Guest Blogger – Elizabeth Craig: 15 Tips for Writing a Murder Mystery

Writers In The Storm Blog

Writers In The Storm is delighted to welcome Elizabeth Spann Craig, w/a Riley Adams. Elizabeth’s latest Memphis BBQ series mystery, Hickory Smoked Homicide was just released on November 1st. Enjoy!

Thanks so much to Jenny Hansen for inviting me here today to talk about mysteries—my favorite subject!

Before I was a mystery writer, I was a mystery reader. I’d easily devour two or three in week.  I loved everything about them—the sleuths, the puzzle, and the resolution of the case at the end of the book.

As a writer, I love mysteries just as much.  For me, the structure in the books makes them a lot of fun to write.  That structure also makes them the perfect books for a new writer: the pattern of introducing a body, the suspects, laying clues, and resolving the case. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you write your…

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