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Technique of the Mystery Story

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Technique of the Mystery Story by Carolyn Wells is a comprehensive guide for aspiring mystery writers. Wells provides readers with valuable insights into crafting compelling characters, constructing intricate plots, and building suspenseful narratives. Her writing style is clear and concise, making it easy for readers to digest complex literary concepts.

One of the standout features of this book is Wells' emphasis on the importance of attention to detail in mystery stories. She offers practical advice on how to effectively use red herrings, clues, and plot twists to keep readers engaged and guessing until the very end. Additionally, Wells includes numerous examples from classic mystery novels to illustrate her points, making the concepts she discusses feel tangible and applicable.

I particularly appreciated Wells' discussion on creating memorable detectives and villains. She delves into the psychology behind these characters, exploring their motives and quirks in depth. This section of the book is a valuable resource for writers looking to develop well-rounded and dynamic characters in their own mystery stories.

Overall, Technique of the Mystery Story is a must-read for anyone interested in the art of writing mystery fiction. Carolyn Wells' expertise and passion for the genre shine through in this comprehensive guide, making it an invaluable resource for both novice and experienced writers alike.

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For one, I have never been one of those who apologize for my frank and never-ending delight in mystery stories. Their mazes have led me unwearied through miles of printed pages, and if only the problem has been worth while, and its pursuit has led along surprising ways, past shuddery thickets and over fearsome bridges, my soul has returned to sober affairs refreshed and content. In a word, here is a remarkable volume which shows us how the wheels go round, not by dogmatic statement, but by an amazing breadth and variety of citation and quotation, showing not only what great mystery writers have thought of their art, but illustrating by apposite examples how they secured their effects. - Summary by J. Berg Esenwein, editor of The Writer’s Library published by The Home Correspondence School, from Introduction

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