Local author to sign copies of novel at Bethany Beach Books

Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild member Crystal Heidel will be signing copies of her locally-set novel, “Still Life in Blood,” at Bethany Beach Books in Bethany Beach, on Friday, June 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In the tradition of other bestselling crime/mystery writers (such as Lisa Gardner’s D.D. Warren Boston mysteries or Karin Slaughter’s Atlanta crime books), “Still Life in Blood” is Heidel’s first novel in a series set in Southern Delaware’s resort area and features a cast of characters that center around the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit.

“Still Life in Blood” is the product of hundreds of hours of research on police procedures, painting techniques and interviews with a Delaware State Police homicide detective, who described the novel as a “fantastic, true-to-life murder investigation with a local flair.”

“Still Life in Blood” has won first place for adult novels in both the 2014 Delaware Press Association’s Communications Contest and the 2014 National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest.

“Still Life in Blood” revolves around Francesca Munro, an artist in Rehoboth Beach, who has kept her psychic abilities a secret for years. However, when the police question her about a woman’s murder, Munro fears that her visions may be exposed.

Delaware State Police Homicide Detective Jack Remington begins to investigate the murder of a woman, drained of blood and left in a Rehoboth Beach alley. He suspects that Munro is somehow involved but doesn’t know to what extent until more bodies are found.

She begins to question her connection to the murders when a diary belonging to her mother surfaces, plunging her into the past and her mother’s suicide. Can Remington solve the murders before Munro becomes the final piece in a twisted killer’s one-man show?

A member of the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild and a long-time resident of Sussex County Delaware, Heidel said she likes to observe award-winning movies and television shows for the conciseness of dialogue and the use of smash cuts and lighting to try to create the near-perfect scenes in her own writing.

For more information about Heidel or “Still Life in Blood,” connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crystalheidel, visit her website at crystalheidel.com, or stop by and get a copy of the book signed at Bethany Beach Books on Friday, June 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.