What Makes a Mystery?

Take a peek behind the literary curtain, sleuth.

what makes a good mystery book?
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A clever—and often unreliable—protagonist 

A mysterious character in a mystery story
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It begins and ends with the voice/character’s perspective

A killer premise—sometimes literally 

thrilling beach reads

The Silence of the Lambs

By Thomas Harris

Tension and suggestion: how much detail is “too much”?

Mystery stories
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The tried-and-true techniques

The power of “callbacks”

Murder board mystery clues
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