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I've recently finished my manuscript but I'm struggling with the query letter. Any help that anyone can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Following the disappearance of Liam Watts, detective Gregg Hunter is blackmailed into moving to the small town of Blackberry Cove, and to find the body.
Gregg is a celebrated Private Investigator, far too used to life in the city, who must pack up and make his way to Blackberry Cove, a quiet town in Vermont, in order to investigate a possible murder that took place there. However he has been hired by an organisation called the Alliance, who has instructed him not to alert the authorities once he has located the body. The Alliance is an international association of assassins, and Liam was an aspiring member. The Alliance has kidnapped Gregg's daughter and they are holding her as collateral until the body is located.
But in order for Gregg to find the body, he first has to find out who hid the body and who knows about the body. Forced into a live action game of Clue, the PI keeps his eye on several members of the town: the two local quarrelling innkeepers, Richard and Hannah O'Doyle, whose marriage is on the rocks due to dark secrets; the vindictive Mayor Nathan Stannard, who is sleeping with his secretary; the town's therapist, Timothy Holst, who is emasculated by his wife and on the edge of a nervous breakdown; local girl, Chloe Mason, the ex-girlfriend of Liam Watts; and the mysterious outdoorsman, Bernard Neumann. So the question is - who dunnit? BLACKBERRY COVE is a completed 74, 814 word mystery novel aimed at young adults. It is the first completed book of an outlined and planed potential series. Given your interest in mysteries and thrillers, I thought it might be a good fit for your list.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.