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From the author of How to Write a Damn Good Novel (1987) comes a companion volume aimed at would-be mystery writers. Frey doesn't believe in those collections "of tips on what to do and what not to do," arguing that they give the false impression that writing good fiction is merely a matter of mixing ingredients in the right proportions. Instead, Frey contains, the key to a good mystery isn't picking clues and getting the technical stuff right; it's a matter of finding the right people to tell your story, finding the right words to frame it, finding the right sequence of events to maximize suspense. Frey also spends time on an important but frequently neglected aspect of the writerly trade: the audience. Who reads mysteries, and what do they expect from them? Meanwhile, he tackles the nuts and bolts in a particularly clever manner, by guiding the reader through the creation of a virtual novel, which he calls Murder in Montana. This approach proves eminently practical and rich in details. A must for budding crime-fiction authors. David Pitt
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“Confidently guides the novice through the crime-writing basics.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Eminently practical and rich in details. A must for budding crime-fiction authors.” ―Booklist
“Frey ... delivers a witty and entertaining writer's-conference-in-a-book.” ―Library JournalSee all Product Description
Can't imagine a better book for an aspiring writer! Well written with lots of useful information. Will definitely read other books by this author.Published 4 months ago by Inna Sokolova
Excellent. This book is more than a collection of writing tips, it gets you in the mood for writing a mystery...a damn good mystery. Read morePublished 12 months ago by D.F. Barrett
Has ;lots of good information, only most of it 've seem before in different books. If you're only going to buy one book on mystery writing, this is probably the one o get.Published 15 months ago by Susan Thomas
I have been a fan of James N. Frey since his first "how to" book, "How to Write a Damn Good Novel". Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Sophie
I'm not a mystery writer -- I don't like reading mysteries nor do I like watching them -- but I believe this book offers excellent advice for all fiction writers who want to write... Read morePublished on April 30 2004
I had a mystery novel in the works and I had troubles. My plot wouldn't hold together. My characters felt unreal and under-motivated. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by Rob Cornell
Too many people sit down in front of a computer and decide to write a novel without knowing how. Ignoring the craft of writing has put too much boring and dull material in the... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by Tess Collins Ph.D.