Don’t Fear the Spoiler (or How The Last of Sheila Taught Me That the Twists Don’t Matter)

Written by Allan Mott For many people, the key aspect of enjoying a murder mystery comes from being successfully kept in the dark. Clues are given, but in such a way that the author is still able to convincingly surprise us when the murderer’s identity is revealed at the end. But—more often than not—this is done clumsily and most intelligent viewers can spot who the killer is long before the story takes us there. Done properly, it’s like a magic trick performed by a master. With clever misdirection, the storyteller is able to pull off a bravura coup de grace … Continue reading Don’t Fear the Spoiler (or How The Last of Sheila Taught Me That the Twists Don’t Matter)