Mystery is a tantalizing word. It suggests secrets and intrigue, an opportunity to peek behind closed doors, shines light into shadowy corners, and unlock truths about the human heart and mind. If you want to write a mystery, this book is for you. Writing Mysteries explores the art, craft, and business of crime and suspense writing. It guides aspiring mystery writers through a practical process for creating a successful mystery—from finding ideas and inventing engaging characters to getting published. Writing Mysteries helps writers understand today’s vibrant, diverse mystery genre and shows how to take advantage of the opportunities the genre presents.