With only 30 days to find the real killer…
Rick and girlfriend Laura risk their lives tracking key suspects who had motives to kill…
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 […]Continue Reading →
“He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.” ~Raymond Chandler
To celebrate Raymond Chandler’s birthday (July 23, 1888), here are some recipes inspired by the writer called “the icon of noir fiction” by the L.A. Times.
Apparently nobody has created an angel food cake […]Continue Reading →
One thing we’ve learned at our investigations agency is to never provide details about an investigation task to clients until after the task is completed. Years ago we learned that lesson the hard way when an overly emotional client spilled the beans about a surveillance to the subject of that surveillance, which not only killed the investigation […]Continue Reading →
Some people claim ghosts haunt certain old hotels, such as The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, where Stephen King first brainstormed The Shining. Another supposedly haunted hotel in Colorado is the House of Mirrors in Denver, which was once the parlor of a famous madam. Then there’s stories of Frank Sinatra’s ghost partying with the Rat […]Continue Reading →
A Pet Is Lost Every Two Seconds
I recently read that in the US, a family pet is lost every two seconds. That’s astounding, and yet within our own neighborhood we see lost pet signs posted nearly every week. According to the National Humane Society and the National Council of Pet Population Study and Policy, […]Continue Reading →
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 […]Continue Reading →
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. […]Continue Reading →
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 →
"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