Better, Faster, Stronger…

by Cate Holahan

Welcome to the new and improved MissDemeanors site, powered by WordPress.

Our goal here is to provide mystery readers and enthusiasts a behind the scenes look at how writers create novels in the genre. We share sources of inspiration, blogs we are reading, walks we are taking, and things we are thinking about.

Daft Punk … Inspiration of the day


We also have plenty of conversations about craft. How much backstory is too much? How can an author effectively vary language without seeming as though she was combing through a thesaurus? What makes a character compelling? How much of the mundane aspects of living should stories include for characters to be believable? How unlikable can a character be for an individual sub-genre? What makes a plot interesting? Red herrings–how to do them right.

We’ll provide our opinions, and we’d love to hear yours.

But why should you care what we think?

Who the heck are we, am I right?

Every regular writer and contributor to this site is a traditionally published author that pens mysteries. We run the gamut of sub-genres: intense cyber thrillers, plot-twisting psychological suspense novels, character-rich supernatural tales, emotional mysteries, and laugh-out-loud cozies. There are award-winners in our ranks and best selling authors. We have something for everyone and lots of varied ideas on what makes a page turner. You can learn more about us, individually, on our about page.

So save us in your favorites and join the conversation. We post every day. (save for this past week when we were transitioning to the new site)

Or, stay in the shadows and read away. We get wanting a little mystery.

It’s a mystery!

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