Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Research material: "Murder and Mayhem"

Writing murder mysteries can require a lot of research. Research about things that you might never have thought about or considered. It's easy to kill someone off with a gun or a knife. Poisoning too, but what poison? How is it administered? What are the symptoms? Will it show in a toxicology report? And so much more...

When I was writing book two in my Klondike Mystery Series, "Barely a Spark", I knew who was going to die but I had no idea how. I used D.P. Lyle's, "More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered" for research and combined with Internet research, came up with a unique way to kill my victim.

Well, now there is another book available for my arsenal, "Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical & Forensics Questions for Mystery Writers", just recently released as an ebook. Needless to say, I grabbed it and can't wait to see how it might help me write book three in my series.

As a writer, do you have a favorite author you use for research? As a reader, did you ever think about the research involved in writing a murder mystery?

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