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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...

ROUND UP THE (UN)USUAL SUSPECTS …

Every suspect is hiding a secret. Let me repeat for emphasis: EVERY SUSPECT IS HIDING A SECRET. It’s just that only one of them is hiding THE secret. The others don’t want your hero uncovering that they’ve stolen family heirlooms, was responsible for the happy...

Creative Ways of Determining Time of Death

Obviously, pathologists use rigor mortis, livor mortis, algor mortis, body temperature and basic decomposition to determine a victim’s time of death. But, in a mystery suspense novel, we authors sometimes have to get a little more creative. Time of Death is...

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