the emperor’s snuff-box

Booking Through Thursday : Mystery Or Love Story?

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“All things being equal, which would you prefer–a mystery? Or a love story?”

Oh this is a no-brainer ! Mystery will always trump love story for me. I find most love stories unpalatable. There are, of course, a few exceptions. Jane Austen’s novels and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights come to mind. But that’s about it. Even in mysteries if the love quotient is a bit high I begin to dislike it. Case in point, Georgette Heyer’s They Found Him Dead or John Dickson Carr’s The Emperor’s Snuff-Box. In that case even my favourite Agatha Christie cannot save the day! In short, I don’t like love stories. It is definitely mysteries for me.