Mystery writing has captured my Muse’s attention. Writing thrillers is just as exciting as reading great suspense novels full of heroines and villains.
Mystery writing should offer the reader excitement and thrills, and unexpected twists and turns and cliffhangers at the ends of chapters; the denouement that wraps up the aftermath should be...
In writing a Logline and Synopsis for a mystery, while staying focused on the central theme, the writer needs to show how exciting the story will be. Unfortunately, in sticking to only the main plot line, much of the story goes without mention simply because not enough words are allowed in the Plotline and Synopsis to include all the action. For Down to the Needle….
Down to the Needle
A woman’s long search for her abducted child leads to a young woman on death row only months away from lethal injection for a crime she didn’t commit.
From the day her five-year-old was abducted, Abigail Fisher vows never to stop looking until her daughter is safely returned. Despite multiple searches, twenty-three years have passed without a trace of Becky Ann. So when Abigail learns that death row inmate Megan Winnaker is the same age as her daughter, she can’t help but wonder if the kidnapper—her ex-husband—had Becky’s Ann’s face surgically altered to prevent identification.
Megan Winnaker maintains her innocence, but she will be put to death immediately if she loses her final appeal. As Abigail launches her own investigation to determine if Megan is truly her daughter, someone wants nothing more than to stop her in her tracks. Suddenly, the house of the witness who landed Megan on death row is burned to the ground. Then Abigail’s home explodes in flame leaving her fighting for her life. An alcoholic witness skips town and another is found dead from a drug overdose. To add to her plight, Abi could lose the love of her life when his former love distracts him.
While Abi waits for DNA proof, she is desperate to free an innocent inmate who might just be the one who can fill her empty arms once again.
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Mystery writing is, for me, a chance to express extreme creativity as far as I might take it. But, again, there is so much more to this story that is not included in the Synopsis. So….much…more!
NOTE: Much more information will appear here for Down to the Needle as more reviews and especially photos arrive.
Below are the exciting reviews the book has garnered prior to publication. More will follow as they are received from those of you who love mystery writing.
"A heart-wrenching mystery that leads you down a very crooked road. Mary Deal captures the emotions of her characters so that we know them well, yet, can never anticipate their next moves."
~ Brian L Porter, Author, 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper' (Winner, The Preditors & Editors Best Thriller Novel, 2008), and its sequel, Legacy of The Ripper.
"I read Down to the Needle for a second time and I was, again, pulled into its magnetic spell. This afternoon I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat for a long while as the suspense grew to a crescendo. Mary, you out did yourself in this powerful work. Your changes tricked me into fearing the ending would be different. I clung to my shreds of tissue as I hoped for a happy ending. Every step of the way you delivered, and delivered, and delivered. Brilliant!"
~ Elizabeth Sullivan, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Somerset, California
“A heart-wrenching, multi-layered mystery.”
~ Tanya Hashimoto, Hanalei, Hawaii
"The characters in Down to the Needle were interesting and engaging. I never knew what was going to happen next. The author gets you in her grasp and doesn't let go until the very last page."
~ Leanna Kay Noble, Encino, California
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The reviews are thrilling, some of which come by email and never make it publicly. But even a sentence or two of comments are still something a writer cherishes.
Mystery writing and writing thrillers has proven to be exciting for me.
I love the research involved to make my stories credible. I love solving dilemmas. I love bringing people back together again, even if it's only in a story.