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on 16 May 1999
Simply put, Beinhart's book is one of the best "How to Write..." books I have ever read. Unlike many books in which the author mostly inspires the reader and/or shares what has worked for him or her, Beinhart gives multiple examples from contemporary and classic works, as well as from his own experiences. I knew that this book had fire in it when I found myself outlining my plot, characters, etc. as I read along. I was also pleased with the Beinhart's honesty about the business and politics of the publishing industry. This book deserves a space on the shelf of every mystery writer--published and unpublished.
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on 24 April 2002
This is not just a great book on writing mysteries; it is one of the best "how to write" books I have read. It covers virtually every aspect of the craft. I have read numerous books on writing fiction, and this one is among the best.
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on 20 March 2013
This is a really practical how to guide to writing a mystery novel. Although I was well underway when I started reading it, I found it so useful that I'm working my way through the whole book. It has loads of useful excercises, that will, if you do them all, actually result in a fished novel. Great!
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on 28 October 2009
I've been stuck on my novel for awhile and decided to read a book on writing to see if it'd get some juices flowing. My novel is only partly a mystery, but I was looking for some pointers and I got them.

I like Larry's style. He's not egotistical and he's not preachy or pedantic. He can be self-deprecating, and he livens up his prose with examples from a variety of books. He's obviously read a great many mysteries and knows his genre. I didn't learn anything earth-shattering or ground-breaking or any other sort of terra-related metaphor, but it helped me become a bit more cautiously optimistic about my own writing, which is what a good book about writing should do.
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on 2 April 2005
I've read a few of these 'how to' manuals and this is head and shoulders above the rest. You won't need another. A tip: if you've already tried to write a mystery/crime novel - untutored, as it were - you will get much more out of this book than if you haven't; unless you are a genius, of course.
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on 17 June 1998
This is by far the best book I have ever read on the subject of How To.. Mystery Novels. It is easy to understand, with perfect organization. It is a must have for all writers trying to figure out how to correctly write a murder mystery. Larry has proven himself a great author from all of his books. I highly recommend buying this book.
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on 10 December 1997
This book tells what you WANT to know,how it is done,how to get past the difficulties and finsh the bugger,by a well known, published,damn good writer,not some critic who has'nt written a crime novel or someone who made up a list of what to do from other books.This is the Real Deal!
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on 2 April 1998
Beinhart's book is the most informative tome you're likely to find. If you don't pick it up, then you're shortcomings are your own fault.
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