The author reveals the mystery of the art of writing

AUTHOR and Henley Standard Critic Philip Gooden will offer some advice on the art of writing mystery novels at a talk at Sonning Common Library on Tuesday evening.

It will answer questions such as “How many suspects is too many?” and explain why every fictional detective has to have amnesia.

Mr Gooden says: “Mysteries and thrillers are the most popular genre of fiction, whether on the pages or on the screen.

“Perhaps in response to stressful times, Agatha Christie-style thrillers are experiencing a revival right now.

“Paradoxically, although dealing with violence and death, a traditional mystery lends itself to reassuring reading or viewing.

“Yet thrillers also operate by rules that ensure the reader feels both teased and satisfied.”

Mr Gooden, who lives in Holton, near Oxford, is a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction books.

Some of his works have been described as “history meets mystery”, with murder mysteries set in Shakespeare’s time and a series where Geoffrey Chaucer investigates crime in medieval times.

Mr. Gooden has also written extensively on interesting aspects of linguistics, including Bad words and what they say about us.

• The Seven Golden Rules of Mysterious Writing, a lecture by Philip Gooden, is at Sonning Common Library in Grove Road on Tuesday May 24 at 7pm. Tickets cost £5, which include a glass of wine, are available from the library.

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