Shakespeare’s Macbeth contains all the ingredients of good crime fiction. It has a murderer, means, motive, opportunity, and alibis, all interwoven into a tension filled storyline. Most importantly, it delves into the soul of a man who has committed such a wicked crime. Continue reading Portraying a Murderer: 4 Lessons from Macbeth
“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.”
When staring at a blank sheet of paper, write down this timeless advice from G. K Chesterton’s detective story, The Blue Cross. Notice how the criminal comes first, then the detective. Given the truckloads of crime novels cramming every bookshop, it’s easy to fall back on tried and tested templates, even clichés. We forget why crime fiction has become a timeless genre – not because of our dishevelled detectives, but because someone is driven to crime. That should be our focus. Continue reading 4 Methods to Make Your Crime Fiction Stand Out
Do you love crime fiction? I do. The thrill of the chase, the use of cold logic, and the moral triumph of catching the villain have hooked me since childhood. Whilst other kids were into Harry Potter, I was swallowing The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Somewhere along the line, in a fit of bravado, I thought, I can write this.
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