Friday, September 2, 2016

A Murder Mystery

Yesterday I was finally able to get back to wrestling with one of my Housetrap Chronicles fantasy detective tales I had to set aside while working on other recent priority projects. This one has a murder mystery as part of the tale.

Unlike a lot of writers I don’t plot everything out to the last detail. Where I left off several months ago was at the start of the investigation into the murder. I realized now I had no idea at the time who done it, or why. As the detective is now interrogating the prime suspects I have to just follow along.

Was it the wife? She is pleading innocence, but we did find the gun under her mattress. At least we think it’s the murder weapon. Too obvious?

Was it the public relations guy? Is he having an affair with the wife? Probably. They are sort of alibiing each other at this stage.

Are they too simple a solution? Maybe it should be some highly convoluted plot with shadowy figures in the background. How about the train security officer who is assisting with the investigation? Could she be working with someone higher up?

This is one reason why I enjoy writing. I get to stick my characters into complicated situations and then sit back and watch while they try to figure out what is going on. I think I know which way I’m leaning as to the guilty party, but as usual, I could be in for a surprise.

Of course, just as I’m getting back into the swing of things with this tale, this morning I get the galleys of a manuscript back with a ten day deadline as to read and re-read for any errors. Getting close to going to press on this one. The detective is going to have to figure this case out on his own. I won’t be able to assist him for several days.

Darn. Now I’ll have to wait to find out if the wife really did it.


The Dark Lady Trilogy (Volume 1,2,3)
The Queen’s Pawn (Volume 1,2,3)
The Housetrap Chronicles (Volume 1 to 7)
Alex in Wanderland,
Knight’s Bridge
We’re Not in Kansas
Toltec Dawn (Book 1 of 3)

No comments: