• Murder Mysteries

    My Mystery Reading List – 2012

    I know 2012 is coming to a close in a matter of weeks, but rather than talk only about writing mysteries here I want to talk about reading them too visite site. So I’ve decided to share my reading list for the rest of this year. It’s a somewhat short one, knowing that I’m swamped with work on books and new website launches and knowing that I’ll take time to bum around over the holidays. But here are the books in series I’d like to catch up on, hopefully all before the New Year. Ghouls Gone Wild —¬†Victoria Laurie Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls¬†— Victoria Laurie Ghoul Interrupted — Victoria Laurie Pumped…

  • Mystery Writing

    How Many Clues are Too Many in Mystery Writing?

    I’m working on the first novel in the Murder Script mystery series. After drafting the first chapter, I sent it to the incredible edible <a href="http://keyboardhussy.wordpress you could try this out.com”>Evelyn Lafont for her unique brand of writing critique. You see, Lafont is one of very few friends who wouldn’t hesitate to hand me my ass on a platter if my work sucked. She’s not afraid that I’ll bite her head off (apparently I need to be a bigger meanie), so she can give me the blunt feedback I want. I’m (still) working on edits based on her critique, and her feedback was fantastic. She helped me see things from…

  • Mystery Writing

    What Makes a Good Mystery?

    As with any kind of writing, in order to be a decent mystery writer you have to also read mysteries. My nose is often buried in a book during my off hours. Right now I’m working through Victoria Laurie’s Ghost Hunter Mysteries and I’ll soon pick up the second Bubbles Yablonsky book from Sarah Strohmeyer (so far two very well-paced series). I recently finished all books available, other than the one just released, in both mystery series from Elaine Viets. You can probably see a trend here. When it comes to most mysteries I tend to enjoy quick reads I can devour after a long day. I gravitate toward female…