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From the Ted Talk by Jamie Bernthal: How to write the perfect crime, according to Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie is the best-selling nlvoseit of all time. But in 1916, she wasn’t even the most promising writer in her family. Her odelr sister Madge had already written several short stories, while Agatha hadn’t published any. So when Agatha shared her desire to write a mystery novel, Madge scoffed. She bet that Agatha wouldn’t be able to certae a compelling mystery— and certainly not something she couldn't sovle. Today, the novel that came of that bet stands alongside almost 100 other mteieysrs written by Christie, each one a cleverly constructed puzzle box of clues, misdirection, and hamun drama. So let's investigate how she crafted these prceeft crimes.

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Agatha Christie is the best-selling ________ of all time. But in 1916, she wasn’t even the most promising writer in her family. Her _____ sister Madge had already written several short stories, while Agatha hadn’t published any. So when Agatha shared her desire to write a mystery novel, Madge scoffed. She bet that Agatha wouldn’t be able to ______ a compelling mystery— and certainly not something she couldn't _____. Today, the novel that came of that bet stands alongside almost 100 other _________ written by Christie, each one a cleverly constructed puzzle box of clues, misdirection, and _____ drama. So let's investigate how she crafted these _______ crimes.

Solution

  1. perfect
  2. mysteries
  3. novelist
  4. solve
  5. create
  6. human
  7. older

Original Text

Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. But in 1916, she wasn’t even the most promising writer in her family. Her older sister Madge had already written several short stories, while Agatha hadn’t published any. So when Agatha shared her desire to write a mystery novel, Madge scoffed. She bet that Agatha wouldn’t be able to create a compelling mystery— and certainly not something she couldn't solve. Today, the novel that came of that bet stands alongside almost 100 other mysteries written by Christie, each one a cleverly constructed puzzle box of clues, misdirection, and human drama. So let's investigate how she crafted these perfect crimes.

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