The setting of your detective story is very important to your narrative. Where and when did the murder take place? Setting your story background has all kinds of implications on the progress of the story. For instance: if your story is set in fourteenth century Italy, you probably don’t have any equipment to examine DNA or fingerprints. Unless your detective can travel through time, which, of course is only possible if you are Doctor Who.
When you start to write a detective story, you need to take seven steps to start your investigation. The steps you take, depend on what kind of investigator your main character is. In general, you will find these seven steps in almost every detective story you read.
Did you know that when you write a detective or a mystery story, you actually have to write not one, but two stories? Yes, two! Let me break this down for you. The first story, is the one you present to your reader, but the second story goes much deeper than that.
“What kind of welcome is that?” the man asked. “Didn’t you miss me, my darling?” He stepped across the threshold and into the room. He was tall, taller than Richard and his shoulders were broader too. His hair was curly and he was wearing glasses. He walked up to the dresser and took the chair, placed it near Madeleine’s head and took a seat.