Making My Entrance Again*

Interesting to read of the different ways to introduce a sleuth. I thought they were introduced on page one but I see there are other ways to do so.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

In most crime novels (not all) there’s a sleuth, or at least a protagonist who finds out the truth about a crime. Sometimes, the sleuth appears from the very beginning of a novel. Other times, we don’t meet the sleuth until much later.

Both approaches have advantages. If we meet the victim and those in the victim’s circle first, this lets us get to know those characters, and get a sense of why one or another would want to kill (or would be a likely victim). On the other hand, if we meet the sleuth first, we get to know that person well, and that allows the reader to identify with the sleuth.

Agatha Christie wrote both sorts of novels. In Hickory, Dickory Dock, for instance, Hercule Poirot says the first line of dialogue in the novel. He notices that his usually frighteningly efficient secretary, Felicity Lemon, has made…

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