by JB Clemmens
What makes a mystery novel worth reading (and buying)? The essentials, of course!
It's no mystery that mystery, in its many forms, remains one of the best-selling and most popular genres in books.
Sales of mystery novels continue to soar, with stories all varied in tone, setting, and character.
Indeed, there's nothing quite like a great mystery novel, a puzzle with most of the pieces missing. The best mystery books have the ability to personally involve the reader as a sleuth.
For those who think of writing a mystery novel, it's important to take note that the mystery market has changed massively over the years.
The cast of characters and the setting in modern mystery have opened up in ways nobody could have expected.
Still, the fundamentals remain the same, and that includes paying close attention to the essentials of writing a mystery novel.
I advise aspiring mystery writers that before they jump into the genre, they should get hang of the essentials first.
To write mystery, they need to read lots of mystery books so they could see what's already been done -- so they could avoid cliches or tropes,
something that has been done a thousand times before. So, read lots of mystery books to develop new unique storylines.
Learn from the classics or my two published works The Number Cups and Mystery at Pima Point to see how I've done it. There's a lot to learn in writing a mystery novel.