Sleuth (Paperback)

Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries (Writers on Writing #1)

By Gail Bowen

University of Regina Press, 9780889775244, 144pp.

Publication Date: March 17, 2018

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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.

About the Author

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.