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A Stranger Comes to Town & Other Newly Iconic Plots

Depending on the source, there are as few as three or as many as thirty-six plots. (Foster-Harris’s trio includes “happy ending,” “unhappy ending,” and “super unhappy ending” AKA “tragedy,” while

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DVD Review– Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe: The Complete Series and Nero Wolfe (Italian language series)

  Alongside Perry Mason, Nero Wolfe is the foremost American fictional detective.  Created by Rex Stout, the Wolfe mysteries spanned four decades and have been continued by Robert Goldsborough.  Wolfe

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Sisters in Literature: Wonderful companions or competitors with a tinge of arsenic?

The inspiration for this piece on sisters has been brewing in me since I was six years old when my little sister Susan aged three, sadly died from pneumonia. I’ve

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Why Setting Must Be Antagonistic

A trait of a bestselling writer is the ability to raise the stakes for the protagonist. A writer often turns to obvious means of adding stress, tension, and conflict through

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Exclusive Interview with Wilbur Smith

Your books have sold a collective 130 million copies worldwide. What is the secret to writing a book that readers from any culture can enjoy? I believe good adventure writing

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Writing Tip #1: Talk to Real People

As someone who has been writing police procedurals on the page and on the screen for more than thirty years, I take research for my books and TV shows very

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BOOK OF THE WEEK: THE CHALK MAN By C.J. Tudor

BOOK OF THE WEEK: THE CHALK MAN By C.J. Tudor New York: Crown, 2018. $27.00 C.J. Tudor is something of a Renaissance woman. Before circumstances enabled her to write full-time,

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REVIEW OF THE WEEK: SLEEP NO MORE:  Six Murderous Tales By P.D. James

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2017, $21.00 The venerable P.D. James died in 2014.  In 2016, The Mistletoe Murder and other stories (a total of four) was released.  Now there

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Rules for Aspiring Techno-Thriller Writers…

Rules for Aspiring Techno-Thriller Writers: I’ve been asked several times for advice to new writers. I started making a list, and it’s gotten a lot longer than I expected. These

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Those With Badges and Those Without Badges: Five Characters You Should Know More About…

Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of heroes in crime fiction: those who have badges and those who don’t. The inhabitants of the first category—cops, spies, prosecutors–have power, resources and

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