Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Mystery Writing Tips from a Few of My Friends

Take it from me, there is a lot more to writing mysteries than just plunking your butt down in front of a computer and pounding away at the keyboard about death and the quest for justice. Maybe you're just getting started and need inspiration. Maybe you need to know where to start. Or maybe you're lost about the science of blood, death and police procedure. It doesn't matter what sub-genre you're writing in, you need to have the tools to get the job done. Here are some great books for those of you wanting to write and research mysteries.

Top Left is Don't Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden, a charming woman with a knack for getting murder right. Don't Murder your Mystery has won the Agatha award and is nominated for both the Macavity and Anthony awards.

Police Procedure & Investigation is brand-spanking new from Lee Lofland and is selling like hotcakes. Lee spent two decades in law enforcement, including a number of years as a detective.

D.P. Lyle, M.D. has more helpful books out than you can shake a scalpel at, including the award-winning Forensics for Dummies. New out by Dr. Lyle are Forensics and Fiction and Forensic Science for Writers.


writtenwyrdd said...

Which is your favorite reference for the new mystery writer? I have law enforcement experience, but not as a detective.

Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

I can't really pick one of these over the other because each serves a totally diffent purpose. If you want to know how to write a mystery, then Chris' book. The others are reference books about police procedurals and medical questions.