Tips on Mystery Writing

Here are some useful links if you’re writing mystery:

 There is a Yahoo group for fiction and nonfiction crime writers where you can ask and get answers on crime scene investigation, applied forensics, and police procedure questions. You can either go to and search on “crimescenewriter” or just click this link.

The Practical Homicide site has some articles that might be helpful.

30 minute NPR interview with mystery writers Tana French and Louis Bayard on How To Write a Great Mystery  

Thirteen free online mystery writing lessons from Gillian Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper Series

There’s a treasure trove of advice for mystery writers at Writing World.

15 mystery writing tips courtesy of Writers in the Storm

Mystery cliches to avoid

Effectively leaving clues in a mystery from Literary Library

Any links for mystery writers you’d like to share?

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