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Writing a cozy mystery blogs

LinkedIn1 By Elizabeth S. Craig, elizabethscraig This is the second in my cozy mystery writing series. Last week I focused on writing better sleuths.

If you have more suspects, you can more easily maintain the element of surprise at the end, but you have to be careful not to confuse the reader. I usually prefer 5 suspects, killing one of them during the course of the book. How to introduce the suspects? I do this a couple of different ways.


A quick setup is to have our sleuth witness interactions between the victim and the suspects before the victim dies. This can be especially helpful when the sleuth is trying to figure out who the suspects are after the murder.

Another way of handling this is to have a couple of people provide information about likely suspects in the case non-suspects as informants. It may also be useful to have suspects implicate each other.

Pacing and location of suspect interviews: This, to me, is an unexpectedly treacherous thing. We can either really bog the story down or fly through the interviews too quickly. A couple of nice resources on subplots: Each suspect could tell a lie and a truth and then our sleuth could figure out which is which.

The lies could be alibi-related, or they could even be accidental lies…simply incorrect information or hearsay. These stories are very character-focused.

If we think about making our story more engaging. If the interviews also reveal more about our sleuth or sidekick.

Suspect as a second victim. As I mentioned earlier, I do like eliminating one of the suspects, usually halfway through the book. I frequently choose to murder the suspect who seems most likely to have murdered the first victim.

If possible, I like to ascribe a variety of different motives in the story. My editor at Penguin liked that, too. She would have me make changes if the motives were too similar. Need help with motives? What have I missed? Any questions or thoughts from mystery writers or readers?Writing the Cozy Mystery–Points to Consider By Elizabeth S.

Craig, @elizabethscraig This is the last post The Ten Commandments for Detective Fiction (): A by Gretchen Mullen, @GretchenMdm “Thou shalt not cheat thy reader”. Katie Oliver, bestselling writing of PRADA AND PREJUDICE, shares 5 easy steps for writing a bestseller and getting out to your readers.

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