The main character reveals something surprising about the puzzle that no one expected. The main character is about to be hurt in some way. If their answer is incorrect, they'll be encouraged to return to the mystery and try again. Solve the mystery of a stolen diamond with Max as she journeys across Europe aboard a sleeper train and help her find the answers she so desperately seeks on her whirlwind adventure.
Dress your character in your favorite clothes. Include some thrilling cliffhangers to keep the story entertaining. The Clockwork Sparrow takes readers back to the heyday of department stores for some international crime-solving — the Edwardian period is beautifully detailed and you'll find yourself wishing you could visit your very own Sinclair's!
The best way to create a main character is to base it on yourself!
Have the adults not believe the main character when he's trying to tell them about the mystery, so he has to solve it himself or with his friends. Create an intriguing mystery with a puzzle to solve. Build up the tension to keep the story exciting.
Maybe there's something outside the window that seems puzzling? The easiest way to create a setting is to use a place you know well, such as home or school. Your character needs something mysterious to happen so he can solve the puzzle.
Immerse yourself in clue-hunting and who-dunnit sleuthing with this choice of classic and magical mysteries from primary school teacher and children's literature reviewer Scott Evans.