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E.L. Tettensor is the author of the Nicolas Lenoir series of fantasy mysteries. She lives with her husband in Burundi, Africa, where she spends her time working, writing, and defending her home and garden against the insidious, creeping onslaught of the jungle – which is possibly why she equates the colour green with evil. You can learn more at her website, www.eltettensor.com.

How To Spice Up a Mystery Story with Speculative Fiction

by E.L. Tettensor

“I couldn’t put it down.”

The five little words every author wants to hear. For mystery writers, especially, this is the Holy Grail of review language. The validation of every plot twist, every cleverly placed clue, every chapter left teetering on the edge of a cliff like a school bus in a Superman movie.

So, what makes it work? What turns a reasonably paced read into a ravenous, up-till-two-in-the-morning page burner?
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