With only 30 days to find the real killer…
Rick and girlfriend Laura risk their lives tracking key suspects who had motives to kill…
The Thin Man TV Series
Most people know about The Thin Man novel and movie series, but did you also know there was a TV series by the same name? The Thin Man TV series ran from September 20, 1957 to August 28, 1959 on NBC via MGM-TV, MGM’s attempt to get into television.
The comedy-mystery […]
The following excerpt is from our book A Lawyer’s Primer for Writers: From Crimes to Courtrooms, which ran in the September issue of First Draft, the national Sisters in Crime – Guppies newsletter. […]
There are some wonderful online books that offer useful information for mystery, suspense and thriller writers, and best of all they’re free. Such as the following book that offers a comprehensive overview on fingerprints.
The Fingerprint Sourcebook (2011)
This 422-page manual, published by the National Institute of Justice, originated in 2002 when a […]Continue Reading →
In A Lawyer’s Primer for Writers: From Crimes to Courtrooms, we cover a variety of topics, including the history of trials, players in the courtroom, jury experts, types of lawyers, lawyers and technology, trial preparation for civil and criminal trials, and much more.
Today, […]Continue Reading →
The following excerpt is from the chapter on private investigators, many of whom work with attorneys, from the nonfiction book A Lawyer’s Primer for Writers: From Crimes to Courtrooms. Below are three writers’ questions & our answers about PIs, lawyers and the police.
Are PIs and Cops Compatible?
We see PI-cop conflicts all the time in books, TV […]Continue Reading →
The 1949 classic film Adam’s Rib starred Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday and Tom Ewell. George Cukor, a close friend of Hepburn and Tracy, directed this courtroom comedy about husband and wife attorneys (Spencer and Hepburn) who are on opposite sides of a criminal prosecution: Hepburn is defending a woman who shot her husband; Tracy is the […]Continue Reading →
I love private eye characters, stories and film as much as the next guy or gal…but sometimes I groan out loud when a writer doesn’t bother to do a bit of research to add at least a whiff of realism to a private investigator’s actions. After co-owning a PI agency and having the honor to […]Continue Reading →
With the current frenzy of politicians vying to be nominees for the Republican and Democratic parties’ bids for the presidency, I’m sharing a post about a job I had in 1979 when I accidentally fell into the midst of Ronald Reagan’s inner circle, who later became his first cabinet. This was on the eve of […]Continue Reading →
People Usually Weigh 50 Pounds More…
A deputy coroner told me that, and you know what? Based on my driver’s license at the time, she was right. I didn’t admit it, of course, and nobody had […]Continue Reading →
As it’s the last few days before Christmas, below is a virtual basket of goodies. Happy holidays!
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Free App: Santa’s Bag – Christmas List (for iPhone, iPad, iPod)
Free App: TripIt – […]Continue Reading →
"Great humor. Great dialogue. Author did a great job of establishing the relationship between Rick and Laura. It never overshadowed the mystery, but it made the book truly multi-dimensional."
~New York Times best-selling author Dorien Kelly
"A real page turner. I enjoyed this book full of suspense and surprises. I have never read this author before but will look for her next surprise."
"I loved The Zen Man and really had fun catching Rick and Laura's first case in the prequel, The Ungrateful Dead. These novels have everything I love in a mystery: smart dialogue, a flawed hero, a little romance and a great plot. Murder at a coroners conference? What could be more fun!"
~ Nancy Warren USA Today Bestselling Author of The Toni Diamond mysteries