No Smoke Without Fire*

I love this blog. Margot has an amazing understanding of the mystery genre . I thought I would share this post. Enjoy.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, ‘There’s no smoke without fire.’ That belief – that a story doesn’t generally start unless there’s a kernel of truth to it – is part of the reason so many people believe gossip. It’s also why, if someone is a ‘person of interest’ in a criminal investigation, it can be so hard to get rid of that stigma, even after someone else is shown to be guilty.

It may not be the most appealing quality we humans have, but that old saying can make for a very interesting layer of character development, tension, and even plot points in crime fiction. There are many examples in the genre, of course. Here are just a few; I know you’ll think of lots more.

Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone begins at the Palace of Seringaptam in 1799. During the storming of the palace, Colonel John Herncastle takes…

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Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens… Jo-Ann Carson writes a saucy mix of fantasy, adventure and romance. Her latest release is Midnight Magic a Ghost & Abby mystery, which is a spin off from her Gambling Ghosts Series (i.e., A Highland Ghost for Christmas …). Under the pen name Doomsday Carson she writes the post-apocalyptic series Bête Noire. Her two romantic-suspense series are called: Mata Hari and Vancouver Blues. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire.

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