Wednesday, June 9, 2010

An Open Mystery - Writing tip

Someone wrote in this week to say a critic reported they preferred an "open" mystery to the book they had read, and asked, "What is an Open Mystery, anyway?"

In an “open” mystery, the reader is given the clues right along with the fictional sleuth and tries to solve the mystery along with them – think "Jessica Fletcher."

In a “closed” mystery, the reader already knows who did the crime, but whether or not the sleuth will be able to prove it is in doubt – think "Columbo."

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