Private Investigations

Mystery Writers on the Secrets, Riddles, and Wonders in Their Lives


By Victoria Zackheim

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In this thrilling anthology, bestselling mystery writers abandon the cloak of fiction to investigate the suspenseful secrets in their own lives.

For many of us, a good, heart-pounding mystery is the perfect escape from real-world confusion and chaos. But what about the writers who create those stories of suspense and intrigue? How do our favorite novelists cope with our perplexing world, and what mysteries keep them up at night?

In Private Investigations, twenty fan-favorite mystery writers share first-person tales of mysteries they’ve encountered at home and in the world. Caroline Leavitt regales us with a medical mystery, recounting a time when she lost her voice and doctors couldn’t find a cure, Martin Limón travels back to his military stint in Korea to grapple with the crimes of war, Anne Perry ponders the magical powers of stories conjured from writers’ imaginations, and more.

Exploring all the tropes of the genre — from haunted houses and elusive perpetrators to regrouping after missed signals have derailed them — these writers’ true tales show just how much art imitates life, and how, ultimately, we are all private investigators in our own real-world dramas.

On Sale
Apr 21, 2020
Page Count
320 pages
Seal Press

Victoria Zackheim

About the Author

Victoria Zackheim is the author of the novel The Bone Weaver and editor of six anthologies. She transformed five essays from her first anthology, The Other Woman, into a play which had one-night-only simultaneous readings at twenty-one US theater venues, with more than $10,000 in proceeds going to local women’s shelters. Her play Entangled is in pre-production. Victoria’s screenplay, MAIDSTONE, is with director Peter Werner, her screenplay ROZZY is in development. She is the writer of the documentary, Where Birds Never Sang: The Story of Ravensbruck and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps, aired nationwide by PBS. She teaches Personal Essay in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, is a speaker and instructor at writers’ conferences in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, and a keynote speaker for women’s organizations nationwide. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate.

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