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Recommended Reading


I wanted to take the opportunity to bring to everyone's attention this great series of books for writers. While at first glance it may seem like they are only useful to mystery / crime authors, but that's not the case. I've never written a mystery or a crime novel and I own a few of these titles, and reference them often. Particularly the "Body Trauma" title - it tells you what you can / can't do to your characters physically, and still keep them alive. It has symptoms of anything you can think of - I recently used it when writing about a stranded character who was frostbitten.

It's called "The Howdunit Series." Below are a few of the titles, although I don't believe it's the entire series.




A Writer's Guide to Poisons

http://www.amazon.co...t/dp/0898793718


A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine
http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_b_1 -



A Writer's Guide to Weapons
http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_b_1



A Writer's Guide to Crime Scene Investigation
http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_b_5


A Writer's Guide to the Police and How They Work
http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_b_4



A Writer's Guide to Wounds and Injuries
http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_b_3



A Writer's Guide to How Criminals Work
http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_b_9



A Writer's Guide to Finding the Lost, the Abducted and the Escaped
http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_b_3


A Writer's Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and other Criminals Thinkhttp://www.amazon.co...ref=pd_sim_b_12


A Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques
http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_b_7



A Writer's Guide to Crimes of Deception
http://www.amazon.co...ref=pd_sim_b_13




bigblackcat97 has been a YA librarian in the public school system for nine years. This means she knows all about the infections that come with facial piercing and tattoos done at home. She excels in "teachable moments," such as informing students that while "dildo" is not technically a swear word, it will earn you a detention when shouted in public. BBC writes YA, reads everything, and occasionally mows her yard.




2 Comments

Those books look inspiring! I love books that have all sorts of tips that you can use in your writing. In fact, I love the 000s in the library for that very reason. (Yeah, fellow library nerd here.)

Do they go into a fair amount of depth and detail and share 'insider' phrases and such?
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bigblackcat97
Sep 16 2010 12:17 PM
The police procedural one may have some jargon in it, I know that the PI one does. The one I use the most is the Bodily Harm one. The covers I pictured here are from older editions. I know they've been reprinting them with newer covers, and they may have updated such things as slang and jargon as well.