Writers’ Police Academy Wrap-Up

Writers’ Police Academy Wrap-Up

Writers’ Police Academy Wrap-Up What happens when you take the pen out of a writer’s hand and replace it with a pistol (or a Taser or a police baton)?  At a public safety school in Wisconsin where real training happens for police trainees, I found out. The 10th annual Writers’ Police Academy brought writers from […]

Top Five Female Detectives

Top Five Female Detectives The mystery genre is filled with interesting sub-genres: domestic suspense, spy thriller, political thriller, noir, cozy, legal thriller, supernatural thriller, romantic suspense. But procedurals, populated with amateur and professional sleuths, may be one of the best-known sub-genres. From classic detectives like Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe to more modern-day examples such […]

Top Ten FBI Novels

Top Ten FBI Novels As a writer, I love creating FBI characters. In fact, I have an entire series around an FBI profiler. Her job allows me to send her across the country (and overseas, if I want), assisting other law enforcement agencies and working a huge variety of cases. I’m not tied to a […]

Top Ten Serial Killer Novels

Top Ten Serial Killer Novels

Serial killers have long been a favorite villain in suspense novels, for readers and writers alike (including myself – the debut book in my Profiler series has my heroine hunting down the Bakersville Burier, a serial killer who buries his victims up to their necks deep in the woods). Why do we keep coming back […]

Criminals Who Go Dormant

Criminals Who Go Dormant…for a While

Criminals Who Go Dormant Serial criminals. They capture our imagination—in novels and real life—because they’re sort of like the bogeyman. It’s bad enough that someone in your life could hurt you (most violent crime is perpetrated by someone the victim knows), but to be targeted from a distance by someone you don’t even know is […]