Local author to sign copies of crime novel May 24 at Browseabout

May 21, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild member Crystal Heidel will be signing copies of her locally set novel, "Still Life in Blood," starting at noon, Saturday, May 24, at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.

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 captivating cast of characters that centers 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.

"Still Life in Blood" recently won first place for adult novels in the 2014 Delaware Press Association’s Communications Contest.

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

Delaware State Police homicide detective Jack Remington begins to investigate the murder of a woman who has been drained of blood and left in a Rehoboth Beach alley. Jack suspects that Francesca is somehow involved but doesn’t know to what extent until more bodies are found.

Francesca 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 Jack solve the murders before Francesca becomes the final piece in a twisted killer’s one-man show?

A member of the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild and a longtime resident of Sussex County, Heidel likes to watch 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 at or go to