One of my favorite things about mysteries (movies) are that characters can find, interpret and connect all kinds of obscure articles in just an hour or two…

In the world of mystery writers, there are untold numbers of journalists publishing all kinds of articles with big, bold and clear headlines about every topic imaginable, and always-available librarians can access these articles in just a few minutes. Our characters then can read countless numbers of these articles, interpret their meanings, sift them for small clues, and tie all the dots together — all in just a couple of hours after lunch at the local library.  And if the protagonist has a friend or partner with them, that person can read over their shoulder and there is never any bickering or sniping at each other despite being locked away in a windowless room reading small print on a computer or machine.  Field of Dreams, The Changeling, The Ring, and countless other films have all used this neat trick.  I wish life were like that – it would saved me a *ton* of time writing thesis papers in college, plus would help me diagnose — and help my doctors cure —  a few of my mysterious health ailments.  

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One of my favorite things about mysteries (movies) are that characters can find, interpret and connect all kinds of obscure articles in just an hour or two…

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