Can Illegitimacy Drive Modern Mystery Plots?

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Illegitimacy and the consequential stigmas of extramarital children have played a key role in the works of great authors, including Shakespeare, Voltaire, Austen, Dickens, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Hardy, to name but a few. Some noted mystery writers also have used out-of-wedlock birth as a plot centerpiece, including Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White and Dorothy L. Sayers’ The Nine Tailors. But …

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The Ultimate Single Girl’s Guide To Enjoying Fall

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Everyone talks about how the ocean is full of fish after a breakup, whether that was yesterday or last year, and how the winds of change shut a door but open a window. That’s great, but you really don’t care about fishing or crawling out of windows right now. The winds of change have come with fall, and this season …

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Pumpkins and Pirates

I glanced across the field of pumpkins; the last leg of our pre-school field trip. It was a crystal clear fall day, the air crisp and fresh. An insistent tug on my hand drew my attention. Allison Morrison frowned up at me, her blond curls bobbing. “Miss Bailey, Josh left.” “What?” I spun my head around, looking for the dark-haired boy. …

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What If Social Media Turns Murderous?

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Social media use has become so ubiquitous that it’s no wonder mystery plots are mining social networking for clues, motives and even psychological weaponry. One example is the Social Media Murders Series by Angela Clarke, starting with Follow Me. If you think social media feeds fame monsters, you’ll appreciate a plot in which recent graduate Freddie, who is trying to …

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Does Marriage Kill The Romance in The Relationship?

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As a wise man once said, “Problems are not stop signs; they are guidelines.” This can’t be truer than in the case of marriage. During the initial phase, marriage might seem like a bed of roses. One thinks, what can be more fulfilling and satisfying, than spending the rest of your life with the one you truly love? However, as …

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Remember This One Thing When You’re Single

“There are plenty of fish in the sea,” someone will probably tell you immediately after a breakup. But why? Is it because they don’t know how else to comfort you or express that they’re there for you, and this is one of those trusted and reliable cliches that never fails for some reason? Or is it because they know you …

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4 Ways to Get Asked on a Date

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If you are looking to be in a relationship, it is important that you stop paying attention to this myth that it is difficult to find the right person. Your mindset impacts your life largely and if you never stop thinking that dating is not for your generation, you might never find your Mr. or Mrs. Right. If you want …

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Moonlight Drive: A Wild Ride You’ll Never Forget!

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The car sputtered, coughed, and then with one final gasp, died. I coasted it to the side of the dark, country road and slammed it into park. Now what do I do? I asked myself. It was almost midnight, and I was stranded all alone, surrounded by nothing but soybean fields. Darkness abounded, and there were no lights on the …

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Tips on How to Create The Perfect Online Dating Profile

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You have just signed up for an online dating site. What next? It’s time to create your online dating profile. When you are creating a profile for yourself through an online dating mobile app, you’re likely trying to put your best foot forward in order to impress potential matches. It’s important to make sure your profile is not only a direct …

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4 Critical Rules To Follow For Safe Summer Flings

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What girl hasn’t dreamed of a fun, flirty, summer fling with a handsome stranger, frolicking through the ocean waves à la Sandy and Danny from Grease? The truth is, they’re kind of hard to come by, as they don’t happen as naturally as the movies make them look (and they definitely don’t involve any musical numbers, unfortunately). But if you for some reason …

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