by | Sep 16, 2022 | Rogue Flash | 5 comments

How to Write a Mystery wins 3 Awards
Master literary critic Oline Cogdill (left) and editor and author Laurie King
How to Write a Mystery Wins 3 First-Place Awards!

The monumental How to Write a Mystery, edited by Lee Child and Laurie King, has won the Agatha Award at Malice Domestic, and the Macavity, and Anthony awards at Bouchercon.

Our own Gayle Lynds contributed “Researching the Spy Thriller … or, Can’t I just make it all up?”

The handbook helps writers not only create timeless and compelling stories, but also to navigate an ever-shifting publishing landscape. From pacing and dialogue to creating diverse characters and building reader outreach, How to Write a Mystery is a complete guide by a new generation of bestselling experts for the next generation of mystery writers.

How to Write a Mystery

With contributions by some 70 well-published authors, the essays cover the gamut of writing and publishing:

  • Before Writing (rules; genres; setting; character; research; etc.)
  • While Writing (outlining; the plot; dialogue; mood; etc.)
  • After Writing (agents; editors; self-pub; etc.)
  • Other than Novels (short stories; true crime; etc.)
  • Other Considerations (diverse characters; legal questions; criticism)

Kirkus Reviews praised the book: “Everything you wanted to know about how to plan, draft, write, revise, publish, and market a mystery.”

Don’t Miss a Thing!



  1. Rogue Women Writers

    Congrats to our own Gayle Lynds – for being a contributor to this terrific new book that won the wonderful Agatha — so proud of her!!!…Karna Small Bodman

    • Gayle Lynds

      Thank you, Karna! I remember when the earlier version came out some 20 years ago, and how much I got out of it. It was an honor to participate!

  2. Lisa Black

    This sounds like a must for any mystery writer!!

    • Gayle Lynds

      Thanks, Lisa! It’s truly comprehensive, and I like the writing, too — relaxed, informative, and oftentimes fun. Mystery writers should get a lot out of it.

  3. jenny milchman

    I loved it! And congrats, Gayle, and all the contributors on so many awards 🙂