Do you want to write a mystery but don’t have a clue where to start? Or maybe you’ve begun a story but are stuck on the plot? Perhaps you’re already writing a series, and you need tips on how to keep track of your material? Writing the Cozy Mystery is a valuable guide on how to write a traditional whodunit. This concise tool will show you step-by-step how to develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and sustain your series. You’ll find everything you need to know in an easy-to-read, clear manner to write your own mystery.
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“A useful guide and ready reference, this book offers a good set of tools to demystify the making of a mystery.” Roy T. James, Readers’ Favorite
“This book is well organized and cuts right to the chase. Throughout are exercises to help you create the cast of characters and make decisions about the clues and setting.” Five Stars! Ronda Del Boccio, Write on Purpose
“With Writing the Cozy Mystery, Nancy presents an easy-to-follow and engaging framework to developing your own cozy mystery, stand-alone or series. Her expertise in the area lends credence to the useful tips throughout the book.” DL Fernandez, DLF Writing
“If you are thinking about writing a mystery, if you are in the middle of writing one or ten, then this book is for you.” Pamela Sue James, Mayhem and Magic
“Writing the Cozy Mystery is one of the most helpful books on writing I have ever read. This will be one reference book that will keep you coming back again and again. If you are a new author looking to try your hand at writing a cozy, or if you’ve already written a cozy and need help to polish it up, Writing the Cozy Mystery is a must.” 5 Out of 5 Spy Glasses! Crazy Cozy Stories
“I love guidelines, prompts, and advice about how to set up pre-book-writing data. Cohen’s book was perfect for this. She’s concise, informative, and has years of experience in the genre to back up her suggestions. It was written to target writers new to both the genre and to fiction in general.” Maria Mankin, Books j’adore
“This book is not only for writers; cozy readers will also enjoy experiencing the formatting and structure of writing one. Ms. Cohen has laid out a step-by-step “manual” for writing these types of mysteries, and doesn’t miss a trick for keeping the writing creative and informative.” Haley’s Comments
“A great primer for the beginning writer and a great reminder for those of us in the business…I found this short book to be easy to read and chock full of useful information. Muddy Rose Reviews
“It’s a quick read, full of great information without getting bogged down in brain-twisting detail and fluff. Nancy Cohen gives the reader a map to follow if the desire is there but you’re lost as to where to begin writing a Whodunit. Would highly recommend.” Bookaholic
“Very helpful book. Concise, to the point, with lots of good advice, some illustrated by examples. I knew some of this information, but some of it was new to me. And it was presented in a way that really motivates and is easy to understand.” Word Addicted
“This really made a daunting task seem much easier by breaking it down into understandable, achievable steps. Would definitely recommend to other writers.” Bookbroad
“I really enjoyed reading this how-to book on writing cozy mysteries. It’s concise and to the point – no fluff. Perfect resource for anyone thinking about writing a cozy mystery!” Ms. Loves to Read