- Easy ways to create suspense
- How to make your mystery stories unique
- The vital elements of a mystery story
- An easy way to write a mystery
- Bizarre causes and effects
- The best clues and how to use them to best effect
- The different types of detective in fiction
- How to lay a false trail
- All about red herrings
- The best settings for mystery stories
- A free suspense-writing masterclass
- How to add suspense to any story
- Unusual murder methods and weapons
- The best magazines for mystery writers
- Using real-life mysteries
- Why witnesses aren't always what they seem
- Plus 24 great storylines you can use or adapt as you wish
- And much more - far too many great ideas to list here!
Sample idea: Dummy runs
A villain is planning to murder someone he knows, but he's
not completely sure of his
tactics. So he has a few dummy runs first - killing innocent
strangers using different
methods to see which works best. Sometimes he takes away a piece
of the body so he can
study it further and learn from his mistakes. If he makes a real
mess of it, he destroys (or
tries to destroy) as much of the evidence as possible.
He has much to learn, but he's patient and willing to
keep on trying and adapting his
methods until he gets it right. As more and more bodies turn
up, his killing method
becomes more refined - cleaner, quicker.
We might not see any of this as it happens. We might only see
it from the police's point
of view as the bodies are discovered and they try to work out
what’s going on and
whether any of these deaths are connected. Are they able to predict
where and when he
might strike again? Are there any connections between the victims,
or the locations or
timings of the killings?
Does he leave any forensic evidence behind?
The more recent bodies probably have little
or none, as he has learnt how to cover his tracks. But that might
not have been the case
with the earlier bodies, when he was inexperienced and careless.
The police realise that
focusing on the earliest bodies might be the best way of tracking
him down. But how can
they prove that the same person was responsible for killing those
bodies as well as the
more recent ones?
How many more innocent people will he kill before they manage
to find him? And when
will be consider himself fully trained and ready for his final
killing - the one that he has now come to think of as the
perfect murder? Who is his intended final victim? And why
does he want him dead?
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