Did you ever stop to wonder why you enjoy reading mysteries?
I've heard many mystery authors explain it this way: We read mysteries because we know that the offender will be punished, and good will overcome.
Yes, that's true. But isn't it also true of most romances? Or women's fiction? How about Westerns? I haven't read one in years, but I imagine the cowboys still shoot the bad guys.
Lots of men, especially, seem to enjoy hard-boiled mysteries for their blood and gore.
Many of us, however, like cozies just as well. We like some humor and romance and--oh, yes, there's a dead body or three or four, and we do want to know who the bad guy or gal is and how they're put away.
I think maybe we grab on to characters we like to spend time with, and those characters often people mystery series. We know they'll do the right thing (more than not), and we will continue to cheer them on. They might be fun (like readers describe mine--excuse the BSP, but it's true:) Our heroes might be deadly and carrying lots of flaws. That makes some people like them even more.
Why do YOU read mysteries?