... Continuing with my intent to post Malice Domestic tidbits this week, here's an interesting one from author Kate Collins from the panel "Wine, Flowers and Murder: The Role Romance Plays in Mysteries" (paraphrased ... so I hope I've got the essence of it here): "You can't build a normal well-rounded character without romance."
At first, I thought, hold on there ... you can't? But then, I started thinking about it. Perhaps the operative words here are normal and well-rounded. There are certainly plenty of damaged, loner-type characters wandering through crime fiction that seem unable to form romantic attachments.
In most mystery series that I can think of (cozy series in particular), romance creeps in sooner or later, to add tension, interest, character development.
So, what do you think? Can you have a normal, well-rounded character without romance? Do you like romance in the mysteries you read?