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“A” is for Alibi — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

For those who missed my Theme Reveal post, my topic for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge is

Elements of Crime Fiction.

I am a great fan of detective novels. Cosy mysteries, police procedurals, psychological thrillers– you name it. For the month of April I am going to try and break up crime fiction into its components and see what makes it tick.

Today’s topic is


An alibi is ” a claim or piece of evidence that one was elsewhere when an act, typically a criminal one, is alleged to have taken place.”

An alibi is proof that a subject could not have comitted a crime because he was in another place. Usually this proof is provided by another person who has seen or heard the suspect during the time frame in question. After a lifetime of reading crime fiction, it is my experience that the person most likely to be guilty is the one with the most unshakeable or unbreakable alibi.

Sometimes people provide alibis to others out of love, loyalty, fear, and myriad other reasons. Many a time a murderer will provide himself with a false alibi by using a device such as a tape recorder so that people outside think they can hear him/her speak from within. If the detective in charge of the case manages to destroy the false alibi, the rest becomes easy.

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17 thoughts on ““A” is for Alibi — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

  1. Sue Grafton (R.I.P)’s first Kinsey Milhone novel was entitled “A is for Alibi”. Just a little trivia for you. Great series, such a shame the author died before she got to Z, but she made it to “Y”, so that was quite a series! I’m looking forward to your posts for A-Z. Wonderful subject! 😍

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      1. I personally think you’re in for a treat. Well if you enjoy detective novels that is. She’s one I will re-read again. Her early works are slightly better though, IMO.



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