Chic Lit MysteriesIntroduction
I don’t know what got me started reading Chick Lit Mysteries. Maybe wanting to get in touch with my feminine side, ha, ha. But I like them for a lot of reasons: the irreverent humor, the extremely human (and therefore flawed) protagonists who nonetheless come through. Also, many (most?) men just don’t get women, a fact that is made abundantly clear by Chick Lit authors. The over-the-top portrayals of the comic supporting characters—often pompous men with comb-overs or angry matrons in lime green polyester–are always right on point and the way they loom up into the protagonists reveries also says a lot about everyday survival in our modern, (usually) low-wage world.
The (also usually) young protagonists are too smart for their jobs and have to constantly be pretending to take it all seriously. The humor comes from the ironic juxtaposition of the their inner and outer world–and they are funny. The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella is laugh-out-loud funny. It’s not a mystery, but the style of humor is similar to what is found in some Chick Lit Mystery series I like a lot.