Tag: mystery

  • Trespasses by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    Trespasses by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    “Trespasses” is a short story by Canadian author Alice Munro, included in the collection Runaway, published 2006. This piece might challenge everything you’ve learned about how to structure a story. All the parts are there, but not as you’d expect. If Alice Munro had anonymously joined one of my writing critique groups over the years, […]

  • Mercy Watson Thinks Like A Pig by Kate diCamillo Analysis

    Mercy Watson Thinks Like A Pig by Kate diCamillo Analysis

    Kate diCamillo’s Mercy Watson series are genius examples of funny, endearing, broad-audience picture books. There’s so much to learn. Today I take a deep dive into Mercy Watson Thinks Like A Pig. Eugenia and Baby Lincoln may live next door to a pig, but that doesn’t stop them from living a gracious life. And the…

  • The Love Of A Good Woman by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    The Love Of A Good Woman by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    “The Love Of A Good Woman” by Alice Munro is the title story in the collection which won the Nobel Prize in Literature, 2013. It’s a long short story — about 70 pages. We might even call it a novella, though let’s just go with this: The title story of Alice Munro’s collection, The Love…

  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Novel Study

    When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Novel Study

    When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is ten years old now, published 2009. I’ve seen this middle grade novel described as magical realism, though for knotty political reasons we might prefer to call it fabulism. It is also science fiction and grounded in the real world. It packs a lot into 40k words. There…

  • Writing Detective Stories

    Writing Detective Stories

    A detective story is a type of mystery told through the eyes of law enforcers. Crime stories, in contrast, are often told through the eyes of the criminal. An example of a crime story is The Sopranos. Detective stories relate the solving of a crime, usually one or more murders, by a main character who…

  • How To Write Mystery

    How To Write Mystery

    The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer. Ken Kesey The perfect detective story cannot be written. The type of mind which can evolve the perfect problem is not the type of mind that can produce the artistic job of writing. Raymond Chandler Mystery is the secret spice of all compelling…

  • A Long Way From Chicago By Richard Peck

    A Long Way From Chicago By Richard Peck

    A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck is a Newbery Honor book from 1998, set in the era of The Great Depression. An adult narrator looks back and remembers his wily trickster grandmother. This book is one of the most moving and well-written children’s books I’ve read, at once comical and resonant. This is…

  • Wallace and Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf Or Death

    In Wallace and Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf Or Death, Wallace and his dog, Gromit, open a bakery and get tied up with a murder mystery. But, when Wallace falls in love Gromit is left to solve the case. GENRE BLEND OF ‘A MATTER OF LOAF OR DEATH’ comedy, horror, romance >> cosy mystery STORY…

  • Retro Kids’ Mystery Story Title Generator

    Retro Kids’ Mystery Story Title Generator

    Long Title First, pick a number between 1 and 24. Now pick two numbers between 1 and 55. 1. The Mystery Of The Old Bungalow 2. The Secret Of The Spooky House 3. The Clue Of The Broken Parrot 4. The Case Of The Black Cave 5. The Crime Of The Hidden Puppet 6. The Curse…

  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Novel Study

    Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Novel Study

    Wolf Hollow (2016) is a middle grade novel by Lauren Wolk. This mid-20th century story is chock-full of symbolism which makes it great for a novel study. Here I focus instead on the writing techniques, for writers of middle grade. Though moons tend to be massive in children’s books, the moon on this cover would…

  • How Police Procedurals Are Different From Real Police Work

    How Police Procedurals Are Different From Real Police Work

    Police procedurals are the most popular subgenre of story worldwide. We have police procedurals such as The Wire, which has a dedicated and enthusiastic fanbase of those who like mimesis in their fiction, but the fact is, cinéma vérité is pretty hard to follow if you’re trying to just relax and enjoy. Of course the…

  • Broadchurch Pilot Episode TV Writing

    Broadchurch Pilot Episode TV Writing

    Broadchurch is a TV murder mystery in which a village is a miniature for society. As one reviewer points out, “the death which happens at the beginning incites all sorts of unexpected human behaviour, with repercussions all around the town. Initially the show seems to be making the banal point that the residents of this…