After watching various crime and cop shows like Elementary, Psych, X-Files, and NCIS and reading Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie narratives, the formulas and patterns of mystery become impossible not to notice. Stories usually start with a character seeking investigative expertise of the detective; stories start with travel to a new setting where a murder is revealed following the detective’s brief lounging with the mystery’s central characters. There’s always a problem that needs solving, usually done through witness-questioning and clue-searching. Once you have a handle on these patterns, finding ways in which authors subvert these patterns is all the more fascinating. I began thinking that I would apply this philosophy to the newly released standalone novel by Tana French entitled The Witch Elm. I wanted to see if French crossed the boundaries of the typical mystery or if she stayed within its lines.
It’s Friday once again, so please help me in introducing another new editor. This week we feature Kayla Chambers, who is our new Layout Editor, as well as an Assistant Fiction/Non-fiction Editor.
Kayla Chambers is a junior at Lewis University and began as a Communications major. Since then, she’s decided to double major with English as a secondary. While she joined the Jet Fuel Review staff in early 2017, this will be her second year working as a layout editor for The Flyer, the university’s newspaper. Her work was published in the 2015 issue of the Windows Fine Arts Magazine. She spends her free time with family members and reads news articles and videos on current events. She also loves watching and reading anything along the lines of mystery, fantasy, and science fiction. Thus, a love for Pretty Little Liars, Invader Zim, The X-Files, Agatha Christie, and anything related to Sherlock Holmes has sprouted over the years.
Below is our Q&A with Kayla: