There’s a reason I haven’t been updating as regularly as I’d like. And it’s my addiction with marathoning TV series. I just can’t help it. Anyway, the last two that I’ve been working on are Veronica Mars and The Killing. And there’s something these two excellent series have in common-unfair solutions. I’ll talk in broad terms to not spoil the killers’ identities.
Veronica Mars is the excellent comedy/drama/mystery about a plucky teenage girl in a wealthy town who works as a private investigator for her dad (the always fun Enrico Colantoni). In each episode of the first season, she solved a weekly problem, but the season as a whole had the mystery of who killed her best friend the year before. Turns out lots of people did shady things and a there were a lot of clues about who covered up what and why, but not necessarily about the actual murder itself. I figured it out with a few episodes left based on a gut hunch.
Episodes in the first two seasons of The Killing cover approximately one day in the murder investigation of a teenage girl in Seattle. There are lots of suspects and twists and turns as the mystery was slowly unraveled, but the long awaited shocking reveal was less powerful when it was strung out in the end and it turned out there was more than one guilty party to varying degrees.
I thoroughly enjoyed both series and I’m continuing with each. Season three of The Killing seems to be about multiple bodies and one killer, which is a nice change, and season two of Veronica Mars was about a mysterious bus crash that killed some students during the second season premiere. I’m hoping both mysteries offer clues to a rewarding ending.
This was a big deal when I wrote my gay erotic murder mystery Ask Me No Questions. I did my best to plant clues that you could go back to and see how obvious it was on second reading (but hopefully not on the first). And it’s the reason I’m struggling like crazy writing the sequel. Murder mysteries are hard work to get right, and I commend Veronica Mars and The Killing on being so entertaining, but come on. Play fair with the audience who’s trying to figure it out.
This is Elliot Arthur Cross hoping I can solve the next murder mystery before the finale.