Different types of crime novels and settings

There are many different types of crime novels ranging from gritty gruesome, cozy comfortable to cops, robbers and gangsters, racy, action-packed thrillers, historical or contemporary crime novels, detective or private eye and many more variations in between.

Then there is the setting: the city, the sea, countryside, mountains, home or abroad. There is plenty of scope to work with and the type of crime novel you decide to write is often linked to the type of crime novel you like to read.

I write what have been termed as 'police procedurals' or 'detective novels' featuring my flawed and rugged detective Andy Horton. But I also write thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill, and a variation on a 'private-eye' style crime novel but with lots of action in a new series featuring former Royal Marine commando, Art Marvik, introduced in Silent Running  Marvik has his second outing in Dangerous Cargo and I have written the third in the series. With Marvik I wanted a character who was not bound by the official rules of the law, like my detective, Andy Horton, but who was nevertheless on the right side of it and who goes out to solve complex crimes and catch ruthless killers.

Silent  Running also had to have all the hallmarks of my brand – a troubled  hero, the sea, boats, interesting and diverse characters and lots of action.  There are now twelve published in the Andy Horton series  set in the Solent area, with number thirteen Lethal Waves being published by Severn House in the UK in February 2017 and in the USA on 1 June 2017.

My crime novels have contemporary settings and are set around the sea. The Andy Horton crime novels are set in the Solent area and the Art Marvik novels along the South Coast of England. 

So here are a couple of pointers to help you get started or hopefully provide you with more guidance on writing a crime novel.

1. Choose your location/s - it can be real or fictitious but it must have atmosphere.

Listen and watch the video on choosing a location and the journey to becoming a published crime writer.

2. Choose your type of crime story - detective, thriller, private eye (you might find that as you write your type begins to choose you!)

I believe that you should write what you are enthusiastic about because it will show in your writing, and even if you don't have first hand experience of what you are writing then you will be keen to research it.  Read more on choosing what to write

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