So I am really late with answering the memes. When I was working at my computer it was to check for unapproved comments, but here you go:
When did you start reading this genre?
I think I started reading this genre in 1993 or 1994 - when I was about 9 years old. (No Nancy Drew here, I'm afraid, or else I would have started a lot earlier!)
What was your first experience with the genre? The ever popular Nancy Drew or Agatha Christe? Or someone completely different?
The first mystery I remember reading was one of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries. I still have those books and am really sad that the publisher at one point stopped this particular series. The covers were so pretty! (Sorry, I couldn't even find a pic on the internet.)
How did you discover it?
By chance - Mom and I took regular trips to the book stores and one day I saw the pretty covers, read the back cover blurbs - and hooked I was!
Do you exclusively read mysteries and thrillers or do you mix it with other genres? If you switch genres, which other genres do you read?
I mix genres. I read mysteries and thrillers, but also classics, chick lit, romance and non-fiction. I like this as I usually have just the right thing to read for my mood (unless I can't concentrate ;-) ).