The mystery romance genre will likely require your main character to be a bit of a detective as well as a romantic heroine. She is placed in a mysterious situation that she needs to figure out before she can give her heart away. Is the killer her love interest? Is she unsure? He seems so perfect for her, but where was he on the night that the murder took place? You see how it can add a level of intrigue and complexity to your novel that may allow it to cross over to another hungry group of readers, the mystery fans. It seems like a good idea to reach as many readers as you can, and crossing the genre of romance with the mystery story is a great way to approach the craft of story as well as increase your fan base substantially.
These types of novels are popular enough that the famous publishing house of Harlequin, which I am sure you have heard of, has created a subcategory of books under the Harlequin Intrigue imprint which exists only to serve this market of readers. But many "mainstream" authors you will find have created a romance with a mystery mixed in and it makes the bestseller list. You may even find your novel becoming optioned for a movie. The main thing you need to concern yourself with as an author of this type of genre is if the two plots or story lines serve each other and come together to create one massive, coherent tale. They can dip in and out of each other, drifting apart and then meeting, but in the end they must come together to make sense and move the final theme forward, that of our heroine finally finding her one true love against all obstacles.
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