RARA-AVIS: Handbooks

Bill Hagen (billha@ionet.net)
Tue, 6 Apr 1999 21:52:43 -0500 (CDT) Marie Rodell, an editor for Duell, Sloan and Pierce, wrote what someone has
called a standard handbook for neophyte mystery writers in the 1940s,
_Mystery Fiction: Theory and Technique_. Has anyone ever had a look at it
or (confess!) used it?

Continuing, are there any such handbooks people have actually found useful,
at least in the beginning stages of trying to write detective or HB
fiction? I'll bet there are a few folks who might be interested; I'll more
than bet a few of the writers may have contributed to such books too.
Don't be shy. [Expecting some flames against the whole idea...]

Bill Hagen

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