Who-Dun-It: Murder Mystery Literature and Writing


“One of the best and most fun courses I took in high school!” – Mae Smith.

When high school students write a novel sometime during their high school years, it is an amazingly valuable learning experience. Almost all 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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Suspenseful intrigue. Masterfully created characters. A story you just can’t put down.

How does one write such a book?

Clever red herrings. Unexpected plot twists. A compelling mystery.

Creating such a book seems daunting.

Not anymore! With this course you will learn the essentials in murder mystery writing that will apply across many genres:

  • Reading and analyzing some classic murder mysteries.
  • Learning the history of murder mysteries.
  • Analyzing and creating a unique detective with strengths, weaknesses, and compelling personality.
  • Creating a clever, elusive villain.
  • Filling out helpful charts to develop each character.
  • Learning how to form proper clues and where to place them.
  • Studying the anatomy of a good red herring.
  • Outlining each scene’s development.
  • Beginning and ending your story well with a strong inciting incident and a jaw-dropping reveal.
  • And finally, writing your very own murder mystery!

Take a major step forward in your student’s writing development with the popular high school level Who Dun It? course.

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

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

​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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