Modern Ways to Kill Our Characters in Crime Fiction

by Vinnie Hansen ~ Technology now offers us mystery writers some modern ways to kill our characters. I recently wrote about this on my own website. Check it out…

Perfectly Modern Ways to Die

Motives for murder have not changed over the millennium, the three common ones being the pursuit of money, sex or power. Methods, however, are a different matter. The modern crime writer has at his/her disposal a trove of new ways to kill off characters.

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The first that may spring to mind is Covid, but I’m in the camp of authors who believe people are not going to want to read about people dying this way—even if it’s fictional—even if the death from Covid has been staged. With so many dead and suffering from the disease, such a murder would cut too close to home. People are looking for an escape.

Fortunately, there are many other new possibilities. How about the dangerous selfie? Or, in the case of fiction, making the murder look like the victim was seeking one. These modern deaths have become shockingly common… READ MORE

Posted by Vinnie Hansen. Vinnie fled the howling winds of South Dakota and headed for the California coast the day after high school graduation. Still sane(ish) after 27 years of teaching English, Vinnie is retired. In addition to writing, she plays keyboards with ukulele bands in Santa Cruz, California, where she lives with her husband and the requisite cat. She’s the author of the Carol Sabala Mystery series, and LOSTART STREET, a cross-genre novel of mystery, murder, and moonbeams.

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