Cozy, hard-boiled, or historical… Is writing your mystery novel a complete mystery?
Crafting a convincing mystery requires unique story beats—the keys to delivering a satisfying read.
This sassy chat presented by award-winning authors reveals the secrets to help you execute a story that works. You won’t be handcuffed to a formula. It’s a guideline for assembling clues, criminals, and conclusions in your unique, “perfectly-poisonous” blend.
Whether your book is a carefully plotted caper, a crime of opportunity, or something in between, join our covert operation as we demystify the mystery beats.
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…But how many mystery writers have committed murder? (Put your hand down.) Stolen priceless works of art in a daring midnight heist? Kidnapped a member of the royalty for ransom? How many mystery writers have actually even solved a crime? Sure, lawyers and police officers and retired FBI and CIA agents write books. But there are a lot of us out there who faint at the sight of blood, are allergic to cats, or can research the heck out of the type of gun and ammunition used to kill a victim but have never fired one.
We know, deep in our hearts, that write what you know is a metaphor for writing about the shared human condition. But we still don’t know if it’s okay for a never-before-introduced forensics expert to appear out of the blue in the final scene of a mystery and hand us the lynch-pin piece of evidence that fingers the murderer. (Actually, we do, and no, it’s not okay.)
So, we struggled through plotting and writing our mysteries, digging into blogs and books that promised to tell us how to master suspense structure or build unforgettable stories. And while they were helpful, they weren’t that helpful…