A smart, practical, and often funny guide for those who aspire to write mysteries, Sleuth reveals the secrets behind the curtain from a bestselling and award-winning master of the genre.
Gail Bowen shows how to map out a plot, how to plant page-turning clues, how to develop fully-rounded characters, and how to create the scene of the crime. She also looks at the psyche, the power of story, and cultural appropriation, allowing writers to communicate the truth about the human condition.
Digging into the works of Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell, Sara Paretsky, Ian Rankin, Louise Penny and a score of others, Bowen explores all the possibilities the mystery genre offers writers with a story to tell.
Gail Bowen is the author of the Joanne Kilbourn mystery series. The seventeen novels have met with critical and financial success, and the first six were produced as made-for-TV movies. Bowen has also written the Charlie Dowhanuik mysteries, four novels targeted at reluctant readers. For over twenty years she taught English and Creative Writing at First Nations University of Canada. She and her husband, Ted, live in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: How I Became a Writer
Chapter Two: Getting Started
Chapter Three: Pre-Writing
Chapter Four: What's Left Behind
Chapter Five: Point of View
Chapter Six: Setting
Chapter Seven: Characterization
Chapter Eight: Plot
Chapter Nine: Style
Chapter Ten: Strategies That Can Give Your Series a Length and Robust Life
Chapter Eleven: Editing
Chapter Twelve: Getting Published
Key Selling Points
- Book is the first of a series--Writers on Writing. Forthcoming titles include books on storytelling and on writing while deaf. - Bowen interweaves practical writing tips with anecdotes from her own life (she didn't become an author until age 43) and her previous novels (excerpts show what she is trying to say).
- Bowen is author of bestselling Joanne Kilbourn Mystery series, published by McClelland and Stewart.
- Author will be attending Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, which will be held in St. Petersburg, FL in Sept 2018. Bowen will be launching her latest mystery novel along with Sleuth.
- will seek endorsements from Louise Penny, Maureen Jennings, Linwood Barclay, Giles BluntForthcoming Media
- book reviews and/or profiles in major Canadian/U.S. publications, e.g. Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Literary Review of Canada, Quill & Quire, Publishers Weekly, Macleans, The Walrus, Bookforum, Publishers Weekly, Foreword Reviews, Library Journal, etc.
- local coverage from Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post, Global Regina, CBC Saskatchewan
- niche coverage from writing magazines, writers unions, and mystery fan groups
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"Bowen’s slim, useful guide expertly takes writers through the craft of writing mystery fiction.... She takes pains to stress that there is no magic spell to creating a great mystery; it’s a process that she follows for every single book but remains fascinated by." - Publishers Weekly