I've had to pack up tons of stuff, some necessary, some unnecessary, and shift it all into other rooms in the house. Those rooms are not happy with the other items cluttering them up. Nothing seems to want to fit nicely, and I confess the rooms other than the living room and dining room are looking pretty messy.
What does all this botheration have to do with mysteries?
Well, it's not a bad idea to add everyday activities, and not so everyday activities in a book to round out the story and make it seem more real.
An example might be: A messy house makes it harder to find something you've misplaced, and not finding it could have disastrous consequences. It could make a person just late enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, either at home when a burglar makes an appearance, or maybe at a crime scene when the coast might have otherwise been clear.
If you think of other examples, please mention them.
|Morgan Mandel at a friend's house, which|
never seems to look messy!