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How important are clues in mystery books
 
Morgan St. James - 12:46am Jul 12, 2011 PST
Writes mystery novels, short stories, column-Las Vegas Examiner (Books and Writing)

Clues and they way they are "dropped" into mysteries can intrigue a reader, confound them, confuse them or challenge them. The lack of clues can anger a reader. It is no fun to have a twist or solution dropped on you at the end of a book or story with no prior indication. Do you believe the reader deserves some valid clues to solve the mystery, even if it was a very subtle clue buried in prose at the beginning of the book?

Do you get angry when a surprise ending comes "out of the blue?"


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