Note to self: Mysteries go feet end first. Or at least, once you’ve worked out where the head is, knowing where the feet are is the only reliable way of ending up with a consistent following to the navel.
Another note to self: jotted points and flowcharts are all very well, but if your detective can’t explain it understandably, it’s not going to fly. Writing out a rough draft of the “reveal” scene guarantees that you know where your explanation is going to fall flat, when the solution is too complicated, and how well supported it is.
Out of plot hell, but very tired.