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The setting: Where did the murder take place?

The setting: Where did the murder take place?

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.

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The butler did it! The classical ‘whodunnit’

The butler did it! The classical ‘whodunnit’

“The butler did it” is the first thing someone will probably say when you are reading a detective story. The classical ‘whodunnit’ is a sub genre of the detective story. It focusses on solving the crime, leaving clues to be picked up by the detective and other clues for the reader so they can guess who ‘dunnit’ before the detective does.

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Madeleine’s adventure – part 2

Madeleine’s adventure – part 2

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“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.

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