Agatha Christie: Crafting the Perfect Mystery

This week's writing tips are about Crafting the Perfect Mystery!
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Weekly Writing Tips - Agatha Christie (Pictured: Black and white photo graph of author Agatha Christie.)
Crafting the Perfect Mystery

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As the nights get colder and the days shorter, it’s natural to gravitate towards more chilling and mysterious tales and no one has written mystery and suspense quite like Agatha Christie. Queen of the crime novel and creator of famous stories like Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile, when you need a good who-done-it, Agatha Christie has stories aplenty for you to read and take inspiration from.

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Tip 1. Working the story around the murder or event

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Christie often stated that she would plan out the murder or event first and then set the introduction, background, and resolution following it.

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Tip 2. Build the perfect backdrop

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Taking inspiration from places you are familiar with can help you hammer out the details so no detail is left askew to be misconstrued by diligent readers.

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Tip 3. Larger than life characters

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A gun loving oil baron from Texas or a high class snob from London might feel overdone, but that only makes it easier to add unexpected details about them to trick your readers!

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Tip 4. Provide a plot twist

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Never let your readers think they have the full story until the bitter end.

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Now Try This Writing Promp
Writing Prompt:

What mysteries would you like to solve if you were a detective in a novel?

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Authors: Colin Murdy & Anna Ratzburg
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