My Guilty Reading Pleasures this month have been a little bit different from normal. Just completing the final draft of DS Nikki Parekh Book 2 meant I found myself dipping into various factual books for information and I discovered three that were particularly useful to me during this time. I thought I’d share them here. If you have any good factual books that would help the would be crime writer please feel free to mention them in the comments below.
Guilty Pleasure Number 1 : Being A Detective by Stephen Wade and Stuart Gibbon
This book, newly released this year is crammed full of useful procedural information that you can spend ages trawling through the internet to find. It’s organised beautifully, so navigating it is a breeze and as well as useful facts, there’s also anecdotal real life representations to contextualise the information. I found myself dipping in for a specific piece of info and loitering about for ages, picking up snippets of infomrmation to store away for use in future books
Guilty Pleasure Number 2: The Emotional Wound Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
In the past I’ve used the other thesauruses (thesauri?) produced by this partnership and loved them. They’re really good for nipping into just to double check you’re portraying the setting, the emotion or the character traits well. The Emotional Wound Thesaurus, I think is a good aid for the crime writer. Although it’s not an exhaustive list, it is quite comprehensive, easy to navigate and looks at the emotional wound from a variety of standpoints. Again, it’s one of those books that you dip into and stay for the long haul.
My Guilty Pleasures Number 3: The Crime Writer’s Casebook by Stephen Wade and Stuart Gibbon
Again, this prequel to Being A Detective, by the same authors, is a strightforward (idiot’s guide) to all things investigative and it’s well worth the investmnet if you want to get your police prrocedure as accurate as possible. It beautifully links the refernces to the readers expectations and again is so easy to navigate. It covers every crime imaginable and has proved extremely helpful to me over the past few months.