How is a classic crime novel different from a gripping thriller?
Every mystery writer knows: the resolution of a mystery should never be anticipated. But this much can be said: If your crime novel or thriller ends up in the wrong "genre drawer", you will lose valuable readers and book sales.
Especially as a writer of suspense literature, you should know the difference between a crime novel and a thriller. What characterizes a classic crime novel and what is a thriller? We explain the typical characteristics of both genres and clarify why a clear categorization of your book as a thriller or crime novel is so important.