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Mysteries are one of the most popular and diverse genres in fiction today. They sell by the millions and hundreds of authors have established long and successful careers in mystery writing. The contemporary mystery offers immense opportunities for the creation of quirky protagonists, unusual settings, stories with social or political relevance, and even for books that put new twists on the genre or that seem to defy the demands of the genre altogether. Nevertheless, writing a mystery demands certain key skills and a knowledge of what works in this particular area of fiction.
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