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June 13, 2013


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Pat morin

And sometimes, like Benjamin Black/John Blanville, the British character is the humor in a mystery. Those types of stories are fun.

Susan Shea

It's still a trick to pull it off without seeming to be callous or shallow. Callous works because it gives us insight to a character. Shallow does too, I guess, but I don't take as much character meaning from the instances where I infer that from the story/dialogue. In my books, it's a constant struggle - is this the right place for flippancy or is it jarring and off-putting?


Susan, you definitely have to be careful, especially with the main character. If the jokes come across as insensitive, you could easily alienate readers.


Pat, I haven't read anything by Benjamin Black. Sounds like I need to check him out!

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