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1.
The Weekend Novelist Writes A Mystery
by Robert J. Ray, Jack Remick

Dell Books (Paperbacks)
Paperback - 257 pages
(May 1998)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Like Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, Sara Paretsky and Thomas Harris, you, too, can learn the trade secrets of quality detective fiction.

It's true. Just one year from now, you can deliver a completed mystery novel to a publisher--by writing only on weekends. Authors Robert J. Ray and Jack... Read more

 


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Cause of Death : A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine (Howdunit Series)
by Keith D. Wilson

Writers Digest Books
Paperback - 207 pages
(September 1992)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
From Book News, Inc. , February 1, 1993
Physician-writer Wilson explains how police distinguish between accident, suicide, and homicide; what a medical examiner is looking for when conducting an autopsy; what a death certificate looks like<-;- >and who signs it; what happens when a criminal is sentenced to death. Annotation copyright... Read more

 


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How to Write a Mystery
by Larry Beinhart, Cathy Repetti (Editor)

Ballantine Books (Trd Pap)
Paperback
(July 1996)


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5 out of 5 stars
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WHODUNIT? YOUDUNIT!

So you want to write a mystery. There's more to it than just a detective, a dead body, and Colonel Mustard in the drawing room with the candlestick. Fortunately, Larry Beinhart--Edgar Award-winning author of You Get What You Pay For, Foreign Exchange, and American Hero--has taken... Read more

 


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Scene of the Crime : A Writer's Guide to Crime-Scene Investigations (Howdunit Series)
by Anne Wingate

Writers Digest Books
Paperback - 231 pages
(September 1992)


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4 out of 5 stars
From Book News, Inc. , February 1, 1993
The author, a former investigator, instructor, and mystery writer, details real crime scenes, describing what investigators look for, how they collect and analyze evidence, and what happens to the crime scene once the initial investigation ends. Includes timetables and charts in addition to... Read more

 


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Writing Mysteries : A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America (Genre Writing Series)
by Sue Grafton(Editor)

Writers Digest Books
Hardcover - 208 pages
(March 1992)


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5 out of 5 stars
From Book News, Inc. , August 1, 1992
A comprehensive mystery writing guide. The contributors, all members of the Mystery Writers of America, present informal essays on the special aspects and problems of writing mystery fiction, including making stories more taut, more real, more immediate, and more fraught with tension. Annotation... Read more

 


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Rip-Off : A Writer's Guide to Crimes of Deception (Howdunit)
by Fay Faron

Writers Digest Books
Paperback - 240 pages
(August 1998)


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Something tells us we would be na´ve to believe this book would appeal solely to mystery writers. Detective Fay Faron, syndicated newspaper columnist ("Ask Rat Dog") and author of Missing Persons, has written a primer sure to turn any novice (writer, of course) into a scam expert. Rip-Off removes... Read more

 


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Amateur Detectives : A Writer's Guide to How Private Citizens Solve Criminal Cases (Howdunit)
by Elaine Raco Chase, Anne Wingate (Contributor)

Writers Digest Books
Paperback - 232 pages
(September 1996)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Did you ever want your protagonist to make a citizen's arrest, but you didn't know the process? If the answer is yes, then turn to this volume from the Writer's Digest Howdunit series. It has all the information your sleuth needs for busting open the big case, including an overview on Internet... Read more

 


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Just the Facts, Ma'Am : A Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques (Howdunit)
by Greg Fallis

Writers Digest Books
Paperback - 208 pages
(September 1998)


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1 out of 5 stars
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Too basic for writers
This book is subtitled as a writer's guide, but it is hard to imagine that an experienced writer would not already possess most of the basic information contained in this book. It appears to be geared toward the novice who has had little introduction, through reading or whatever, to the crime... Read more

 


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Malicious Intent : A Writer's Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and Other Criminals Think (The Howdunit)
by Sean P. MacTire

Writers Digest Books
Paperback - 228 pages
(March 1995)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , March 1, 1995
In the same vein as Keith D. Wilson's Cause of Death (1992) and Anne Wingate's Scene of the Crime (1992), this matter-of-fact book about the criminal mind will be of interest to true-crime aficionados as well as writers. Mactire's "roadmap to the shadow world of the criminal mind" starts off with... Read more

 


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Murder One : A Writer's Guide to Homicide (Howdunit Series)
by Mauro V. Corvasce, Joseph R. Paglino

Writers Digest Books
Paperback - 216 pages
1 Ed edition (September 1997)


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2.5 out of 5 stars
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Murder One is not written with the verve of some of the other books in Writer's Digest's Howdunit series, but if you need to know what kind of car serial killers prefer to drive (Volkswagens) or what happens to the contents of a human skull when subjected to intense heat (they "boil and explode much... Read more

 


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Dark Thoughts : On Writing : Advice and Commentary from Fifty Masters of Fear and Suspense
by Stan Wiater(Editor), Stanley Wiater (Editor)

Underwood Books
Paperback - 200 pages
1 Ed edition (October 1997)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Stanley Wiater is a veteran journalist of the horror field, and a skillful interviewer. In Dark Thoughts: On Writing he has thematically grouped well-selected quotations from horror creators: major influences; the day-to-day work of writing; choosing a form (short stories, novels, comics, or... Read more

 


12.   The Writer's Complete Crime Reference Book
by Martin Roth

Writers Digest Books
Hardcover - 287 pages
Revised edition (September 1993)


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From Book News, Inc. , November 1, 1993
A comprehensive reference for writers of mysteries, thrillers, action/adventure, true crime, police procedurals, romantic suspense, and psychological mysteries--whether novels or scripts--covering numerous aspects of crime, outlining general rules of thumb, as well as specific policies and... Read more

 


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Private Eyes : A Writer's Guide to Private Investigating (Howdunit Series)
by Hal Blythe, et al

Writers Digest Books
Paperback - 198 pages
(September 1993)


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4 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
What kinds of jobs do investigators perform? What tricks and tactics do they use? How do real investigators differ from those we see in novels and on TV? Two published mystery writers and a PI answer these questions--from the writer's perspective--and tell how to use this information in stories. Read more

 


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Modus Operandi : A Writer's Guide to How Criminals Work (Howdunit)
by Mauro V. Corvasce, Joseph R. Paglino (Contributor)

Betterway Pubns
Paperback - 217 pages
1 Ed edition (March 1995)


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2 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , April 15, 1995
If you set out to write a crime novel, you better get the facts right. Armchair detectives may not commit many crimes, but they can spot the holes in a plot quicker than you can say, "Dick Francis." The authors of this unique writer's guide are New Jersey police detectives, and they provide an... Read more

 


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Speaking of Murder : Interviews With the Masters of Mystery and Suspense
by Edward Gorman(Introduction), et al

Prime Crime
Paperback - 245 pages
Berkley pr edition (July 1998)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Speaking of Murder offers a unique look into the minds of these masters of the genre as they candidly disclose their ideas, their characters, their early days as writers, and much more. This collection features more than twenty skillfully conducted interviews--nearly all of which appear for the... Read more

 


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You Can Write a Mystery (You Can Write It)
by Gillian Roberts, et al

Writers Digest Books
Paperback - 128 pages
(August 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , August 19, 1999
Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper mystery series, delivers a solid overview of the genre for aspiring crime writers. Unlike many authors of how-to-write guides, she largely avoids aphorisms, sticking instead to concrete details. She is particularly good on how to structure a crime story ("What... Read more

 


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Writing the Modern Mystery (Genre Writing Series)
by Barbara Norville

Writers Digest Books
Paperback
Reprint edition (March 1992)


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Strictly Murder! : A Writer's Guide to Criminal Homicide
by Martin Roth, Tom Lange

Siles Press
Paperback - 240 pages
(March 1998)


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Writing Bestselling True Crime and Suspense : Break into the Exciting and Profitable Field of Books, Screenplay, and Television Crime Writing
by Tom Byrnes, Tom Byrn

Prima Pub (P)
Paperback - 304 pages
(October 1997)


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True-crime writing is at a crossroads. Ever since Truman Capote's In Cold Blood (published in 1966), there has been a market for deeply researched, literary true-crime hardcovers that are usually several years in the making. But because of the proliferation of tabloid television, made-for TV movies,... Read more

 


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Speaking of Murder : Interviews With the Masters of Mystery and Suspense
by Edward Gorman(Editor), et al

Prime Crime
Paperback - 272 pages
Vol 2 Berkley pr edition (February 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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First came Speaking of Murder, a compelling collection of interviews where bestselling mystery and suspense authors revealed their lives behind the pages. Now comes Speaking of Murder, Volume II, assembling more of the brightest names in the genre to discuss what inspires them, what scares them, why... Read more

 


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Mystery Writer's Sourcebook : Where to Sell Your Manuscripts
by David H. Borcherding(Editor), Don Prues (Editor)

Writers Digest Books
Hardcover
2nd edition (September 1995)


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1 out of 5 stars
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A very big black-book for the mystery writer. Like all Writer's Digest references, this book is riddled with references, sleuths out the facts about shadowy but powerful figures working behind the scenes, and generally, takes the mystery out of the monkey business. Get the complete scoop on... Read more

 


22.   Writing Crime & Suspense Fiction : And Getting Published (Teach Yourself Series)
by Lesley Grant-Adamson

Teach Yourself
Paperback - 164 pages
(August 1996)


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This step-by-step guide points the way for anyone who eants to set a suspenseful yarn down on paper. Grant-Adamson tells would-be suspense writers what makes a good mystery story and uses engaging exercises to help them learn to grab and hold attention, develop characters, a plot, and a point of... Read more

 


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Writing Mysteries (Self-Counsel Writing Series)
by Margaret Lucke

Self Counsel Press
Paperback - 180 pages
(May 1, 1999)


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24.   The Elements of Mystery Fiction : Writing a Modern Whodunit
by William G. Tapply

Writer
Paperback
(August 1995)



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25.   Careers for Mystery Buffs & Other Snoops and Sleuths (Vgm Careers for You Series)
by Blythe Cameson, Blythe Camenson

Vgm Career Horizons
Paperback
(October 1996)



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