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Today we have a sneak peek from Guido Mattioni’s book, Whispering Tides:
When his beloved wife Nina suddenly dies – after 23 years of life together – Alberto Landi understands he has to leave Milan Italy, where he has always lived and worked. He leaves his friends, colleagues, a good job and the polluted big city he has never loved which has now become even more intolerable to him. He is fifty, he is totally alone and he is confused, but he definitely knows that he has to escape very far away, across the ocean, to the only place he and Nina had always loved together. He lands in Savannah, Georgia. There, in a natural paradise governed by the breath of the tides and with the help of many dear friends – colorful human characters as well as wise animals – he starts to rebuild his new life. His dream is coming true until the day he wakes up one morning and discovers that…
Question: Someone in a class I’m taking said my mystery needs to be more plot-driven. How can I tell if she’s right and if she is, how do I fix it?
Answer: Well there are two kinds of mystery. Plot-Driven means it’s all about what happens and the investigating character does not change. Most mysteries used to always be this way. Character-driven mystery is about characters that change and grow over the story, or even over the series.
The plot-driven mystery is all about the puzzle. Sherlock Holmes is always his superior, calculating, self. At least he is until he meets “The Woman.” And even afterward any emotion or resulting change in his personality is never part of a Sherlock Holmes story. Yes, it is important to have a good puzzle for the reader to solve. And your reader might be telling you that the puzzle might be a tad transparent. If that seems reasonable to you, lay some more false trails, leave some false clues to lead the reader to a false conclusion or two. Continue reading “Plot-Driven Mystery by Arline Chase“
A Northern woman married to a Southern man gets enough stares and shunning. Carrie Wilkes isn’t about to take more from Robert Sallinger, handsome though he be, friend of her dying husband though he clearly is. He’s a mystery, though, either boring his eyes into at Carrie or ignoring her. And what is this “secret code” of his? He blames himself for Ben’s death and promise “the work will get done,” and he will look after Carrie and the children. But what work is Robert engaged in? Carrie can’t even read his letters. When deaf and dumb Robbie shows up at her farm, Carrie is startled by how much this “helpless” boy helps them all.