Recipes. Craft instructions. Math puzzles. Party planning tips. Some mysteries these days offer more than an entertaining read. They provide a gateway to a new, more creative lifestyle. Which is wonderful -- so long as that recipe it’s inviting you to try doesn’t include arsenic as a main ingredient.
I like to cook and enjoy dabbling at crafts, but first and foremost I’m a writer. So my favorite book-related recipe is this one, which not only tasty but can help me produce my next novel:
* One villain (or more) with the means, motive and opportunity for murder
* One victim (or more) who has the misfortune to be in the villain’s way or to have something the villain wants
* One likable detective with a good reason to want to solve the crime
* A handful of the usual suspects, and maybe one or two unusual ones if you like that flavor
* Several tablespoons of clues and red herrings
* Two or three cups of conflicts and obstacles
* A large measure of suspense
1. Place the villain and victim in a large bowl and mix until the victim meets an untimely demise.
2. Add the detective to the mixture and blend until you have a thick, plot-like batter.
3. Whisk in clues and red herrings and beat until they are well hidden.
4. Stir in conflicts and obstacles. Note: There will be lumps.
5. Pour the suspense over the batter until it is completely saturated.
6. Transfer the mixture in a bundt pan and bake in the oven of your imagination until done. Baking time may vary from three or four months to several years.
7. Let cool but not too much.
8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle on a chocolate glaze.
9. Cut, serve, and enjoy.
Try baking your own. I promise it’ll be delicious.