Tag: Mystery

Reading: The Clocks by Agatha Christie

Reading: The Clocks by Agatha Christie

I love to re-read Agatha Christie mysteries. There are so many wonderful ones, and if I wait long enough, I sometimes forget exactly how the mystery works itself out. 😉 The reason I made a point of re-reading this particular one, however, was because it is in this book that Agatha Christie gives a decided …

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Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

This week I wanted to give a special homage to the woman who’s become a huge part of my life lately: the remarkable Anna Katharine Green. On this day, November 11, in 1846, Anna Katharine Green was born to New England lawyer James Wilson Green and Katharine Ann Whitney Green. She was the fourth child, …

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Why Do We Like Whodunnits?

Why Do We Like Whodunnits?

Why do we like Whodunnits? By “Whodunnit” I mean the movies, TV shows, and books where we don’t find out the murderer, thief, or conman until the final scene. It’s an interesting question, considering it’s not always been the format of choice. For instance, take The Thomas Crown Affair—the original 1968 heist film. We know …

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What Does Editing Sci-Fi and Fantasy Have To Do With Writing Mystery?

What Does Editing Sci-Fi and Fantasy Have To Do With Writing Mystery?

Although my background in editing has taken me primarily into the realms of science-fiction and fantasy, within those genres I’ve worked with authors in every sub-genre from horror to romance to mystery. Two of my favorite books that I edited were Free Fall by William H. Keith and The Sign of Glaaki by Steven Savile …

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Reading: That Affair Next Door

Reading: That Affair Next Door

Most people are familiar with a certain knitting spinster amateur detective who uses her remembrances of the past to solve mysteries. What most people don’t realize is she was not the first! Meet Miss Amelia Butterworth, and no, from what I can find, she’s no relation to the syrup. 😉 This Miss Butterworth is perhaps …

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Reading: The Leavenworth Case

Reading: The Leavenworth Case

Although my presentation this month on Anna Katharine Green will be covering more than just her first book, The Leavenworth Case has enough to say about itself it could be an entire presentation unto itself. Instead, I’ll share some more about it here, as a taster for what’s to come in the presentation. We open …

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Reading: Miss Marple

Reading: Miss Marple

There’s a reason why Agatha Christie’s books are the best-selling books after the Bible and Shakespeare. Her character creation has made two of the most well-known detectives in the world: Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Although I was introduced to Poirot early on, it was only by sheer accident that I ended up reading my …

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Reading: Dorothy L Sayers

Reading: Dorothy L Sayers

I grew up reading Agatha Christie and watching all the different versions of her stories made to film, but although I’d heard of Dorothy L Sayers, I’m afraid I didn’t get around to reading her books until a beta reader of my book, The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Taker, remarked that my writing style …

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Mystery Terminology Etymology

Mystery Terminology Etymology

In my book, The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Taker, I’ve attempted to keep the language in dialogue and exposition as close to terms and phrases used in 1901 as possible. I love studying the etymology of words, and one of the things I discovered was how many terms we use in the mystery genre, …

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