Saturday, April 14, 2012

M Is For Murder, Mayhem and...

M is for Murder, Mayhem and My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper by Billie A Williams
M is for murder and mayhem, and causing confusion is one way to get away with murder. 

When a mystery writer considers murder there is a wealth of choices to consider. (Even choosing is or are is sometimes a hard consideration {smile}) First, is it a murder by accident, or made to look like an accident. Was it an unintentional circumstance that killed someone? Someone argued, pushed another person, she fell; her head hit a hard object, dead. Not murder, but now proof must confirm that decision.

Will your victim be poisoned over time as in The Yellow Wallpaper? The unlimited variety and methods of poisoning allow someone to write a never ending series—death by arsenic to—well you get the picture. 

How about, death or murder by extreme fear. Yes, that is possible. Extreme fear was used for one of the murders in The Pink Lady Slipper; a knife was one of the weapons in Knapsack Secrets

 Guns are popular murder weapons, but what kind? There are so many possibilities with fire arms from an AK47 to a Derringer pistol, to a toy cannon or a bb gun.

Is the murder made to look like suicide? In AntiqueArmor one of the murders was. Money Isn't Everything, nothing is as it seems – suicides, murder, and frame ups are all included.  

 My Brother's Keeper employs those long dead who play as big a part in the attempted murder of the protagonist as anything else.

Serial murders and their murderers, as in Tracker, depicted to be extracting revenge by taking one life or more. Murder is a topic that it would take whole books to analyze all the methods and means. Unsolved murder, cold case files, provide enough intrigue for the staunchest mystery writer. Jack the Ripper continues to get ink from bestselling authors and amateurs alike.

No murder case is ever over until it's solved. How many books are spawned by those unsolved cases?

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