Missing Persons: A Buddy Steel Mystery

Missing Persons: A Buddy Steel Mystery

MISSING PERSONS is the first book in the new Buddy Steel mystery series by New York Times best selling author, Michael Brandman. Steel... smart, aggressive, ironic, spare and cynical... has ...

The Countess of Prague

The Countess of Prague

The Countess of Prague is the wonderfully exciting introduction to Beatrice von Falklenburg, known to her intimates as Trixie, who will lead us from Prague through Europe and occasionally beyond ...

Burgundy: Twisted Roots: A Vengeance in the Vineyard Mystery #3

Burgundy: Twisted Roots: A Vengeance in the Vineyard Mystery #3

Max Maguire of the NYPD, daughter of a legendary NY cop and a French mother disowned by her aristocratic family when she married, met examining magistrate Olivier Chaumont over murder ...

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

This book tells the story of crime fiction published during the first half of the twentieth century. The diversity of this much-loved genre is breathtaking, and so much greater than ...

Death of a Busybody: A British Library Crime Classic

Death of a Busybody: A British Library Crime Classic

Miss Tither, the village busybody, is not the best-loved resident of Hilary Magna. She has made many enemies: bombarding the villagers with religious tracts, berating drunkards, and informing the spouses ...

Murder in Montparnasse: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #12

Murder in Montparnasse: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #12

Seven Australian soldiers, carousing in Paris in 1918, unknowingly witness a murder, with devastating consequences. Ten years later, two are dead...under very suspicious circumstances. Phryne (pronounced Fry-Knee) Fisher’s friends, Bert ...

The Incredible Crime: A British Library Crime Classic

The Incredible Crime: A British Library Crime Classic

Prince’s College, Cambridge, is a peaceful and scholarly community, enlivened by Prudence Pinsent, the Master’s daughter. Spirited, beautiful, and thoroughly unconventional, Prudence is a remarkable young woman. One fine morning ...

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How to Start Writing a Mystery Novel

How to Start Writing a Mystery Novel By Steven Axelrod

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The hardest part of writing a mystery novel is starting. I have a friend who dreads launching into the actual text of his book so much that he’s been writing ever more complete outlines for more than five years. The outlines might turn into some sort of complete narrative eventually, but I suspect it will be dragged down by the bullet-point boredom of a boardroom sales pitch. Knowing everything in advance is comforting but comfort is not what you should ... Read More

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Found and Bespoke: When Mystery Writers Mislead

Found and Bespoke: When Mystery Writers Mislead By Steven Axelrod

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People at book signings often wonder if there’s some trick or secret technique for writing a mystery. They ask about plot, as if that were the key. The plot is an engine, but engineering the spark plugs is the more significant task. Spark plugs ignite the mixture of fuel and air causing a small explosion which creates hot gas. The gas pushes the piston down.  And what is this small critical component of the plot that powers the novel’s crankshaft, ... Read More