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Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘The Speckled Band’ - Typical Murder Mysteries?

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English GCSE Coursework Wide Reading The characteristics of any murder mysteries are that they all consists of a body a motive, weapon, and suspect an alibi and detectives. Many novels, of this genre are adopted into TV programmes and films into murder mysteries for example: Ruth Rendell mysteries, is a famous author she wrote lots of murder mysteries for example ' A Judgment in Stone' which are sometimes adapted into TV series for example ' Jonathon Creek', ' Touch of Frost', ' Inspector Morse'. In 'Jonathon Creek' for example the clues are revealed and it's up to the audiences to decide who is guilty. I do think that ' Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' are typical murder mysteries because they both have the typical victims, murderers and detectives. The plots of both stories are very different because with the 'TSB' the mysteries are revealed in a chronological order, because we find out the murder right at the end. However in the 'LTTS', the murderer is known at the beginning of the story. The two stories are seen from two different points of view for example. 'TSB' is told by Dr Watson as a character within the story " It was early in April 83 that I woke one morning." ...read more.


Sherlock Holmes is very thorough and accurate in his investigation he takes every thing in consideration. Sherlock Holmes is also very polite and posh person for example they way he speaks to his clients. " Good morning, madam." " My name is Sherlock Holmes. This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr Watson, before whom you can speak as freely as before myself." In 'LTTS' the detectives one of them is Jack Noonan appears to be so foolish and naive. He lets his friendship get in the way of the investigation for example Mrs Maloney persuades him to have some whisky " Why don't you have one yourself," she said " You must be awfully tired. Please do. You've been very good to me. " Well," he answered. "It's not strictly allowed, but I might take just a drop to keep me going." Even the other detectives came in one by one and were persuade to take a little nip of whisky, because Patrick Maloney was one of Jack Noonan Colleague. The detectives eat the evidence, which was right, their noses the lamb one of the detectives even says, " Personally, I think it's right here on the premises. ...read more.


Other points of high tension was when Helen Stoner talking to Holmes " Frightened eyes like those of some haunted animal", the night of the murder, ' A wild wind. The wind was howling outside suddenly there burst forth the wind scream of a woman", and the sister hot words. She suddenly shrieked out in a voice which I shall never forget "O my God Helen! It was the band! The Speckled Band!" In the 'LTTS' the point of high tension is whether detectives would find out that it was Mrs Maloney who killed her husband. For example when Charlie says the weapon " Probably right under our very noses. What do you think Jack? And in the other room Mary Maloney began to giggle". The 'TSB' was more effective because the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made the main character Sherlock Holmes intriguing and interesting character, which draws the reader in. He leaves the in suspense until at the end of the story until the murderer is revealed. It also had more twist in it you weren't sure what was going to happen next. I think for the younger reader the 'LTTS' was better because you found the murder at the beginning of the story and was a modern murder mystery it was also shorter. BY TAIYYIB TALAB ...read more.

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