College Campus Cozy Mystery – Outline!

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I’ve decided to post every week noting the progress I’ve made while working on a new cozy mystery series. And so… today’s status for the week ending Friday, November 4th, 2016…

  1. We have a tentative book title! “Killed by an Academic Curve Ball” first release in the College Campus Murder Mystery series.
  2. We have an outline! Each chapter has a summary with the key actions, locations and characters prioritized.
  3. We have a timeline! The events leading up to the murder, the murder and the subsequent actions have been put onto a timeline marking the start and end time for each important character (victim, sleuth, killer, suspects and red herrings).
  4. We have a second murder just to make it even more fun!  And it’s got its own timeline.
  5. We have 3 side stories! Need to keep everyone’s attention focused on the murders  but we all love to have a little distraction now and again.
  6. We have little nuggets dropped for future books in the series! Need to think ahead and build out in intricate little web.

With all that said, I guess next week will be all about detailed character descriptions, full of background, physicality, motivations, personality traits and a few key actions that will make you either love them or hate them. See here for a few early descriptions…

But first comes the weekend and a little break. Enjoy!



2 thoughts on “College Campus Cozy Mystery – Outline!

    Faith said:
    November 15, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Nice progress! Do you focus on letting readers try and solve the puzzle using clues about the timeline? Or do you keep the timeline mainly for your own sanity?


    James J. Cudney IV responded:
    November 16, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Thank you. The timeline is definitely for me to work out all the clues, alibis, red herrings and facts. I prefer when a mystery drops enough hints along the way without giving too much away rather than either a complete shock or the obvious answer at the end. Plus, it gives me so many thoughts on plot point and character development. Sanity is the key tho!


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