Great tips, Nola. I've weaved in a mystery (aka crime solving kind) in a couple of my novels - and it's been fun to do. Easier than pulling off a 'aha' twist, I think, but still hard to get that balance between 'foreshadowing' and 'telegraphing'. Read herrings are great too.
Hi Jenny - Thanks for that. I've got a couple of mystery elements in my novel too, so have been brushing up on these kinds of skills so that I will hopefully do it well. But it is hard to get the balance right. It will be interesting to see what the beta readers think. And yes, red herrings are another story. Might have to do a post on that too :) Thanks for your comment.