Mystery Notes. Pattern of most mysteries. Peaceful state : pre-crime, everything is normal in the character’s world. Usually does not last long. Crime takes place : This begins the conflict and rising action of your mystery
Solution/true location of guilt: This is where the crime is actually solved and the conflict is over; typically the CLIMAX
Barney called the police to report a burglary. Detective Finemind answered the call and arrived on the scene. “What did they steal?” he asked.
“All my wife’s jewelry, the TV, VCR, CD player, and computer,” Barney told him. “All the big ticket items. They got in through this window,” he explained.
The window did look as though it had been jimmied.
The two men went outside to examine it. Sure enough, the bottom of the window frame was scraped and scratched. A crowbar lay on the ground.
“Hey, that’s my crowbar,” Barney Fibber said, “That belongs in the garage.”
“Are the stolen items insured?” Detective Finemind asked.
“Oh yes,” Barney answered. “That’s the only good thing about all this.”
“Did they take any big items from the garage?” the detective asked. “Lawn mower, power tools?”
“Nope,” said Barney. “The door’s still locked. It doesn’t even look as though they went in there.”
“Sorry Mr. Fibber,” said Finemind, getting out his handcuffs. “I’m going to have to arrest you for fraud. You robbed yourself didn’t you?”