You’d have to be living on another planet not to know that a large proportion of current contemporary novels are crime mysteries and psychological thrillers. In fact, I would go so far as to say that if you’re an unknown writer with a good idea for a book, it’s unlikely to even be considered by a publisher unless it belongs to that genre.

This is not a criticism exactly, trends are powerful entities; they dictate our choices in clothes, films, how we speak and how we vote – as well as the books we read.

But, leaving aside the limited type of fiction of offer, let’s look at a subject I think is even more puzzling – which is why there are so few fictional heroines who are vital, energetic, sexy, and in their fifties or older?

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