as fan gatherings and conventions.
Bouchercon. Bouchercon is the largest annual mystery/crime convention and is home to the Anthony Awards.