Local author to sign copies of novel at Bethany Beach Books June 20

June 17, 2014
Crystal Heidel

Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild member Crystal Heidel will be signing copies of her locally set novel, “Still Life in Blood,” Friday, June 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Bethany Beach Books in Bethany Beach. “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 centers around the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. The book is the product of hundreds of hours of research on police procedures, painting techniques, and interviews with a Delaware State Police homicide detective, who says the novel is 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, Francesca fears her visions may be exposed.

DSP Homicide Detective Jack Remington begins to investigate the murder of a woman 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 observe award-winning movies and television shows to try to create near-perfect scenes in her own writing.

For more information about Heidel or “Still Life in Blood,” go to, visit, or get a copy signed at Bethany Beach Books Friday, June 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.