Why are detective stories the most popular genre in fiction? What makes them so popular?
Crime fiction often has a faster pace than other genres. You can lose yourself in a page-turner and forget everything else.
Detective stories with their clues, alibis and red herrings pose a mental challenge. You might enjoy the intellectual puzzle and try to solve the mystery.
Human behaviour & psychology
Crime fiction deals with the baser aspects of human nature. Emotions and reactions help establish motives.
For me, the place and period where the Story is set are important. For example, cosy mysteries are usually set in a small town or village.
What do you think, why do we love crime fiction?