It’s Not Often Easy and Not Often Kind*

Crime fiction blogger extraordinaire Margot Kinberg has come up with a wonderful plan for simple labels to help readers choose which crime novels to read — and which to avoid. Have a look at Margot’s suggestions and feel free to add your own in the comments. My favourite is the ‘improbability’ icon.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

IconLabelsI’ll bet you’ve had the experience of reading a book (or part of one) only to wonder why you’d wasted your time. I know I have. And with all of the great books out there, it makes no sense to read (or finish reading) books that aren’t worth the effort. The problem is, though, that most of us don’t have a lot of time available to decide whether we want to read a book or not.

Wouldn’t it be nice if books came with simple labels that could help you make that choice? Ever civic-minded, I’ve come up with an idea that I think would help a lot: a series of easy-to-understand symbols that could be placed on books. Here are a few I had in mind. I know you’ll think of others:



Drunk and Dysfunctional

This symbol is the ‘drunk and dysfunctional’ symbol. It tells you that the
protagonist is a demon-haunted…

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About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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2 Responses to It’s Not Often Easy and Not Often Kind*

  1. Thanks, Angela – so glad you enjoyed this. 🙂

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