Serial Box

Over at Maine Crime Writers today I have a post about one of the challenges of writing a mystery series: using the books to tell an on-going story in which readers learn more about the characters with each volume, without making each new novel impenetrable to prospective readers who stumble into the action after the curtain has gone up. It's a difficult balance, and as I say in the post, I envy writers of fantasy novels who seem to have an indulgence from readers to tell true serials.