|...because Queen of Mystery|
If you've been following my blog for a few months now, you'd probably know that I'm a mystery and crime fiction reader (at least I hope you noticed that). My addiction with crime fiction and mystery thrillers, in general, started when I came across Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling. It was a crazy attempt since crime fiction was so out of my comfort zone then.
Anyway, after reading a decent amount of YA mysteries, mystery-thrillers, crime fictions, and cozy mysteries, I came up with this crazy list.
Always remember that the murderer is always introduced in the first few chapters of the book
You have to keep in mind that the author introduces the suspect in the beginning. In fact, the author introduces key players in the beginning; else your whole analyzation from the beginning will go to waste. In fact, everything done in the beginning will seem pointless if the suspect is introduced in the middle.
I came across a book that tried for a big twist taking the murderer out of no where. He was never mentioned before. It amazed me how the investigator came from nothing to finding the suspect through digging a few more things missed. The road to that 'twist' was interesting but the clues leading to that suspect came up past 50% or 60% of the book. So was like, seriously? It was that lead?
But yeah, not always but most of the times key players are introduced in the beginning. Keep that in mind.
Always suspect the people closes to the murdered
Always check each character's possible motives
Just try to keep in mind of everyone's motives, align them with the clues, and remember that there're no stupid motives.
Never immediately trust clues
I was actually miss lead once. I was so sure of my suspect but one clue given by him stopped me from fully accusing him. I ended up plainly going: ohhhh, good point. never thought of that! - that moment when you know the author really got you! :)
Never trust the POV of an extra character
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Do you like reading mystery novels? Do you often guess who the culprit is? Care to share your own tips on guessing the culprit?