If you’re writing a novel and want to get your facts straight, you need to research what you don’t know. I wrote a suspense manuscript several years ago where the heroine was a homicide detective.
The only problem was, I didn’t know anything about detective work other than what I’d seen on shows. Since I was pretty sure cases weren’t solved in an hour with perfect makeup and hair, I knew I needed to research.
I asked other writers in my writing group for research tips and repeatedly Lee Lofland’s book ‘Police Procedure & Investigation’ was mentioned.
So I checked out his website The Graveyard Shift and there was a ton of helpful information. I bought his book and it was one of the best investments I made.
But I must warn you. He has a chapter in there where a portion deals with autopsies. DO NOT read this chapter while you’re eating noodles. ‘Nuff said.
I used this research to help me write the portion in my manuscript dealing with an autopsy. When I submitted the chapter to my critique group, a retired homicide detective said he could tell I’d done my homework.
This book was such a help, I bought a second copy to give away. If you’d like to be entered into the give away, just leave a comment below. For those of you who want to go ahead and buy it, here’s the Amazon link.