Category Archives: mystery


Dialog: it’s the part of the story that makes the characters come alive on the page. When characters speak and how they speak create the atmosphere of the story.  Stories without dialog are told, not shown. So, you, the writer, … Continue reading

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Walk the Walk by Paty Jager

The whole reason I picked an amateur sleuth was to avoid having to be too technical with cop speak and legalese. I’m working on Book 8, Fatal Fall, in the Shandra Higheagle Mystery series. Shandra has the flu and her … Continue reading

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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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The Birth of a New Book

Unresolved is number 13 in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, a book that I feared would never become a reality. The publisher of the series suffered a serious illness, one she is recovering from now, but the publishing company has been … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

I had the great pleasure of attending a presentation by Elizabeth George at a New England Crime Bake conference a few years back. Ms. George is one of my favorite authors — not just one of my favorite mystery writers, … Continue reading

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Staying Small Town by Paty Jager

As I was contemplating the next Shandra Higheagle Mystery, I thought I needed to take her out of Huckleberry and away from the reservation to not have critics saying there are too many murders in the ski resort or on … 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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