Monday, 13 June 2016

You know what makes me happy? A #review

Being alerted to a review is always a great feeling. It is immaterial whether the reader raves about the book (as is the case this time) or gives lukewarm or qualified praise (as happens sometimes). A review means someone has read my work and feels strongly enough about it to take the time to comment.

I would like to thank everyone who has left a review on Amazon or Goodreads, or on a personal blog. I love hearing what my readers think of my work.

Special thanks to this reviewer:

And thank you, also, to the reader who told me about the review.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Know all about crime and criminals? #quiz

  1. Where was Tyburn Tree located and what was it used for?
  2. What was Peter Sutcliffe’s nickname?
  3. Who was Home Secretary during the Siege of Sydney Street?
  4. What were the first names of criminals Barrow and Parker?
  5. Who is the only person to avoid capital punishment because his hanging failed on three consecutive occasions?
  6. How is Richard John Bingham better known?
  7. The figure of Justice at the Old Bailey has scales in one hand; what is in the other?
  8. What was the Boston Strangler’s real name?
  9. Which year was the breathalyser introduced?
  10. Who was the Demon Barber of Fleet Street?

The quiz is open for a week from today and a £10 Amazon voucher will go to the winner. All correct answers will go into a draw and the first name picked out of the hat will win the prize.

Send your answers to:

Monday, 23 May 2016

The first real advances in forensic pathology

The 16th and 17th centuries covered a period of major forensic advances. In addition to the publication of the first pathology reports, this was a time when forensic science was beginning to be taken seriously.

In Europe, during the 16th century, doctors began to collate details showing cause and manner of deaths. In particular, university and army doctors made copious notes which were of use to others when looking at death by unnatural causes.

A French army surgeon, Ambrose Pare, paid particular attention to the way internal organs were affected when the victim was subjected to a violent death.

However, it was two Italian surgeons, Fortunato Fidelis and Paolo Zacchia, who studied the structural changes in the body. They can fairly claim to be the fathers of modern forensic science.

When Anton Van Leeuwenhoek constructed the first high-powered microscope it became possible to study forensic specimens previously hidden from doctors and those studying causes of death.

It just goes to show that forensic medicine has a longer history than might be supposed.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Love to read about true crime? #truecrime

From time to time, when researching for my books, I come across blogs about true crime that make for interesting reading. The Crime Diary falls into that category.

For lovers of true crime who would like to see the workings behind the scenes of an investigation, or those who just want to get a more personal take on events, this blog is well worth a visit.

Bad Moon Rising on promo
For a few days only my publisher has reduced the ebook price of Bad Moon Rising. I’m not sure how long it will remain at 99c/99p, so grab your copy now before it returns to full price.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Writing again! #amwriting

Unable to write
The past year and a half has been extremely difficult on an emotional level. I lost both husband and father in 2015 and found it almost impossible to write. At one stage I feared I would never be able to get started again.

I am delighted to say, last Monday I found the motivation to open the file on D.I. Paolo Storey book five and have been steadily adding to the word count each day. I can finally announce that Love Hearts (a serial killer looking for his perfect mate) will be the next in the series.

Watch this space as I’ll be giving regular updates on progress – and maybe a bit of insight into the killer’s motivation and Paolo’s latest personal issues.

Quiz winner
On an entirely different note – the winner of the crime quiz was Amanda Johnson. New crime quiz to come later this month.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Investigating suspicious deaths #crime

We tend to think of investigations into suspicious deaths as being a fairly modern science, but this isn’t the case. The Coroner (originally Crowner) was established during the reign of Richard the Lionheart in 1149.

This is a great article showing how the office evolved to the one we know today as the final say on whether or not a death was suspicious.

As for the earliest written treatise on forensics, believed to be published in 1248, it is amazingly still in print! The Washing away of Wrongs: Forensic Medicine in Thirteenth-Century China covers the responsibilities of the official, outlines the procedures to be followed for a medical examination and gives advice on how to question suspects (warning investigators about false accusations), and how to interview family members. The next section shows how to begin an investigation of suspicious deaths, examining the body, including orifices, looking at ways of determining whether the corpse was moved and clues to possible causes of death.

I doubt there are many books published today that will still be in print nearly 800 years in the future!

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Monday, 7 March 2016

Real Life Criminal Minds #crime

I've found another great blog to add to the True Evil category. I'm sure many of you have watched Criminal Minds and wondered about the mindset of people who come up with such grisly plots and evil perpetrators, but did you know some of those episodes were inspired by real life events?

As someone who is able to get inside the heads of her criminals as they torture and kill, even I was shocked by the brutality of these cases behind six episodes of Criminal Minds.

Click here to read up on the real life events and victims.

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