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Is interest in crime novels declining?

Inspector Rebus author thinks real-life events might affect our reading habits

Ian Rankin, the Scottish crime fiction author and creator of Inspector Rebus, said the popularity of grisly crime novels may be at risk because the troubled times we live in may push people into reading more comforting fiction.

Denise Mina, author of the Garnethill trilogy and Simon Kernick, author of the Tina Boyd series, discuss how true this is.

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