How To Write A Mystery

A Handbook From The Mystery Writers of America
Edited by Lee Child with Laurie R. King

The definitive handbook for anyone attempting to put mischief and mayhem on the page. Featuring over thirty essays and invaluable words of wisdom on how to plot, revise, market and publish your mystery from some of today’s top practitioners, including Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Craig Johnson, Deborah Crombie, Tim Maleeny, Chris Grabenstein, Maddee James, Louise Penny, Laurie R. King, Rob Hart, Jacqueline Winspear and many other mystery mavens.

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“Everything you wanted to know about how to plan, draft, write, revise, publish and market a mystery.”
Kirkus Reviews (read full review)

Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical

Original stories, twisted tales and fiendish fun from modern masters of mystery
Edited by Verena Rose, Rita Owen and Shawn Reilly Simmons

Featuring the story “A Cure For Madness” by Tim Maleeny

A plethora of plot twists in the tradition of Agatha Christie from the diabolical minds of Leah Bailey, Paula Gail Benson, Mary Alyce Blum, Michael Bracken, Susan Breen, Marco Carocari, Mary Dutta, Christine Eskilson, Nancy Gardner, Barb Goffman, Alexia Gordon, Beverly Graf, Maurissa Guibord, Victoria Hamilton, Kerry Hammond, Peter W.J. Hayes, Smita Harish Jain, Cynthia Kuhn, Margaret Lucke, Sharon Lynn, Tim Maleeny, Jeff Markowitz, Lisa Q. Mathews, Adam Meyer, Alan Orloff, Rita Owen, Graham Powell, Keenan Powell, Lori Robbins, Cynthia Sabelhaus, Nancy Cole Silverman, Shawn Reilly Simmons, C.J. Verburg, and Andrea Wells.

Bound by Mystery

35 original stories from the authors of Poisoned Pen Press
Edited by Diane D. DiBiase

Featuring the story “Gone Phishing” by Tim Maleeny

A new collection of short stories from thirty-five authors to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Poisoned Pen Press.

This anthology celebrates our authors, their talent, and their diversity. Some have chosen to feature characters well-established within their own series-protagonists, supporting cast, and even one villain-turned-hero. Others have gone in totally different directions, inventing new characters and going dark or cozy for the first time, with chilling and delightful results. Yet as different as these authors and their stories are, they all share a common passion for finely crafted tales of crime and murder. From Greece to Italy, India to Australia, Great Britain to Canada; from the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest and New Mexico to the Savannah low country, they are a community Bound by Mystery, and we are proud to present their short fiction to you for the first time ever.

Gone Phishing [ends with] a satisfying climactic twist and an even more satisfying slice of vigilante justice.”
Mystery Scene Magazine

Death Do Us Part

A new anthology from Mystery Writers of America, edited by Harlan Coben. Stories about love, lust and murder.

Macavity Award-winning title story, “Till Death Do Us Part,” written by Tim Maleeny

Featuring stories by Lee Child, Laura Lippman, R.L. Stine, Ridley Pearson, Harlan Coben and many other great mystery writers.

“Tim Maleeny’s take on the title of this anthology Till Death Do Us Partis a mesmerizing story.”

Till Death Do Us Part is a truly unusual story. Tim Maleeny’s darkly funny tale of a couple whose anniversary celebration involves a decidedly deadly ritual gives new meaning to traditional wedding vows.”

“The latest anthology from the Mystery Writers of America offers a high quality assortment of stories propelled by human passions behind crimes both hot- and cold-blooded.”
Publishers Weekly

“It’s true what they say: love hurts. Sample this collection of relationship-oriented mystery stories and you’ll see just how much. Mystery fans will find much to enjoy.”

Death Do Us Part brings us a wide variety of tales with a single theme—love that ends with a vicious climax… Ingenuity infiltrates the majority of plots, and it’s decidedly interesting to see the various approaches to the central theme of this assortment.”

Till Death Do Us Part by Tim Maleeny was laugh out loud funny, in a perverse kind of way.”
—Book Fetish


13 Stories Of Suspense And Horror
Edited by R.L. Stine

Featuring the story “Ray Gun” by Tim Maleeny

A collection of terrifying original stories from the hottest names in thriller writing today, including R.L. Stine (widely considered the king of children’s horror writing, who edited and contributed to the collection), Meg Cabot, Heather Brewer, Tim Maleeny, Heather Graham, Alane Ferguson, Jennifer Allison, Walter Sorrells, Peg Kehret, Suzanne Weyn, Jim Rollins, F. Paul Wilson and Ryan Brown.

“…offers chills, though seldom getting too gruesome. Readers seeking diverse sources of suspense will most appreciate this collection.”
Publishers Weekly

“Thirteen highly suspenseful short stories, well selected by none other than R. L. Stine, who contributes the first tale, have the power to attract and delight many stouthearted young readers.”
Kirkus Reviews

“It is rare for a collection of stories to maintain the same quality from beginning to end, but Fear succeeds in delivering all the suspense, terror, irony, and twisted endings that any horror addict could crave.”

Thriller 2

Stories you just can’t put down
Edited by Clive Cussler

Featuring the story “Suspension of Disbelief” by Tim Maleeny

A new anthology featuring stories by Kathleen Antrim, Gary Braver, Sean Chercover, Blake Crouch, Jeffery Deaver, Robert Ferrigno, Joe Hartlaub, David Hewson, Harry Hunsicker, Lisa Jackson, Joan Johnston, Jon Land, Lawrence Light, Tim Maleeny, Phillip Margolin, David J. Montgomery, Carla Neggers, Ridley Pearson, Marcus Sakey, Javier Sierra, Mariah Stewart, R.L. Stine, and Simon Wood.

Uncage Me

A collection of stories
Edited by Jen Jordan

Featuring the story “Prisoner of Love” by Tim Maleeny

The follow-up to 2007’s Expletive Deleted. New stories from Scott Phillips, Allan Guthrie, Christa Faust, Victor Gischler, J.A. Konrath, J.D. Rhoades, Declan Burke, Brian Azzarello, Steven Torres, Stewart Macbride, Simon Kernick, Patrick Bagley, Greg Bardsley, Stephen Blackmore, Tim Maleeny, Nick Stone, Martyn Waites, Talia Berliner, Maxim Jakubowski, Gregg Hurwitz, Blake Crouch, and more! As if all of that wasn’t enough, there’s an introduction by New York Times best selling author John Connolly.

“Tim Maleeny’s story Prisoner of Love not only features twists and betrayals but manages to make an ambiguous resolution satisfying rather than frustrating.”
Publishers Weekly

Now Write! Mysteries

Edited by Sherry Ellis & Laurie Lamson

Featuring an exercise on crafting opening lines by Tim Maleeny

The fourth book in the acclaimed instructional series for writers, this edition focuses on what it takes to build a perfect crime novel. Now Write! Mysteries features advice, tips and secrets from over twenty of today’s top crime writers, including Reed Farrel Coleman, Juliet Blackwell, Vicki Hendricks, Hallie Ephron and Sophie Littlefield. Learn more about the Now Write! series at

Mysterious Writers

The Many Facets of Mystery Writing
Compiled and edited by Jean Henry Mead

Advice on writing from some of today’s most popular authors, featuring a chapter on the mystery of humor by Tim Maleeny

Interviews with over fifty leading mystery authors, including Elmore Leonard, Jeffrey Deaver, Camille Minichino, Rhys Bowen, Craig Johnson, and many others. Cozies, police procedurals, thrillers, private eyes and historical mysteries are just some of the genres covered in this one-of-a-kind collection, an indispensable reference for any mystery fan.

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