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MYSTERY CLUES: CLUE TRAIL From Whodunnit to Solution


Read CLUE TRAIL and then

Get the Plot Out of Your Head and Onto Paper!

If you have ever wondered about mystery clues:  what kind are needed and how to make or hide them, this book will tell you.

Lists clues of all kinds with examples to help you understand what makes a clue and how to twist it and hide it until all is revealed at the end – AH HA! It was actually obvious all along : )

Part One instructs you on the use of The Mystery Bones Method, which helps you keep track of the plot so that no vital bits of information are forgotten.

Part Two describes, in great detail, the many different kinds of clues that can be used to trick and misdirect your reader or audience.

Part Three is full of Bonus Material on easy mysteries for children, different kinds of mystery scripts and the quintessential Locked Room Mystery.

CONTENTS

Part One: MYSTERY BONES
How to Create a Fairplay Mystery Plot or Party
Anatomy of a Mystery: Plot Elements
THE DIRT:  What Happens?
Decide on a Crime
THE BONES:  Motive, Method & Opportunity
Motive:  Why Did It Happen?
Method:  How Did It Happen?
Opportunity:  When Did It Happen?
THE MUSCLES:  Cast of Characters
Characters:  Victim, Suspects, Villain, Detective
THE TENDONS:  Connecting Muscles to Bones
Circle of Suspects Chart
Connections & Secrets Chart
Basic Plot Wheel
Compilation Chart
THE HEART:  What Actually Happened
Extra:  Information about Plotting
THE MIND:  What Appeared to Happen
THE SOUL:  The Clue Trail

Part Two: CLUE TRAIL
From Whodunnit to Solution
CLUE TRAILSWhat Kind to Use
Positive Clue Trail:  Progressive Identification
Negative Clue Trail:  Progressive Elimination
CLUES:  Direct / Physical / Tangible Evidence                                    
CLUES:  Indirect / Intellectual / Intangible Evidence                       
PLANTING Clues
The Keystone Clue & The AH-HA Clue
TWISTING the CLUE TRAIL
Twisting Clues
Red Herrings:   False Clues
Twisting Characters
Twisting Circumstances
Detecting:  Looking at Clues from the Other Side
CREATING  Clues
Motive Clues:  Why Did It Happen?
Method Clues:  How Did It Happen?
Opportunity Clues:  When Did It Happen?
BUILDING the STRUCTURE
The Complete List
Clue Chart:  Positive Clue Trail with Scenes
Bonus Material: OTHER MYSTERY FORMATS
Live Parties & Locked Rooms
EASY MYSTERIES for Children
Clue Chart:  Negative Clue Trail – Two Part Clues
MYSTERY Scripts, Parties & Events
Types of Scripts
Cast Your Mystery
Costumes
Performing
LOCKED ROOM Mysteries
DENOUEMENT

WRITERS

READ CLUE TRAIL and find out how to stump your audience / reader and gain their respect and admiration.

MYSTERY FANS

and after you have read the book:

Dear Mystery Fans,
 Now that you know how it’s done I wish you luck in paying attention to that tingle in yourself that tells you what you just read or heard is worth paying attention to. Matching wits against the detective is one of the most engaging challenges there is, but one of the least satisfying ones to win. If you find you are constantly figuring out ‘whodunnit’ before you get to the end of the story, maybe it’s time to write your own.

 Dear Readers,
 This book has been a labour of love for me and I hope it gave you as much pleasure to read it as it gave me to write it.

At Your Service 

3 Comments

  1. Hi Juanita,

    Is it possible to see a bit more about your clue trails (i.e. the positive clue trails or creating clues)? Do you have a sample of this material? I am curious and looking for information that can help me write my cozy mystery novel.

    Cheers,
    Alyssa

    1. Hi Allyssa! YAY MYSTERY WRITERS!!!! You can get started with clue information on this page: https://mysteryfactory.com/mystery-scripts-clues/ How to write a fairplay mystery, complete with clues is covered in the book CLUETRAIL. Lots of diagrams and charts so you don’t lose track of information or wind up with loose ends at the end of the story. Basically your killer is the only one who will have the motive, the method and the opportunity to commit the crime. Then you create clues that support those things and hide them in the story. the e-book is $50 or you can buy a hardcopy for $20 plus shipping. I also do story coaching. If you are strapped for cash, send me an email and we will see what we can work out.

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