Red herrings are fake clues that are left around – either by accident or on purpose – to through an investigator off the trail when solving a crime.
They’re a lot of fun to throw into your mystery novel to throw the readers off track as well. Or maybe they know the truth and they can get frustrated with the investigator when they get thrown off. Either way, they’re fun to write and can sometimes be used to keep the readers on their toes and turning the pages.
What Can Red Herrings Be?
Anything that’s a noun can be a red herring – a people, place, or thing.
Sometimes criminals can leave an object as a “clue” such as a fake weapon. Or, they can murder someone in their home and move the body elsewhere making it seem like it took place somewhere else. That also allows them to sometimes…
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