Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style

by Hallie Ephron, ISBN 978-1582973760

“Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style” is simply one of the best, most comprehensive guides out there on the craft of writing a mystery.


Nominated for Edgar and Anthony Awards!

What’s in it?

This is the book that takes the mystery out of the writing process, making it less daunting for beginners and more efficient for experienced writers.

*Features comprehensive instruction, exercises, and worksheets for mystery writers of all levels, including a format for a novel blueprint
*Addresses all subgenres of mystery from hardboiled crimes and cozies to romantic thrillers and medical mysteries
*Covers how to grab readers from the first chapter, how to construct effective plots, and how to revise and submit mysteries to publishers

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The classic how-to book about mystery writing

“The best how-to guide I’ve ever seen–I just wish I could have read it ten years ago.” — Lee Child, NY Times best-selling mystery author

A few recommended books for the mystery writer:

  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon
  • Don’t Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden
  • Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path by Nancy Pickard
  • Police Procedure and Investigation by Lee Lofland
  • Telling Lies for Fun and Profit by Lawrence Block
  • Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell
  • Story by Robert McKee
  • Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensics Questions for Mystery Writers by D. P. Lyle
  • The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel by Hallie Ephron