Welcome to the sixth instalment of Story behind the stories. This week, I will be talking about 'Case of the Scheming Widow' which is chapter 9 of the short story collection.
Case of the Scheming Widow
I’ve grown up on mysteries. I love reading Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ellery Queen and other classic mystery writers. I love to watch mysteries as much as I love to read them. Therefore, this story was an obvious choice. Now, here is the twist. My logic sucks. My planning is worse.
I’ve been making vain attempts at writing a mystery novel since I was twelve years old. A few years ago, I downloaded a ‘foolproof’ chapter by chapter formula for writing a mystery novel. However, me being me, I didn’t manage to write one. The logic collapsed before it took shape. Writing mystery is both a science and an art. Releasing the right amount of information at the right time is tricky. Holding the reader’s interest is trickier. But, the climax is the most difficult. If it is not satisfying, it’s no good.
Anyway, a time travelling detective was the best thing I could come up with to cure my lack of logic. The ‘time travel’ part automatically eliminated any need for logic. The story is set in historical England. This is the first mystery in the ‘Detective Adams’ series. At this point, I’m not sure if there will be any more.
However, the allure of mystery remains. I understand that this is not the golden age for cozy mysteries. Thrillers are much better suited to today’s ADD audience with fast paced lives. I too am better at writing thrillers than mysteries. There are many good mystery writers in the market. Recently Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) released the Cuckoo’s calling series which topped the bestseller lists. This is perhaps testament to the fact that the thirst for intellectual satisfaction never dies. Or perhaps that mystery as a genre still has a sizeable audience. I don't know. I can only hope that I get better at writing mysteries before my next book comes out.
Case of the scheming widow comes with the signature ‘twist’ that is a trademark of all the stories in this collection. The story trailer can be viewed on my youtube channel. Case of the Scheming Widow is the longest story in this book. Read it to find out more. The first part of the story is available on my blog. I will add the link at the end of this post. Into the Light releases on 28th October, 2015. The purchase links are at the end of this post.
Thank you for reading through this post. I will see you again with another anecdote. Follow ‘The Story behind stories’ series on my blog or through my social media. If you want to support me, click on the link below to purchase ‘Into the Light’, my debut short story collection that contains ‘Case of the scheming widow’ and eight other stories.
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Part 1 of the story (unedited): http://www.pwish.net/blog/short-story-wednesdays-8-case-of-the-scheming-widow