It’s not always easy to host a party, even a small, casual get-together with friends. There are all sorts of logistics to consider, not to mention choosing the menu, getting the house clean, and so on. And that’s not to mention the politics of it all. It’s important to think about things like who annoys everyone (but has to be invited for whatever reason), who’s best friends with whom, and so on. And that’s especially true if it’s a work-related party.
In real life, hosting can be a challenge. In crime fiction, it can add an interesting layer to a character. And it can add conflict and tension to a story, too. Here are just a few examples of how hosting can be woven into a story.
Agatha Christie integrated hosting into a number of her stories. In Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, for instance, we are introduced to the Lee…
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