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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock 'em Dead with Style

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Solve the MYSTERY of how to write and sell a KILLER story! With the help of interactive exercises, mystery author and crime fiction critic Hallie Ephron gives you the momentum you need to turn a kernel of an idea into an intriguing mystery novel. You'll learn to capitalize on your writing strengths and shore up your weaknesses.

This comprehensive guide covers every aspect o
ebook, 256 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Writer's Digest Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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I like reading how-to books, although I don’t read them voraciously. After listening to journalist and mystery author Hallie Ephron give a workshop on point of view three years ago, I bought a copy of her book, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel. I prefer to read these books while working on a new novel and this was the perfect opportunity.

I’m writing my sixth mystery and was amazed by the amount of useful information Ephron provides, including the all-important editing and selling component
Mar 22, 2008 Sarai rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: writers, new writers
Recommended to Sarai by: Amazon
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This is an EXCELLENT reference source for mystery writers. I would go so far to say that any writer that incorporates a myster in their story should look at this book. Not only does it walk you through questions to ask and plot twist. But it also gives you a blueprint of the basics. I plan to use this blueprint for all stories not just mystery based ones. If every genre had a how to book like this it would make my life a whole lot easier.
J.F. Duncan
I couldn't be without this book. My copy is up on the 'Pride of Place' shelf of my library, tattered, broken spined, ink spattered and well-thumbed and whenever I feel afraid, it provides comfort and reassurance! Hallie Ephron gives sensible, realistic, astute advice with good humour and the wisdom of experience. Her section on re-drafting is particularly excellent. I've read a lot of books about writing crime novels and, out of them all, this is the one that really works for me!
Excellent road map for producing a sound and polished mystery! One of two books I certainly hope to acknowledge should I be persistent and lucky enough to be published. It will remain on my go-to bookshelf for continued guidance!
S.E. Shurtleff
This is a great nuts and bolts book. Plus, just reading it has helped me figure out some of my plot problems in my middle grade WIP. Wa-hoo!

This book is right up there with Carolyn Wheat's "How to Write Killer Fiction."
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Basics Covered- This book does a great job discussing the basics of writing a mystery novel. I feel like a lot of the information could be useful for writing a novel in general, not just a mystery. However, the book is especially great at introducing the mystery novel for those new to the genre.

Great Reading Suggestions- My favorite part of the book was the many references to well written and successful mystery novels. In one of the early chapters there is a whole list of no
Lee Thompson
A great how-to book that hits some broad topics in writing and selling Mysteries. It also features a lot of writing exercises and examples that are fun and interesting.
It's a must-read for anyone who wants to take on writing a mystery novel. Loved it.
Tori Montes
This book is great as a tool for writers. As a person I learn from examples and there are plenty here. I especially love the example by Robert Parker and his character Spencer. I loved the way Parker introduces Spencer with the dialog and give his attitude to us on the first page.
Donna Glaser
Loved it! I still use it as a refernce.
Elizabeth Esse
A great writing resource, no matter the genre.
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Hallie Ephron ( is the author of suspense novels. Her last three have all been Mary Higgins Clark Award finalists.

Her newest, There Was an Old Woman is set in the Bronx. In it, a young woman and a very old woman connect across generations in spite of, or perhaps because, they are not related. Tess Gerritsen on TWAOL: “Superb suspense and unforgettable characters!” Washingt

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