Want to learn more about writing mysteries? Or learn about new mystery novels? You’ve come to the right place.


November 2022

New England Crime Bake November 11-13, 2022 Boston/Dedham Hilton

March 2023

April 2023

Malice Domestic April 28-30, 2023 Bethesda, Maryland
(Celebrates Traditional mysteries)

May-June 2023

Thrillerfest May 30th – June 3rd 2023 Times Square, New York City

August 2023

September 2023



General Writing:

Writing Excuses (tag: Mystery)

Your Breakout Book (Dana Kaye)


Writing Challenges/Contests:

Three Day Novel Contest (over Labor Day Weekend)


How To Books:

(Amazon Affiliate Links)

How to Write a Mystery:  A Handbook by Mystery Writers of America  edited by Lee Child and Laurie R King


Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition: The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime by Hallie Ephron (Amazon affiliate links)


Don’t Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden

Note: Although the advice is good, it tends to be more the “don’t do this” variety, than “do it this way”. It works if you already have an idea where to go and want to avoid pitfalls.


Forensic Magazine.com

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Blogs and Websites


Writer’s Block Forum at Officer.com

Writer’s Knowledge Base (search term Mystery)

Elizabeth Spann Craig’s blog

General Writing – Some of my favorites

Anne R. Allen -writing and marketing tips by a variety of authors (plus awesome resources page)

Writer Unboxed

Jennie Nash Book Coach – often has free tips and resources in addition to her services

Helping Writers Become Authors with K.M. Weiland – extensive resources on all aspects of writing, especially for the beginner

Darcy Pattison has a ton of writing advice that work for all writers, not only for children’s books