Saturday, July 25, 2009

Weekend Wisdom

At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.
~ Raymond Chandler

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  1. So true. I remember swearing never to read another mystery again when I got to the end of one particularly disappointing book. (I've since repented.)
    The author (a very well-known writer) did everything in her power to keep the reader from guessing the killer. As it turned out, the answer to the murder was disappointing and highly illogical.
    A good book should make the reader say, "Of course! Why didn't I see that coming?"

  2. I agree with Emily. The clues have to be there, but disguised enough that the reader doesn't guess. Then, when it's all revealed, they're satisfied that the author didn't cheat.

    Straight From Hel

  3. Not a huge fan of mysteries, but that is very true.

    I like mystery movies, not books. Seems odd actually.

    Maybe I need to try reading one again...



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