Looking for mystery writing help?

Mystery has been one of the most popular genres among readers for several decades. Many people come to us looking to hire a mystery book writer or a crime/police drama writer. We love these stories because they are like puzzles with clues, teeming with action and suspense. These are skills that our ghostwriters have developed and we offer them at your service.

If you came here to find a professional mystery novel writer, just fill in the form on this page and let us know how we can help you.

Many new authors have a great story to tell, but have not developed the writing skills to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Whether it’s a whodunit or a romantic suspense novel, that’s where we can help.

We take the time to understand your characters and the plot twists you envisage. Our job is to help the reader get immersed in your characters and your story. Our mystery novel writers have the skill and the passion to make it happen.

How our clients make us blush

Are we really the best mystery writers? Find out for yourself. Here is some of the unsolicited feedback from our book writing clients. (Read more testimonials here.)

Marcia Applegate – author, Now & Then: The Waiting

I feel right now as if my book is already published and you have written the first–and best–review it could have… All I can say is, thank you! for your professional editing and your wonderful words… Again, I couldn’t be more pleased with your work, and your reaction to the novel itself has given me a great deal of inspiration to continue on to publication.

Maya – novelist

Oh wow, I am crying. It is beautiful. And I am not just saying that because it is my book and all. It flows smoothly. I am pleased. I am confident I will land a contract with that. Now I feel confident. I didn’t feel that confidence before with my manuscript. Being a writer, I know that my manuscript didn’t have the smoothness I was aiming for. Thanks so much.

Samuel DiMatteo – children’s book author

The book, ‘The High-Tech Gooseneck Putter,’ is at the publishers. Outskirts Press reviewer wrote that the story was unique and well crafted. He continued, ‘A Fun Read.’ I can’t write enough praises for Kristin Johnson, her being and writing skills. I would make a suggestion and she would put it into words, what I envisioned. Thank you, for your help in making my dream come true. I’m sure that I will be using your services in the future.

John – satisfied author in Switzerland

Thank you so much for this fantastic work. I’m extremely impressed , not only by the top-notch quality of the writing and managing to adapt to the “voice” of the other stories but also your ability to have completed this project in such short time. I love the way you’ve managed to amend and convert these stories to such fascinating and page-turner book. Thanks also for the outstanding query letter and synopsis.

Denise Reccia – self-help author

I am very very happy with the outcome! Debra was fabulous to work with and an amazing person! I highly recommend her for future projects. She will definitely be my choice again.

five stars

Why people hire a mystery book ghostwriter

Detective stories and police dramas are perennial favorites. Here are some reasons mystery authors hire a ghostwriter for their book manuscripts.

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Mystery authors like you hire ghostwriters for their skill

You have a great true crime story or detective book in mind.

  • You have the plot.
  • You have the clues.
  • You have the characters.

You have the skill to craft the story and even to write it. But writing fiction is not your main area of expertise, and you know your manuscript could be better.

A professional fiction ghostwriter can help you take a good idea and a fair manuscript, and turn it into a winning mystery novel or true crime book. Here are just a few of the more common aspects of fiction that our ghostwriters work on:

  • Words that keep the reader reading
  • Imagery that captures the reader’s imagination
  • Plot twists that keep the reader guessing (suspense!)
  • Internal struggles that keep the characters interesting

A professional crime ghostwriter can take your book to the next level.

You might hire a mystery ghostwriter to organize the story.

Every book is as strong as its story. And the story is more than just a collection of ideas. It is how the ideas are organized to lead the reader through. No genre is as dependent on that organization as the mystery genre. To succeed, a mystery book must lay a trail of breadcrumbs to lead the reader through the clues as they are revealed to the characters.

You might already have a first draft, or you might not have gotten that far. Sometimes a budding mystery or crime author needs help organizing their manuscript before even beginning to write.

The structure of any novel helps build suspense and create anticipation, something important in police novels and detective stories. If a detective book doesn’t build the case for the reader, it won’t work.

An experienced ghostwriter can help you structure your mystery manuscript so that your story works.

You might hire a crime writer to stop procrastinating.

Most beginning writers are very busy people. They have “real jobs” that pay the rent. Their writing time is limited. If you have a true crime manuscript partly written, and you can’t seem to find the time to finish it, maybe a ghostwriting service could help.

Here are three ways hiring a ghostwriting service can speed things up for you:

  • A ghostwriter can start writing your novel now.
  • A ghostwriter can write faster, because she is used to writing.
  • A ghostwriter can dedicate the time needed to complete the manuscript. There’s no day job to get in the way .

A ghostwriter can work on your manuscript while you do other things. We can cut a decade down to six months. Before you know it, you’re a true crime author or a detective series author.

You might hire a mystery ghostwriter just to edit your manuscript.

Your manuscript might be complete. It just might need a little perfecting.

Some of the things we typically review are whether the characters speak and act consistently, and whether language is used correctly and effectively. And, of course, we proofread for you.

If your manuscript needs something specific, such as more dialogue or better descriptions of the settings, we can do that for you, too. Just let us your ghostwriter know what you need.

You might hire a professional mystery writer to improve your story.

Your writing might not be the issue. You might have written a great story, and written it well, but still feel it’s missing something. It might just need an added dimension weaved into the narrative.

Perhaps the book needs another subplot.

Perhaps the villain needs to develop more through the story.

Perhaps there are clues that don’t feel real enough.

Whatever improvements you feel your mystery manuscript needs, a freelance sci fi writer can help.

How to find a mystery novel ghostwriter for hire

If you need a professional ghostwriter for your police drama or murder mystery book, our freelancer agency will help. Get a free quote on writing your crime novel or screenplay. Just tap or click the red button to the right.


How to work with a mystery novel ghostwriter

Many new authors ask us for a mystery book “ghost writer”. We can provide the writer, but you have to provide the direction. That’s how this collaboration works. Please give precise instructions so that the ghostwriter crafts the story you envisage.

Here are a few tips to help you work with a mystery novel ghostwriter.

How to work with a mystery book ghostwriter

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What type of mystery book are you writing?

There are many types of mysteries, and not all of them are murder mysteries. Here are a few of your options:

  • Spy novel
  • True crime
  • Police drama
  • Detective story
  • Murder mystery
  • International intrigue
  • Simply a mystery – no police, no detective, no murder or crime

What is the central storyline?

It doesn’t matter whether you want a spy novel or a detective novel written, you have no book without a plot. The storyline is what people read, so that needs to be nailed down before the writing can start.

Have your plot organized before hiring a ghostwriter. The whole process goes much smother when this step have been done.

Every fiction has several sub-plots. For instance romantic tension might build between two detectives. Or between a police officer and a suspect. One of character might be trying to lead another astray, throw him off the scent. There are many possible sub-plots. Some might be internal struggles the main characters face as the story progresses. Make sure to explain the details of each sub-plot to your ghostwriter.

If you don’t have all your sub-plots organized, your ghostwriter can help. That’s fine, as long as you don’t have too much of a preconception of what you want.

Describe the plot and each sub-plot with:

  • A starting point – how the mystery is revealed
  • An end point – how the mystery is solved
  • The path the protagonist takes to get from puzzled to solved
  • Outside forces that interfere with the investigation
  • Outside forces that propel the investigation forward
  • Internal struggles that affect the movement from start to finish

Describe your characters for your ghostwriter.

The plot might be the path people take as they read, but it is the characters that they ride along that path. Your characters need inner strength and inner weakness. They need to grow as they reader follows them. They need to overcome both internal and external obstacles.

Here are some things your ghostwriter needs to know about your characters:

  • Their fears
  • Their habits
  • Their dreams
  • How they dress
  • How they move
  • What sets them off
  • What they look like
  • What they sound like
  • What makes them tick
  • Their strengths and weaknesses

Don’t forget to explain how these characters interact, and how their relationships to one another evolve as the story progresses.

If you don’t have a strong opinion on aspects of your characters, don’t worry. Your ghostwriter can create them. But whatever is important to you, you need to explain.

Choose your crime novel’s point of view (POV).

Every story can be seen from many points of view. Through whose eyes do you want your readers to see your story?

Mystery stories are most often seen through the eyes of somebody trying solve the case. This could be a police officer, a detective or a spy. But it could also be a suspect or somebody who stumbles upon the scene by accident. Or it could be the waitress at the diner where the detective gets his breakfast. The choice is yours.

Point of view can switch from chapter to chapter, but that can be tricky.

Whatever point of view you prefer, let your ghostwriter know.

List the locations in your crime novel.

Sometimes the locations are part of the mystery. Sometimes they are just a backdrop. Decide what locations are important to you, and define them for your ghostwriter. They can invent any other locations for you.

Explain your desired tone to your ghostwriter.

many police and crime stories take an earthy tone, giving them street appeal. Others, have a haughty tone, where the detective is above the fray. Some take a romantic tone, some a formal tone and some a suspicious tone.

In a detective book or a police story, the tone is usually set by the personality of the main character.

Inform your ghostwriter from the start what tone you want to set.

Is there a moral to your story?

Of course there is, whether you plan for one or not. The moral might simply be that crime doesn’t pay. Or that looks can be deceiving.

Let your ghostwriter know what lesson you want readers to pick up from your mystery story. If you don’t, they’ll probably pick up a different lesson (which is not necessarily bad, as long as you don’t mind).

How to find a mystery writer for hire

If you want help for your true crime novel or detective story from a professional ghostwriter, tap or click the red button to the right.


Sample books from our portfolio

Many authors who have hired us as ghost writers or editors for their novels remain confidential. However, here are a few examples of books (fiction and non-fiction) that we do are allowed to share with you.

  • Historical fiction book cover - Asim

    HISTORICAL FICTION: ASIM: Servant of Two Masters, by D.W. Smith. In 1453 Turkey, Mehmed the Conqueror has just defeated the Byzantine Empire and a new era called the Ottoman Empire is ushered in.

  • Self-help book cover - Sun will rise
    SELF HELP BOOK: Breast Cancer; The Sun Will Rise, by Pamela S. Barron. Breast cancer survivor Pamela Barron describes life with metastatic breast cancer and continuous chemo treatment for seven years.
  • Fantasy book cover - War of Staffs
    FANTASY BOOK: War of the Staffs, by Kathryn Tedrick and H.P. Stephenson. A fresh new series for all those who love dragons, wizards, elves, dwarves and mayhem.
  • Memoir book cover - Nobody
    MEMOIR: Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, by Leon Logothetis. A personal tale of travel and adventure in the real world.
  • Business book cover - Sit Crooked
    BUSINESS BOOK: Sit Crooked and Speak Straight, by Stephane J. McGrane. A primer for anyone wanting to conduct buisiness susccessfully in the Arabian Penninsula.
  • Kidlit book cover - Gooseneck Putter
    CHILDREN'S BOOK: The High-tech Gooseneck Putter, by Samuel DiMatteo & Kristin Johnson. Meet Sami DeMani, a Canada gander with a legendary golf game. He’s on track to win the prestigious Waterfowl Tour — and put his nemesis, the ruthless Pete Swan Lake, in his place once and for all.
  • Autobiography book cover - Missing Cub
    AUTOBIOGRAPHY: The Missing Cub, by Darcy Fast with Jonathan Kravetz. A baseball autobiography.
  • Society book cover - Biracial Bondage
    SOCIETY BOOK: The Biracial Bondage, by Joe Bama. Exploring the struggle of biracial people and couples, as seen through the eyes of both white and black people.
  • Fantasy book cover - Eradonis
    FANTASY BOOK: Eradonis: Legend of the Black Rose, by Narisha Rajnandan. First in a series of books featuring sorcery and magic spells.
  • Biography book cover - Vesta Sithole
    BIOGRAPHY: My Life With an Unsung Hero, by Vesta Sithole The post-humus biography of the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, a hero of the Zimbabwean struggle for independence.
  • Religious book - Genesis One Code
    SCIENCE, RELIGION: The Genesis One Code, by Daniel Friedmann. Calculations demonstrate a clear alignment between the times of key events described in the creation narrative in the Book of Genesis with those derived from scientific theory and observation.
  • Science fiction book cover - Time Craft
    SCIENCE FICTION: Time Craft, by Mark A. Ely. A time-travel story of adventure and scientific imagination.
  • Christian book cover - Guide You
    CHRISTIAN BOOK: He Will Guide You, by Dr. John Diomede. A guide for Christians to your relationship with the Holy Spirit.
  • Children's book cover - Flying Cowboys
    CHILDREN'S BOOK: Flying Cowboys and Confetti Rain: Dreams of a PBR Bull, by Debbie Felkins Tamez. An endearing story of a bull and a racoon and their adventures on the road to fame.
  • Historical fiction book cover - Asim
  • Self-help book cover - Sun Will Rise
  • Fantasy book cover - War of Staffs
  • Memoir book cover - Nobody
  • Business book cover - Sit Crooked
  • Kidlit book cover - Gooseneck Putter
  • Autobiography book cover - Missing Cub
  • Society book cover - Biracial Bondage
  • Fantasy book cover cover - Eradonis
  • Biography book cover - Vesta Sithole
  • Religious book cover - Genesis One Code
  • Science fiction book cover - Time Craft
  • Christian book cover - Guide You
  • Children's book cover - Flying Cowboys

Best mystery ghostwriters for hire now

Our professional mystery writers are for hire, standing by and at your service, for your book or short story. If you came here to find the best mystery novel writer, you won’t be disappointed. Let us know how we can help you tell your story, by completing the form to the right.


  1. I am looking for the best mystery book writer; how do I find one? (ANSWER: You have found several top-quality mystery writers at THGM Writing Services. Just fill in the form on this page to get started.)
  2. For a mystery novel, does it make sense to hire a professional ghostwriter? (ANSWER: Yes, your book will have much more success if it is professionally written.)
  3. How much does it cost to hire a crime writer? (ANSWER: It depends on many factors, but typically a manuscript of 50,000 words will cost $10,000 or more. Please complete the form on this page for a free quote.)
  4. What if I want just a short story with a few clues? (ANSWER: That will cost a lot less, but we can certainly write it for you.)
  5. Can I afford to hire a police drama book writer? (ANSWER: Writing a book is a lot of work and it is not cheap. But we do offer payment plans, so talk to us about your cash flow.)