Course Description

In six sessions, students will dive into mystery, thriller, and crime fiction. The course will be led by five published mystery and crime authors, all of whom are members of Triangle Sisters in Crime. The Sisters will reveal clues on the history of mystery, golden age of mystery rules, mystery elements, the hero's journey, and the role of humor and suspense in keeping us glued to the page. Students will learn to recognize clue types and red herrings, and how to spot the unreliable narrator a mile away. Have pad and pen ready, because one session will focus on subgenres of mystery—cozy, sports, humor, historical, horror, pot boiler, legal, PI—with the latest and greatest recommended titles for each. Those enrolled as "active participants" will debate the pros and cons of mystery tropes such as the femme fatale, country manor, or cerebral detective. Students will gain a deeper understand of the craft of mystery fiction and its many components. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
Exploring Mysteries: Solving the Mystery of Mysteries
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Sep 13, 2021 to Oct 18, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Please note: Before the first class meeting, students are expected to read one mystery of their choosing and be eager to discuss it.

Guest Speakers:

Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of more than 25 mystery books, including the Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mystery series, written as Winnie Archer. Visit Melissa's website melissabourbon.com, follow her on facebook.com/MelissaBourbonWinnieArcherBooks, or follow her on instagram.com/bookishly_cozy.

 Diane Kelly, a former assistant state attorney general and tax adviser, writes funny mysteries that feature feisty female lead characters and their furry, four-footed friends. She is the author of over 30 novels and novellas, including the Death & Taxes, Paw Enforcement, and House-Flipper Mystery series. Her Southern Homebrew Moonshine mystery series and her Mountain Lodge mystery series are coming soon. Find her at dianekelly.com, Twitter and Instagram @DianeKellyBooks, and facebook.com/DianeKellyBooks/. 

Nora Gaskin spent more than 24 years as a stockbroker and financial adviser. Her first published novel, "Until Proven: A Mystery in 2 Parts," appeared in October 2012. In 2013, Nora published a nonfiction book, "Time of Death." Her second novel, "The Worst Thing," appeared in May 2018. Nora's website is noragaskin.com. Find her on facebook.com/Nora-Gaskin-Tells-Stories-106880717633647, on Twitter @noragaskin1, and on Instagram @noratellsstories. 

Molly Weston has reviewed and lectured about mysteries for some three decades. She hosts the virtual “Molly on Mysteries” for Cary’s Page Walker Cultural Arts Center. For many years she organized and hosted author minitours in the Triangle. In 2015 the Mystery Writers of America gave her the Raven Award for outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing. She edited the Triangle Sisters in Crime quarterly for 10 years.