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Subject: How smart are you?
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 8:44 PM ET
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How often do you figure out the killer or solve the mysteries in the books you read?  With the mystery I just finished reading, Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder, I figured out half of the mystery.  On the whole though, I tend to be kind of clueless, but usually I can take a stab at guessing who the killer is.  I'd say I can figure it out about 50% of the time. 

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 11:22 PM ET
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Most of the time, I've gotten so I figure it out, or at least parts of it, well in advance. Maybe 85% of the time? I don't know that it's about being smart, I think after you read a ton of mysteries you just learn all the tricks and plot devices. I have to say, though, most of the time it's a 'gut feeling.' Sometimes even when the bad guy is first introduced on page 23 or whatever, I'll say, "That's the guy!" I won't know why or how but I'll know he/she is going to be the killer. I don't know if it's something authors do that broadcast it that I'm able to pick up on or what, but it happens way too often.

Most of the time that doesn't stop me from enjoying the story though. And to me it's always a big bonus if I don't figure it out, like a special treat. LOL


Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 2/5/2009 5:23 AM ET
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I'm with Cheryl.  I just finished Tool & Die by Sarah Graves and the minute the author introduced the killer I knew with absolutely no evidence at all that was the bad 'un.  Then I had to finish the book to see if I was right.

As Cheryl said, I just read a lot of mysteries and seem to "know".  I don't want to say it's being smart.  I really enjoy not being able to figure it out.

Well, just a prime example.  I was reading Eggs in Purgatory.  As soon as the author introduced the character I "knew" he was the killer.  I actually reread the passage to see if there was something to give it away.  Maybe just a "used" senario.  I'm not sure - it just popped into my head and I knew. 

Edited for spelling - jeez!

Last Edited on: 2/19/09 6:53 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/5/2009 10:38 AM ET
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I try very very hard NOT to figure it out, because I enjoy the ride. However- a few times I have figured them out very early even with my best attempts not to, and also a few times I have become so attached to a secondary character that I "peeked" to see if they did it.