Who-Dun-It: Murder Mystery Literature and Writing


Every high school student should write a novel sometimes during their high school years. It’s a valuable learning experience and most students end up enjoying the process and the finished product (your very own book!).

In our house, since we love cozy mysteries, so we decided to write your own “Who-Dun-It” in the pattern of the “Golden Age of Mystery.” With examples like Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, and Lord Peter Wimsey, we created our own detective. By reading Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Mary Higgins Clark, G.K. Chesterton, Sir Conan Doyle, and other classic mystery authors, we created our own pattern to write our very own cozy mystery novel.


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It’s a rainy day and there’s only one thing to do! Make some hot chocolate and curl up with a cozy little murder mystery. Match your wits against the detective and see if you can discover who did it.

Does that sound fun to you and your high school student?

Have you dreamed of writing your own mystery?

You and Your Teen Can Read Classic Who-Dun-Its & Write a Cozy Mystery Novel Step-by-Step!

Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature & Writing​, a one credit high school English course, teaches literature and writing with the murder mystery/crime fiction drama genre.

Students Will…

  • Read & discuss “Golden Age” classic cozy mysteries in a book club setting
  • Learn the elements of literature through reading and discussing cozy mysteries
  • Create characters, plots, settings, themes, clues, red herrings
  • Cartoon a one-page mystery
  • Create a mystery with a group
  • Watch classic mystery TV shows (Perry Mason, Agatha Christie, etc.) to analyze
  • Storyboard plot
  • Use Novel Planning Worksheets
  • “Show” not tell about their characters
  • Write a short story
  • Write a cozy mystery novel
  • Read writing aloud to family or homeschool co-op group
  • Give and receive review while writing from family or homeschool co-op group

The following writings are included in American Literature & Writing:

  • “Murder in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe
  • “The Ordinary Hairpins” by E. C. Bentley
  • “The Archduke’s Tea” by H. C. Bailey
  • “A Singular Abduction” by Rodrigues Ottolengui

You will need to purchase, borrow, or download the following books:

  • The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Conan Doyle
  • Favorite Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Where are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark or As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark
  • 2 children’s mysteries of family’s choice

​Would you like to focus one year of high school English on reading and writing mysteries?

Then, take our English course this year at home with your family or with some homeschooling friends!


This course covers 1 credit of high school English grades 8-12.

More Questions? Read my blog post: 10 Questions Answered about Who Dun It High School English Course.


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