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How to Write a Mystery Novel: Behind the Scenes - Creation of a Crime Series

129 pages1 hour


Gene Grossman created the popular 15-book series of Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries, all featuring Suzi, an adorable little 12-year-old Chinese girl who is attorney Peter Sharp's legal ward. She’s also a computer genius and the real brains behind Peter’s successes in court.

If you've enjoyed reading mysteries and ever thought about trying your hand at creating one of your own, you will find this book a valuable aid because it reveals Gene's thought processes as he created the series, and provides you with valuable information that will help you with your own writing efforts.
Among topics covered in the book’s 20 Chapters are:
Getting Started;
Naming the Characters;
Plot Devices;
Character Development;
Finding Your Voice;
Tying up Loose Ends;
Working Backwards;
Having Fun while writing;
Creating Suspense;
Also included are many more subjects every beginning mystery/crime novelist must become familiar with in order to write a mystery novel complete with a proper beginning, a lucid middle with side-plot, and a logical, satisfactory ending.
The book also contains first chapters from many of Gene’s Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries, showing that he practices what he preaches, so you can have some idea of how to 'grab' a reader's attention while they're browsing in a bookstore - plus valuable tips about formatting, marketing and more.

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