Non-Fiction Books and Journals

A list of useful books and journal articles, many of which have informed the research I share on my blog.

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Read for… Criminal Psychology

Altered Connections on the Road to Psychopathy‘ by Craig et al in Molecular Psychiatry

Criminal Psychology: A Beginner’s Guide by Bull et al

Inside the Mind of a Psychopath‘ by Kiehl and Buckholtz in Scientific American Mind

‘Linkage Analysis: Modus Operandi, Ritual and Signature in Serial Sexual Crime’ by Hazelwood and Warren in Aggression and Violent Behaviour

Psychopaths know right from wrong but don’t care‘ by Cima, Tonnaer and Hauser in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

‘Ritual and Signature in Serial Sexual Homicide’ by Schlesinger, Kassen, Mesa and Pinizzotto in The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Serial Killers by Joel Norris

Serial Murder by Holmes and Holmes

Serial Murder: Future Implications for Police Investigations by R.D. Keppel

The Forensic Psychologist’s Casebook: Psychological Profiling and Criminal Investigation by Laurence Allison


Read for… Diversity in Writing

Report for Change: The 2016 Publishing Summit Report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Mystery Community Sisters in Crime (2016)


Read for… Forensics (General)

Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science by Richard Platt

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid

Forensics for Dummies by D.P. Lyle

Hidden Evidence: The Story of Forensic Science by D Owen

Introducing Forensic and Criminal Investigation by Jane Monckton-Smith et al

Working Stiff by J Melinek M.D 


Read for… Forensics (Toxicology)

Forensic Pharmacology: Medicine,  Mayhem and Malpractice by R.E. Ferner

Textbook of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by N.G. Rao


Read for… Geographical Profiling and Mapping Crime

‘Criminality of Place: Crime Generators and Crime Attractors’ by Brantingham and Brantingham in the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

Defensible Space by Oscar Newman

Environmental Criminology by Brantingham and Brantingham

Geographical Profiling by Kim Rossmo

‘Is it important to Examine Crime Trends at a Local ‘Micro’ Level?: A Longitudinal Analysis of Street to Street Variability in Crime Trajectories’ by Groff et al in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology

‘Issues in the geographic profiling of crime: Review and Commentary’ by Harries and Le Beau in Police Practice and Research

‘Modelling Offenders’ Decisions: A Framework for Research and Policy’ by Clarke and Cornish in Crime and Justice

‘Social Change and Crime Rate Trends: A Routine Activity Approach’ by Cohen and Felson in the American Sociological Review

Space, Time and Crime by K. M. Lersh and T. C. Hart

‘The Environmental Range of Serial Rapists’ by Canter and Larkin in the Journal of Environmental Psychology


Read for… Police Procedure

British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers 2016 by Kevin N Robinson 

FBI Crime Classification Manual by John Douglas et al

The Crime Writer’s Guide to Police Practice and Procedure by Michael O’Byrne


Read for… Real Crime

Serial Killers by Joel Norris

Serial Murder: Future Implications for Police Investigations by R.D. Keppel

The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers by Brian Lane and Wilfred Gregg


Read for… Writing Crime Fiction

A Companion to Crime Fiction by Rzepka and Horsley

Crime Fiction by John Scaggs

How to Write Crime Fiction by Sarah Williams

Key Concepts in Crime Fiction by Heather Worthington 

Writing Crime Fiction: An Introduction: A 60-Minute Masterclass by Ryan and Hall


Read for… Writing (General)

102 Ways to Write a Novel by Alex Quick

How to Write a Blockbuster by Lee Weatherly and Helen Corner 

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King