I was making the final proofread of my Sherlock Holmes story before sending it on to my friendly neighborhood beta/proofreader when I found a drastic mistake.
I gave Holmes the wrong solution!
In a lot of mystery stories, there are usually two possible solutions.
The "almost" and the "totally correct" one.
|Ellery Queen on TV, circa 1975|
Ellery Queen, another fictional detective, was famous for this.
Someone else, usually either his father Inspector Queen or a rival thought they had the solution to the mystery, only for Ellery to provide the correct answer to the enigma.
In my case, I accidentally gave Sherlock Holmes the "almost" solution and Inspector Lestrade the "totally correct" one.
Definitely would not cast the famous Victorian Era Consulting Detective in a good light, would it?
Found where I made the mistake(s) laying the clues and am correcting the situation now.
Hope to have the story finished and finally off to my beta/proofreader this week.
But, considering how late it is as I post this, I'll get a fresh start on the project Monday.
Take care, and I'll see you around the Internet.
Lee Houston, Junior
10 July, 2016