Mystery literature, as an art form, cannot be quantified by something as linear as a five-star-rating system.
With that being said, we tag our reviews with stars. We understand the necessity of using numerical evaluation as it allows the reader to get a feeling of how strong we perceive the quality of a reviewed book.
The rationale behind our numerical-star rating is in line with the following criteria:
Five Star (★★★★★) – Outstanding: The book has a combination of plot, characters and style that speaks to the reader– a masterpiece that keeps the readers engaged till the end and leads them to hunt down everything else the author has written.
Also referred to as Must Reads or 5.0 book rating, a book such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo falls into this category. 5 star rating is usually reserved for best of the bests.
Four Star (★★★★) – Very Good: The book is very enjoyable to read and well worth the purchase price. Such titles usually have the right combination of characters, plot and style and leave their mark in some way. We also refer to this category as Good Reads or 4.0 book ratings.
Three Star (★★★) – Good: The book is entertaining and can appeal to a wide audience. These titles are usually strong in at least two of the following elements – a plot, character or writing style. Most of the books we review fall into this category.
Two Star (★★) – Fair: The book does not fully capture the reader’s attention or interest however it’s fundamentally acceptable in terms of its story, plot or characters. This usually means the readers find something appealing about the story but it didn’t resonate with them. This isn’t a “bad” rating, but not a good one either.
One Star (★) – Not Recommended: The book has major issues with text that outweigh any enjoyment by the reader. Overall, such titles are not considered high quality pieces of fiction.