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Worldviews of mysteries

By Sally Carpenter What does that mystery say about its author and readers? All mysteries are written with a particular worldview; that is, the story takes place in a certain type of setting with characters of a certain ilk. If … Continue reading

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Thou Shall Not Kill

By Sally Carpenter Looking for a different way to bump off the victim in a mystery? I found some effective methods in the Bible. Yes, the good book describes humans with all their warts and foibles in brutal honesty. Later … Continue reading

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The mystery of the Peanuts’ parents

By Sally Carpenter I grew up reading the “Peanuts” comic strip in the newspaper, but I never thought much about the characters until I recently watched “The Peanuts Movie” and something struck me. Where are the parents? In the nearly … Continue reading

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Intensify that interrogation scene

By Sally Carpenter One of the hardest scenes to write in a mystery is the interrogation: The police officer, P.I., bounty hunter or amateur sleuth grills a suspect. Too often such scenes morph into a rhythm of Q-and-A, Q-and-A that … Continue reading

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Cleaning out the cobwebs

By Sally Carpenter One of my at-home projects for long holiday weekends is to sweep and mop the floors. This may not sound like much, but to me it’s an ordeal. It involves chasing the cats outside and then picking … Continue reading

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Time enough for a good story

By Sally Carpenter Some time ago I re-watched the “Back to the Future” movie trilogy, of the intrepid Marty McFly journeys in the past and future to correct certain “mistakes” in the time line. The films are highly entertaining and … Continue reading

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Your neighbor, the killer

By Sally Carpenter  The central questions in any mystery are “who is the killer/villain?” and “what is the motive?” The answer may surprise you.  I’ve just started reading the book “Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty” by Roy Baumeister. He’s … Continue reading

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