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August 19, 2013

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Mysti Berry

I've never read Carr, but going to start now--Agatha Christie was WAY smarter than I was, so I never guessed one of her books.

I had to put a second character in a locked room to let my readers know an offstage death wasn't a locked-room mystery, merely one of many why-dunnit elements. I doff my hat to your puzzle building, that's hard work--but the payoff is so much fun for us when we read it!!!!

Susan Shea

I'd forgotten about Carr, so thanks for the reminder. Last night, Masterpiece Mystery offered a new version (but not different or better, I thought) of an old favorite - on a locked train. sort of! There's still interest in this puzzle format, although modern readers want more action, less thinking. Happy that you've picked up the mantle of the puzzle masters!

Lisa Alber

Great post, Gigi. I, too, have never read Carr, but you've got me curious now!

Camille Minichino

You do the genre proud, Gigi! Your locked room stories are a pleasure to read. And Jaya Jones, well, give us more!

Gigi Pandian

Mysti and Lisa -- You should definitely check out Carr! Read reviews before you buy a specific book, as there's a wide variation with some being fantastic and some not so great.

Gigi Pandian

Susan, that's great to hear about Masterpiece Mystery -- I haven't been watching lately so I'll have to go look it up.

Gigi Pandian

Thanks, Camille! You'll be happy to hear that I just sent in last revisions to my editor for the second Jaya book that's coming out in February :)

Judy Penz Sheluk

Love this - I fell in love with mysteries because of Dame Agatha. I am putting Carr on my reading list.

Pat morin

I love how you do the closed room mysteries. I'm impressed with that. Looking forward to your next book. Yay Gigi!

Margaret Lucke

It's been a while since I've read Carr. I should go back and revisit his books. I'm impressed by minds -- like his and yours, Gigi -- that can construct a locked-room mystery.

Gigi Pandian

Judy, I hope you enjoy Carr. As I mentioned in another comment above, his books can be hit or miss, so don't be put off if you come across a stinker.

Thanks, Pat! I haven't pulled off a locked-room mystery in a full-length novel yet, but I love writing short stories with that type of puzzle.

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