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Awesome answer really clears this up for me. I have read that without red herrings every book written would be just a short story.Now this makes sense to me. Now I just need to learn to write red herrings, LOL
suzzy hope you noted what Mick said, the red herring is such a obvious build up that you wait for patrick to turn up with real culprit. so the minute the team picks someone up we know he is not the culprit.