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General Writing Discussion
Here is a place for a general discussion about writing mysteries.

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Hugh Drummond - 07:42am Jun 1, 2000 PST(#199 of 210)
" I have a criminal mind... I see bad in everyone," (Mr. J.G. Reeder)

I recieved it too. And I intend seeing if it's for real... Nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say.


JK - 12:35pm Jun 24, 2000 PST(#200 of 210)

DAVID: Ur in company! I, too, am writing a murder mystery party to hold w/my friends. I have the charactars, secrets, and crime scene picked out, but I have questions as to how to conduct it.

Juanita Rose Violini - 04:26pm Jun 27, 2000 PST(#201 of 210)

you might want to check out the murder mystery party topic further down this section and there is another located in the 'games and puzzles' area.

David Somerville - 02:16am Dec 14, 2000 PST(#202 of 210)


If you are still out there I'd love to talk to you!

Juanita Rose Violini - 09:39am Sep 17, 2003 PST(#203 of 210)

Does anyone know who is a famous 'real life' detective? The only ones i can think of are all literary or television characters. Is there an actual 'sherlock holmes' or has there ever been?

Alex's Foot - 06:39am Oct 6, 2003 PST(#204 of 210)
Walk lonely in the rain, unashamed that we are not the same.

No, Sherlock Holmes was fictional.

Fran Hinkel - 07:14am Nov 6, 2003 PST(#205 of 210)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

I suppose the most well known would be Allan Pinkerton. I believe he is credited with being the first detective.

He became a deputy Sheriff, and later joined the US Secret Service. During the American Civil War he was Chief of Intelligence on the Union General Maclennanís staff, and was later given the duty of guarding President Lincoln (some years before his assassination, it must be said). After retiring from the post of Head of the Secret Service, he founded the worlds first Private Eye organisation, Pinkertonís National Detective Agency, based in Chicago.

Around the world, his name is synonymous with security and protection. The legendary agency he began nearly one hundred and fifty years ago is still in operation today, as are many of the surveillance and infiltration techniques he originated. His company's trademark symbol, a large, unblinking eye, inspired the term private eye.

Juanita Rose Violini - 12:29pm Nov 6, 2003 PST(#206 of 210)

Oh yes - Pinkerton.

Good to hear from you Fran

Juanita Rose Violini - 10:18pm Feb 22, 2004 PST(#207 of 210)

Hi Everyone,

I'm have a regular mystery contest at our website. Go to and follow the links.

have fun and good luck

Lizzy Ann - 07:24pm Jan 7, 2005 PST(#208 of 210)

I love to write, but I'm having a problem. I have a good story but I'm not sure who is going to kill who. I can have Catherin kill Sara, or have Sara kill all in NJHS. Thats all I'm going to tell. Please tell me your opinion. Please

AT AW - 07:59pm Feb 10, 2005 PST(#209 of 210)
Futile attempt: Trying to concentrate on work or whatever else with this site open! <~_^>

It depends... identify who you can hide the best. Then let that person be the murderer.

Cindi Kiser - 07:33am Apr 22, 2006 PST(#210 of 210)

I've written several mysteries with a detective from the Oklahoma City PD as my protaganist. However, I'm having a hard time finding out how officers react to one another, the victims, etc. Any ideas?

Also, I need reference books on guns, stab wounds, etc. Can't find anything at the bookstores or Writer's Digest.



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