Box of Clues, which is in the current (April) issue of Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special took over fifteen years from first draft to publication. The two main characters, Reverend Jerry Grand and his nephew Mike feature in a novel I’ve started work on. If I’m hoping that crime will pay for me, I’d better write at a faster rate.
Even at car chase speed, it’s going to take some time to get it finished and published. If you can’t wait that long, you might like to take a look at Firestarter, which is both a crime story and a romance.