Presently, I'm writing a mystery set in a small town. For once, I think I've started in the correct place, with a murder. When I read mysteries, I'm captured the minute the action starts not after I've been told about the characters and what makes them tick and why they live in a small town where nothing happens. The book I'm currently reading, A STUDY IN DEATH, by Anna Lee Huber, lets me know in the first chapter something sinister is about to happen. I know nothing about the lives of either character, and I don't care. I'll find out as I read, but in the first chapter, I'm interested in the characters because of the way the author foreshadows some kind of happening that will hurt one of the characters and take the other on a new and dangerous adventure.
When I write, I'm a punster, but I do have a good idea the beginning, the plot, the theme, and how the book will end. In my present book, I'm trying something new. I've started in the right place. I'm writing in the first person and I feel I have a good flow to the mystery. My writing is faster and I'm two-thirds finished with it. The title is MURDER IN STOP OVER.