This is crap, of course. I'm not writing because I'm procrastinating. It's my finest skill and one I have honed for many years.
Now it is true that when you're writing a mystery there is a little thing called plot. All the pieces of the puzzle have to come together at some point. I also believe that you have to give your readers a fighting chance at solving the crime. There is nothing that makes me angrier than reading a mystery and getting all this new information at the end as the guilty party is revealed. I have no problem thinking "Why didn't I pay more attention to..." but to have had information withheld makes me furious.
At the moment I am working on "The Watcher" which is a short story headed (hopefully) for a mystery magazine. I'm wanting to come in at about 2,500-3,000 words. I am finding it a challenge to write a good mystery in so few words.
Ah well. Once more unto the breach.