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The Technique of the Mystery Story

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Author: Carolyn Wells
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 95,357 / 285 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,389
Added to site: 2007.03.24
mnybks.net#: 16363

A complete practical guide for detective and mystery story writers of today. How to arrange, invent, plot out, develop and narrate ingenious, convincing, and baffling stories of crime.

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e really useful on occasion.

   Then there is the riddle propounded by Samson. It is perhaps the first prize competition in this line on record, the prize being thirty sheets and thirty changes of garments for a correct solution. The riddle was this: "Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness." The answer was, "A honeycomb in the body of a dead lion."

   The classic "Riddle of the Sphinx" is mythological rather than historical, and belongs to the Grecian deity, not the Egyptian Sphinx. Its date is unauthenticated, but at least it wears the halo of antiquity, for Sophocles wrote of it in the Fourth Century B.C.

   Samson has been called the Father of Riddles, but merely because his famous riddle was among the first to creep into print. Doubtless older and better ones were buried in an oblivion from which they can never be disinterred.

   "Out of the eater," propounded 1200 B.C., does not strike us as an exqui

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2012.01.25
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Downladed on a whim and found that the author recommends many of her contemporaries' works. Try it as a source for new reads.


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