The best place to start is always at the beginning, and How to Write a Mystery has all you need to know to get started. Written by Edgar Award-winning author Larry Beinhart, who uses advice and examples from such luminaries in the field as Raymond Chandler and Scott Turow, this book covers a broad range of topics relevant to writing a mystery. Whether you want to learn about constructing scenes, basic plotting, creating your protagonist, or choosing between a cozy or a hard-boiled, this book is the quintessential guide to crafting a mystery.
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