Being a mystery buff, Confessions of a Mystery Novelist is a blog I follow regularly for its insight, humour, and sometimes the suggestion of a book I haven’t read yet that sounds great. Margot’s blog never disappoints me. I hope you enjoy my Sunday reblog!
There are lots of reasons why smart people do stupid things. All sorts of factors (denial, greed, and fear being a few) play roles in what we do; intelligence is only one of them. We all have those ‘blind spots’ though. And in crime fiction, when smart people make foolish choices, the result can bring real trouble. This sort of plot thread has to be done carefully; otherwise, it takes away from a character’s credibility, and can pull a reader out of a story. Still, when it’s done well, it can make for a solid layer of suspense and character development.
For instance, in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Red-Headed League, we are introduced to pawn shop owner Mr…
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