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How to efficiently mislead readers and catch them by surprise

First of all, I recommend that you read a lot of murder mysteries with a writer's eye and analyze how they do this. You are not the first person writing that genre, so why reinvent the wheel. Here are ...
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How to efficiently mislead readers and catch them by surprise

First and foremost, you are never going to fool everyone all the time, there are going to be people who see the end coming early, and not necessarily for any reason that can be easily discerned. My ...
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Misleading readers on the motives/true personality of a character

Misdirection You could show her doing intelligent things, but to provide plausible excuses for why it is an accident, before quickly moving the reader on to something that overshadows the event. The ...
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Misleading readers on the motives/true personality of a character

This is easiest done if you write this character from the viewpoint of another character. That way, you don't have to somehow cloak the true personality of the queen behind her falsehoods and narrate ...
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Misleading readers on the motives/true personality of a character

One approach that can work is to not start her up so high. Have her play the empty-headed beauty, but she got to where she is by a circuitous route -- and she repeatedly explains this by "I was ...
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