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This is an important task for you to do in your journal. It will be a useful
resource for your essay writing. (You should think of your journal as an 'idea
bank' where you can record and develop your thoughts in an informal way.)
This task looks at whether 'The Curious Incident of The Dog in The NightTime' is actually a murder mystery novel.
“This is a murder mystery novel.” (Chapter 7)
At the beginning of Chapter 7 Christopher tells us that ‘This is a murder
mystery novel.’Your aim in this journal task is to ask if Christopher's story does
have all or most of the essential elements of a good murder mystery novel.
Murder mystery novelsare a genre. A genre is a term we use to describe a story
which has a specific set of features and characteristics which make it
recognisable as belonging to a long established style.
The following is a list of the features which are often said to be the essential
features of the murder mystery genre
Murder Mystery Conventions
Murder mysteries have the following components:
• A slightly unusual but truthful, intelligent and possibly isolated main
• A crime, usually a murder
• A suspect/ villain
• Clues and red herrings
• Exposure of the main character to danger, challenges, confrontation
• A resolution/ the suggestion that order has been returned to the world
• A moral/ message
• A setting of moral decay, the challenges of difficult situations or
Journal Task 1: Writing about the murder mystery genre
1. Choose two items from the list above and write a response, giving your
opinion about whether 'The Curious Incident of The Dog in The NightTime' has all the key features of a murder mystery novel.
Make sure you mention examples to support your views about which
features of a murder mystery novel that 'The Curious Incident of The
Dog in The Night-Time' does or does not have.
A reminder about additional tasks.There is an additional task for all students
after the work on ‘Ink Bridge’(Task 3)