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5 Summer Books or Movies

We are still on the subject of summer. Today, let’s list five books or movies enjoyed during this season. I have been reading a lot this summer so I have only listed books: My list Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood The Testaments by Margaret Atwood You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmoud Notes from a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig Lockdown by Peter May Continue reading 5 Summer Books or Movies

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 42 — “Read a lot”

TODAY’S QUOTE: “You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).”George R.R. Martin, via the author’s FAQ for fans MY … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 42 — “Read a lot”

“Z” is for Zero — A to Z Blogging Challenge

Zero can be considered the point at which a crime occurred. It may be murder, kidnapping, assault or theft. The point in time at which it took place is most important both in real life and in fiction. This zero hour or zero point is the moment in time when the investigation begins. Events leading up to it , also called the backstory, must be … Continue reading “Z” is for Zero — A to Z Blogging Challenge

“Y” is for whY

Why are detective stories the most popular genre in fiction? What makes them so popular? Escapism Crime fiction often has a faster pace than other genres. You can lose yourself in a page-turner and forget everything else. Puzzle solving Detective stories with their clues, alibis and red herrings pose a mental challenge. You might enjoy the intellectual puzzle and try to solve the mystery. Human … Continue reading “Y” is for whY

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“X” is for uneXpected — A to Z Blogging Challenge

Something readers of crime fiction expect from every book in the genre is one or more plot twists. The unexpected occurrences over the course of time keep you turning pages until you reach the end. Of course, you expect the author to come up with plausible explanations for the twists and turns in the plot. Continue reading “X” is for uneXpected — A to Z Blogging Challenge

Book Review: The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny

The Cruellest Month is set in April so it is quite a coincidence that I read it this month. Louise Penny was recommended to me by friend and fellow blogger Sadje I am a great fan of Cosy Mysteries of the Agatha Christie kind and Sadje promised that Louise Penny would be similar. The setting of this book is the tiny village of Three Pines … Continue reading Book Review: The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny

“W” is for Weapon — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

Conventional weapons can be firearms like pistols, revolvers, shotguns etc. They can be the sharp edged kind like daggers, knives and swords. When there is an intention to wound or kill , any object if sharp or heavy enough, can become a weapon. Detective novels as well as true crime stories show you how creative people can be in their choice of weapon. Let’s not … Continue reading “W” is for Weapon — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

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“V” is for Victim — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

My theme for this years A to Z Blogging Challenge is Elements of Crime Fiction. My topic for today is VICTIM The identity of the murder victim is the first thing that needs to be established in a murder investigation. The victim’s backstory, personality, hopes and fears are all pointers towards the murderer’s identity and the motive for the crime. Continue reading “V” is for Victim — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

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“U” is for Unsolved Mysteries — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year is Elements of Crime Fiction. My topic for today is UNSOLVED MYSTERIES Certain intriguing events occur for which there is no logical explanation exists. They remain unsolved despite the best efforts of authorities and individuals. The disappearance of author Agatha Christie for some days without explanation is one such occurrence. To this day fans … Continue reading “U” is for Unsolved Mysteries — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

“T” is for True Crime — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is Elements of Crime Fiction. My topic for today is TRUE CRIME Sometime or the other you must have heard that “Truth is stranger than fiction“. This holds very true for crime. True crime can be more strange and unbelievable than any made up story. This explains why authors often base their stories on true events. Continue reading “T” is for True Crime — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022