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November 14 2012

The Interrogation Specialist

After 25 years of doing this job, I’ve found that asking the right questions can make the person sitting on the other side of my desk quite uncomfortable. If I push hard enough, I can even make...
September 18 2012

Fresh Meat: Father Night by Eric Van Lustbader

Father Night by Eric Van Lustbader is a spy thriller in the Jack McClure/Alli Carson series (available September 18, 2012). A rocket propelled grenade missing you by a whisper would shake you up...
September 8 2012

Walking Down Death Row

There’s a place in our society that holds a different breed of men. They are prisoners, true; but they are not the normal breed of arsonist, rapist, thief, junkie, or killer. These are men...
August 6 2012

Airport Travel for the Paranoid and Delusional

Sometimes when I travel I feel paranoid and delusional. But am I really? After all, I could be standing beside a terrorist and not even know it. With the growth of home grown terrorists in America,...
May 25 2012

The Case for Marcia Clark

Recently, I had the opportunity to go on book tour with Marcia Clark as she ushered her second crime novel, Guilt by Degrees, into the world. (Translation: Marcia Clark went on book tour and I independently...
February 10 2012

The Girl with the Sideways Ponytail: Searching for Answers in Cleveland’s Coldest Case

When I was in the sixth grade, a girl was abducted not far from where my mother lived. Her body was later found lying facedown in a wheat field. That event became the demarcation line between my childhood...
February 5 2012

Family Secrets

Families all have secrets and events which they would rather keep under wraps and behind closed doors, so imagine my surprise when I discovered a relative of mine had been convicted of a major crime...
December 11 2011

Bracelet Lands Man in Cuffs

Having spent many years on the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, assigned to various duties, I’d have to say my stretch as a detective assigned to the Career Criminal Unit was among...
November 2 2011

Forensically Speaking: The Nonsense Effect

We’ve all seen this one, or read it.  Detective assigned to the case visits the crime scene after forensics and photographers and search teams have conducted their examination of the location. ...
October 28 2011

Your CPA Has Got Your Number

It’s no secret that people consider CPAs to be hopeless nerds. After all, only a total dork with lousy social skills would want to sit at a desk all day dealing with boring numbers, right? Except...
September 29 2011

Getting Medieval In California

Some women love a man in uniform. I like mine in armor. I come by this honestly. After all, I do write a medieval mystery series with a hardboiled detective who used to be a knight. But it was only...
September 12 2011

Watching Texas Burn: Arson Hits Close To Home

At first I thought it was a rain cloud that would bring relief from the summer’s scorching heat wave. But as I neared the giant gray cloud hovering over Texas Highway 71, I realized it wasn’t...
August 20 2011

Do We Need Bookstores?

Do we really need bookstores? With the growth of Internet retailers over the last fifteen years and the convenience of click-and-buy, you might legitimately question the place of a bookstore in...
August 11 2011

Mug Shots: Getting Ugly in Florida

For many years, The Smoking Gun has been publishing booking photos of celebrities. It’s all public record, but it does seem a bit like kicking someone when they’re down.  How sorry...
August 7 2011

HBO Superheroes Documentary: Real-Life Crusaders Against Crime

Check out HBO’s quirky documentary Superheroes to premiere August 8, 2011, at 9PM. The film, which has already won acclaim at several film festivals this year, including Slamdance, introduces us to...
July 10 2011

Held for Murder in Kuwait- Part 2

(Click here to read Part 1 and the events before the Kuwaiti police station.) To their credit (I suppose), the police let me drive us to the Salwa station in my car. The first thing that I did was...
July 9 2011

Held for Murder in Kuwait- Part 1

It wasn’t a dark and stormy night. We didn’t get many of those in Kuwait. Maybe two or three a year. Most of the time it was clear and hot. And while it wasn’t the hottest night in my 3+ year...
June 6 2011

Cooking the Books: The Pasta Course

My name is Laura, and I am a carb addict. I never met a potato I didn’t like. Never went to an Italian restaurant without ordering at least a side of pasta. I have been known to eat an entire mini...
May 28 2011

Whistling in the Dark

Years ago, before I had children, I worked for a large bookstore chain. I read everything that looked even slightly interesting, and I developed a love for crime stories. I carried that appreciation...
May 24 2011

Bicycles, Umbrellas and Love Hotels: Crime Japanese Style

When I first went to Japan several years ago, I knew very little about Japanese crime.  Oh, I had seen Michael Douglas’ film “Black Rain” in 1989.  And I knew something about...
May 19 2011

Harry Fabian from Night and the City: Friend or Foe?

About my relationships with fake people: I have good friends and bad friends.  And worse friends.   They fill different needs in my life – people to encourage me, people I’m...
May 17 2011

Hair’s the Proof

It could only happen in Florida. A man walked into a local bank and gave the teller a note demanding $30,000. She gave him the money, but as he ran down the street with it, the dye bomb attached to...
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May 12 2011

Irresistible Itineraries: Crime Fiction as Travelogue

As much as I pride myself on being an independent thinker, I admit I occasionally succumb to the power of suggestion. I have found myself watching TV after a perfectly fulfilling Thanksgiving dinner,...
May 12 2011

The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie

On December 3, 1926, British mystery author Agatha Christie (1890-1976)  disappeared from her home. Her car was found abandoned several miles away, with some of her clothes and identification scattered...
May 11 2011

A Gangster’s Life

Are there more over-used figures in fiction than gangsters?. I think not. It’s just a shame so few of the depictions come anywhere near the truth. I have worked for many years in the U.K....
May 11 2011

Breaded Crime: Wallace and Gromit’s Healthy Breakfast

A breadmaker in North Carolina recently received a sentence of 9 to 11 years in prison for intentionally misleading customers into purchasing his gluten-“unfree” products. Paul Evan Seelig...
May 4 2011

Who Stole My Salad and Why Am I Being Arrested?

The thing about being a mystery writer is that you're always a mystery writer. You can't turn it off. Last week in the supermarket I overheard a women telling the guy in the deli department...
May 3 2011

Fingerprints 101: Two Doctors, Three Lords, and Twin Criminals

Fingerprints as forensic science seem routine to the modern crime story fan, because they know humans are born with loops, arches and whorls on their finger pads. But in a true-life manifestation of...
May 2 2011

The Wire: An English Cop’s Perspective

That’s the job.  Shit rolls downhill.  Cops live in the valley. During my 30 years as a West Yorkshire police officer, those truisms remained steadfastly true.  Crime priorities...
April 28 2011

Poe: Toast of Gotham

Recently, the web was aflutter with the news that in 2012 Baltimore plans to cut off funding for its Poe House. This imminent closing has raised again the question of which city can call itself...