Who Dun It?
By Bernard Shaw
Who dun It?
I read a detective story yesterday. It is not often that I read detective stories but I could not find a science fiction to suit me in the newsagents. I started reading and after the first three pages I knew who dun it. It was the gardener. Strangely enough it always seems to be the Gardener. Now I have known many gardeners in my long life and not one of them had committed a murder. This tale is a plea to all writers of detective stories not to make the Gardener the murder if it comes to that it isn’t always the Postman either.
Butlers also do not go around murdering people they do a good job. Try members of the family I know a few ladies that would willingly have got rid of their husbands if it were not for the long prison term involved if one is caught. Husbands that have a Mistress or two tucked away somewhere or are two timing on their wives. These are typical murder victims.
I myself have no inclination to write detective stories there are many other writers that do this. I say good luck to them. I like my detective stories to keep me guessing right through the plot. Was it Granddad or perhaps Grandma? How about Aunts and Uncles or the even one of the kids they all would give the story a different slant. The possibilities are great if one uses a little imagination. How about the headmaster of a Private School or even one of the pupils that has a grudge because his or her markings on the mathematic exams did not turn out to his or her expectations.
Even better how many Politicians would make good murderers? Even the Prime Minister is only human and I am sure has many grudges especially with other members of the opposition. The possibilities are huge and the Doctors at the local hospitals now they have wonderful opportunities. Just think of the drugs a slow death perhaps with arson or an accident during an operation. The anaesthetist turning the wrong knob on the gas machine what a golden opportunity that would be. Even too much oxygen could cause death. Imagination is a wonderful thing if used correctly So all of you detective storywriters use more imagination then I would not know whom the murder is after reading the first three or four pages. How many books have I put away over the years because they have bored me I like to be caught in the grip of excitement that lasts me right through the book from the first chapter until the very last page.