This week I picked up some new craft books. From the titles, you can see which way my brain is headed.
So far I've only read one of them, and WOW! It was like attending an entire writing conference taught by mystery masters. And I was happy to read that these masters recommended the same mysteries I have been reading and enjoying for years. Dick Francis, Ellis Peters, Elizabeth Peters, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dashiell Hammett.
Here are the books I checked out and will be reading this week:
1. Writing Mysteries, edited by Sue Grafton.
2. Writing the Mystery: A Start-to-Finish Guide for Both Novice and Professional, by G. Miki Hayden
3. How to Write a D*mn Good Mystery, by James N. Frey
4. You Can Write a Mystery, by Gillian Roberts
A few weeks ago I queried the ACFW email loop, asking about historical mysteries in the CBA. You know how many responses I got? ZERO, zip, zilch, nada, nothing, diddly-squat, bagel, goose-egg. The only series I can think of in the CBA right now that sort of comes close to what I'm looking for is Sara Mills' Allie Fortune series about a female PI during WW2.
So either this is a truly untapped market in the CBA, or no one is publishing it because no one is reading it. Guess I'll find out which is which.
What books are you reading? Any mysteries you recommend?