Evan Marshall


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The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing


This is the book which demystified novel writing for a massive audience, a groundbreaking international bestseller on the shelves of thousands of published authors. The Marshall Plan technique is the industry’s #1 go-to novel-writing method for anyone who wants to write a commercial novel—fast.

In this unique guide, agent, editor and novelist Evan Marshall provides an easy-to-follow plan which simplifies the complex process of designing and writing successful commercial fiction.

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Jane and Winky Suburban Sleuths #1: Missing Marlene

The last thing a working mom like Jane needs is a call from her young son’s school saying his nanny never arrived to pick him up. Jane Stuart needs the nanny, as she has her hands full as a young widow who runs her own literary agency in the quiet suburban village of Shady Hills, New Jersey. With Marlene missing, Jane begins to wonder if foul play was involved. Marlene is the daughter of an old friend of Jane’s and Jane hired Marlene as a favor. She feels responsible. Jane puts two and two together. What she finds is in the sleepy suburban village of Shady Hills, things are not as tranquil as they appear on the surface.

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Jane and Winky Suburban Sleuths #2: Hanging Hannah

In an updated version of Agatha Christie's Jane Marple, single mom and literary agent Jane Stuart hunts for a killer in disguise with Winky, her tortoiseshell cat. After Jane’s last brush with murder (Missing Marlene) landed her in People magazine, Jane wants to throw a birthday party for her son at a local inn. But before anyone can say “make a wish,” the body of an unknown woman is found hanging in the woods behind the inn.

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Jane and Winky Suburban Sleuths #3: Stabbing Stephanie

Jane Stuart’s late husband’s cousin Stephanie now lives in Shady Hills. Stephanie has come to Shady Hills to work at Carson & Hart, the Shady Hills publishing company founded by Stephanie’s spoiled and entitled socialite friend, Faith Carson, and her husband Gavin Hart. Only a few days into her job, Stephanie notices things are not quite right at Carson & Hart. When she is found a few days later with a knife in her back, Jane goes undercover and takes a job as at Carson & Hart so she can investigate. Jane knows the truth of what happened to Stephanie is probably in the offices of Carson & Hart. Jane discovers it’s not just that Carson & Hart publishes dreck celebrity biographies. A dangerous killer lurks behind the scenes, one who may be targeting Jane and Winky next.

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Jane and Winky Suburban Sleuths #4: Icing Ivy

Jane Stuart and Ivy Benson were best friends until Ivy's daughter Marlene was Jane’s nanny and got murdered (Missing Marlene). Ivy blamed Jane even though it wasn’t Jane’s fault. Now it's time for Jane and Ivy to put that difficult past behind them and see if they can patch things up. They decide to spend the week together at the off-season Mt. Munsee Lodge, where Jane has scheduled her winter fiction writers' retreat. Ivy brings Johnny, the newest man in her life. Turns out, Johnny has eyes for another attendee, Carla. But Carla is not the only reason Johnny is at Mt. Munsee Lodge. He’s on the run and the getaway retreat deep in the woods is the perfect place to slip away. What Johnny is trying to escape from soon catches up with him. Foul weather brings a blizzard which socks everybody in, leaving them snowbound. Jane discovers her old pal dead - stabbed with an ice pick - on an abandoned mountain trail. Johnny's the likely suspect, except he's disappeared. Jane and Winky investigate as the snow melts and begins to leave clues. They uncover the deadly secrets of a writer who knows murder mysteries cold.
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Jane and Winky Suburban Sleuths #5: Toasting Tina

While at a romance authors convention, literary agent Jane Stuart and her tortoiseshell cat companion Winky find themselves immersed in a murder mystery when Tina Vale, the publisher who destroyed Jane's reputation, is found electrocuted in her bathtub.
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Jane and Winky Suburban Sleuths #6: Crushing Crystal

Jane Stuart’s nanny’s sister Crystal Ryerson stays with Jane while she starts as assistant director of the Shady Hills Public Library. Crystal proves to be a gossip with a superiority complex who makes enemies all over Shady Hills. At the next library book club Jane attends, the book shelves come crashing down and kill Crystal. Turns out, the safety brackets on the bookcases have been removed…by someone at the meeting. Two of the people who were at the library meeting are quickly identified as suspects. But things seem murkier to Jane. When the body of a beautiful teenager who worked at the library is found in the woods behind the railroad tracks, and two other girls go missing Jane and Winky solve the puzzle.
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Manhattan Mysteries #1: Death Is Disposable

When New York City Department of Sanitation garage supervisor Anna Winthrop finds a homeless man with his throat slit behind her apartment building, she begins to investigate. Her search takes her from the elegant art galleries of the Upper East Side to the City’s secret homeless camps and network of abandoned subway tunnels under Grand Central Station.
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Manhattan Mysteries #2: Evil Justice

Terror grips Manhattan as the Ankh Killer leaves a trail of strangled, mutilated women across the city. Then sanitation supervisor Anna Winthrop discovers the killer’s latest victim in the garage where she supervises and it’s cute and coquettish Shari Baird, a member of Anna’s crew. A guy was seen running from Shari’s body and it turns out it’s Tommy Mulligan, Anna’s most productive worker. He’s arrested and thrown into a cell on Riker’s Island. When Tommy’s father begs Anna to help prove that Tommy is innocent, Anna reluctantly agrees to try to help. With the help of her boyfriend, sexy midtown copy Santos Reyes, Anna rushes to uncover the truth before the real Ankh Killer can snatch another woman from the streets.
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Manhattan Mysteries #3: Dark Alley
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Sanitation worker Garry Thomason is out on a garbage run one morning when he heads behind Manhattan’s New Amsterdam Mews to collect the trash--and vanishes. The next morning he is found in the middle of the mews brutally murdered. Was Garry the latest victim of the “Mews Murderer,” the terrifying serial killer in the headlines who is leaving all his victims in the City’s beautiful, quaint passage ways and secret alleys?

Anna Winthrop, Garry’s boss and a New York City Department of Sanitation supervisor, demands answers. Anna begins to investigate and is startled to uncover Garry’s secret past, a past which involves shoplifting, drug-dealing, and a deadly episode from his tour in Iraq. 

As the days go by, more and more people are found dead—a pretty daycare worker a respected professor, a medical student—all left in the hidden mews around the city. As Anna works to expose the “Mews Murderer” she herself becomes a target. This cold-blooded killer will stop at nothing to escape detection—and to hide a shocking secret from his own life—and to get away with murder.
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Manhattan Mysteries #4: City in Shadow

A frightened young woman drops a note on the street outside the apartment where New York City Sanitation Department supervisor Anna Winthrop lives. HELP ME it says and so Anna tries to follow her and speak with her. She spots her dining with a famous doctor, and then in Grand Central Station, running for a train. Each time she gets near, the woman vanishes before Anna can make contact with her. Days later, her body is found in the Hudson River.

Meanwhile, a career-making story leads journalist Nettie Clouchet to uncover a human-trafficking ring in New York City…a woman acts as bait in an effort to track down her missing sister…and Anna’s visiting cousin Patti prowls New York’s dark streets and won’t say why.

All roads lead to The Kirkmore, a sinister apartment tower harboring a horrifying secret.

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