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Hiding clues in a murder mystery novel

There is a certain kind of murder mystery that belongs to the golden age of mystery fiction. This is the so-called play-fair mystery that was pioneered by Dorothy L Sayers, Agatha Christie, and the writers of Ellery Queen. It is constructed in such a way that the...

Flashbacks, time jumps, and head hopping

If a flashback is a backwards jump in narrative time, and a time jump is a forwards jump, then head hopping is usually a sideways jump. Another possibility is to have two or more narratives running concurrently, often from different time periods. We've all read novels...

Gus Silber reviews SPIRE

Acclaimed South African journalist Gus Silber was kind enough to post this review of SPIRE online recently. What I love about it is that he really gets what attracted me to the South Pole setting - the extreme weather, the appalling isolation, and the sheer hostility...

When research becomes an information dump

A hard lesson The first book I did serious research for was Trinity On Air. It was my second published novel. With my first novel, Trinity Rising, I was writing about what I knew, which was being a student at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape. Trinity On Air was...

The use of cliff-hangers in building suspense in fiction

Serialisation might appear to be no more than a footnote from literary history, but it is not as antiquated as it seems. You probably picture Charles Dickens writing his novels in serialised form for Victorian newspapers, and spinning the plot out so he could earn...

Spire – chapter 3

“Nurse!” Kelebile rushed over just in time to catch the man in his arms as he collapsed. “Where are we going to put him?” he said, staggering a little. “All the beds are full.” There were only three beds in the sick-bay and they were indeed all full. “The room next to...

Spire – chapter 2

The patient was heaving on the bed as the monitors screamed. His details flicked through Caroline’s brain. Forty-two-year-old male. Stocky build. Non-smoker. No history of asthma or bronchial complications. Presented two days ago with a URTI. Became feverish overnight...

Spire – Chapter 1

“We watched all three of The Thing movies in order.  It’s a tradition. When the last plane leaves for the winter, everyone gets together in the recreation room and watches them on the big screen. There’s a superstition that if we don’t stick to the tradition it will...

Fiona Snyckers

Fiona Snyckers is a published South African author. Her novels include: Trinity Rising, Trinity On Air, Team Trinity & Now Following You. Purchase your book today.

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