I bought The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing by Michelle Spring and Laurie R King the moment Ms. King announced its release on her Facebook. I bought it for two reasons: One, if Charles de Lint is my god, Ms. King is my goddess. Her prose and characterization are just gorgeous. (If you haven’t read her Holmes/Russell series do so. Now. Even if you don’t ordinarily read mysteries.) Two, my current novel-in-progress is a steampunk/Victorian detective novel crossover (with werewolves). This is my first foray into the mystery genre, and I’m looking for all the help I can get.
That said, I highly recommend this book to all writers, not just those in the crime/mystery genre. There’s a lot of good discussion about developing your craft and discovering your voice and your writing process that applies across the genres. The format (two authors with two different approaches to process, plus a number of ‘guest’ authors) gives the reader a lot to consider, and avoids the ‘my way is the only way’ dynamic that is a weakness in so many other books on writing.
For other book recommendations, see my blog post on the subject at www.ShawnaReppert.com.