Mystery Stories

Homework Assignments

Wednesday, Aug. 23 - Read “The Purloined Letter” (handout) and write Portfolio Entry #2: How is this story similar to and different from ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’?”

Thursday, Aug. 24 - Read “Suspicion” (handout).  Have your PowerPoint nearly ready at the start of the day (you’ll have 40 minutes to make final preparations and print out your group handouts)

Friday, Aug. 25 - Read “Silver Blaze” (Dover book) and write Portfolio Entry #6: Discuss two characters (other than Holmes and Watson) in this story and what each one’s function is”

Monday, Aug. 28 - Read “A Scandal in Bohemia” (in book) and start to bring in your materials for your group’s crime scene.

Tuesday, Aug. 29 - Read Chap. 1-5 in A Murder is Announced

Wednesday, Aug. 30 - Read Chap. 6-9 in A Murder is Announced .  Bring notes on your story tomorrow for peer sharing.

Thursday, Aug. 31 - Read Chap. 10-15 in A Murder is Announced.  Continue working on your short story.

Friday, Sept. 1 - Read Chap. 16-20 in A Murder is Announced. Bring in stuff Monday for your crime diorama. Work on your story.  You’ll need 5 typed pages by Wednesday.

(Monday in Labor Day.)

Tuesday, Sept. 5 - Read Chap. 21-23 + Epilogue in A Murder is Announced.  Bring in at least 5 typed pages of your story tomorrow. Continue to bring in materials for your crime diorama.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 - Read Chapters 1-10 in The ABC Murders.  Your writing portfolio is due by Friday.  The final draft of your mystery story is due by Monday.

Thursday, Sept. 7 - Read Chapters 11-19 in The ABC Murders.  Your writing portfolio is due tomorrow.  The final draft of your mystery story is due by Monday (TWO copies, please — one for me, and one for the Fair).  Continue to bring in materials for your crime diorama.

Friday, Sept. 8 - Finish The ABC Murders by Monday.  The final draft of your mystery story is due by Monday (print two copies for me).

Monday, Sept. 11 - Bring in materials and preparations for the Intensive Fair tomorrow afternoon.

Mysteries in General

Everything about mysteries

Mystery fan/reader organization

Subgenres of mystery and crime fiction

The differences among mystery and crime genres

Tropes (conventions and figurative expressions) often found in mysteries

8 Classic detective novels that aren’t Sherlock Holmes

The Locked Room Mystery

Sherlock Holmes: Analysis of his Personality  

Common Misconceptions about Sherlock 

Mistakes of the Modern Adaptations of Sherlock Holmes  

Tiny Crime Scenes  

Murder in Miniature

Hold these tiny crime scenes in the palm of your hand

Documentary: Of Dolls and Murder


Murders in the Rue Morgue

The Purloined Letter

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Problem of Cell 13

The Invisible Man (G.K. Chesterton)

Silver Blaze

The Empty House

The Adventure of the Dancing Men

The Case of the Perfect Maid

The Blue Cross

Witness for the Prosecution (short story)

Agatha Christie

Comprehensive site of her works

Article: How Agatha Christie created the modern murder mystery

Article: In Praise of Agatha Christie’s Accidental Sleuths

Her play “The Mousetrap” has run more for than 3000 performances

She outlines her working method (3-minute interview)

10 Things You Might not Know about Her

The best movies based on her works

Solving Mysteries and Puzzles

Monthly interactive solve-it mini-mysteries

Monthly mini-mysteries with a twist

See-and-solve crime scene mysteries

Monthly photo mini-mysteries

Three very short mysteries to solve

5-Minute Mysteries online

11 Quick Murder Mystery Riddles

More quick detective riddles