Even though I'm still working on my chopped line novel, I've got another story rolling around in the back of my mind. I'm excited about it. But, I'm also a little nervous because it's a mystery, and I don't know how to write mysteries. I don't feel like I've read very many mysteries other than the Boxcar Children when I was about nine or ten.
So, I went to the library and got a bunch of different mystery novels. I got a couple Nancy Drew books (which are in the children's section of the library--which debunks my whole idea about how children's books need to have main characters who are children...). And I got a couple mysteries by Nevada Barr about a park ranger that goes around solving crimes in national parks (they're adult novels). And I got some weird looking mysteries about Sammy Keyes (also from the children's section).
So far, I think I can do better than Carolyn Keene on writing mysteries (no offense to the Nancy Drew fans out there!). But I also think I'm learning a few things about mystery writing from reading her books--even if she uses the phrase "the young sleuth" way too much.
My mystery is going to be awesome. I already know who my main character/detective will be (sort of) and where it will be set and who some of the suspects are and who the culprit is. I'm super excited.
I don't want to spill too much info because I want to maintain my enthusiasm for it long enough to get it written down, but I'll tell you this much: it will be a middle grade (8-12 yrs) mystery about wildfires.
Do you know any good mystery novels?
Any mysteries involving fire?