Mystery fiction is among the most exciting and compelling genres that encompasses suspense, murder, criminal offences, detecting and spying to name only a few. When you think of mystery fiction books, certain authors will automatically spring to mind and we all have our favourites.
Mystery fiction novels must have a very strong storyline and adventurous characters with an inquiring mind and an ability to solve crimes and murders. Despite having to face innumerable dangers in order to do this the leading characters always tend to come out on top, the heroes of the hour. Keeping readers in suspense throughout the book is an enormous task for writers of, say, murder mystery novels as they don’t want to reveal the ‘whodunit’ to its readers before the end of the story!
Mystery stories are built on several different kinds of story lines. Popular favourites are the Perry Mason books, the best legal eagle ever created. These stories are written to keep us enthralled with twists and turns, which may or may not have anything to do with the outcome of the case. Mason is a strong focal character for readers to focus on throughout the entire book and readers are in little doubt that by the close of the book he’ll have prevailed in delivering the bad guy to justice!
In contrast to that there is always the Columbo process of mystery writing by which readers are informed categorically whodunit in the first chapter. From here our ingenious detective sets out to establish how, by making use of clues, investigative guidelines and his powers of reasoning, he was able to catch said villain.
Both Perry Mason and Columbo have already been adapted into highly regarded and successful TV series due unquestionably to the very well written dialogue and clever plots – plus the fascinating central characters.
Mystery writing is regarded as a resourceful method of writing whose authors are predisposed to be focused and bright along with possessing a questioning mind and tremendous problem solving traits.
The capacity to tie up all loose ends until the conclusion of the novel is easier said than done. Leaving the significant evidence for the end is the best policy. Of course, interspersing the entire tale with little clues and a dash of frivolity helps to maintain reader interest. Grabbing their attention within the first couple of pages is more imperative than important, for the readers are likely to put a non-attention grabber aside, perhaps forever.