“In many cases, when a reader puts a story aside because ‘it got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”
Mystery readers are looking for great plots and interesting characters. If you include too much detailed description of places and things, the reader is likely to skip ahead, looking for action.
Still, a strong sense of place can catapult your novel from just okay to great. Readers relish revisiting the settings as well as the characters in some of today’s best-selling mystery fiction. Examples include Carl Hiaasen’s Miami, Craig Johnson’s Wyoming, and Donna Leon’s Venice. ...