1. Our relationship with the prospect of danger; from a young age women are primed to expect fear.All three regular readers of CAP might want to believe that I inserted # 4 just to make sure they were paying attention, but I’m afraid not: somebody, somewhere, believes women are so thick - or perhaps just the ones that read crime fiction? - that they read crime novels for survival advice.
2. Escapism; pure enjoyment.
4. Possibility of learning survival tips to use if we’re kidnapped.
As for the other reasons: aren’t men primed from an early age to expect fear? Don’t they read for escapism and enjoyment? Aren’t men - historically, fatally - anti-romance?
Honestly, folks, some days you wonder why you do it …