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It is my honor and privilege to grace your Mystery Newsletter this week. I am Lonewolf and I do hope that you are able to find something useful in what I have to share.
I have always been drawn to the mystery genre if I was not reading it I was writing it. However, it cannot be just anything, what I read has to draw my attention, and from my experience mysteries should be alluring and dramatic. The conflicts and plots are a major part of the stories. If you throw a lot of elements into your story, you will keep your reader from becoming bored, and personally for me it all starts with the opening sentence.
For example: "You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?"
The question floated out into the still night air, seemed to hang there a moment and then drift away down into the darkness towards the Dead Sea.
On of my favorite mysteries was written by Agatha Christie the book is one of her Hercule Poirot novels called "Appointment with Death" it has one of those endings you don't see coming. I won't spoil the ending for you if you have not had the opportunity to read the book yourself, but I highly recommend this book for everyone to read especially if you are looking for a good mystery novel to lose yourself in.
Appointment with Death
Impassioned archaeologist Lord Greville Boynton, accompanied by his universally despised wealthy second wife Lady Boynton, is in zealous pursuit of a major artifact in Syria. A curious array of onlookers has also gathered in the unforgiving desert heat - among them the tormented Boynton children, a psychiatrist, a nun, a travel writer and a cerebral but not exactly rugged Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. When most of the camp returns from an expedition, they find Lady Boynton has been stabbed to death. How can Poirot make sense of a murder when most of the suspects weren't even present at the time of death?
A good mystery to me has a combination of the following:
1. The exposition. The exposition gives the reader background information about the story, such as the setting and the main characters. It sets the tone, and lets the reader know what type of story to expect. While reading the exposition, the reader can generally tell whether this is going to be a funny story, a historical story, a Western, a fantasy story, or another type.
2. The rising action. This part of the story often shows the main character involved in a struggle of some sort. He or she experiences problems and complications.
3. The climax. The climax (or crisis) is often short, but it is the most exciting part. The main character's struggles come to a head.
4. The falling action. The falling action occurs as a result of the climax or crisis.
5. The resolution. The resolution is the conclusion of the story.
I originally jumped into campfire writing because of the mysterious aspect to it, not knowing who was going to do what, or where the next addition was going to take the storyline, just writing about this now has me fired up and ready to add to one of my numerous campfires, or possibly starting up a "Who dun it" interactive maybe something based on Clue. Below you'll find a poll about what makes a good Mystery story for you. Perhaps in my next Newsletter I'll have a campfire or interactive ready for everyone to take part in should they so wish.
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Until next time readers
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