<![CDATA[Suzi Weinert Official Website - Blog]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:21:30 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Garage sale Civil War relics fuel third installment in mystery series]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 01:42:35 GMThttp://suziweinert.com/blog/garage-sale-civil-war-relics-fuel-third-installment-in-mystery-series
Florida Weekly
2017-02-22 / Arts & Entertainment News
Garage sale Civil War relics fuel third installment in mystery series

“Garage Sale Riddle,” the third title in Naples winter resident Suzi Weinert’s Garage Sale Mystery Series, follows “Garage Sale Stalker” and “Garage Sale Diamonds.” Sound familiar? Ms. Weinert’s work is the inspiration for the powerhouse series of films that is run religiously on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. The seventh premiered in January, and there are others in the pipeline.

The new novel has several intertwined plots, some more engaging than others. The primary story line, and the one most likely to be of interest to Southwest Florida readers, is Jennifer Shannon’s need to deal with her aging mother’s future. In her late 80s and after living in Naples for many years, Frances Ryerson must be steered into giving up her independent habits. This concern leads to a practical roadmap for making and carrying out such decisions, a roadmap that involves scaling down, arranging for estate sales, choosing the next home for Frances, taking stock of assets and many other matters.

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<![CDATA[New Garage Sale Riddle, Beginning November 1, 2016!]]>Mon, 01 Aug 2016 21:48:04 GMThttp://suziweinert.com/blog/new-garage-sale-riddle-beginningnovember-1-2016EXCITING NEWS.
- BluewaterPress announces publication of Suzi’s third riveting mystery thriller, Garage Sale Riddle. Beginning November 1, 2016, you’ll find this novel offered for sale on Amazon, Kindle and Nook, and can also order this new novel at your local book store.

- What’s the story about? Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:
          “Jennifer Shannon buys an old framed picture at an estate sale, discovering a mysterious map and riddle hidden inside. Flying to Naples, Florida, to rescue her aging mother from a devious criminal preying on seniors, she sits on the plane beside William Early, who boasts he’s a wealthy, powerful Civil War artifact collector who “always gets what he wants, whatever it takes.” Moving her mother from her long-time Florida home to McLean, Virginia, presents serious challenges as Jennifer protects her from vengeful criminals, while also researching map and riddle clues to an apparent Civil War treasure. But William Early lusts after the rare valuables she seeks. Marshalling his vast resources, he’s determined to wrest the treasure away from Jennifer, by any means, including murder.  Can Jennifer outwit him to save herself, her mother, her family and the historic treasure?”

- More exciting news. Hallmark’s 7th TV movie in the Garage Sale Mystery Series premieres on January 2017 on the Hallmark Movie and Mystery Channel. The two hour film is titled, “The Art of Murder,” featuring talented actress Lori Loughlin in the title role of Jennifer Shannon.”
<![CDATA[Mystery Writing Top 10 Rules]]>Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:28:11 GMThttp://suziweinert.com/blog/mystery-writing-top-10-rulesPicture
Even more than writing in other genres, mystery writing tends to follow standard rules. This is because readers of mysteries seek a particular experience: they want the intellectual challenge of solving the crime before the detective does, and the pleasure of knowing that everything will come together in the end. Of course, the best way of testing the mystery writing rules that follow is to read widely in the genre. See how others use them or how and when they get away with breaking them.
1. In mystery writing, plot is everything.Because readers are playing a kind of game when they read a detective novel, plot has to come first, above everything else. Make sure each plot point is plausible, and keep the action moving. Don't get bogged down in back story or go off on tangents.

2. Introduce both the detective and the culprit early on.As the main character, your detective must obviously appear early in the book. As for the culprit, your reader will feel cheated if the antagonist, or villain, enters too late in the book to be a viable suspect in their minds.

3. Introduce the crime within the first three chapters of your mystery novel.The crime and the ensuing questions are what hook your reader. As with any fiction, you want to do that as soon as possible.

4. The crime should be sufficiently violent -- preferably a murder.For many readers, only murder really justifies the effort of reading a 300-page book while suitably testing your detective's powers. However, also note that some types of violence are still taboo including rape, child molestation, and cruelty to animals.

5. The crime should be believable.While the details of the murder -- how, where, and why it's done, as well as how the crime is discovered -- are your main opportunities to introduce variety, make sure the crime is plausible. Your reader will feel cheated if the crime is not something that could really happen.

6. The detective should solve the case using only rational and scientific methods.Consider this part of the oath written by G.K. Chesterton for the British Detection Club: "Do you promise that your detectives shall well and truly detect the crimes presented to them using those wits which it may please you to bestow on them and not placing reliance on nor making use of Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, Coincidence, or Act of God?"

7. The culprit must be capable of committing the crime.Your reader must believe your villain's motivation and the villain must be capable of the crime, both physically and emotionally.

8. In mystery writing, don't try to fool your reader.Again, it takes the fun out. Don't use improbable disguises, twins, accidental solutions, or supernatural solutions. The detective should not commit the crime. All clues should be revealed to the reader as the detective finds them.

9. Do your research."Readers have to feel you know what you're talking about," says author Margaret Murphy. She has a good relationship with the police in her area, and has spent time with the police forensic team. Get all essential details right. Mystery readers will have read a lot of books like yours; regard them as a pretty savvy bunch.

10. Wait as long as possible to reveal the culprit.They're reading to find out, or figure out, whodunit. If you answer this too early in the book, the reader will have no reason to continue reading.

By Ginny Wiehardt @ about .com