“K” is for Killers — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

My topic for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge is

Elements of Crime Fiction.

I am a great fan of detective novels. Cosy mysteries, police procedurals, psychological thrillers– you name it. For the month of April I am going to try and break up crime fiction into its components and see what makes it tick.

My topic for today is :


While my topic for today sounds bloodthirsty, you must remember that without a killer there is no murder mystery. There are several kinds of murderers :

The Cold-blooded Killer — This kind of murderer commits a pre-meditated crime. His aim is usually financial gain. He plans his deed and bides his time. Often meticulously covering his tracks, he is difficult to hunt down. This kind of culprit is sometimes very conceited and it is his pride in having gone undetected that can cause him to slip up and be caught. The culprit in Agatha Christie’s ‘ABC Murders’ is an example.

The Impulsive Killer –This type of murderer is hot-headed, killing in the heat of the moment. His crime is usually not pre-meditated. It arises out of fear or another equally strong emotion like jealousy or hatred.

The Compulsive Killer — This type of murderer is the most fearsome. He kills to satisfy some inner urge to destroy. Usually mentally disturbed, this kind of killer has a history of being subjected to child abuse etc. Often the series of crimes committed by such a killer are bizarre and without a particular motive The true crime story of the Zodiac Killer is an example.

These are just a few; detective stories usually have one of these types. However, there are many variations and sub-types as any fan of crime fiction will tell you.

11 thoughts on ““K” is for Killers — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

      1. Book Ones? I’m not 100% sure what you’ve read. Well the basics, I like all the Shakespeare villain’s, but you know. They are Shakespeare characters, lol. All of Kerri Maniscalco ones, all her series so far, lol. I also really appreciated how Jodi Picoult writes her “bad people”.

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