A surprise ending in a mystery novel gives me one of my greatest reading joys. I love to be outwitted by an author who plays fair, scatters clues throughout the book, and still manages to knock my socks off. I take great pleasure in going back to the beginning and searching out the clues I missed.
And when I find them, it's - of course, I should have seen it. Nothing better! As the years go by, I seem to be more adept at figuring out who the culprit is (sigh), although some of my favourite authors still manage to bewilder me.
How about you? Who blew you out of the mystery waters?