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Now Write! Mysteries

The fourth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing guide series brings together numerous bestselling authors for the definitive guide to writing mysteries, thrillers and suspense.  Many of the 86 contributors are winners and/or nominees of Edgar, Hugo and Shamus awards.


Now Write! Mysteries teaches you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about crafting a page-turning mystery, from creating a believable detective hero (or terrifying villain) to using real-life cutting-edge investigative techniques to bring your story to life.


Now Write! Mysteries features never-before-published writing exercises from top mystery authors like Lorenzo Carcaterra (Sleepers), Gar Anthony Hayward (Aaron Gunner mysteries), Peter James (Detective Roy Grace series), Will Lavender (Obedience), Doc Macomber (Jack Vu series), Marcia Talley (Hannah Ives mysteries) and many more. (Visit Contributors page).


• Let Marcia Talley show you how to create an engaging, memorable detective character.

• Discover the best techniques for seamlessly integrating action into your story from John Lutz (NY Times-bestselling author of Urge to Kill).

• Learn how to fine-tune your sense of place and setting from Louise Penny (NY Times-bestselling author of the Armand Gamache series).

• Take advice from Lorenzo Carcaterra (Sleepers) on how to compose a scene that lives up to your character’s backstory.


No other mystery-writing guide collects the road-tested wisdom of so many best-selling Edgar, Hugo and Shamus award-winners in one place.


“Short of one-on-one training with each of the writers featured in the book, this is probably the best and most useful way to benefit from their expertise.” - David Pitt, Booklist 


Available in stores and online at: Penguin Random House, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s and Amazon.

Also check out Now Write! Fiction, Now Write! Nonfiction, Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.


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