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WAITER! THERE’S A DEAD GUY ON PAGE ONE!

So, in a murder mystery, when should the corpse be found? The quick answer is “as soon as possible.” However, there are two rules you must respect: The murder must occur within the first 3 chapters. Anyone who picks up a murder mystery is expecting, well, a murder to...

The murder must always be believable

I just finished reading a mystery novel in which a wife was pushed over the side of a cliff while trying to reconcile with her estranged husband. The husband was the obvious suspect, but in the end it turned out to be her jealous, wheelchair-bound sister who actually...

Unlawful Behavior: Just how bad is your bad guy?

Unlawful behavior is a violation of the laws of a civilized society. In every society, a code of behavior exists that governs right from wrong. Behavior that violates that code of is considered an unlawful act. Many different codes and systems exist for regulating...

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