So, I have this idea for a series of historical mysteries, only I'm not sure I'm gifted enough at plotting to put together a coherent murder and solution. So I picked up You Can Write a Murder Mystery (Gillian Roberts, 1999) to get some idea as to whether I actually, you know, can.
And I'm still not sure. But I have a better idea of how to approach the genre. I think I'll have to be more of a plotter than I ever have before, but that's OK. I'll give the idea a try as soon as I feel it's developed enough. If it works, maybe that's the direction my career will take at first. If not, well, I have plenty of ideas.