Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild member Crystal Heidel will be signing copies of her locally set novel, "Still Life in Blood," from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 5, at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth 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.
"Still Life in Blood" 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.
The novel 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 that her visions may be exposed.
Delaware State Police homicide detective Jack Remington begins to investigate the murder of a woman who was 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.
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 for the conciseness of dialogue and the use of smash cuts and lighting to try to create near-perfect scenes in her own writing.