Diane Philips is a mystery writer. Her new boyfriend has talked her into going to a writer's convention in Connecticut where they will go to a resort known as the Haunted House. One of the things they will do there is solve a murder set up by the hotel. A mystery writer who-dun-it. A few days before the trip, Diane and her boyfriend break up. She realizes that he was self-centered and never really cared about her. She went on the trip by herself so she could avoid him showing up on her doorstep that weekend. She just simply didn't tell him she was going.
James Grayson was going to the same hotel, but for a different reason. His brother had been convicted of a murder he didn't commit. (Yeah, I know, You've heard that one before!) Clues from a retired police officer and another dead police officer lead him to believe that there is a murder for hire ring that will kill someone and have the evidence point at someone else for a price. James believes his brother was set up and plans to prove it.
Diane and James bump into each other when they arrive at the hotel at the same time and end up in the registration line together. Things start to heat up when Diane is guided to an area of the hotel by a zombie (It's Halloween), and while wandering, discovers a real body. Then a whole group of other conventioneer guests just happen to show up and discover her standing over this body. Looks real bad for Diane. Gets worse. She knows the victim and had a very verbal argument in front of witnesses a few hours earlier. Problem is, everybody at this convention hated the victim, and had opportunity and motives to kill him,too. Not so cut and dried.
Diane's fellow mystery writers know without a doubt that she would never commit murder and together they set out to prove it. This book takes you step by step, thought by thought, on how they, as writers, go about writing mystery stories and apply them to solving this murder. Problem is two more bodies show up. Both murders pointing at Diane once again. The third victim was Diane's boyfriend and only she knew him.
This book is different from other whodunnits because when it gives you clues, you don't always realize them for what they are. I, myself, didn't realize how much went into being a writer. This book was so much fun to read!! I guessed right along with everyone else in the book writers' crowd. But I didn't guess it right. There is no deception. The facts are presented but I bet you won't figure it out either. Give it a try.