Mystery Stories

Homework Assignments

Wednesday, Aug. 22 - Read “The Purloined Letter” (handout) and write Portfolio Entry #3: How is this story similar to and different from ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’?”

Thursday, Aug. 23 - Read “Suspicion” (handout).  Have your PowerPoint nearly ready at the start of the day (you’ll have 30 minutes to make final preparations and print out your group handouts)

Friday, Aug. 24 - 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. 27 - Read “The Dancing Men” (in book) and do Prompt #8 (“Discuss two different moods in this tory and how Doyle creates each of those moods”).   Start to bring in your materials for your group’s crime scene.

Tuesday, Aug. 28 - Read Chap. 1-5 in A Murder is Announced.  Continue to bring in materials for your crime scene.

Wednesday, Aug. 29 - Read Chap. 6-9 in A Murder is Announced .  Bring notes on your story in two days for peer sharing.  Bring all materials for your crime scene tomorrow.

Thursday, Aug. 30 - Read Chap. 10-15 in A Murder is Announced.  Have your typed notes on your story ready for tomorrow.

Friday, Aug. 31 - Read Chap. 16-20 in A Murder is Announced. Bring in stuff Tuesday for your crime diorama. By Tuesday, have 3 typed pages done on your story.

(Monday is Labor Day.)

Tuesday, Sept. 4 - Read Chap. 21-23 + Epilogue in A Murder is Announced.  Bring in at least 5 typed pages of your story tomorrow. The final draft is due Friday.  The portfolio is due Thursday.

Wednesday, Sept. 5 - Read Chapters 1-10 in The ABC Murders.  Your writing portfolio is due tomorrow right after lunch.  The final draft of your mystery story is due by Friday (TWO copies, please — one for me, and one for the Fair). 

Thursday, Sept. 7 - Read Chapters 11-19 in The ABC Murders.   Continue to bring in materials for your crime diorama.

Friday, Sept. 8 - Finish The ABC Murders by Monday.  

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