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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.
“An excellent hands-on guide for anyone who wants to write a whodunit.” - Giles Blunt, author of the John Cardinal mysteries
“Masterful.” Barbara Fradkin, two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel
“Gail Bowen’s Sleuth is a marvelous guide to the art of writing mysteries, told with verve, humour and elegance, and with a rare insight into the value of creating stories that explore the darkest parts of human nature.” Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of The Unquiet Dead
“This is one of the best ‘how-to’ books I’ve read. Utterly entertaining and personable, Gail Bowen also has some very solid tips for writers. I got re-inspired. New writers have a wonderful guide.” Maureen Jennings, author of the Murdoch Mystery series
“In her primer Sleuth, Gail Bowen has taken the mystery out of writing mysteries, and in her insightful and humorous and compendious way (she cleverly cites Elmore Leonard, Richard Price and others) Gail actually describes the building blocks that form the basis of any novel, mystery or not.” Ian Hamilton, author of the Ava Lee novels
“Intimate and informative, Bowen’s Sleuth is destined to become a staple in every writer’s tool box [….] an instant classic.” Robert Rotenberg, author of Heart of the City
“Psst! Want to write a wildly successful mystery novel? Buy and read Gail Bowen’s Sleuth.” Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series
$10 000 ad budget: ads will appear in Library Journal, The Strand, and Writers Digest
Active publicity campaign in the U.S. and Canada: Library Journal and Publishers Weekly reviews, review in Walrus Magazine, interviews in Zoomer Magazine and on CBC's The Next Chapter and Sirius XM
Direct Marketing: Flyers to MFA programs across the U.S.
Online Marketing: email and social media marketing to mystery fans
Events: Author will attend Bouchercon 2018 to promote her latest mystery novel as well as SLEUTH.