Private Investigations: Mystery Writers on the Secrets, Riddles, and Wonders in Their Lives

Private Investigations: Mystery Writers on the Secrets, Riddles, and Wonders in Their Lives

by Victoria Zackheim

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Overview

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's


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580059213
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,228,438
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Victoria Zackheim is a screenwriter, playwright, and the editor of six anthologies, including the highly acclaimed The Other Woman. She wrote the documentary Where Birds Never Sang: The Story of Ravensbruck and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps, which aired on PBS nationwide. Zackheim teaches creative nonfiction in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and is a frequent speaker and writing instructor. She lives in Northern California.

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