Private investigations Mystery writers on the secrets, riddles, and wonders in their lives

Book - 2020

"In Private Investigations, twenty fan-favorite mystery writers share their first-person stories of grappling with mysteries they've personally encountered, at home and in the world. Caroline Leavitt regales us with a medical mystery, a time when she lost her voice and doctors couldn't find a cure; Martin Limon travels back to his military stint in Korea to grapple with the chaos of war; Anne Perry ponders the magical powers of stories conjured from writers' imaginations, and... more"--

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Genres
Biographies
Published
New York : Seal Press 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
vi, 311 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781580059213
158005921X
  • Introduction : solving the mystery /
  • Victoria Zackheim
  • Ghosted /
  • Hallie Ephron
  • Plot twists : this writer's life /
  • Jeffrey Deaver
  • An extra child /
  • Sulari Gentill
  • Field notes à la Maigret from Paris /
  • Cara Black
  • Lydia and Jack /
  • Connie May Fowler
  • The land of the morning calm (and other military mysteries) /
  • Martin Limón
  • The clay that we shape /
  • William Kent Krueger
  • Origins and destinations /
  • Ausma Zehanat Khan
  • A trick of the light /
  • Kristen Lepionka
  • The mystery of deception /
  • Lynn Cahoon
  • The long shadow of war /
  • Rhys Bowen
  • I don't know this word /
  • Rachel Howzell Hall
  • The beams keep falling /
  • Steph Cha
  • Writing about war /
  • Jacqueline Winspear
  • Can we live without mystery? /
  • Tasha Alexander
  • Godfathers, Nancy Drew, and cats /
  • Carole Nelson Douglas
  • The mystery of my lost voice /
  • Caroline Leavitt
  • Remembering the past /
  • Charles Todd
  • Nuns, magic, and Steven King /
  • Robert Dugoni
  • I want to be a magician /
  • Anne Perry.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Mystery giants Anne Perry and Jeffery Deaver are known for tales of twisty suspense and thrilling whodunits, but in this volume, edited by Zackheim (creative nonfiction, Univ. of California, Los Angeles), they, along with 18 other crime fiction writers, explore the enigmas of their own lives. Some tackle actual mysteries—Hallie Ephron visited a medium when her friend was haunted by a ghost. But most contemplate personal journeys. Martin Limon considers how the Korean War has impacted his fiction. Jacqueline Winspear and Charles Todd discuss the gravity of writing about World War II. Connie May Fowler recalls how her abusive childhood led to her choice not to have children. William Kent Krueger delves into his mother's mental illness, and its influence on his storytelling, particularly his novel Ordinary Grace. VERDICT Genre fans are sure to be curious about this rare window into the lives of their favorite authors, as will anyone who enjoys compelling, candid tales.—Melissa Stoeger, Deerfield P.L., IL Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"In Private Investigations, twenty fan-favorite mystery writers share their first-person stories of grappling with mysteries they've personally encountered, at home and in the world. Caroline Leavitt regales us with a medical mystery, a time when she lost her voice and doctors couldn't find a cure; Martin Limon travels back to his military stint in Korea to grapple with the chaos of war; Anne Perry ponders the magical powers of stories conjured from writers' imaginations, and more"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Twenty popular mystery authors share their personal real-life mysteries, including a medical mystery from Caroline Leavitt, a military war crime mystery from Martin Limón and a mystery of the magic of imagination from Anne Perry. 25,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this thrilling anthology, bestselling mystery writers abandon the cloak of fiction to investigate the suspenseful secrets in their own lives.For many of us, a good, heart-pounding mystery is the perfect escape from real-world confusion and chaos. But what about the writers who create those stories of suspense and intrigue? How do our favorite novelists cope with our perplexing world, and what mysteries keep them up at night? In Private Investigations, twenty fan-favorite mystery writers share first-person tales of mysteries they've encountered at home and in the world. Caroline Leavitt regales us with a medical mystery, recounting a time when she lost her voice and doctors couldn't find a cure, Martin Limón travels back to his military stint in Korea to grapple with the crimes of war, Anne Perry ponders the magical powers of stories conjured from writers' imaginations, and more.Exploring all the tropes of the genre -- from haunted houses and elusive perpetrators to regrouping after missed signals have derailed them -- these writers' true tales show just how much art imitates life, and how, ultimately, we are all private investigators in our own real-world dramas.