There's a lot one can learn from the late Sidney Sheldon.
Study his earlier works: Master of the Game, If Tomorrow Comes, The other side of Midnight. He keeps the pages turning with action, plot and compelling characters. And most importantly, he leaves a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter to keep the reader burning the midnight oil. And even though some of his scenarios are not so credible, they are still astounding with sheer vivacity and page-turning 'now why didn't I see that coming?' flow.
This man, after all, inspired Dan Brown to become a novelist!
But if you are a writer, there's one thing you should focus on if you're 'studying' Sheldon. The BACKSTORY.
Sheldon is the master of the backstory. Each of his characters have a compelling and utterly interesting backstory of how he or she got to be that way. Sheldon is the master of 'show' , not tell. He expands interesting parts, shrinks and fastforwards the rest and focuses on life defining events in each of his backstories.
Most of us have trouble writing the backstory. We end up with too much tell, not show. Not Sheldon. Take a leaf from him.