Writing Mysteries

Front Cover
Sue Grafton
Writer's Digest Books, Apr 8, 2002 - Reference - 256 pages
2 Reviews

Here's your ticket to the greatest mystery-writing workshop ever!

In this extraordinary compilation, more than three dozen members of the Mystery Writers of America share insights and advice that can help make your writing dreams a reality.

You'll learn how to:

Develop unique ideasConstruct an airtight plot packed with intrigue and suspenseCreate compelling characters and atmospheric settingsDevelop a writing style all your ownWrite convincing dialogueChoose the appropriate point of viewWork with an agentConduct accurate researchand much, much more!

You'll also find special guidelines for creating clues, dropping red herrings, and writing medical, legal, historical, true crime, and young adult mysteries. It's all the information you need to solve the mystery-writing riddle!


What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - clothingoptional - LibraryThing

Great overall guide from the masters of mystery circa 1992. Some contributors have passed since this was released. Still a fantastic reference. Inspiring and insightful. Read full review

Writing mysteries: a handbook

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Like many Writer's Digest publications, this work serves as an excellent resource for the published and the would-be author. Editor Grafton, herself the successful author of the Kinsey Milhone series ... Read full review


The Rules and How to Bend Them by Jeremiah Healy
Sparks Triggers and Flashes by Marilyn Wallace
Writing With a Partner or What Part of No Dont
The Process
8 Characterization by Michael Connelly
Writing a Series Character by Sara Paretsky
The Amateur Sleuth by Nancy Pickard
Vivid Villains by Sandra Scoppettone
Developing Your Personal Style
How to Write Convincing Dialogue by Aaron Elkins
Depiction of Violence by Bill Granger
Clues Red Herrings and Other Plot Devices by p m Carlson
The Book Stops Here by Lawrence Block
The Joys and Challenges of the Short Story by Edward D Hoch
The Past Is a Foreign

Building Without Blueprints by Tony Hillerman
Outlining by Robert Campbell
Perspectives on Point of View by Loren D Estleman
About the Contributors

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 24, 1940. She received a B.A. in English literature from the University of Louisville in 1961. While working days as a medical secretary, she spent her nights, after her children went to sleep, writing her first novels Keziah Dane, which was published in 1967 and The Lolly-Madona War, which was published in 1969. Her career took off when A Is for Alibi was published in 1982 and received the Mysterious Stranger Award. This was the beginning of the Kinsey Millhone Mystery series. B Is for Burglar won the Shamus and Anthony Awards and C Is for Corpse won the Anthony Award. She also received the Cartier Diamond Dagger, the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon, and the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. She has also spent over 15 years writing television and movie screenplays and has collaborated with her third husband, Steven F. Humphrey, on such works as the Agatha Christie adaptations: A Caribbean Mystery and Sparkling Cyanide.

Bibliographic information