Mystery to Thriller Gauge 05
Our temperature gauge reading of 5 reflects
our judgement that the story is a
PERFECT-SUSPENSE mystery

The Artuccino Team have developed a Mystery-to-Thriller Temperature Gauge, with a range of one to ten, indicating whether we consider a story either a TWEE mystery; or a PERFECT mystery; or a THRILLER.

We’ve developed this gauge to provide an indication of our judgement, when we make a bookish observation, related to whether we consider a story either of the following sub-genres:

Here at Artuccino, we enjoy good, well considered, well written, mysteries, accurately researched, and expertly plotted, with believable characters and an interesting backdrop; we consider these books PERFECT and we want to write bookish observations about them.

It is rare that we enjoy a Thriller here at Artuccino, that said, occasionally we discover a story with a level of graphic description, for some unknown reason, is acceptable to us: Terry Hayes’ I Am Pilgrim is a good example, and another is Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Our temperature gauge reading of 1 reflects our judgement that the story is TWEE which means we judge it to be a very-very-light-weight mystery, which is nearly always TOO QUAINT for our taste.

Our temperature gauge reading of 2 reflects our judgement that the story is an excellent COMFORT read; for example: M.C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series

Our temperature gauge reading of 3 reflects our judgement that the story is an INTRIGUING read, a GOOD mystery; for example: Carole Lawrence’s “Edinburgh Twilight

Our temperature gauge reading of 4 reflects our judgement that the story is an VERY-INTRIGUING read, a PERFECT mystery; for example: Alexander McCall Smith’s Isabel Dalhousie Mystery Series

Our temperature gauge reading of 5 reflects our judgement that the story is a PERFECT-SUSPENSE mystery; for example: Scott William Carter’s Garrison Gage Mystery Series

Our temperature gauge reading of 6 reflects our judgement that the story is a well written well considered PERFECT-SUSPENSE mystery; for example: P.D. James’ Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series

Our temperature gauge reading of 7 reflects our judgement that the story is a CLIFF HANGER.

Our temperature gauge reading of 8 reflects our judgement that the story is a THRILLER; for example: William McIlvanny’s “Laidlaw“.

Our temperature gauge reading of 9 reflects our decision that the story is a HEAVYWEIGHT-THRILLER; for example:Terry Hayes’ “I Am Pilgrim”, Andrew Mayne’s “The Naturalist“, Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Our temperature gauge reading of 10 reflects our judgement that the story is UNPALATABLE filled with blood curdling graphic violence. We here at Artuccino would not read this type of book.