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Mystery Writer: Add a Bit of the Supernatural
Let's Spice It Up ...
What’s a true mystery without a bit of the unexplained? Yes, it is great when you read a murder mystery and you find out at the end that “the Butler did it?” However, what would happen if there was an unexplained phenomenon?
There are unique times when we want to use our imagination regarding an issue. It puts a hint of speculation when you read about a character experiencing something that has not been explained. This article is about writing your story to your select audience who really enjoy a mystery!
Here are some excerpts from a new mini-series I am writing called "The Christmas Cottage:"
It was nearing midnight when Webster, Hugo and Jenny made their way to what looked like a sudden clearing. The threesome had finally completed their trek and were ready for an end to this madness. What seemed like a defrayal was actually the highway! After maneuvering their way through marshlands and almost stumbling into a pit of quicksand; Webster, Hugo and Jenny had escaped, it seemed, out of their present danger in relatively good condition.
Nevertheless, there was still that very eerie darkness behind them and the trio was reaching total exhaustion. In the distance, they noticed a pair of ominous headlights approaching from the direction of the Christmas Cottage. The first inclination of the trio was to run back into the woods and duck behind a tree. However, as the vehicle came within range, Hugo recognized it as friendly.
“It’s Josh; he must be looking for us.” Hugo said in total liberation as the late model red Dodge Ram cruised by.
A Very Dark Night ...
“Good old Josh to the rescue.” Webster stated with relief and then wonder. “Why did he change the signal? And where in blue blazes is he going?”
“Josh … Josh who the hell is Josh?” A nearly hysterical Jenny inquired looking from Hugo to Webster.
“On your trip to the cottage, you and your husband must have met him. He is the proprietor of the Westville General Store—that old wooden two-story building at the end of Main Street.” Webster replied to the frighten woman.
“Oh … the old conger who tried to warn Clay and me about the Christmas Cottage Inn.” Jenny recalled the man’s insistence that they not venture there.
“Yep … he would be the one.” Hugo smiled at Jenny.
Meanwhile, Josh happened to look into his rear view mirror.
“Now, I know Hugo told me to meet him around here somewhere, I think I need to backtrack. It’s dark out here and Missy Jenny is probably scared out of her mind, poor girl.” Josh replied attempting to turn his truck around on the deserted road.
The muffled sound was as if Josh had hit something or something had hit his truck.
However, caution and common sense told the old man that he had better just keep going and not turn back to see what’s happened.
“I ain’t crazy.” Josh mumbled to himself as he made the wide U turn to retrace his journey.
A Ram in the Bush
It happened again as he completed his turn. With the quick wit of a younger man, Josh gunned the motor and with tires screeching he headed back for his store. Hugo recognized Josh’s red Dodge Ram just in time and jumped out of the way as Josh slamed on the breaks.
“What the …” Hugo snarled as Josh rolled down the window.
“Don’t say another word, just get into the iruck. I don’t know what’s going on back there but it almost shook my “Daisy” here. And Daisy is a pretty heavy truck.
The sound of distant growling could be heard as the trio got into the truck. Josh threw the vehicle into gear and careened down the road in the direction of his General Store. No one said a word as they wondered what the heck was going on now!
“Do you think it’s safe to go back to the store. They will definitely look for us there first.” Hugo began.
“I think you’re right!” Josh said, “But don’t worry, I know of a little place just north of my General Store.”
“You’ve got a plan don’t you—you sly old fox?” Webster replied finally able to smile.
Josh smiled back as he head with lightning speed into the distance.
“The game’s afoot alright!” Hugo grinned, “Now it’s our turn!”
Now I will be able to either build on what the characters will do next regarding their plans against the evil culprits at the Christmas Cottage or I can emphasize the strange bumps and sounds that will be prevalent throughout the series. I will no doubt do both.
Make your mystery a little different from the ordinary. Experiment with different techniques until you find one that is appealing. Then try it out on your friends or even your online community. Enjoy writing and it will be a rewarding pastime.