Posted on 05/15/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

At its simplest, a mystery novel is a puzzle.

But as Zara Altair points out, there are certain features to the puzzle that readers have come to expect from the genre.

You’ll certainly guess some of the tropes, while you may not have thought of others unless you’re used to examining mystery literature very closely.

Visit Altair’s Write Time blog to familiarize yourself with the key tropes of a successful mystery novel.

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