SUDDEN FEAR – A playwright fires an actor as she workshops her play prior to opening night. Sudden Fear by Edna Sherry inspired the movie starring Joan Crawford in 1952. Myra Hudson becomes embroiled in a tangled web of a murder plot, a double cross, jealous rivals, a frame job and a counter attack. With her husband, a bourgeois girl she saves from drowning, her secretary and her financial advisor. This classic novel of psychological suspense novel keeps the reader guessing as the author lets the elaborate plot unravel. This is a must read!
NINE WRONG ANSWERS – An imposter is framed for murder – where the reader matches wits with the author to dispel the ‘wrong answers’ – and conceals the murderer. The Nine Wrong Answers by John Dickson Carr uses an ingenious device, footnotes that proceed through the novel, to arrive at the final chapter titled ‘The Nine Right Answers’. Evidence builds along the way but the protagonist is outguessed at every turn. Carr is a classic mystery writer, if you are inclined to read a whodunit, don’t miss this opportunity!
GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – A journalist pairs with a private investigator to uncover the truth of a young girl’s disappearance. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson was published posthumously – he died suddenly of a heart attack – shortly after the delivery of the manuscript to the publisher. This is a locked room murder mystery, where alternate story lines are merged later on, that follows a sprawling cast of characters. The topics are controversial; murder, rape, racism, torture. But the lengthy novel works, because the author takes the time to let the characters and plot unwind naturally.
4 LESSONS IN CREATIVITY BY JOHN CLEESE – This post contains a snippet from the full article, see below for the link. You may not recognize the name John Cleese, but you are certainly familiar with Monty Python. He talks about tapping into the unconscious and the right side of the brain. As artists we must turn off the editor analyzer tape that constantly runs in our brains.