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 PittCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"Confidently guides the novice through the crime-writing basics."
"Eminently practical and rich in details. A must for budding crime-fiction authors."
"Frey ... delivers a witty and entertaining writer's-conference-in-a-book."